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Early Academic Preparation

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Your success is our priority!

Our mission is to provide programs and services that support students as they transition to the university.

  • Our Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to enroll in math and English courses in the summer before they begin. These courses give students credit towards graduation; some even meet general education (GE) requirements!
  • We also provide placement information to students needing to complete their GE math and English, a first-year requirement.
  • Through our Testing Services, we aim to provide 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 and will be available at all CSU campuses.

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 stem 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 high school 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.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

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]