CSU Requirements for Developmental Courses


In the fall of 1998, every CSU campus was required to comply with an executive order issued by the Board of Trustees and the CSU Chancellor’s Office.  This order (EO 665), deals with how the CSU will handle students who enter one of the 23 CSU campuses needing extra preparation in math and/or English before taking college level courses in these areas.

How does EO 665 affect you?

  • Students who are not exempt must take the EPT and ELM tests prior to enrolling in courses.
  • If your score on these tests is not high enough to qualify you to take a college-level course, you will be required to enroll in remedial courses that do not count toward your degree.
  • Enrollment in required remedial courses is a condition of your enrollment in other classes.  You must be enrolled in your remedial courses until you have completed the requirement.
  • Remediation must be completed within a specified time limit (usually one year).
  • Failure to enroll in a required remedial course or to complete remediation within the time limit will result in disenrollment from the University.
What should you know about the ELM/EPT?
  • If you are exempt, be sure the proof of your exemption is on record (i.e. your test scores or transcripts)
  • If you are not exempt, register to take the test(s) at any CSU campus.  The sooner you take them, the sooner you can attend Orientation and register for your fall classes.  If you wait too long, the classes you want to take in the fall may be full.
  • If you must take remedial courses, take them seriously.  Failure to complete your remedial requirements within your first year can result in you being disenrolled from the University.