The Early Start Program: What class to sign up for

Math Courses:

Early Start Math (1 unit on campus course)

  • ESM 1 is the standard requirement for Early Start Math. It is a two-week course that will assist the student in building a greater understanding of mathematics. You (the student) will have an option to retake the ELM and if you receive a 50 or greater you will then be remediated and can go directly to GE math. Those that demonstrate sufficient proficiency will be considered remediated at Fresno State. Others will be required to take remedial math courses (Math 1RA/1RB or Math 4R) by the end of the first year.

Early Start Math (1 unit online course)

  • The online 1-unit class is only recommended for students who can work on math alone! So a student should not take the 1-unit online class unless there is no way they can make it to campus.
  • ESM 1 is the standard requirement for Early Start Math. It is a two-week course that will assist the student in building a greater understanding of mathematics. You (the student) will have an option to retake the ELM and if you receive a 50 or greater you will then be remediated and can go directly to GE math. Those that demonstrate sufficient proficiency will be considered remediated at Fresno State. Others will be required to take remedial math courses (Math 1RA/1RB or Math 4R) by the end of the first year.

Early Start Math (3 units)

  • If you have the time and finances to come to campus for a 4-week period, you might consider enrolling in the 3-unit class. You will have an option to retake the ELM and if you receive a 50 or greater you will then be remediated and can go directly to GE math.
  • If you cannot afford to attend the 3-unit class (either financially or time wise), you should enroll in the 1-unit on-campus class.

English Courses:

Early Start English (1 unit on campus course)

  • After completing the 1 unit course, based on your EPT score, you can self-place into English 5A/5B or English 10. You must complete English 5A or English 10 by the end of your first year.

Early Start English (1 unit online course)

  • The online 1-unit class is only recommended for students who can work on English alone! So a student should not take the 1-unit online class unless there is no way they can make it to campus.
  • After completing the 1 unit course, based on your EPT score, you can self-place into English 5A/5B or English 10. You must complete English 5A or English 10 by the end of your first year.