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ELM and EPT Placements and Early Start Program

Once you have determined that you need to take either the ELM or the EPT, now we need to explain what the results of these tests mean. After taking either exam, your results were mailed along with a sheet titled "What Do Your Scores Mean." (click to download)

 

Last chance to take the ELM and/or EPT is May 4th! Otherwise, you may not enroll into classes at SF State.

 

ELM Results

50 or higher score- you qualify to take a college-level Quantitative Reasoning (math) course within our General Education program. We will discuss your appropriate math class choice later, based on your major. (skip to English results)

 

If took the ELM and you scored 48 or below, then you have to remediate as follows, (Put this information on your planner!):

42-48 score - you will follow the following sequence:

  1. Before your orientation date, you must enroll into the summer CSU Early Start Program for math. You must bring proof of enrollment and payment for the summer class to orientation in order to be allowed to add SF State classes.
    See below for information.
  2. At Orientation, you must enroll into MATH 70, Intermediate Algebra (3 units) for Fall 2013. (Write this on your Class Planner or note sheet)
  3. After completing this course, you may take your GE Quantitative Reasoning (math) in Spring 2014. We will discuss your appropriate class choices later, based on your major.

(skip to English results)

40 or below score - you will follow the following sequence:

  1. Before your orientation date, you must enroll into the summer CSU Early Start Program for math. You must bring proof of enrollment and payment for the summer class to orientation in order to be allowed to add SF State classes.
    See below for information.
  2. At Orientation, you must enroll into MATH 60, Beginning Algebra (3 units) for Fall 2013.
  3. Then in Spring 2014, you must take MATH 70, Intermediate Algebra (3 units). (write these courses on your Class Planner or note sheet)
  4. After you pass both courses within your first academic year, you may take your GE Quantitative Reasoning (math) course. We will discuss your appropriate class choices later, based on your major.

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EPT Results

147 or higher score - you may take ENG 114 First Year Composition (3 units) in either Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 (write this on your Class Planner or note sheet).

138 - 146 score - complete a website called Directed Self Placement (DSP) no later than 1 day prior to your scheduled Orientation date. Failure to do so means you will not be able to add ANY classes at orientation. DSP results will place you into composition, so please bring proof of your completion of DSP.

For more information: http://www.sfsu.edu/~advising/orientation/dsp.html

137 and below score - complete the SF State’s Early Start English course either online or on campus before your orientation date. No other Early Start English class will be accepted. Completion of this course will place you into composition. We will assist you in enrolling into your English class at orientation.

Bring proof of completion to orientation, or you cannot add classes at SF State.
For more information: http://www.sfsu.edu/~advising/esp/home.html

 

Non-native English Speakers

If English is your second language we encourage you to take the CMSPT in August. Consult with us at your orientation on what courses to take.

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The CSU Early Start Program

The CSU system recently enacted a policy known as "Early Start" requiring incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin remediation during the summer before coming to the CSU.

The goals of Early Start are to better prepare students in math and English before their first semester, thereby improving their chances of completing a college degree.

Upon admission, SF State will inform you how and where to sign up for Early Start.

SF State Early Start Information Page and FAQ

CSU Early Start Information Page and FAQ

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Now, we will start to get into General Education requirements and what you should focus on for your first semester.

 

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