The Early Assessment Program (EAP) ensures California high school graduates entering the California State University (CSU) demonstrate requisite knowledge and skills for college-level English and math coursework, reducing the need for remediation in college. The program measures students' subject area proficiencies through 11th Grade standardized testing and provides academic preparation pathways during 12th Grade.
All California public high school students participate in California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) standardized English and math testing during 11th Grade. As an embedded component of CAASPP testing, the EAP assigns students readiness statuses based on their CAASPP results, which indicate how they may spend 12th Grade preparing academically for college.
The EAP provdes secondary measures for demonstrating readiness in English and math, as well as opportunities to earn exemptions from CSU placement testing and remediation. These pathways include alternative testing and approved college preparatory coursework.
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) English and math courses during 11th Grade can demonstrate readiness in either subject area by passing any of the following AP exams with a score of 3 or higher.
Students can upgrade their readiness statuses using American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores. If taken prior to 12th Grade, students' readiness statuses for English and/or math change to reflect whichever test advantages them most.
Students with "Conditionally Ready" status may demonstrate readiness in English and/or math by passing any of the approved year-long 12th Grade coursework listed below with a minimum C- grade for both semesters. (Note: Each course listed below satisfies the University of California's "a-g" subject requirements for areas "b" and "c". All math courses have an Algebra II/Integrated Math III prerequisite.)
Students with "Not Yet/Not Ready" status in English and/or math (as well as those with "Conditionally Ready" status who do not satisfy the above conditions) must pass the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) exam and/or English Placement Test (EPT) to qualify for enrollment in college-level courses and avoid remediation in college.
Students who do not fulfill the above conditions for exemption from remediation must enroll in the CSU Early Start Program the summer before their first fall semester and complete all remedial coursework within their first year at a CSU. Visit the CSU Success website for a complete list of CSU campuses offering the Early Start Program.
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