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ELM/EPT Testing Information

Entry Level Mathematics / English Placement Test

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT) are mandatory exams required before a student can enroll at California State University Channel Islands. The exams are not used to establish admission eligibility, but are used to determine which level of Mathematics and English courses you are prepared to enroll in.

If you have completed other testing such as the SAT, ACT, EAP, or AP, you may have received an exemption from having to take the ELM and/or EPT. Please review the ELM and EPT exemptions to determine if you are exempt.

If you are not exempt from the ELM or the EPT, you must take the exam(s).  For additional information on placement testing, please visit the Educational Testing Services (ETS) website:

Although the EPT is not used to place students in English courses at CI, the CSU system requires that students who wish to register for classes either be exempt or take the EPT. Those who do not take the appropriate exam(s) will not be allowed to register for classes.

Steps to Register for the ELM/EPT

You may take the exam(s) at the CSU closest to you.  Please note: Students who have applied to CI must take the test(s) no later than May 3rd.  Failure to do so will result in being unable to enroll at CI.  It is important for you to allow appropriate time to register for the exam as space is limited and may reach capacity.

CSU Channel Islands is offering the test(s) on the following dates:

CI Campus Test Dates Registration Deadline
February 8, 2014 January 24, 2014
March 15, 2014 February 28, 2014
April 5, 2014 March 21, 2014
May 3, 2014 April 18, 2014

To register for testing, please visit the ELM/EPT Registration site.

Testing Accommodations

If you are a student with a disability in need of testing accommodations for the ELM/EPT examinations, please complete the regular ELM/EPT registration process first. After you complete the registration, please contact Valeri Cirino-Paez, Disabilities Counselor, at (805) 437-3331 to discuss needed accommodations, registration for services, and required documents. Requests and verifying documentation must be received a minimum of three weeks prior to the scheduled exam date.

Out-of-State Testing

If you live outside of the state of California, have been admitted to a CSU campus, and need to take the EPT and/or the ELM before arriving in California, you may register at the ELM/EPT Registration site. Out of state testing is arranged for the 2nd week of the month, except in May when the test is the first week.  Arrangements must be made by the 15th of the month before testing will take place.  There is an additional fee of $75 for testing outside of the state of California.  If you have a question regarding Out of State testing, please call (925) 808-2142 or email

Test Day Information

Check in begins at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Bell Tower building, with free parking available in lot A-2 located off of Rincon Street and behind Sage Hall.  Parking elsewhere will require purchase of a daily parking permit.  For parking lot locations, please see our interactive campus map . All tests will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and no late arrivals will be admitted . Due to space limitations, walk-in registration will not be permitted.

You must present your ticket and picture ID in order to gain entrance to the exams.  Appropriate ID includes: driver's license, passport, or school ID with picture.

What to Bring

  • Admission Ticket
  • Photo Identification
  • Number 2 pencils with erasers
  • Knowledge of your social security number

Items NOT allowed during testing:

  • Use of calculators
  • Food and/or beverages
  • Cell phones, pagers, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), or other hand-held computers

For more information, please contact (805) 437-3215 or .