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The ELM examination tests for entry level mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (normally Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry). All undergraduate students must take the test or be exempted from it prior to placement in appropriate university mathematics coursework.

To register for the test go to the Testing Center, LSN 2302, (278-6296) or register online at by the deadline dates. Students who need special accommodations because of disabilities should get a clearance from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, LSN 1008, (278-6955) and submit it with the test registration materials at least a week before the deadline.

Any of the following exempts you from the ELM:

• A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT I Reasoning Test or on the College Board SAT II Mathematics Tests Level I, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator);

• A score of 23 or above on the enhanced ACT Mathematics Test taken October 1989 or later;

• A score of 24 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test taken prior to October 1989;

• A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Mathematics Examination (AB or BC);

• A score of 550 or above on the Level I, IC, II, or IIC SAT II Mathematics Test;

• A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics Examination;

• CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) exemption;

• Conditional exemption from CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) and validation of at least a “C” grade in a senior math course above the level of Algebra II (e.g., Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics) or a laboratory science course that requires Algebra II as a prerequisite (e.g., Physics);

• Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) quantitative reasoning requirement, provided such course was completed with a grade of “C” or better.