Early Assessment Program

What does it mean to be "college ready"?

Many students think that being admitted to a college means that they will automatically be able to participate in college-level coursework on their campus.  However, the California State University, like all major college systems in the United States, requires incoming freshmen to show that they are ready for college-level coursework in math and English through qualifying standardized test scores on the SAT, ACT, AP, IB, or the CSU ELM and EPT exams.  Students who do not show college readiness prior to admission are required to complete remedial classes in math and English before they can enroll in freshman-level math and English.  These classes take additional time and money to complete, and can extend the time to graduation for students.  Across the CSU system, nearly half of first-time freshmen currently require remediation in math and/ or English.

What is EAP, and how does it work? 

The ultimate goal of the Early Assessment Program is to fully prepare California high school graduates to enter the rigorous academic setting of the California State University system.  There are two parts to the Early Assessment Program:

Part 1: Early Assessment (11th grade)

The Early Assessment Program focuses on determining the CSU-level English and math readiness of public high school students. In spring of your junior year, you will participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and progress (CAASPP) assessments in English language arts//literacy and mathematics.  The CSU will use the CAASPP results to determine your EAP status.   

  • Your school will provide you with your CAASPP results that include your EAP status in mid to late August.
  • Your EAP status for English and mathematics is located on the right side of your CAASPP Student Score Report. Additional information on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) is located on the back side of this report.
  • Make sure you review your results and keep your CAASPP Student Score Report for your records in a safe place. You may need to provide your results to CSU admissions or participating CCC’s upon request.  
  • The CSU and CCC will automatically receive your CAASPP results if you authorized the release of your results

IMPORTANT: In order for the CSU or CCC to automatically receive your CAASPP results, students must authorize the release of their results by marking the release button at the end of the CAASPP assessment for English language arts /literacy and math (the authorization must be done for each one separately. Students that mark the “Do No Not Release” option at the time of the assessments,  will be required to submit their results to the CSU or participating CCC at a later date.




Standard Exceeded:

Ready for mathematics college-level coursework

Ready for English college-level coursework

Standard Met
Conditional Requirement in Senior Year*

Conditionally Ready for mathematics college-level coursework

Conditionally Ready for English college-level coursework

Standard Nearly Met

Not yet demonstrating readiness for mathematics college-level coursework

Not yet demonstrating readiness for English college-level coursework

Standard Not Met

Not demonstrating readiness for mathematics college-level coursework

Not demonstrating readiness for English college-level coursework

Part 2: Academic Preparation (12th grade)

The academic preparation component of the EAP considers the exam results and focuses on what the student must do to prepare for the academic rigor of the CSU. Academic preparation includes Senior Experiences for conditionally exempt students and other academic CSU preparation during the 12th grade year. 

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