Enrolling in a First-Year Writing Class

This page provides an overview for first-year students looking to enroll in their first writing course at CSULA. The information on this page applies only to incoming first-time freshman students (not transfer students) starting in the Fall 2017 term. The procedure is

  1. Determine which writing course to take.
  2. Check the Schedule of Classes on GET to find available sections and note whether the section is reserved for specific groups of students and therefore not open to all students.

Determine Which Writing Course to Take (skip this section if you already know which class to take)

Use the following key to determine the first writing course you should take. This key applies to students starting in Fall 2016 or later.

Instructions: Start at the top and stop at the first row where the statement is true when applied to you. Read across the row to determine which writing course you are eligible to take.

If the following statement is true,then you are eligible to take this course as your first writing course

I scored 3 or above on either

  • the Advanced Placement (AP) test in English Literature and Composition, or
  • the AP test in English Language and Composition
a critical thinking and writing course that satisfies GE A3 (for example, ENGL 1050)

I scored

  • 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, or
  • 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test, or
  • "Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English" on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam, or
  • 147 or higher on the English Placement Test (EPT)
choose between either
  • ENGL 1010 (one-semester accelerated college writing course), or
  • ENGL 1005A to be followed by ENGL 1005B (one-year college writing course)

I scored

  • "Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam and subsequently completed an approved grade 12 writing course (see below), or
  • between 460 - 490 on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test and subsequently completed an approved grade 12 writing course (see below), or
  • between 19 - 21 on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test and subsequently completed an approved grade 12 writing course (see below)

choose between either

  • ENGL 1010 (one-semester accelerated college writing course), or
  • ENGL 1005A to be followed by ENGL 1005B (one-year college writing course)

I scored

  • "Conditional Exemption" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) in grade 11 and did not complete an approved grade 12 writing course (see below), or
  • between 460 - 490 on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test and did not complete an approved grade 12 writing course (see below), or
  • between 19 - 21 on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test and did not complete an approved grade 12 writing course (see below), or
  • 120-146 on the EPT

Enroll in

  1. Early Start Composition (ESC) in the Summer prior to starting at Cal State LA.
  2. ENGL 1005A in the Fall to be followed by ENGL 1005B in the Spring.

The purpose of Early Start Composition is to help prepare incoming students for the demands of college writing.

For more information on the Early Start Program and for a description of the Early Start Composition courses, see the University Testing Center (http://www.calstatela.edu/testingcenter/early-start-program). 

 

Approved Grade 12 Writing Courses

Students who receive a "Conditional Exemption" on the EAP, or score between 460 - 490 on the critical reading section of the SAT, or who score between 19 - 21 on the ACT English test will be permitted to choose between ENGL 1010 (one-semester accelerated college writing) or ENGL 1005A/B (one-year college writing) if they take one of the full-year Grade 12 courses listed below and pass with a "C" or higher.

  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) - Adopted as a full year course in the 12th grade and taught by a certified instructor
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English
  • Advanced Placement—Language and Composition or Literature and Composition
  • English course approved for extra honors weight on the University of California "a-g" Doorways course list

Check the Schedule of Classes

Access the Schedule of Classes on GET either through your myCSULA portal or by selecting "Schedule of Classes" from the list of Golden Eagle Territory services found on this page (https://get.calstatela.edu/). Usually several sections of each course are scheduled each term. In the Fall, there might several dozen sections of ENGL 1005A, 1010, and 1050, for example. When you enroll in a course you are actually enrolling in a course section. You can search for available course sections on GET using the Class Search page. When searching, remember the following:

  1. Determine whether you want to search for open sections only or all sections, including closed sections, and then check or uncheck the appropriate box on the search form.
  2. When a list of sections is displayed, don't forget to click on "View All" to see all available sections.
  3. View details pm the course section by clicking on the class number or section number. When the Class Details page is displayed, check the "Notes" section to ensure that enrollment in the section is not restricted. Some sections of some courses are reserved for students in the Honors College and in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST).