Early Start Program (ESP) Preparation for College-level Math and English

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Is Early Start a mandatory program for all incoming SF State students?

Early start is only required for students you have taken the placement test, and received certain scores. See below.


Early Start English  EPT of 146 and Below
Early Start Math  ELM of 48 and Below


Who is required to take Early Start classes?  

Check your admissions notice and/or emails from SF State. Both will indicate if tests are required. Students are urged to test as early as possible to know if they need to complete summer Early Start classes.

Click HERE for more information regarding dates and deadlines: ELM/EPT Testing


Early Start English

Students scoring below 147 on the EPT must take and successfully complete ESE 99 at SF State (online or in-person).


Early Start Math

Students scoring below a 50 on the ELM must take and successfully complete a remedial math course at SF State (online or in person).

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If I am "contionally exempt" because of the Early Assessment Program (EAP), am I required to complete Early Start?

Unless you are completing the appropriate senior level math and/or english course designated by EAP then all other conditonally exempt EAP students must participate in Early Start. Please contact the SF State EAP office for more questions: Early Assesment Program


What is a Smart Page and why is this important for Early Start?

The Smart Page is a student friendly portal where students will trigger the beginning of their Early Start registration process and indicate they are attending San Francisco State University. Access to the Smart Page portal can be found through your SF State Gateway.


Do I have to take my Early Start course(s) on SF State’s campus during the summer?

All ESE99 courses are required to be taken through SF State whether online or in-person. In special cases some 3 units equivalent Math courses may be taken (i.e. out of area students). Contact the Early Start Coordinator at (415) 405-0436 for more infomation.


Will students be required to retake the ELM/EPT tests at the end of the summer in order to complete Early Start?

No, retaking the ELM will be a strong suggestion by the Early Start staff for students who have successfully completed the ESM 40 (1 unit) course. There will be a special August 2nd ELM test. Statistics show that there is a high probability of improvement on the ELM placement test after completing ESM 40.


When do I have to pay for my Early Start courses?

Early Start Payment Policies

Class Registration and Drops
Registration for classes and dropping from classes will stop at 12:00 noon one business day prior to the first day of class.

Payment Due Date
Students must pay within five calendar days and no later than one calendar day before the first day of class to avoid being dropped from the class for non-payment.

Course must be dropped before 12:00 noon on the business day before the first day of class for a full refund minus $20 processing fee. The $2 additional local fee in nonrefundable.


I have been given a non-compliance status for Early Start and will not be able to enroll in the Fall semester because of this. Is there a way I can contest & appeal my Early Start denial?

The Early Start program has an Appeals Committee that have created an Early Start appeals option for students who meet any of the following criteria:


Early Start Appeals Criteria

1)   If a student was required to Early Start and later discovered they qualified for an Early Start exemption through other waives such as AP credit, SAT, ACT, EAP scores.

2)   Extreme illness, providing care for a family member, passing of a family or of a loved

one (medical note from doctor, death certificate, etc.)

3)   Severe and extraneous personal situations or circumstances (out of the country for summer program involvement, financial hardships with documentation, etc.)

4)   Early Start course(s) not passed for compelling reasons


If a student meets one or more of the four appeals criteria, please contact the Early Start Coordinator for more information and next steps on the Early Start Appeals proccess at (415) 405-0436 or early@sfsu.edu.

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