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Early Assessmet Program
All students in California should have the opportunity to successfully enroll in a college of their choice; however, many high school students are graduating under-prepared for college-level work. The EAP provides an excellent opportunity to begin remedying this situation by raising the expectations for all students and providing support for students to reach those expectations.
The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.
After taking the EAP, juniors will be notified whether they are college-ready or need additional preparation for college-level work. Students who are not yet demonstrating college-readiness
If students are deemed college-ready they will be exempt from taking the CSU’s placement exams. If students are deemed not college-ready either because they did not take the EAP, or did not reach the minimum score required, they will need to take the ELM and EPT exams, and/por register for the Early Start Program.
Why should I take the EAP?
High school students get an early signal about their college readiness in English and math, an
Presents the senior year as a time for more direct and specific preparation for college math and English placement tests as well as entry level college coursework. After participating in the EAP, students who are determined CSU-ready (See “Exemption Designations”) will be EXEMPT from taking the CSU English and/or math placement tests, thus eliminating time, effort and money spent on preparing for and taking the CSU placement tests during their senior year.
Juniors Planning for College
Meet with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track and taking the college preparatory classes needed for CSU admission.
The EAP college readiness exams are administer as part of the 11th grade California Standards Test (CSTs). Junior students take both the English and math EAP for which additional time is provided.
The Early Assessment of Readiness for College English exam is taken in addition to the ELA-CST and consists of 15 additional items and a 45-minute essay. The essay is administered in March. The Early Assessment of readiness for College Mathematics exam is taken in addition to the Algebra II or Summative High School Mathematics exam and consists of 15 additional items.
The EAP test is Free!
Does passing the EAP exam guarantee admission to a CSU campus?
During the test, students have the ability to release their scores to the CSU by filling in the bubble located at the end of the EAP¿s additional 15 questions.
Seniors Planning for College
After taking the EAP exam during their junior year, students will be notified whether they are college-ready or need additional preparation for college-level work. Students who are not yet demonstrating college-readiness will be encouraged to prepare further for college in grade 12 through the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), along with the interactive math and English success web sites.