Early Assessment Program (EAP)

Are you ready for college-level courses in English and Math? Learning early about readiness for college English and math is important. Although you may have passed your high school courses, many students are still not yet prepared for freshman-level college English and math when they enter a university. This is true even for students with strong grade point averages from high school.

To make sure you are prepared for your freshman year of college, start by understanding the Early Assessment Program.

Participating in EAP

All juniors who attend public high school in California automatically participate in the EAP, which includes answering questions on the California Standards Test during the spring semester of the junior year.

Parts of the EAP assessment

To do your best, you need to be aware of the different parts of the EAP English and EAP Math assessments and when they are given. 

On your CST answer sheet, be sure to mark both "CSU" and "CCC" options to have your results released to the California State University campuses and California Community Colleges. This will also enable you to see your test results online and to make it easier for California State University campuses to match your EAP scores to your application so you can be exempted from the California State University English Placement Test and/or Entry Level Mathematics placement tests.

EAP assessment timeline

March: You will complete the EAP essay in your English class. This is a 45-minute timed essay and makes up one-third of your EAP English result. 

April and May: The EAP multiple choice section will be given to you along with your CST exams. More than half of your CST questions count for the EAP, so take all test items seriously.

Benefits of EAP to Students

Junior year is when you should take advantage of the EAP. After you get your results, you'll know what areas you need to work on during your senior year of high school to get ready for university-level English and mathematics. You'll have your whole senior year to build necessary skills before you start at the university. 

EAP participation can lead to taking fewer tests and remedial college courses at the university, such as:

  • Exemption from required California State University English Placement Test and/or Entry Level Mathematics placement test for all California State University English Placement Test campuses
  • Exemption from remediation course at any California State University campus
  • The opportunity to earn an exemption from the CBEST exam
  • The opportunity to earn an exemption from California Community College placement tests

Understanding Your EAP Results

The earlier you know your EAP status during your senior year of high school, the sooner you can start preparing and building the skills you'll need for California State University English and mathematics courses. Find out about your EAP status as soon as you can.

Where can you find your EAP results?

If you took your EAP test in the 11th grade, your EAP results will be included in the second page of the STAR report mailed to your home in August. If you marked the option to release your EAP test results, you can also check your results online.

What do your results mean?

EAP English Possible Results

EAP Math Possible Results

Free Resources for Teachers

Free resources for English teachers

English teachers at the 11th and 12th grade levels are invited to participate in free ERWC workshops. Teachers who attend this 20-hour workshop are certified to teach ERWC at their high schools. For more information on the ERWC curriculum or to register for an upcoming workshop, visit Expository Reading and Writing Course Workshops.

For teachers who have completed ERWC Workshop training, visit ERWC Online Community Link. You may also visit the Free English Teaching Resources Links.

Free Resources for mathematics teachers

California State University faculty, K-12 math teachers and state curriculum specialists have developed a math curriculum called Strengthening Mathematics Instruction Workshops, designed to present a variety of strategies for teaching students how to solve complex mathematical problems. The curriculum includes instruction on developing cognitively complex problems, analyzing student misconceptions and understanding college readiness.

You may also visit the Free Math Teaching Resources Links.