California State University, Fullerton

Early Start

FAQs for Early Start Program

What can high school juniors do to prepare?

Math and English skills are critical to success in college regardless of the intended major. Through the Early Assessment Program (EAP), California juniors have the opportunity to measure their English and math skills towards the end of the 11th grade. As a result, juniors are strongly encouraged to take the EAP test. Results are available at the beginning of the senior year and can be used to ensure students are using their senior year to become "college-ready" if they are not already. As students are planning their senior class schedules, it is important to know that a math course in the senior year is good for all students in preparing them for college success!

What is the Early Assessment Program (EAP)?

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) provides the opportunity for high schools students to gauge their readiness for college-level English and mathematics. The EAP test is administered in the Spring semester of 11th grade in conjunction with the California Standards Test. A student's EAP results may be used to exempt them from the required ELM and/or EPT at any of the 23 CSU campuses and participating California Community Colleges (CCC). Students are encouraged to release their scores to the CSU when they take the CSTs by filling in the "release bubble" in each section of the exam. Students who released their scores will be able to review their results at: www.calstate.edu/eap/results and have their EAP results sent via CSUMentor to the campuses to which they apply.

The best way to ensure success in college and to avoid spending the summer after high school graduation at a CSU is to be prepared in English and math! For more information on the CSU EAP program, see the CSU English and Math Success web sites.

How can I earn an exemption for both the ELM and EPT, and Early Start?

MATH

  • Assessment of "Ready for College Mathematics" in the Early Assessment Program
  • A math SAT score of 550 or above
  • A score of 23 or above for the ACT Math Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the Mathematics examination for the Advanced Placement test.
  • Completion and transfer to the CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better and before New Student Orientation.

ENGLISH

  • Assessment of “Ready for College English” in the Early Assessment Program
  • A critical reading SAT score of 500 or above
  • A score of 22 or above for the ACT English Test
  • A score of 3 or above in the Language and Composition or Literature and Composition Advance Placement test
  • Completion and transfer to the CSU of a college course that satisfies the English composition requirement provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better and before New Student Orientation.

What if my ELM or EPT scores are not yet available, how do I know if I am supposed to enroll in the Early Start Program?

When EPT/ELM values are not present, your SAT/ACT score values will be used to do the initial determination of your participate in  the Early Start Program. Using your SAT/ACT scores does not exempt you from taking the EPT/ELM for the fall term. Furthermore, taking the EPT/ELM test early may in fact exempt you from the Early Start Program. We strongly encourage all students to take the EPT/ELM test in April, but no later than May .

Note:  Cal State Fullerton will not allow you to register for an Early Start Program class unless you have taken the ELM and/or EPT test.

If I am already enrolled in the Early Start Program based on my ACT or SAT test scores, do I still need to take the ELM or EPT?

Yes. All new undergraduate students entering any California State University are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) unless you are exempt from taking the tests. You must take the EPT and the ELM and provide scores to the university prior to beginning your first semester of enrollment. Failure to take these tests prior to registering for your first semester will result in your not being allowed to enroll at the CSU.

If I am required to enroll in the Early Start Program, but I don't, can I still attend CSU Fullerton?

No. If you are required to enroll in the Early Start Program, you must sign up and complete your Early Start Program activity to stay eligible to enroll for the Fall. You must declare where you plan to take your Early Start Program course(s) by no later than June 1st using the ESP Smart Page in your Student Portal. You must register for Early Start Program course(s) by no later than July 23, 2015 for English and July 31, 2015 for Math. In addition, you must complete your Early Start Program activities by no later than August 14, 2015.

Can I enroll in an Early Start Program class even if I have not taken the ELM or EPT placement exam(s)?

Some CSU campuses may allow this practice. However, Cal State Fullerton requires that you take the ELM and/or EPT in order to enroll in our ESP classes

If I enroll in an Early Start Program class at another campus, do I still need to take the ELM and/or EPT to come to Cal State Fullerton?

Yes, the ELM and/or EPT tests are an enrollment requirement if you are not otherwise exempt.

What if I am required to attend the Early Start Program, but cannot?

Students who are unable to start their remediation courses over the summer must submit an appeal to the Admission and Records office as soon as possible but no later than four weeks prior to the start of the Fall term . To submit your appeal, please visit the Admissions Appeal website. Appeals must include supporting documentation (evidence) to support the reason they are unable to start remediation over the summer. Appeals will be reviewed by a committee.

For more information on the Early Start Program

Please contact eap@fullerton.edu or 657-278-8386.