ELM - Entry Level Mathematics Exam
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). 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. A result of Standard Exceeded: "Ready" for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam.
B. A result of Standard Met: "Conditionally Ready" for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam and met the conditional requirement.
C. The Conditional requirement may be met by completing an approved math course in the 12th grade and earning a grade of "C-" or better. Students who do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU's Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through one of the following:
- New SAT: A score between 520 - 560 on the mathematics section of the new SAT Test*
- Old SAT: A score between 490 - 540 on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
- A score between 20 - 22 on the mathematics section of the ACT Test
D. New SAT: A score of 570 or above on the mathematics section of the new SAT*
E. Old SAT: A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
F. SAT Subject Test: A score of 550 or above on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)**
G. A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
H. A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC
I. A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
J. 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
* In March 2016, the College Board began administering a new SAT. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT. **Note: there were no changes to the SAT Subject Tests; therefore, the cut score for the Subject Test in Mathematics (levels 1 or 2) remains the same.