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Welcome to the Center for Academic Success - Early Academic Preparation Unit! Our mission is to support students during their transition to the university and throughout their first-year.


Our Programs & Services

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is used by the CSU in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics to determine a student's Early Assessment Program status.  In the spring of their high school junior year, students take the CAASPP English Language Arts/Literacy, and math exams, also referred to as SBAC.

Summer Connections gives incoming first-year students an opportunity to enroll in math or an English course the summer before they begin! Classes are interactive and designed to connect students with classmates, faculty, and the campus while giving them a head start! Participation is based on CSU multiple measures.

Every incoming student is part of First Year Connections! Our goal is to ensure students make meaningful connections and are supported as they complete their math and English in their first year.

We offer testing services for students at Cal State LA and the surrounding community. We aim to provide a comfortable testing environment, appropriate accommodations, and practice professional testing standards.

Undergraduate Students: The following list courses serve to satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement and if passed with a grade of C or better, will satisfy the CSU Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).  Please note that a grade of C- will not satisfy the GWAR.  Students who earn a grade of C- or lower on the GWAR course for their major will need to repeat the course or take a different GWAR course.  Courses are discipline specific and may not serve as good alternatives for students who are not in that discipline. 

List of Approved GWAR Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Students: Policy states that International Graduate Students who graduate from universities where English is NOT the primary language of instruction and do not meet other exemptions (41+ on the CBEST or 4+ on the GRE/GMAT) must take one of the following Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWRA) courses:

List of Approved GWAR Graduate courses


For any questions regarding the GWAR, you can email us at [email protected]

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Email us at [email protected]