Welcome to our 'Frequently Asked Questions' page! Here you will find some of the most common questions students ask our office regarding remediation, late start, and the EPT/ELM. Please read through each FAQ carefully as your concerns or questions may be addressed. Should you not find the answer you are looking for, please contact the front desk at 661-654-2700.

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Why does remediation exist?

In order to be a successful student, it is imperative that you have solid English and math skills. CSUB wants to ensure that students leave our campus ready to tackle their professional lives where you will continue to use your English and math skills. We encourage you to take your English and math skills seriously. If you need help developing your skills, utilize our campus tutoring resources or talk to your professors and/or academic advisors for assistance.


What is considered remediation?

A remedial course means that the course content is not at the college level. In simple terms, remedial courses help develop and strengthen your math and English skills. Remedial courses include: English 910 and 920 and/or Math 910, 920 and 930.


Why do I have to complete remediation?

During your time in Junior and/or Senior years in high school, several tests, such as the SAT, ACT, AP, and/or EAP were administered. Regardless of the test you took, your scores were used to determine your math and English level. If your score was high enough, you were exempt from math and/or English remediation. If your score was conditional, you were required to pass an approved course during your Senior year; please consult with your academic advisor on this. If you were neither exempt or conditional, you were required to take the EPT (English Placement Exam) and/or ELM (Math Placement Exam). Work closely with your academic advisor for assistance with taking the appropriate English and/or math remedial course

You can verify your SAT and ACT test scores at the following websites:

SAT: www.collegeboard.org

ACT: www.actstudent.org 

ELM score breakdown:

0-40: Math 910 required

42-48: Math 920 or Math 930 required

50+ College level math (no remediation required)

EPT score breakdown:

120-137: English 910 required

138-146: English 920 required

147+ College level English (English 1109)


How do I complete remediation?

If you are placed in English 910 and 920 and/or Math 910, 920 and 930, you are required to earn a grade of C- or higher to either complete your remediation placement, or move onto the next level of remediation. Work closely with your academic advisor for assistance with taking the appropriate English and/or math remedial course. 

Math remediation sequence:

Math 910 (C- or higher) > Math 920 or Math 930 (C- or higher)

English remediation sequence: 

English 910 or English 920 (C- or higher)


What class do I take after passing English 910 or 920?

English 910 and 920 placement is determined by your ACT, SAT, EAP, or EPT score. Regardless of which level of English remediation you start with, as long as you earn a grade of C- or higher, you will move onto your college-level English course (English 1109). Please note that English 1109 IS NOT A REMEDIAL COURSE. Work closely with your academic advisor for assistance with taking the appropriate English and/or math remedial course


What is the difference between math 920 and math 930?

Math 920 and Math 930 are essentially the same course, however, some majors require Math 930 as a pre-requisite. Math 920 and Math 930 both cover Algebra 2. However, Math 930 includes some pre-calculus. If you are Undeclared or considering the following majors, you are encouraged to take Math 930 to ensure you have more options. 

The following majors require Math 930*

Most Science majors

Most Business majors

Liberal Studies

Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies (CAFS)

Kinesiology

Psychology

Sociology

*This list does not constitute academic advising. As with anything related to your academic career, please consult with your academic advisor or advising center for specific details regarding appropriate remedial math coursework. 


What is EO665?

EO665 stands for "Executive Order 665." This is a direct order from the CSU Chancellor's office, which oversees all 23 California State Universities. EO665 states that any college student needing remediation must complete all courses (English 910 and 920 and/or Math 910, 920 and 930) successfully in one academic year from the time of enrollment.

Should a student fail to complete English or math remediation within one academic year, he or she will be subject to being placed on an academic leave of absence from CSUB. This means you will be required to complete approved coursework at another college campus with a grade of C or higher. Students that have extenuating circumstances or grow concerned about their remediation status are strongly encouraged to contact the AARC to meet with an academic advisor by calling 661-645-2700. Please be as proactive as possible so your options can be considered. 


To find out more, go to: EO665

What is the EPT and ELM?

The EPT is the English Placement Exam and the ELM is Math Placement Exam. Depending on your SAT, ACT, AP, or EAP scores, you are required to take the EPT and ELM to determine your math and English placement during your Freshman year at CSUB.

For more information, please contact the testing center at: 661-654-3373

You can verify your SAT and ACT test scores at the following websites:

SAT: www.collegeboard.org

ACT: www.actstudent.org 

ELM score breakdown:

0-40: Math 910 required

42-48: Math 920 or Math 930 required

50+ College level math (no remediation required)

EPT score breakdown:

120-137: English 910 required

138-146: English 920 required

147+ College level English (English 1109)


To find out more, go to: EPT/ELM Study Materials

How do I sign up for the EPT and/or ELM?

You must create an account with ETS and manually register for the EPT and/or ELM.

For more information, please contact the testing center at: 661-654-3373


To find out more, go to: Register for EPT/ELM

How much does it cost to take the EPT and ELM?

In order to take the EPT and ELM, you are required to pay $20.00* per test upon registration.

For more information, please contact the testing center at: 661-654-3373

*please note that fees are determined by ETS and are subject to change. 


To find out more, go to: Cost for EPT/ELM

How many times can I take the EPT and ELM?

You are permitted to take the EPT ONE TIME ONLY. You can, however, take the ELM multiple times as long as you are willing to pay the $20.00 fee each time. Your highest score on either exam will be considered, meaning, you will not be penalized if you score lower than your current placement (i.e. you are in math 930, repeat the ELM, and earn a score that would place you in math 910). You are required to register for each ELM attempt via ETS.

For more information, please contact the testing center at: 661-654-3373


To find out more, go to: Register for EPT/ELM

When will I know my EPT and ELM score?

Depending in the test date, you can usually expect your test scores to be available 1 month after you test. For specific details regarding your EPT and/or ELM test results, please contact the testing center at: 661-654-3373


To find out more, go to: Testing Center

Can I study for the EPT and ELM?

Yes, you can study. The testing center has compiled several resources for you.

For more information, please contact the testing center at: 661-654-3373


To find out more, go to: Study for EPT/ELM

I am worried I won't pass remediation by summer, what should I do?

EO665 states that any college student needing remediation must complete all courses (English 910 and 920 and/or Math 910, 920 and 930) successfully in one academic year from the time of enrollment.

Should a student fail to complete English or math remediation within one academic year, he or she will be subject to being placed on an academic leave of absence from CSUB. This means you will be required to complete approved coursework at another college campus with a grade of C or higher. Students that have extenuating circumstances or grow concerned about their remediation status are strongly encouraged to contact the AARC to meet with an academic advisor by calling 661-645-2700. Please be as proactive as possible so your options can be considered. 

YOU DO HAVE OPTIONS:

1) If you are still needing math remediation, you can repeat the ELM. You must earn a score of 50+ to be exempt from math remediation.

2: If available, participate in late start English and/or math during the summer. Please note that you must meet with an academic advisor at the AARC to discuss this option. 

3) Take an approved course elsewhere and pass with C or higher (not a C-) before August 14th to avoid an academic leave of absence for fall. Please note that this option requires you to consult with and meet an academic advisor at the AARC. Please see the FAQ's "Can I satisfy remediation requirements at another college" and "How do I sign up for Late start?" for more details


What is Late Start?

Late start (not to be confused with Early Start) is a program that has been offered in the past to current CSUB students that still need to complete English and/or math remediation. Late start grants approved students another chance to pass English and/or math remediation in order to avoid being placed on an academic leave of absence.  

Courses:

Late start is offered for Math 920, Math 930, English 910, and English 920. Students that have extenuating circumstances or grow concerned about their remediation status are strongly encouraged to contact the AARC to meet with an academic advisor by calling 661-645-2700. Please be as proactive as possible so your options can be considered. 

 


How do I sign up for Late start?

Late Start registration is currently closed. 


Can I satisfy remediation requirements at another college?

Yes, you can satisfy your English and/or math remediation requirements at another college AS LONG AS THE COURSE HAS BEEN PRE-APPROVED by an academic advisor at the AARC. You are required to meet with an academic advisor to consult and gain approval to take any substituted course.

If you are a student who began in the fall and still need to meet your English and/or math remediation requirement, the following steps must be taken:

1) Ensure the course is approved by meeting with an academic advisor at the AARC by calling 661-654-2700

2) Once the course has been approved, you must provide documentation that you are enrolled in the course (you may provide an unofficial transcript) to an advisor at the AARC.

3) Complete the approved course with a grade of C or higher (a grade of C- is not accepted for off-campus remedial coursework). See below for local and approved community college courses.

4) Provide proof that the approved course was completed directly to an academic advisor at the AARC and Admissions and Records to avoid an academic leave of absence (unofficial transcripts are accepted, but you MUST provide an official transcript to Admissions and Records). If you began in the fall semester, proof of remedial course completion is required no later than August 14th (during summer term) to avoid being placed on an academic leave of absence. For more details, please see the FAQ "What is EO665?"

The following courses have been approved at several local community colleges. Please note that you are required to complete the full admissions process on your own via each college campus website. This process can take some time, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as you want to entertain this option.

Bakersfield College (https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/)

Math 910 = Math B60

Math 920 or Math 930 = Math B70

English 910 = English B60

English 920 = English B50

Taft College (https://www.taftcollege.edu/)

Math 910 = Math 1050

Math 920 or Math 930 = Math 1060

English 910 = No equivalent

English 920 = English 1000

Cerro Coso Community College (https://www.cerrocoso.edu)

Math 910 = Math C050

Math 920 or Math 930 = Math C055

English 910 = No equivalent

English 920 = No equivalent

Porterville College (https://www.portervillecollege.edu/)

Math 910 = Math P055

Math 920 or Math 930 = P50

English 910 = No equivalent

English 920 = No equivalent

Antelope Valley College (https://www.avc.edu/)

Math 910 = Math 070

Math 920 or Math 930 = Math 102

English 910 = No equivalent

English 920 = English 99