The Early Start Exemptions Summer 2014

Students may be exempt from Early Start if at least one of the following qualifications are met:

  1. Receive the minimum required score in both the English Placement Test (EPT) or Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)

    Placement  Test English Placement Test (EPT) Entry Level Math Test
    Required Score 147 50
  2. The student is a non-resident of California (including International Students)
  3. The student successfully completed the Fresno State Summer Bridge Program
  4. The student participated in a qualified Early Assessment Program (EAP)
  5. The student 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 exceptions to the Early Start program (EO 1048) to 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: /studentaffairs/outreach/esp/ for more details.