EPT/ELM Test Information


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 Admission from SJSU will be withdrawn of a student chooses not to meet this requirement.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.



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


        Both EPT and ELM


        EPT only or ELM only


* Rates effective January 1, 2017. 



Admission Ticket

A week prior to the test date, an admission ticket will be available by logging into your 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 usually 8:00AM and 1:00PM, although we reserve the right to adjust our start times as necessary. We cannot accept requests to change test times.



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 Accessible Education Center (AEC) counselor as soon as possible with your registration confirmation. The AEC can be contacted by email.

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.



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