Early Assessment Program (EAP)
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort of the CSU, the California Department of Education (CDE), and the State Board of Education (SBE). The goal of this unprecedented partnership is to ensure that eleventh grade students are “on track” to meet college entry level standards in English and mathematics. Those students who do well on the EAP may earn exemption from the English and mathematics placement tests required of entering CSU freshmen.
Participating in the EAP
When juniors take the eleventh grade Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) English-Language Arts and Algebra II or Summative High School Mathematics tests, they will find that each test is followed by a brief set of optional supplementary items. Students who complete these extra sections are participating in the EAP.
- The EAP English Test is known as the Early Assessment of Readiness for College English. In addition to taking the English-Language Arts STAR test, students will be asked to answer 15 multiple-choice questions and write a 45-minute essay based on a short non-fiction passage.
- The EAP Math Test is known as the Early Assessment of Readiness for College Mathematics. This test is only available to juniors who take the Algebra II or High School Summative Mathematics STAR test. To participate, students will be asked to answer 15 additional multiple-choice questions.
Students have the opportunity to receive notification at the start of their senior year about their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in two ways:
- Online through the EAP Status Look-up.
- Through a Student Report distributed by the high school.
We hope students will complete the EAP portion of the CST and use the EAP results to help plan for college. More information about the EAP is available on the CSU EAP Web site at http://www.calstate.edu/eap .