Early Academic Preparation

The Center for Early Academic Preparation will continue to take action as part of the commitment to our community's health and safety and promote social distancing.  Please note all Early Start courses will be held virtually. To limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the office will remain closed

Live remote assistance hours:

Mondays: 10 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Tuesday to Friday:  10 am to 12 pm and 12:30 pm to 5 pm

Your success is our priority!

Our mission is to support students as they transition to the university. Our pre-collegiate services help students improve their written communication and math skills before their freshman year. Through our testing services, we also aim to provide a comfortable testing environment, appropriate accommodations, and practice professional testing standards.

Our Services

Early Start

Early Start gives incoming first-year students, an opportunity to enroll in quantitative reasoning and written communication courses in the summer before they begin. These courses give students credit towards graduation; some even meet general education requirements in these areas! Classes are interactive and designed to connect students with classmates, faculty, and the campus. Participation is based on CSU multiple measures.

ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning

ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (or ALEKS PPL) is a comprehensive approach to accurately assess and prepare students for success in math courses available to students in the Natural and Social Sciences (NSS). With an adaptive, open-response assessment, ALEKS PPL accurately places college students into higher-level math courses. 

Early Assessment Program (EAP)

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 junior year, students take the CAASPP English Language Arts/Literacy, and math exams, also referred to as SBAC.

Testing Services

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

Contact Us

Library South, Palmer Wing, Room 2098

(323) 343-6860

Email the Early Start Program  or Email the Testing Center