Placement / Proficiency Test Requirements

The CSU requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Math­ematics (ELM) exam and the CSU Eng­lish Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment.

These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they are 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. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills both in English and in mathematics will be required to participate 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.

Information on testing times and places is mailed upon admission (or may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or the Testing Center). Students should make every effort to take these ex­ams at the CSU campus closest to home on a test date early enough for scores to be received at Humboldt prior to registration.

English Placement Test (EPT)

The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University. The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses.

Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam 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:

Exemptions based on test scores cannot be granted unless official scores have been sent to Humboldt. Exemptions based on course work must be verified via transcript or grade report.

Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE)

All students must also demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. The Graduation Writing Proficiency Examination is an evaluation of writing skills used to determine whether students have attained a level of proficiency necessary to obtain a bachelor’s degree. All students should take the GWPE before their last semester and must pass this test to graduate.

Students may take the GWPE after completing 60 semester units (junior standing) in addition to completing a GE A1 Written Communication course (or an equivalent college composition course with a C- or better). The GWPE is offered once in the fall semester and twice in the spring. Contact the Testing Center for information (Library Basement, Room 24).