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.
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.
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 for baccalaureate level courses.
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