How do I know if I must participate in Early Start English?

Skills assessments are designed to assess the level of written communication skills of students entering the CSU. Unless the requirement has been fulfilled, freshmen must enroll in appropriate general education written communication courses. The following are the system-wide skills assessment standards for GE written communication.

GE Requirement is considered fulfilled if students fall into any of the below categories:

  • A score of 3 or above on either the AP Language and Composition or Composition and Literature exam or IB test
  • Completion of a community college course that satisfies the requirement of General Education English Comprehension with a grade of C- or better.

Students are recommended to be placed in a GE English course if they fall into any of the below categories:

  • A result of “Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English” on the CASSPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam
  • A score of 550 or above on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section of the “new” SAT or 500 or above on the Critical Reading section of the “old” SAT
  • A score of 22 or above on the ACT English test

Students are recommended to be placed in a supported GE English course if they fall into any of the below categories:

  • A score between 510-540 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section of the “new” SAT or 460-490 on the Critical Reading section of the “old” SAT and completion of an approved English course in the 12th grade with a grade of C- or better*
  • A score of 19-21 on the English portion of the ACT exam and completion of an approved English course in the 12th grade with a grade of C- or better*
  • A result of “Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU* participating CCC college-level coursework in English” on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam and completion of an approved English course in the 12th grade with a grade of C- or better*

*Approved courses (one full year of the same course) include ERWC, AP Language/AP Literature Composition, IB English, or U.C. Honors English. Approved Honors Courses must be included in the official “a-g” site: www.ucop.edu/agguide. Approved honors courses will be noted in the Course Details column as being “UC Honors.”

Students are required to be placed in a supported GE English course if they fall into any of the below categories:

  • A result of “Nearly Met or Not Met” on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English exam
  • A score between 500 or below on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section of the “new” SAT or 450 or below on the Critical Reading section of the “old” SAT
  • A score of 18 or below on the English portion of the ACT exam