Early Assessment Program (EAP) for College Readiness

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among three important state entities in California: California State University (CSU), California Department of Education (CDE), and California State Board of Education (SBE). The goal of this unprecedented partnership is to ensure that college- bound high-school graduates have the English and mathematics skills expected by the state university.

Like most public comprehensive universities, CSU admits students first—and only then tests them to see if they have the reading, writing, and mathematics skills needed for placement in college-level study. If they do not, the students are placed in remedial courses for one or two semesters.

Starting with the 2014-15 academic year the EAP test is embedded in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) 11th-grade English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. These tests are part of California’s public school testing and accountability system and are required of all grade 11 students. CAASPP exams cover both California high school standards as well as the CSU placement standards.

Benefit of Participation

  • Students who show readiness on EAP will be exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Math exam (ELM)
  • May earn an exemption from participating in the CSU Early Start Program
  • Will avoid spending time and money on unnecessary tests and classes
  • Students may use their senior year to become better prepared to succeed in college