Math Recommendations
Mathematics
The table below summarizes the enrollment recommendations for students taking Early Start mathematics classes at SJSU. For more information about the courses and more detailed enrollment recommendations, read the descriptions below the table. For a full schedule of SJSU Early Start classes, refer to the CSU Early Start Course Listing.
ESM1001  ESM1002  ESM1003  ESM1004  ESM1005  

ELM Score 040  ✔✔  ✔  ✔✔✔  **  ✔ 
ELM Score 4248  ✔  ✔✔✔  ✔✔  **  ✔ 
Conditionally Ready in Math  ✔  ✔  ✔✔  ✔✔✔  ✔ 
✔✔✔= Best Choice
✔✔ = Good Choice
✔ = Acceptable Choice
** = Only students with a status of Conditionally Ready in mathematics earned through the EAP, SAT, or ACT may enroll in ESM1004.
Course Title: 
ESM1001: Elementary Algebra Review 


Units & Cost: 
1 semester unit (16 class hours)  $182 without a fee waiver 

Description: 
Using a computerbased instructional program, ESM1001 reviews topics from elementary and intermediate algebra, including real numbers, exponents and roots, polynomials and rational expressions, inequalities, and functions (linear, quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential). 

Advancement: 
Curriculumbased assessments and an optional ELM retest may be used to improve freshman mathematics placement. Students may complete one or two semesters of remedial mathematics through ESM1001. 

Best For: 
This course is intended for students with an ELM score between 0 and 40 who are looking for a one unit course to satisfy their Early Start mathematics requirement. 

Acceptable For: 
All other students with an Early Start mathematics requirement. 
Course Title: 
ESM1002: Entry Level Mathematics Review 


Units & Cost: 
1 semester unit (16 class hours)  $182 without a fee waiver 

Description: 
ESM1002 reviews topics from every section of the Entry Level Mathematics test (ELM), including percents, fractions, and ratios; exponents and roots; average, median and mode; charts and graphs; linear functions; polynomial and rational expressions and equations; inequality and absolute value functions; perimeter, area, and volume of geometric figures; properties of similar or congruent geometric objects; and graphs and figures in the coordinate plane. 

Advancement: 
Full attendance satisfies the Early Start mathematics requirement. An optional ELM retest may be used to place out of remedial mathematics. 

Best For: 
This course is intended for students with an ELM score between 42 and 48. Historically, 7 out of 10 students in this scoring range have passed the ELM retest and placed out of remedial mathematics after taking this class. 

Acceptable For: 
All other students with an Early Start mathematics requirement. 
Course Title: 
ESM1003: Comprehensive Algebra Review 


Units and Cost: 
3 semester units (40 class hours)  $546 without a fee waiver 

Description: 
Using a flipped classroom model (i.e., online video lectures and focused inclass instruction), ESM1003 reviews topics from elementary and intermediate algebra, including real numbers, exponents and roots, polynomials and rational expressions, inequalities, and functions (linear, quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential). 

Advancement: 
Curriculumbased assessments and an optional ELM retest may be used to improve freshman mathematics placement. Students are expected to complete at least one semester of remedial mathematics through ESM1003, and many will complete both semesters. 

Best For: 
This course is intended for students with an ELM score between 0 and 40 who are looking for the Early Start mathematics course that is most likely to fulfill some or all of their remedial mathematics requirement. 

Acceptable For: 
All other students with an Early Start mathematics requirement. 
Course Title: 
ESM1004: Mathematics Review for College Readiness 


Units & Cost: 
3 semester units (40 class hours)  $546 without a fee waiver 

Description: 
Using a computerbased instructional program, ESM1004 reviews topics from every section of the Entry Level Mathematics test (ELM), including percents, fractions, and ratios; exponents and roots; average, median and mode; charts and graphs; linear functions; polynomial and rational expressions and equations; inequality and absolute value functions; perimeter, area, and volume of geometric figures; properties of similar or congruent geometric objects; and graphs and figures in the coordinate plane. 

Advancement: 
The purpose of this course is to give students who are Conditionally Ready in Mathematics through the EAP, SAT, or ACT one final opportunity to satisfy the condition and place out of remedial mathematics. Those who do not finish the course at the end of five weeks may also take an optional ELM retest to place out of remedial mathematics. 

Best For: 
This course is the best option for students who are Conditionally Ready in mathematics through the Early Assessment Program. (This includes students with SAT mathematics scores in the 490540 range or ACT mathematics scores in the 2022 range.) 

Acceptable For: 
Only students who are Conditionally Ready in mathematics are allowed to enroll in this course. 
Course Title: 
ESM1005: Elementary Algebra Review 


Units & Cost: 
1 semester unit (15 hours)  $182 without a fee waiver 

Description: 
Using a computerbased instructional program, ESM1005 reviews topics from elementary and intermediate algebra, including real numbers, exponents and roots, polynomials and rational expressions, inequalities, and functions (linear, quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential). The course is largely selfstudy, although students will have the opportunity to seek help from their instructor through an online messaging system. 

Advancement: 
This course satisfies the Early Start requirement in mathematics but does not provide an opportunity to improve freshman mathematics placement. 

Best For: 
This course is intended to give students with very little free time or limited transportation options the opportunity to fulfill the Early Start mathematics requirement. 

Acceptable For: 
All students with an Early Start mathematics requirement, although students who are able to attend a live class are advised to select a different Early Start mathematics option. 