"English and Mathematics Competencies"

"Pre-admission Diagnostic Tools"
and
"Post Admission Competency Requirements"

"Pre-admission Diagnostic Tools"

Students preparing for enrollment in the California State University are expected to develop strong English and mathematics skills while in high school. In addition to the minimum college preparatory courses required for admission to CSU, students are encouraged to complete an additional year of high school mathematics and to enroll in the most rigorous English and mathematics courses offered by the high school. In order to improve English competencies, students are encouraged to read as much as possible while in school and during summers. Students should develop writing skills by using high school assignments in English and other subjects to prepare well-developed papers that incorporate critical analysis wherever possible. The Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Program (MDTP), developed jointly by CSU and UC faculty members, offers tests to students from the pre-algebra level to calculus. The MDTP tests are administered by more than 4700 high school and middle school teachers to over 345,000 students. In addition, more than 225,000 California Community College students took the MDTP. MDTP provides services and testing materials to teachers and schools (grades 7-12) at no charge. There are five tests: Algebra Readiness, Geometry Readiness, Second Year Algebra Readiness, Mathematical Analysis Readiness, and Calculus Readiness. Schools may receive further information about the program by contacting:

    Donna M. Ames
    University of California, San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92092-0112
    Phone: (858) 534-4519
    Fax: (858) 534-9058
    E-mail: mdtp@ucsd.edu
    Website: http://mdtp.ucsd.edu

"Post Admission Competency Requirements"

All students entering the CSU must demonstrate proficiency in English and mathematics after admission and prior to enrollment. There are a number of ways to demonstrate competencies by test scores or transferable course completion. Students who are not otherwise exempt on the basis of such tests as the ACT and SAT must take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test. The tests are given several times each year. The test may be taken at the CSU campus most convenient for the student. It need not be taken at the CSU campus where the student will enroll. Please link to one of the following pages for more detailed information.

English Placement Test (EPT)

PURPOSE OF THE EPT

The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University.  Those undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be directed to courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills. The test is not a condition for admission to the CSU, but it is a condition of enrollment. Students may take the EPT only once. It may not be repeated. (The fee to take the EPT is $18.00.)

WHO MUST TAKE THE EPT

The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 147 or above on the EPT will be placed in college-level composition classes.

Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test
  • A score of 3 or  above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
  • A score of “Exempt” or “Ready for college-level English courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11

Focus on English (EPT) provides information about the English competencies required by the CSU, and it includes a number of frequently asked questions. Focus on English includes samples of the types of questions appearing on the EPT, and there is an essay scoring guide and sample essays.

Beginning in fall 1999, students will be able to have their writing skills diagnosed through the CSU Diagnostic Writing Service. Students may access the service for a small fee at the following website: http:www.essayeval.org. Through this service, students may submit essays responding to an EPT essay question, and trained CSU faculty will read their essay, providing students with diagnostic comments about their writing skills.

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination

PURPOSE OF THE ELM

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination is designed to assess and measure the level of mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (Algebra I and II, and Geometry) of students entering the California State University (CSU). Those undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be directed to courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills. The ELM is not a condition for admission to the CSU. It may be taken only once on each systemwide test date and only once during each of seven time spans established annually. Cost to the student for taking the test is $18. This fee is nonrefundable and subject to change.

WHO MUST TAKE THE ELM

The CSU ELM must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 50 or above on the ELM will be placed in college-level mathematics classes.

Exemptions from the ELM are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
  • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
  • A score of “Exempt” or “Ready for college-level Mathematics courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 in conjunction with the CST in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II
  • A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level Mathematics courses” or “Conditional” on the  CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11 along with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that require Algebra II as a prerequisite

Focus on Mathematics provides information about the entry level mathematics requirement of the CSU, and it includes answers to a number of frequently asked questions. Focus on Mathematics includes fifty samples of the types of questions appearing on the new ELM test.

"EPT/ELM Information and Test Registration Booklet"

The Calendar for the EPT and the ELM provides testing dates for each campus. The complete CSU Information Bulletin PDF is available as a downloadable PDF file in Adobe® format. The bulletin provides EPT and ELM test information, the address and telephone number of each CSU campus registration testing center and a current calendar for EPT and ELM tests with the registration, test, and reporting dates included.


Last updated: 8/23/10


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