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Math Placement Exams & Requirements

The links below have important information on the Entry Level Mathematics Requirement (ELM), the Cal Poly Math Placement Exams (MAPE), Mathematics course prerequisites, and how to select your first mathematics course at Cal Poly. Please print these information sheets for future reference.

ELM Requirement

The California State University (CSU) Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Requirement states that all undergraduate students must demonstrate a basic understanding of arithmetic, beginning algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, and data interpretation/statistics before enrolling in any baccalaureate level mathematics or statistics course. These topics are part of a three-year high school mathematics sequence. Visit the ELM web page for a list of exemptions and more information.

You may register to take the test at Cal Poly at the Test Office on-line registration site, or use the link provided to register for the test at another CSU campus.

Reference Materials:

Focus On Mathematics (pdf) - ELM Exam (general information)
ELM Workbook (pdf) (sample problems)

MAPE Information

The Mathematics Placement Exams (MAPE) are diagnostic exams used by Cal Poly for students who have satisfied the ELM requirement. Not all students need to take the MAPE. Visit the MAPE web page for information about the Precalculus MAPE and the Intermediate Algebra MAPE tests.
Sample MAPE Questions (pdf)

Mathematics Course Prerequisites

Mathematics course prerequisites for baccalaureate level courses.

Selecting Your First Math Course

Visit this page to find out about math courses required for your major, and the prerequisites you must have to enroll in these courses.

ELM/MAPE Contact Information

Clint Hahlbeck, ELM/MAPE Coordinator

Office Phone: (805) 756-2268
Fax: (805) 756-6537
Location: 25-207

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