Early Assessment Program

Early Assessment Program


The CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) 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 offer opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.

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Student Participation

  • EAP utilizes the grade 11 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment (SBAC) in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. Testing period is between February through May of the student's high school junior year. 

  • EAP scores are included in the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) Student Score report provided to students every fall.

CAASPP EAP Scores and Placement

The CAASPP EAP results, which students have at the start of their senior year, are one of the first measures students may reference to continue to academically prepare their senior year for their first year at a California State University (CSU). Utilizing the CAASPP Student Score Report, students may find their EAP test results.

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CAASPP EAP Test Results

EAP levels of readiness. 

Academic Preparation and Placement for Freshmen Using CAASPP EAP

The CSU requires that all entering freshmen students be evaluated in terms of their preparation to complete first-year courses in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning. Course placement is based on multiple measures including standardized test scores such as the CAASPP EAP results. 


EAP placement. 

Placement will be based on multiple measures including standardized test scores as well as high school coursework and grades.

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