Early Assessment Program

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) Will Help You Be Prepared!

The EAP helps students determine their readiness to take college level English and math courses before attending a California State University (CSU), or one of the participating California Community Colleges (CCC). What Makes a Course “College Level”? Students who demonstrate readiness for college level courses have the English and math skills necessary to succeed without the need for developmental coursework. The credits you earn in these courses count towards college degree requirements.

What is a “College Level” course?

Students who demonstrate readiness for college level courses have the English and math skills necessary to succeed academically without the need for remedial coursework. A college level course is a class in which a student earns credit towards a baccalaureate degree. Remedial courses are non-credit classes that do not count towards a baccalaureate degree. Students who are identified as needing additional preparation will be directed to courses or summer sessions, such as the Early Start Program, which are designed to help students attain the skills needed to succeed in courses that count toward baccalaureate degree requirements.

How Do Students Participate In EAP?

All 11th graders will participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. Your EAP results are included on the CAASPP Individual Student Score Report provided by your high school. Your score report will provide an indicator of your readiness to take college level courses. EAP results are not used for admission.

Your Test Results: What They Mean

EAP results provide an early indicator of your readiness to take college level courses. Knowing and understanding your EAP status and overall CAASPP scores will give you the opportunity to improve your skills by enrolling in classes that will help you prepare for college level courses. Use this EAP guide to help you determine the steps you need for a smooth transition to a CSU. Refer to the EAP status section in the guide that applies to you based on your CAASPP EAP and/or SAT/ACT results.

How Will Colleges Know If You Are “College Ready”?

Let your EAP results count by releasing them to the California State University or California Community Colleges. Simply mark the release button at the end of the test. It’s that easy! If you do not mark the release button, you will be required to submit your results at a later date.

What Else Can You Do to Determine If You Are “College Ready”?

Take the SAT or ACT in the 11th grade as an additional way to determine if you are ready for college level courses in English Language Arts and mathematics. We encourage you to register to take the test(s) in the spring of your junior year.

Learn About the EAP Program at the California Community Colleges

Go to the California Community Colleges Early Assessment Program for more information about use of CAASPP EAP results for exemptions and placement into appropriate courses at the community college you plan to attend.

Next Steps

  • Use your assessment results to help you prepare for academic success.
  • Your Early Assessment Program (EAP) results are included on the back of the CAASPP Individual Student Score Report provided by your high school.
    • If you authorized the release of your EAP results by marking the release button when you took the CAASPP, the CSU and CCC will automatically receive your results.
    • If you did not mark the release button when you took the CAASPP, you will be required to submit your results to the CSU or CCC to which you apply, upon request.
  • ACT or SAT test results can also be used as indicators of your readiness to take college level courses. The test(s) must be taken in the fall of your senior year if you did not take them in your junior year.
  • The CSU campuses to which you apply will notify you of the next steps necessary to satisfy English and/or math requirements based on your assessment results.

EAP Additional Resources