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Admissions to CSULB

Additional Admissions Information

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Testing Requirements

The office of Testing and Evaluation Services provides Information regarding admissions, placement, and certification examinations. The office is located in Brotman Hall 216. For information, phone (562) 985-4007, FAX (562) 985-2415, or visit the Testing Office website at www.csulb.edu/testing.

Test programs currently offered include the SAT and Achievement Tests, ACT, EPT/ELM, WPE, PRAXIS, and the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. Information racks immediately outside the office offer registration bulletins for the above-mentioned exams as well as the MCAT, LSAT, CSET, CBEST, GRE, RICA, and TOEFL exams.

The Testing Office also provides services to faculty, staff and administrators regarding research design, questionnaire construction and data analysis.

Freshman applicants must submit SAT I and/or ACT scores directly to CSULB. Students should take these tests no later than December of the prior year. Registration forms and the dates for the SAT and/or ACT are available from high school or college counselors or from a CSU campus testing office. Students may also write to or call:

The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
(609) 771-7588
ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
(319) 337-1270

Complete information regarding these tests may be found at www.csulb.edu/testing.

Systemwide Placement Test Requirements

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) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they may be a condition of enrollment. These examinations are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college entry-level English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. In order to matriculate students admitted to CSULB, they are required to take the placement tests by the published deadlines. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills both in English and in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in remedial programs in either English or mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Failure to complete remediation by the end of the first year may result in denial of enrollment for future terms.

Students register for the EPT and/or ELM at their local CSU campus. Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to Testing and Evaluation Services, Brotman Hall (BH) - 216 or by calling (562) 985-2007.

English Placement Test (EPT)

The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses. The CSU EPT must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of "Exempt" on the augmented English CST, i.e., the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 as part of the California Standards Test.
  • A score of 550 or above on the verbal section of the College Board SAT taken April 1995 or later.
  • A score of 24 or above on the enhanced ACT English Test taken October 1989 or later.
  • A score of 680 or above on the re-centered and adjusted College Board SAT II: Writing Test taken May 1998 or later.
  • A score of 660 on the writing portion of the SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and Composition or the Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program.
  • Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) written communication requirement, provided this course was completed with a grade of "C" or better.

To file for one of the above exemptions, students may obtain an Exemption Form from www.csulb.edu/testing (select EPT from the menu) or call Testing and Evaluation Services (562) 985-4007. Information bulletins and registration materials for the EPT will be mailed to all students subject to the requirement. The materials may be obtained from Testing and Evaluation Services.

Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination Placement

The ELM examination is designed to assess the skill levels of entering CSU students in the areas of mathematics typically covered in three years of rigorous college preparatory courses in high school (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry). The CSU ELM must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of "Exempt" on the augmented mathematics California Standards Test, i.e., the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11.
  • A score of "conditionally exempt" on the augmented CST, i.e., the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) plus successful completion of a Senior-Year Mathematics Experience (SYME).
  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT or on the College Board SAT Subject Tests - Mathematics Tests Level I, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator).
  • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test.
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus examination (AB or BC) or Statistics examination.
  • Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) quantitative reasoning requirement, provided the course was completed with a grade of "C" or better.

To file for one of the above exemptions, students may obtain an Exemption Form from www.csulb.edu/testing (select ELM from the menu) or call Testing and Evaluation Services (562) 985-4007. Information bulletins and registration materials for the ELM will be mailed to all students subject to the requirements. Required exams will be indicated in the Letter of Admission. The materials may also be obtained from Testing and Evaluation Services.

Advanced Placement Credit

California State University, Long Beach grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit for each AP course. Refer to the Advanced Placement Examination Credit table in the Academic Information section of this Catalog.

More specific information is available from the Office of Enrollment Service at (562) 985-5471 or a student's major department.

International Baccalaureate Credit

Students with scores of 5 or higher in International Baccalaureate Higher Level courses will be awarded baccalaureate credit of 4 to 10 units, depending on course equivalency. Applicants to CSULB who wish to obtain lower-division course credit for completed International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations must submit an official IB transcript. Course equivalency for Higher Level examinations completed with a grade of 5 or higher is listed in the International Baccaluareate Examination Credit table in the Academic Information section of this Catalog.

For questions or information, please call the Office of Enrollment Service at (562) 985-5471 or consult the department.