EPT/ELM Test Information

Details

The Intent to Enroll Process at SJSU requires that students have taken the English Placement Test (EPT) or the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination by the end of April or have been exempted from taking the tests (see below chart for explanation). Admission from SJSU will be withdrawn of a student chooses not to meet this requirement. 

The English Placement Test (EPT). The EPT examination is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of undergraduate students so that they can be placed in the appropriate college level English composition courses. Those students who do not demonstrate college level skills will be directed to appropriate courses or programs.  The EPT can only be taken once.

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM). The ELM examination is designed to assess the skill levels of entering CSU students in the areas of elementary and intermediate algebra and plane geometry. Such skills generally are acquired in high school college prepartory courses.  The ELM test can be taken more than once in order to attain a passing score.

 

Fees

These fees are non-refundable and are subject to change. Test fees are collected during registration and on the day of the test for stand-by candidates. Candidates will be turned away if they do not provide proof of registration or appropriate testing fees. All checks need to be made payable to the Educational Testing Service. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards are not accepted as payment on the day of the test.

To make proper payment , follow the chart below:

Test Type

Amount

        Both EPT and ELM

     $36.00

        EPT only or ELM only

     $18.00

 

Admission Ticket

A week prior to the test date, an admission ticket will be available by logging into you ETS registration site and downloading your admission ticket. Print your admission ticket and bring it on the test date. If you do not receive anything three days prior to the test date, contact the Testing Office at testing-office@sjsu.edu.  

 

Testing Times

For each test date, there are testing times posted during registration. For stand-by candidates, please reserve the entire day as testing times are randomly posted. The sessions are 8:00AM and 1:00PM. Request to change your testing time will not be honored. The Testing Office reserves the right to modify or change testing times and dates. 

 

Accommodations

Extended time and/or disability related accommodation requests need to be made four weeks prior to the test date. For extended time and/or disability related accommodations, please register for the test first and visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC) counselor as soon as possible with your registration confirmation. The DRC can be contacted at (408) 924-6000.

Follow the directions below:                                                                              

  1. Register for the test at ETS.
  2. Contact the Disability Resource Center for an appointment to see a counselor.
  3. Attend the scheduled appointment and bring your receipt.
  4. Contact the Disability Resource Center if you do not receive anything a week prior to the test date

Religious accommodation requests need to be made four weeks prior the test date. For religious accommodation requests, please email testing-office@sjsu.edu for more information. You will need to provide a letter from your religious institution on letterhead in order to receive this accommodation.

 

Bulletin

The Testing Office no longer provides paper bulletins. You can access an online bulletin.

 

Exemptions

Below is a chart for placement test exemptions:

Test Type

EPT Exemptions Deadline

ELM Exemptions Deadline

 SAT Reasoning

 500 or higher on Critical Reading section

 550 or higher on the Mathematics section

 SAT Subject

 Not Available

 550 or higher on the Mathematics IC or ICC

 American College Test (ACT)

 22 or higher on the English section

 23 or higher on the Mathematics section

 Advance Placement (AP)

 3 or higher on the Language and Composition or Literature and Composition

 3 or higher on the Calculus AB or Calculus BC or Statistics

 Early Assessment Program (EAP)

 Exempt status from the English section

** Conditional Exemption status from the English section

 Exempt status from the Mathematics section

 *Conditional  Exempt status from the Mathematics section

 College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

 No Equivalent

 Calculus, College Algebra, College Mathematics and Pre-Calculus

 General Education Breadth Requirement for Intersegmental Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

 Transfer credit from college course in written communication with a "C" or better

 Transfer credit from a college course in quantitative reasoning with a "C" or better

* A conditional exemption is not valid until proof of passing an approved senior Math experience course with at least a 'C' (not 'C-') is provided to the SJSU campus Director of Developmental Studies, Susan McClory. For more information about the Math courses.

** A conditional exemption is not valid until proof of passing an approved senior English experience course with at least a 'C' (not 'C-') is provided to the SJSU campus Director of Developmental Studies, Susan McClory. For more information about the English courses.