The California State University requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and have scores available prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission, but they are a condition of enrollment.

The EPT and ELM are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college-level English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills in both English and mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment, and will probably be required to enroll in an Early Start program during the summer prior to their first term.

In order to have the greatest flexibility in scheduling your courses, take the exams on the earliest available date to allow time for your scores to arrive at SJSU. Your score (or exemption) must be on file with SJSU before you attend orientation.

For information on exemptions, you can find a chart here: EPT/ELM Exemptions

Registration for the EPT/ELM is handled by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
Information on registration can be found on our website here: EPT/ELM Registration

Test Date

Registration Deadline

 Accommodation Deadline **

Score Reports Mailed Late
in the Week O

 January 14, 2017
January 6, 2017
 December 14, 2016
 March 6, 2017
 February 11, 2017
 January 27, 2017
 January 11, 2017
 March 6, 2017
 March 18, 2017
 March 3, 2017
 February 17, 2017
 April 10, 2017
 April 8, 2017
 March 24, 2017
 March 8, 2017
 May 29, 2017
 May 6, 2017
 April 21, 2017
 April 6, 2017
 May 29, 2017
 October 21, 2017
 October 6, 2017
 September 21, 2017
 December 4, 2017
 November 18, 2017
 November 3, 2017
 October 18,  2017
 December 25, 2017

** To request accommodations, call the Accessible Education Center at (408) 924-6000. Accommodations must be requested at least 4 weeks prior to the test date.