Frequently Asked Questions

* What is the EAP program?
* What is the purpose of the EAP?

* How much does the EAP cost and who can take it?

* If I am applying to a CSU, is it mandatory to take the
   EAP test?

* Does passing the EAP exams guarantee admission to
   a CSU campus?

* Why should eleventh grade students participate in
   the EAP?

* How does the EAP work?
* How can I prepare for the EAP test?
* When are EAP tests results returned?
* How do my EAP results get to a CSU campus?
* What does my score mean?
* What if a student receives a “conditionally exempt”
   designation but does not do any additional
   coursework?
* What are the specific CSU exemption alternatives for
   proficiency in addition to the EAP test?

* How can parents/guardians obtain other information
   about the EAP?

* Are there any other online resources that provide
   additional EAP information?




Q: What is the EAP?

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) measures your English
and math skills towards the end of the 11th grade to let you
know in advance if you are ready for college.


Q: What is the purpose of the EAP?
•    EAP is designed to bridge the gap between high school
      standards and college expectations. 
•    To increase the English and mathematics proficiency of
      freshmen entering the CSU, as a result of early
      intervention in high school. 
•    To reduce remediation rates of incoming freshmen to the
      CSU. 


Q: How much does the EAP cost and who can take it?
The EAP test is free. It is available to all eleventh grade
students who attend a public high school in California.


Q: If I am applying to a CSU, is it mandatory to take the EAP test?
No; however, it is a helpful test that will assess how ready
you are to take college level courses in English and
mathematics. It may also help you avoid the EPT and ELM
at the CSU.


Q: Does passing the EAP exams guarantee admission to a CSU campus?
No. EAP results will only let you know how prepared you are
to take college level coursework at a CSU and potentially
help you avoid the ELM and EPT placement tests.


Q: Why should eleventh grade students participate in the EAP?
•    Students will find out how ready they are for college-
      level English and math classes while in high school.
•    Identify the need for additional preparation to succeed
      at the CSU while enrolled in high school.
•    It may allow you to skip the required CSU English (ELM)
      and/or mathematics (EPT)placement tests. 

•    Adjust senior-year coursework to prepare for college-
      level courses. 
•    Avoid spending time and money in college remediation
     courses that do not count toward a bachelor's degree.


Q: How does the EAP work?
•    The assessment in English Language Arts and
      Mathematics are additions to the 11th grade English
      Language Arts CST, the Algebra II CST and the
      Summative High School Mathematics CST. 
•    Although the CSTs are mandatory, the additional EAP
      questions are voluntary. 
•    Each section includes 15 additional multiple-choice
      items. 
•    In addition, a separate booklet from the CST will be
      provided to complete a 45-minute essay included for
      the English Language Arts portion of the EAP.


Q: How can I prepare for the EAP test?
Students can create a roadmap, study practice problems
from the Entry Level Math (ELM) test, and watch math
videos at: http://www.csumathsuccess.org/mshome
Students can create a roadmap, take an English
Proficiency Test (EPT) practice test, and watch
student testimonials at:
http://www.csuenglishsuccess.org/eshome


Q: When are EAP tests results returned?
EAP scores are mailed to you by mid-August. EAP results
appear on the back of the STAR report, in the bottom left
corner. Students who released their scores may access
them online by October of their senior year.


Q: How do my EAP results get to a CSU campus? 

Students who released their scores to the CSU during the
11th grade CST testing will have their EAP results
automatically sent to all of the CSU campuses where they apply.

Q: What does my score mean?
* For EAP English Language Arts
Ready for CSU or CCC college-level English courses Students
meet CSU placement standards for entry-level college
coursework. Students are exempt from the CSU required EPT
(English Placement Test) if they are admitted to a CSU.
Ready for CSU or CCC college-level English courses-
Conditional: Students may satisfy the condition by taking an
approved English course in the senior year and earning a
grade of ‘C’ or higher.  Students who fail to satisfy the
condition will be required to take the EPT upon admission to
the CSU.
*Approved English Courses
Approved English courses are listed below.  In order to meet the
condition, students must take the class in the senior year and
earn a grade of “C” or higher. 
•    Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)
•    Advanced Placement (AP) English
•    International Baccalaureate (IB) English
•    English courses approved for extra honors credit by the
      University of California (so indicated on the UC Doorways
     “a-g” course list with a star)

Scores on AP and/or IB exams or are not required to meet
the condition. Not yet demonstrating readiness for CSU or
CCC college-level English: Students are not ready for
college-level coursework.  Students are encouraged to enroll
in a senior year activity to increase their English writing skills
before taking the EPT required by the CSU. 
Incomplete: Students are not ready for college-level
coursework because the multiple-choice items were incomplete. 
Students are encouraged to enroll in a senior year activity to
increase their English writing skills before taking the EPT
required by the CSU. 

* For Mathematics Only
Ready for CSU or CCC college-level mathematics courses:
Students meet CSU placement standards for entry-level
college coursework.  They are exempt from CSU required
EPT (English Placement Test) and/or ELM (Entry-Level
Mathematics) if they are admitted to a CSU.
Ready for CSU or CCC college-level mathematics courses-
Conditional: Students are considered ready at the time the
test was taken – however, since many high school seniors
do not take a math course in their senior year, their skills
and knowledge are likely to deteriorate.  As a result, students
receiving this designation will be encouraged to maintain their
college-level proficiency in mathematics by participating in
an approved senior year experience.  Students who
successfully participate in an approved senior year
experience are exempt from the requirement to take the
CSU’s ELM (Entry Level Mathematics) exam and will be
eligible to enroll in college-level mathematics courses at a
CSU.
As a conditionally ready student, you can meet the ELM
Requirement by taking an approved year-long math course in
your senior year and getting a grade of C or better. The
following high school courses have been approved:
•    Trigonometry and Math Analysis
•    Pre-Calculus
•    Calculus
•    AP Calculus AB
•    AP Calculus BC
•    AP Statistics
•    AP Physics


Other year-long courses have been approved under certain
circumstances:
•    Algebra 2 is approved if your high school counselor
      deems it appropriate for you to retake this course in
      your senior year.
•    Any other year-long high school math course with
     Algebra 2 as a prerequisite is approved.

Not yet demonstrating readiness for CSU or CCC college-level
mathematics: Students are not ready for college-level
coursework. These students are encouraged to enroll in a senor
year activity to increase their English writing an/or mathematics
skills before taking the EPT/ELM required by the CSU. 
Incomplete: Students are not ready for college-level
coursework because the multiple-choice items were incomplete. 
These students are encouraged to enroll in a senior year
activity to increase their English writing and/pr mathematics
skills before taking the EPT/ELM required by the CSU. 

Q: What if a student receives a “conditionally exempt” designation but does not do any
additional coursework?
If the student is not exempt on the basis of SAT, ACT or AP
scores, the student will have to take and pass the
Entry-Level Math (ELM) exam.  If the student does not pass
the ELM, he/she will be required to take remedial coursework
at the CSU or a community college. 

Q: What are the specific CSU exemption alternatives for proficiency in addition to the EAP test?
Students are exempt from taking CSU’s ELM and EPT
placement exams if they present proof ofone of the following:
* English Proficiency
•    A score of 500 or above on the Verbal/Critical Reading on
     the SAT
•    A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test
•    A score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and
     Composition or Literature and Composition examination
     of the Advanced Placement Program
•    Completion and transfer to the CSU of a college course
     that satisfies the requirement in English Composition,
     with a grade of C or better
*Mathematics Proficiency
•    A score 550 or above on the mathematics section of the
     SAT I
•    A score of 550 or above on Level IC or IIC of the SAT II:
      Mathematics Test
•    A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
•    A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placemen Calculus
     AB or Calculus BC examination
•    A score of 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement
     Statistics examination
•    Completion and transfer to the CSU of a college course
     that satisfies the requirement in
*Quantitative Reasoning, with a grade of C or better. 

Q: How can parents/guardians obtain other information about the EAP?
Parents/guardians may obtain information about the EAP by
contacting their student’s high school counseling/guidance
office during regular school hours. 

Q: Are there any other online resources that provide additional EAP information?
Yes! Please visit the following sites for additional information
on the EAP.
  www.calstate.edu/eap
  www.csumathsuccess.org
  www.csuenglishsuccess.org

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