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)
Required Score 147 50
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.

Math Exemption Request Form (PDF)

English Exemption Request Form (PDF)

Students may become conditionally exempt from Early Start with the following test scores:

Test English Math
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:

English Math
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.