EPT/ELM - English Placement Test / Entry Level Mathematics Exam

English Placement Test / Entry Level Mathematics Exam

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR EPT/ELM

CSU, Chico

Testing Office - SSC, Room 420
400 W. 1st Street (Corner of 2nd & Ivy Street)
Chico, CA  95929-0704
530-898-6218 office  530-898-4611 fax


The California State University system requires that you take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam after admission and prior to enrollment in the CSU unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests. The EPT and ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and ELM but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to enroll. If you do not perform well on the tests, you will be placed in an appropriate remedial or developmental program or activity during your first term of enrollment.  International Students contact Office of International Education for additional information regarding EPT.

Attention EOP Applicants: MUST take these tests no later than March.

2015/2016 Testing Schedule – (CSU, Chico Only)

 EPT / ELMTest DateRegistration DeadlineStudent Receives Scores

EPT Fee: $18
ELM Fee: $18

(To be paid when registering online)

"Walk-in" testing offered
 if space and materials are available.
Must bring Photo ID and Check/Money Order for Payment.

November 7, 2015 October 23, 2015 December 7, 2015
* January 23, 2016 January 8, 2016 March 7, 2016
February 13, 2016 January 29, 2016 March 7, 2016
March 19, 2016

March 4, 2016

April 11, 2016
May 7, 2016

April 22, 2016

May 30, 2016
June 18, 2016

June 3, 2016

July 11, 2016
* August 20, 2016

August 8, 2016

November 7, 2016
November 5, 2016 October 21, 2016 December 5, 2016

* January & August test dates are only available for CSU, Chico Students!

Check admission ticket for exam reporting time and locations. You will receive the ticket via email after a successful online registration.  

English Placement Test (EPT)

The English Placement Test (EPT) assesses your level of ability in reading and writing. You may take the EPT only once. Unless exempt, all new undergraduate students must take the EPT prior to enrollment at CSU, Chico. (See list of exemptions in Test Office.) Your EPT score is used to determine if you are ready to enroll directly in the GE course, English 130, or need to take the additional English 30 workshop.

International Students:  Contact Office of International Education for additional information regarding EPT.

Reporting for the Test:  Check your admission ticket for reporting time and location.

What to Bring With You:

  • Admission ticket (Emailed after successful Online Registration).
  • Acceptable identification. YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE TEST WITHOUT AN ACCEPTABLE ID.
  • Two #2 pencils.

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam assesses your level of ability in math through beginning and intermediate algebra, and plane geometry. If you wish, you may take this test more than once to improve your score, but you are not required to do so because you are not required to pass the ELM. Unless exempt, all new undergraduate students must take the ELM prior to enrollment at CSU, Chico. (See list of exemptions in Test Office.) Your ELM score is used to determine if you are ready to enroll immediately in a general education math course or need to take a prerequisite course first, such as intermediate algebra or beginning algebra.

Reporting for the Test:  Check your admission ticket for reporting time and location.

What to Bring with You:

  • Admission ticket (Emailed after successful Online Registration).
  • Acceptable identification. YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE TEST WITHOUT AN ACCEPTABLE ID.
  • Two #2 pencils.

Additional Information

Download the Information Bulletin and Registration Form at:
CSU Placement Test Information Bulletin (PDF)
Policies and Procedures (Educational Testing Service):
925-808-2142
CSU Associate Director of Enrollment Management:
562-951-4731 or 562-951-4726