Early Assessment Program (EAP)

Learn About the Early Assessment Program (EAP)

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) was developed to provide CA high school students an early signal and opportunity to enter any of the 23 CSU campuses ready to begin college level coursework. Sonoma State University, in collaboration with the California State University (CSU) system, aims to provide students information about EAP, advisement on their test results, and information about satisfying the CSU placement test requirement in order to provide prospective Seawolves a successful transition to the university.

This Early Assessment Program (EAP) is an academic preparation program to help high school students meet college readiness standards in English language arts and mathematics before admission to any of the 23 CSU campuses. EAP results may be used to validate the ELM and/or EPT placement test requirements. It is a statewide program developed by the California Department of Education, State Board of Education, and the California State University system for all California public high schools.

High School Seniors
Take full advantage of your senior year by checking your EAP status early! Learn if you've earned an exemption form the CSU required placement test, how to successfully validate a conditional math result by completing a "senior year experience," and avoid remediation courses at any of the 23 CSU campuses.

High School Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen
Are you considering attending one of the 23 CSU campuses? Find out what you can begin doing right now to help you earn an exemption from the CSU Placement Test requirement b taking advantage of the Early Assessment Program.

For questions or further information about the Early Assessment Program (EAP), please contact Magali Telles, Early Assessment Program Coordinator.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Frequently Asked Questions

Your EAP results are included in your STAR Report, that is mailed home addressed to your parent and/or guardian in the month of August. EAP results are located on the second page of the STAR Report in the bottom left-hand corner. If you released your scores to the CSU during the CST testing in your 11th grade, you will also be able to view your results online.

The EAP test is administered along with the California Standards Test (CST) in the spring semester of the 11th grade. Those who participated responded to an essay prompt in their Language Arts classes and an additional 15 multiple choice questions in mathematics and English during the CST tests. If you responded to the essay and multiple choice questions, you participated in EAP.

Status Meaning Results
Ready for CSU College Level English and/or Mathematics Courses Student met CSU placement standards for entry-level baccalaureate coursework. Student is exempt from the CSU required placement test (EPT and/or ELM).
Ready for CSU College Level Mathematics Courses - Conditional Student demonstrated basic readiness for college level coursework in mathematics; however, completing a senior-year experience is required to validate the conditional status. Successful completion of a senior-year math experience is required to validate the EAP Conditional exemption for the ELM. Remember, conditional does not mean ELM exempt! Students who do not complete a senior-year experience must take the Placement Test.
Ready for CSU College Level English Courses - Conditional Student demonstrated basic readiness for college level coursework in English; however, completing a senior-year experience is required to validate the conditional status. Successful completion of a senior-year English experience is required to validate the EAP Conditional exemption for the EPT. Remember, conditional does not mean EPT exempt! Students who do not complete a senior-year experience must take the Placement Test.
Not Yet Demonstrating Readiness for CSU College Level English and/or Mathematic Courses Student tested as not ready for college-level coursework and is encouraged to enroll in a senior year course to increase their English writing and mathematics skills in preparation for the EPT/ELM exams. Student is strongly encouraged to prepare for the ELM and EPT to avoid remediation courses in college.

Register for the EPT and/or ELM Placement Test today!
Incomplete Student did not complete a sufficient amount of one or both exams to render a designation Student must take the ELM and EPT college placement tests. Visit the SSU Testing website for test dates and exam fees.

A student may validate their conditional exemption if, during their high school senior year, they do one of the following:

  • Successfully complete, with a grade of "C" or better, a year-long math course that has a prerequisite of Algebra II (e.g. trigonometry, math analysis, pre-calculus, calculus (AP), AP statistics, AP physics, etc.)
  • With the approval of the high school, repeat one year of Algebra II and earn a grade of "C" or better.
  • Supervised e-Learning Course: Completion of the online instructional program monitored by CSU math faculty prior to high school graduation.
  • Pass a one semester community college math course that satisfies the CSU general education requirement in Quantitative Reasoning.
  • Complete a math course that has been developed by the high school and has been approved by the CSU Mathematics Faculty Validation Committee.

Successfully complete, with a grade of "C" or better, one of the following year-long courses:

  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) - Adopted as a full year course in the 12th grade being taught by a certified instructor.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English
  • Advanced Placement—Language and Composition or Literature and Composition
  • English Course Approved for Extra Honors Credit
  • Community College Course – A grade of C or higher in a qualifying English transfer course (Area A2) at a community college which satisfies the GE requirement.

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/or EPT placement tests.

No, your final official high school transcript will be reviewed by the Admissions Office to validate successful completion of an approved course. However, if you did not release your EAP scores to the CSU, you must provide Admissions & Records a copy of your STAR report showing your EAP results.

You are required to take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Placement Test and or the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) to determine if you are eligible to enroll in college-level courses or if you require remediation courses.

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. Students, who did not release their results during the time of the test, will have to send in a photo copy of the STAR report to the CSU campus they plan to attend Attn: Admission and Records.

If you misplaced your STAR report you may request a duplicate from Educational Testing Services (ETS) at eapDups@ets.org . Duplicate reports are generated weekly on Fridays and requests must include student's full name, date of birth, full high school name, and city in which high school is located in order to be processed.

You do not have to take the CSU's English and mathematics placement exams if you present proof to the CSU of one of the following:

  • English Proficiency
    • A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of College Board SAT Reasoning Test
    • 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 CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, with a grade of C or better
  • Mathematics Proficiency
    • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
    • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
    • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Boards Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or 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

You can find free ELM and EPT questions and quizzes by visiting these the CSU English Success and CSU Math Success websites.




HIGH SCHOOLERS 9th - 11th GRADES

Frequently Asked Questions

The EAP college readiness exams are administered during the spring semester of the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test (CSTs). EAP measures college readiness in English and mathematics. The Early Assessment of Readiness for College exam is taken in addition to the ELA-CST and consists of 15 additional multiple choice items and an essay prompt that is administered in the month of 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 multiple choice questions.

You should participate in EAP to avoid taking the CSU required Placement Tests, to find out if you need extra preparation for college-level courses and to help you adjust your senior year classes so you can be prepared for college-level courses. It also helps avoid wasting your time and money in college remediation classes that do not count towards a baccalaureate degree.

The EAP test is free. It is available to all eleventh grade students who attend a public high school in California.

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.

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.

The Early Assessment of Readiness for College test is given during the spring semester at public high schools in California along with the CSTs (usually between March and May).

The test is an additional 15 multiple-choice questions in each English and Mathematics, which is approximately 15 minutes in each section. There is also a 45-minute essay prompt in the English Language Arts given in March.

Your EAP results will be included in your STAR Report. The STAR report is mailed home addressed to your parent and/or guardian in the month of August before your senior year. EAP results are located on the second page of the STAR Report in the bottom left-hand corner. If you released your scores to the CSU during the CST testing in your 11th grade, you will also be able to view your EAP results online.

During the CST test, students have the ability to release their scores to the CSU by filling in the bubble located at the end of the EAP additional 15 questions. Students may only release their scores during the time they are taking the test.

You can find free practice test questions for EAP at CSU Math Success and CSU English Success. Both websites include sample quizzes and retired essay prompts to prepare for the exam.

For questions or further information about the Early Assessment Program (EAP), please contact Magali Telles, Early Assessment Program Coordinator.