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Program Description

The "Early Start" program in the CSU requires incoming first-time freshmen who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin remediation during the summer before coming to the CSU. The goals of Early Start are to better prepare students in math and English before their first semester, thereby improving their chances of completing a college degree.

Freshmen who are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) exam are strongly encouraged to prepare and study in order to do well on the tests. Test results will determine whether enrollment in Early Start is required.

Freshmen Exempt from Early Start:

  • Freshmen who are not California residents
  • Freshmen who are international students
  • Freshmen who clear both English and mathematics remediation requirements by their high school graduation date
  • Freshmen participating in Summer Institute

Clearing the Requirement:

To clear remediation requirements, freshmen must present proof of one of the following:

Proof Type English Math
New SAT* Evidenced Based Reading and Writing Section: 510 - 540 Mathematics: 520 - 560
Old SAT Reasoning Critical Reading: 460 - 490 Mathematics: 490 - 540
ACT English: 19 - 21 Mathematics: 23 or higher
EPT and ELM EPT: 147 or higher ELM: 50 or higher
EAP (Early Assessment Program) "Conditionally Ready " OR "Ready for college-level English coursework"
May be met by completing an approved English course in the 12 grade and earning a grade of "C" or better.
"Exempt" OR "Ready for college-level Mathematics coursework"
EAP Mathematics Conditional Status   Conditional and a C or higher grade in an approved year-long, senior-year mathematics experience, Intermediate Algebra, or higher-level mathematics
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam English: 3, 4, or 5 score Calculus (AB or BC): 3, 4, or 5 score
Statistics: 3, 4, or 5 score
College Board SAT Subject Test Language and Composition or Composition and Literature : 3 or above Mathematics (Level 1 or 2): 550 or higher
College Course C or higher grade in Written Communication C or higher grade in a course above Intermediate Algebra level

* In March 2016, the College Board began administering a new SAT. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT.

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Cal Poly Extended Education
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: 805-756-2053