Early Start Exemptions

You may be exempt from Early Start if you meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You received 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
Required Score 147 50


  • 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)
  • You earned the appropriate scores for exemption in the following exams:


Test Required score for ELM Requirement
SAT  550 or more on the mathematics portion of the SAT reasoning test
550 or more on a mathematics subject test (level 1 or level 2)
ACT 23 or more on the mathematics test
AP 3 or more on Advanced Placement Calculus or Statistics


Test Required score for EPT Requirement
SAT  500 or more on the Critical Reading section
ACT 22 or more on the English Test
AP 3 or more on either the Language & Composition or Literature & Composition exam

Filing an Exemption Petition for "Serious and Compelling Reason"

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. At Fresno State, a committee with representation from Admissions, Advising Services, and the faculty will review 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.

In providing reason(s), 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

Please visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/outreach/esp/ for more details.

Early Start Exemption Refunds

If you become exempt from the Early Start requirement before the conclusion of the class, you will be automatically dropped from your course.

You will need to request a refund of your Early Start fees if you become exempt. Click here for the refund petition form.

No refunds will be permitted after the conclusion of your Early Start class, even if you become exempt.


Course Start Date Last Day to Receive an Exemption Refund
June 22, 2015 July 3, 2015
July 6, 2015 July 17, 2015
July 20, 2015 July 31, 2015