Early Start Exemptions
View the document "Your Pathway to College Readiness" to see the ways you can be exempted from the Early Start Program.
If you have questions about the California State University placement tests, ELM/EPT/EAP, click here to go to the Educational Testing Services website.
Below are ways you can qualify for an exemption from Early Start:
1. If you receive the minimum required score on the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM).
|Placement Test||English Placement Test (EPT)||Entry Level Math Test (ELM)|
2. If you are in any of the following categories:
- You are a non-resident of California (including international students)
- You successfully completed the Fresno State Summer Bridge Program
- You participated in a qualified Early Assessment Program (EAP)
3. If you earned the appropriate scores in the following exams:
|Test||Required score for ELM Requirement|
|SAT||570 or above on the mathematics portion of the SAT reasoning test
570 or above on a mathematics subject test (level 1 or level 2)
|ACT||23 or above on the mathematics test|
|AP||3 or above on Advanced Placement Calculus or Statistics|
|Test||Required score for EPT Requirement|
|SAT||550 or above on the Critical Reading section|
|ACT||22 or above on the English Test|
|AP||3 or above on either the Language & Composition or Literature & Composition exam|
4. If you are conditionally exempt from Early Start AND pass a qualifying Senior Experience course.
You will receive an email from the Admissions Office at Fresno State informing you if you are conditionally exempt. You will need to turn in the following form(s) with signature from your Senior Experience course instructor or high school counselor.
Students may become conditionally exempt from Early Start with the following test scores:
|ACT||19 - 21||20 - 22|
|SAT||510 - 540||520 - 560|
|CAASP||3 - Conditional Ready||3 - Conditional Ready|
The following courses qualify as "Senior Year Experience" courses for English/Math exemption:
|Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)||Trigonometry|
|Advanced Placement (AP) English Course||Math Analysis|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) English Course||Pre-Calculus or Calculus|
|English course approved for extra honors credit by the University of California (indicated on the UC doorways "a-g" course list with a star||AP Calculus (AB or BC)|
|AP Statistics or Statistics|
5. If you file an Exemption Petition for a "Serious and Compelling Reason".
At Fresno State, a committee with representation from Admissions, Advising Services, and the faculty will review exemption petitions and make recommendations to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, who will make the final decision and notify the student (via email) of the campus’ decision. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies may grant exemptions to the Early Start program for students who document a serious and compelling reason for not participating in, or completing, an approved Early Start program.
Please note that the Fresno State Honor Code states that providing false information is grounds for dismissal from the University. Students petitioning for an exemption must provide written documentation that substantiates the reason(s) for not participating in the Early Start program. Without sufficient and qualifying supporting documentation, petitions will be denied. Click here for Exemption Petition.
Refunds for Early Start Exemptions
If you become exempt from the Early Start requirement, you will automatically be dropped from your course and receive a refund.