EEP Open House

Fall 2020 EEP Open House information will be posted early September. Please continue to check the website for program updates.  

An RSVP is requested and encouraged

The Early Entrance Program hosts an Open House twice a year. The Open House provides an opportunity for prospective students and their parents/guardians to learn more about EEP and to explore the Cal State LA campus as well as the EEP Student Center. Students are encouraged to register for the SAT or ACT at their earliest convenience. Links regarding the dates are listed below.

Exam Registration:

Please register for the SAT exam on the College Board website:  


Register for the ACT exam on the ACT website: 

If under 13 please contact the SAT at 866-756-7346 or contact your local high school for a paper registration booklet. For the ACT, visit the ACT website for more information on registering students under the age of 13.

Please note that there is no way for the EEP to be notified by the College Board or ACT about your registration for an exam. Interested students will need to submit scores for review prior to receiving an application for the Honors Academy in Summer 2020.

Therefore, if you are interested in EEP and would like to attend the next Open House, complete this RSVP form:


Please check the College Board or ACT website for exam deadlines. Note that online and mail-in deadlines differ, and that there is an additional fee when registering between the regular and late registration deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of completing an SAT or ACT exam?

The Early Entrance Program (EEP) aims to admit young scholars interested in acceleration. EEP utilizes the SAT and ACT exams as one of the measures for college readiness. The SAT is a multiple-choice examination and covers verbal and mathematical skills; each component, verbal and mathematical, is worth a possible 800 points.

Who may participate?

Students between the ages of 12-15 who are identified by their schools as highly gifted, who score in the top 10% of their class on standardized exams, and/or who possess college-level verbal or mathematical skills are encouraged to test.

We ask GATE coordinators, teachers and administrators of many intermediate schools in Los Angeles County and beyond to select those students who they believe would be especially qualified to complete an SAT exam. Parents and students may also self-select, based on their test scores or skills, and sign themselves up for the test.

Why participate in the exam?

There are a number of good reasons to participate in the testing.

  • Many bright students "top out" on regular achievement tests. You probably know that your student is exceptionally able, but you may not have a clear idea of how he/she stands in relation to other very bright students. You also may not know the areas in which your student is strongest or weakest. The SAT provides a better idea of your achievement level in a variety of specific areas. In a sense, the normal tests administered to public school students are not challenging and your student likely scores in the 90 percentile or above each time the test(s) are taken. It is as if they are measuring a 10’ tall student with a 6’ tall ruler. The information gleaned from the SAT exam should help you evaluate your student’s abilities more realistically and assist educators in planning an optimal program for them.

  • The experience of taking a difficult exam like the SAT provides valuable experience for students who will probably be college bound and who will be taking many similar tests in the years to come.

  • The Early Entrance Program is a small full-time program at Cal State LA, which provides some students the opportunity to skip most or all of high school and attend college early at ages 12-15, full-time.

What happens after the test?

Your test results, along with instructions for interpreting them, are sent to you a few weeks after the test date via email. Those participating students who qualify for the program must notify the EEP office and forward a set of scores for review in order to move forward with the EEP application process. 

How do you register for the test?

Complete SAT registration on the College Board website. Also complete an Interest Form to indicate to the EEP that you may apply to the program.

It is important that College Board receives your applications by the deadline date, as space is limited. Testing seats are reserved on a first come first served basis.

Please be assured that participation in the SAT or ACT exams is entirely voluntary. Students have been invited to participate because it is expected that they will do better than most people their age and that the test results will be of value to them. You should feel very proud of your high achievement whether or not you choose to take part in the testing. Keep up the good work and don't hesitate to call if you have questions we haven't answered.

We look forward to assisting you. Contact us at (323) 343-2287 or by e-mail to


Fall 2020 Open House - TBA

Parking: Parking Structure C

Meeting Location: Martin Luther King Hall, Lecture Hall 1

Campus Map:

For Cal State LA campus locations please see the Campus Map.

Event Description:

Interested students and their parents are welcome to attend the EEP Open House. The program includes a presentation on the Early Entrance Program and academic acceleration as an option for some students, and will also provide information about the Honors College at Cal State LA. Discover how, for some students, the alternative pathway that EEP provides offers the academic acceleration they crave. Meet current EEP students and their parents to learn why they chose this unusual educational path, and why it has worked for them. The Open House includes a question-and-answer opportunity and a tour of the EEP spaces.