Early Start Placement

NOTE: Information on this page is subject to change as the 2019 Early Start program is designed. Check back after May 1 for updates.

Incoming freshmen will be placed in one of four categories for English and mathematics readiness. If you have declared a STEM major, you will have different criteria for mathematics. The categories determine your placement statuses for the Early Start program and GE courses.

On this page: English | Math (non-STEM) | Math (STEM) | Senior Experience  | Exemption PetitionGlossary

 


English

The Bulldog English Readiness standards apply to all incoming freshmen. You must meet at least one criteria in the "Fulfilled" or "Ready" categories to be exempt from Early Start English.

View and download the Bulldog English Readiness Guide (PDF).

CSU General Education Requirement Fulfilled (Readiness Category 1)

You are exempt from Early Start English.

Your GE requirements in English are fulfilled. You must meet at least one of the following criteria for this category:

  • Pass AP Composition/Language Exam with a 3 or higher
  • Pass AP Composition/Literature Exam with a 3 or higher
  • Pass approved community college course with a C- or better

Ready for GE English (Readiness Category 2)

You are exempt from Early Start English. 

You are ready to take a General Education (GE) English course. You must meet at least one of the following criteria for this category:

  • Score "Standard Exceeded" on EAP/CAASP/SBAC
  • Score "Standard Met" on EAP/CAASP/SBAC AND pass Senior Experience (more info)
  • SAT: 550 and above
  • ACT: 22 and above
  • Weighted HS GPA: 3.3 and above
  • Weighted HS GPA: 3.0 - 3.29 AND pass Senior  Experience (more info)
  • Complete an approved Early Start substitute course at a California Community College (Full list: Early Start substitute course )

Ready for Supported GE English (Readiness Category 3)

You are advised to take Early Start English, but it is not required. Early Start registration will be available on June 12th.

You are ready to take a supported General Education (GE) English course. Supported courses include a co-requisite class that provides additional academic support. You must meet at least one of the following criteria for this category:

  • SAT: 510-540
  • ACT: 19-21
  • Weighted HS GPA: 3.0-3.29 AND 4 years of English

Ready for Supported GE English (Readiness Category 4)

You are required to take Early Start English. Early Start registration will be available on May 8th.

Ready to take a supported General Education (GE) English course. Supported courses include a co-requisite class that provides additional academic support. Criteria for this category:

  • "Score "Not Yet Ready" or "Not Ready" on EAP/CAASP/SBAC
  • SAT: below 510
  • ACT: below 19

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Math (non-STEM)

The Bulldog Math Readiness (non-STEM) standards apply to incoming freshmen who have not declared STEM majors. You must meet at least one criteria in the "Fulfilled" or "Ready" categories to be exempt from Early Start Math.

NOTE: The IB and CLEP exams will not fulfill CSU General Education area B4 at Fresno State.

View and download the Bulldog Math Readiness Guide (PDF).

CSU General Education Requirement Fulfilled (Readiness Category 1)

You are exempt from Early Start Math.

Your General Education (GE) requirement in math is fulfilled. You must meet at least one of the following requirements for this category:

  • Pass AP Calculus exam with a 3 or higher
  • Pass AP Statistics exam with a 3 or higher
  • Pass approved community college mathematics course with a C- or better.
  • Pass IB Exam with a 4 or higher (does not fulfill GE at Fresno State; may fulfill GE at other CSU campuses)
  • Pass the CLEP (does not fulfill GE at Fresno State; may fulfill GE at other CSU campuses)

Ready for GE Math (Readiness Category 2)

You are exempt from Early Start Math.

You are ready for a General Education (GE) math course. You must meet at least one of the following requirements for this category:

  • Score "Standard Exceeded" on the EAP, CAASP, or SBAC exams.
  • Score "Standard Met" on the EAP CAASP, or SBAC exams and pass an approved senior experience class (more info).
  • SAT: 570 and above
  • SAT: 520-560 and pass an approved senior experience class (more info below).
  • SAT Math Subject Test: 550 and above
  • ACT: 23 and above
  • ACT: 20-22 and pass an approved senior experience class (more info below).
  • Graduate high school with a weighted GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  • Graduate high school with a weighted GPA of 3.5-3.69 AND pass an approved senior experience class (more info below).
  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA of at least 3.0 AND pass an approved senior experience class (more info below).
  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA of at least 3.0 AND have taken at least 5 years of math.
  • Complete an approved Early Start substitute course at a California Community College.

Ready for Supported GE Math (Readiness Category 3)

You are advised to take Early Start Math, but it is not required. Early Start registration will be available to you on June 12th.

You are ready to take a supported General Education (GE) math course. Supported courses include a co-requisite class that provides additional academic support. You must meet at least one of the following criteria for this category:

  • Graduate high school with a weighted GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA of at least 3.3.

Ready for Supported GE Math (Readiness Category 4)

You are required to take Early Start Math. Early Start registration will be available on May 8th.

Ready to take a supported General Education (GE) math course. Supported courses include a co-requisite class that provides additional academic support. Criteria for this category:

  • Score "Not Yet Ready" or "Not Ready" on the EAP, CAASP, or SBAC exams.
  • Graduate high school with a weighted GPA below 3.0.
  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA below 3.3.

 

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Math (STEM)

The Bulldog Math Readiness (STEM) standards apply to incoming freshmen who have declared STEM majors. You must meet at least one criteria in the "Fulfilled" or "Ready" categories to be exempt from Early Start Math.

NOTE: The IB and CLEP exams will not fulfill CSU General Education area B4 at Fresno State.

View and download the Bulldog Math Readiness Guide - STEM Majors (PDF).

CSU General Education Requirement Fulfilled (Readiness Category 1)

You are exempt from Early Start Math.

Your General Education (GE) requirement in math is fulfilled. You must meet at least one of the following criteria for this category:

  • Pass AP Calculus exam with a 3 or higher
  • Pass AP Statistics exam with a 3 or higher
  • Pass approved community college Mathematics course with a C- or better
  • Pass IB exam with a 4 or higher (does not full GE at Fresno State; may fulfill GE at other CSU campuses)
  • Pass the CLEP (does not fulfill GE at Fresno State; may fulfill GE at other CSU campuses)

Ready for STEM GE Math (Readiness Category 2)

You are exempt from Early Start Math.

You are ready for a General Education (GE) math course. You must meet at least one of the following criteria for this category.

  • Score "Score Exceeded" on the EAP, CAASP, or SBAC exams.
  • Score "Standard Met" on the EAP, CAASP, or SBAC exams and pass an approved senior experience class (more info).
  • SAT: 570 and above
  • SAT: 520-560 and pass an approved senior experience class (more info).
  • SAT Math Subject Test: 550 and above
  • ACT: 23 and above
  • ACT: 20-22 and pass an approved senior experience class (more info).
  • Graduate high school with a weighted GPA of at least 3.7.
  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA of at least 3.5 ad pass an approved senior experience class (more info).
  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA of at least 3.5 and have taken at least five years of math.
  • Complete an approved Early Start substitute course at a California Community College.

Ready for Supported STEM GE Math (Readiness Category 3)

You are advised to take Early Start, but it is not required. Early Start registration will be available to you on June 12th.

You are ready to take a supported General Education (GE) math course. Supported courses include a co-requisite class that provides additional academic support. You must meet at least one of the following criteria for this category:

  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA of at least 3.3.

Ready for Supported STEM GE Math (Readiness Category 4)

You are required to take Early Start Math. Early Start registration will be available on May 8th.

Ready to take a supported General Education (GE) math course. Supported courses include a co-requisite class that provides additional academic support. Criteria for this category:

  • Score "Not Yet Ready" or "Not Ready" on the EAP, CAASP, or SBAC exams.
  • Graduate high school with a weighted GPA below 3.6.
  • Graduate high school with a weighted math GPA below 3.3.

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Senior Experience

You may see a message on the Early Start page stating, "You need to complete your English/Math Senior Experience. If not completed you will need to enroll in Early Start." 

If you see this message, you are taking an approved "Senior Experience" high school course. You will be placed in the "Ready" category for English/Math if you pass their course with a "C" or better and submit a Conditional Readiness Form (2019 form pending)

WARNING: Forms MUST be signed by the teacher/counselor, so you should get them signed before your high school closes for the summer.

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Exemption Petition

Information about the Exemption Petition will be added by April 17th.

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 Glossary

  • ESP: Early Start Program
  • EAP/CAASP/SBAC: Test taken in 11th grade
  • EAP: Early Assessment Program
  • CLEP: College Level Examination Program
  • CSU GE: California State University General Education
  • HS: High School
  • IB: International Baccalaureate

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