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ELM Exam Preparation

If you haven't met the ELM requirement by other means, you must take the exam before you can register for classes. The exam is your last chance to avoid having to enroll in remedial math courses. Prepare seriously.

This page provides several different opportunities for you to use online tools to prepare for the ELM Exam.

Online Personalized ELM Exam Tutorial ($45)
Site Link Online Personalized ELM Exam Tutorial  ($45) popup window icon
Time 18 weeks of access
Test Format Online self-paced ELM exam prep
Description
  • You will be asked to register or to log in in order to access the tutorial at the reduced rate of $45.
  • To access this service you will need to register for the site or log in to your account.
  • This tutorial will determine which math topics you need to practice and will guide you through the process of learning that material.
  • This is not a quick review, but rather a study course.
  • You are encouraged to spend 1-2 hours a day to complete the tutorial.
  • The $45 price has been specially arranged by the CSU (non sale price = $80).
  • Registration and credit card payment are required.
  • Listen to a teacher and his students talk about the value they got from this online math tutorial.

Online Self-Paced Study Guide (free)
Site Link Education Portal ELM: CSU Math Study Guide popup window icon
Time Unlimited access
Test Format Video lessons and practice questions
Description
  • A collection of video lessons that will help you review or learn all of the math concepts included in the ELM exam
  • For a complete review, start at the beginning and take the quiz associated with each lesson to ensure you've mastered the material
  • Jump to specific chapters if you just need to review some of the material
  • Free access from any computer connected to the web

10 Online ELM Practice Problems (free)
Site Link 10 Online ELM Practice Problems (free)
Time 15 minutes
Test Format 10 online multiple-choice problems
Description
  • This short quiz will give you a quick view of what to expect on the ELM exam.
  • It will not give you a true indication of how you will do on the exam.
  • You should plan to use one of the other tools on this page to help you prepare for the exam.
  • The practice problem test is automatically graded online.

50 Online ELM Practice Problems (free)
Site Link 50 Online ELM Practice Problems (free)
Time 90 minutes
Test Format 50 online multiple-choice problems
Description
  • This quiz is the same length and basic format as the ELM exam.
  • You may find it useful to take this quiz once you have already prepared for the exam.
  • To simulate testing conditions, you should work alone, set a time limit of 90 minutes, and avoid using a calculator.

Printed Sample ELM Problems (free)
Printed Sample ELM Problems (free) popup window icon *
Time 2-4 hours
Test Format 114 multiple-choice problems on paper
Description
  • These practice problems provide more opportunities to get ready for the ELM exam.
  • The problems do not provide much instruction, so you will need to access other exam prep resources to prepare for the exam.
  • To access these problems you need to be able to download and print a PDF file.
  • An answer key is included in the file.
Practice ELM Test and Answer Key (free) popup window icon *
Time 90 minutes
Test Format 50 multiple-choice problems on paper
Description
  • This is a retired ELM test which was given in 2011. To simulate the experience of taking the exam, find a quiet room, avoid interruptions, limit your time to 90 minutes and do not use a calculator.
  • Many of the problems in this practice test are duplicated in the 10 and 50 online ELM practice problems above.
  • To access these problems you need to be able to download and print a PDF file.
  • An answer key is included in the file.

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Online Math Videos (free)
Site Link Khan Academy Online Math Videos popup window icon
Time Unlimited access
Test Format Practice lessons that demonstrate key math concepts
Description
  • Large variety of math content delivered via video
  • You will need to search through the library and locate the math lessons that you’d like to practice
  • Includes practice exercises and assessments
  • Free access from any computer connected to the web
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