Early Assessment Program

Early Assessment Program

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE)(opens in new window), the California Department of Education (CDE)(opens in new window) and the California State University (CSU)(opens in new window). 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. 


The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study. 

Why is EAP important? 

The CSU wants to make sure that incoming first year students are prepared to succeed at the university level. Students who complete general education math and written communication courses during their first year save time, money, and are more likely to graduate than those who do not. Giving students an indicator of their preparation level during their junior year of high school allows them to focus on critical skills before they arrive on the CSU campus for their first semester.

Preparation is key! 

Students who receive exemptions from CSU placement tests in English language arts and/or mathematics can enroll in college-level coursework without having to take remedial classes. Students who haven’t received these exemptions must take a more serious approach to their senior year coursework. Completing appropriate 12th-grade English and math courses will result in students being better prepared for their collegiate studies.  Please consider taking the EAP college readiness exams. The EAP will be very helpful to you and the CSU in making plans for your higher education.