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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 EAP.

Participating in EAP

All juniors who attend  public high school in California automatically participate in the EAP, which includes answering questions on the California Assessment for Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) during spring semester of the Junior year.

Parts of the EAP Assessment

The CAASPP assessment is completely computerized. In order for student results to be released to California State University campuses and California Community Colleges, students must click on the prompt to release their scores on both the English and math portion of the exam.

This will also enable you see your test results online, and make it easier for CSU campuses to match your EAP scores to your application so you can be exempted from the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam.

There are two parts to the CAASPP test, a computer adaptive component (the equivalent of the multiple choice questions) and a performance tasks.

EAP Assessment Timeline

March-July 2016 Schools will administer tests to students.  Schools may vary in whether all parts of test are completed in one day or two.

Benefits of EAP To Students

Junior year is when you should take advantage of the Early Assessment Program. 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 CSULB college 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 CSU English and/or Entry Level Mathematics Placement Test for all CSU campuses
  • Exemption from remediation course at any CSU campuses
  • The opportunity to earn an exemption from the CBEST exam
  • The opportunity to earn an exemption from CCC 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 CSU English and mathematics courses. So find out about your EAP status as soon as you can.

Where Can You Find Your EAP Results?

If you took your CAASPP EAP test in the 11th grade, your results were mailed to your home in August. You may also contact an EAP Coordinator.

What Do Your CAASPP EAP Results Mean?

English Possible Results

  • Standard Exceeded - "Ready"
    • Student met CSU placement standards for entry-level baccalaureate coursework. Because the student has demonstrated college readiness, the student is exempt from the CSU required English Placement Test (EPT) and may enroll directly in college level courses upon admissions to a CSU and participating CCC
  • Standard Met - "Conditionally Ready"
    • Student demonstrated basic readiness for college-level coursework in English; however, completing an approved senior year experience is required to validate the conditional status to be exempt from the CSU required English Placement Test (EPT) and enroll directly in college level courses upon admission to a CSU and participating CCC.
      • The following are approved senior year-long English courses: CSU ERW course, AP English, IB English, Weighted Honors English, or one semester of an English CSU transferable community college courses that satisfies General Education requirement (Area A2). Senior year-long course must be passed with a "C" or better in order to validate conditional status
  • Standard Nearly Met or Not Met - "Not Yet Ready" or "Not Ready"
    • Student tested as not ready for college-level coursework and is encouraged to enroll in a senior year course in preparation for the English Placement Test (EPT). The student must register to take the EPT unless exemption or conditinal status is earned through other means such SAT/ACT, AP/ IB exams, or community college coursework (see section labeled Exemptions from Taking EPT/ELM Tests).
      • Students who take the EPT and receive a score of 147 or above will be considered college ready and allowed to enroll directly in college level courses upon admissions to a CSU. Students who score below 147, will be required to participate in the CSU Early Start Program.

Math Possible Results

  • Standard Exceeded - "Ready"
    • Student met CSU placement standards for entry-level baccalaureate coursework. Because the student has demonstrated college readiness, the student is exempt from the CSU required Entry Level Math (ELM) placement test and may enroll directly in college level courses upon admissions to a CSU and participating CCC.
  • Standard Met - "Conditionally Ready"
    • Student demonstrated basic readiness for college-level coursework in English; however, completing an approved senior year experience is required to validate the conditional status to be exempt from the CSU required Entry Level Math (ELM) placement test and enroll directly in college level courses upon admission to a CSU and participating CCC.
      • The following are approved senior year-long math courses: all courses with a prerequisite of Algebra II or Integrated Math III, including Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus, AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Statistics, AP Physics, or one semester of a community college math course that satisfies the CSU general education requirement in Quantitative Reasoning. Senior year-long course must be passed with a "C" or better in order to validate conditional status.
  • Standard Nearly Met or Not Met - "Not Yet Ready" or "Not Ready"
    • Student tested as not ready for college-level coursework and is encouraged to enroll in a senior year course in preparation for the Entry Level Math (ELM) placement test. The student must register to take the ELM unless exemption or conditional status is earned through other means such SAT/ACT, AP/ IB exams, or community college coursework (see section labeled Exemptions from Taking EPT/ELM Tests).
      • Students who take the ELM and receive a score of 50 or above will be considered college ready and allowed to enroll directly in college level courses upon admissions to a CSU. Students who score below 50, will be required to participate in the CSU Early Start Program.

With the new CAASPP EAP Assessment, the scoring will change!

  • Level 1- Not Ready - Standard Not Met
  • Level 2 - Not Yet Ready - Standard Nearly Met
  • Level 3 - Conditionally Ready - Standard Met
  • Level 4 - Ready - Standard Exceeded

EXEMPTIONS FROM TAKING EPT/ELM TESTS

Are you exempt from taking the EPT?

  • The CSU English Placement Test must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:

  1. A scores of "Standard Exceeded - Ready (Level 4) " in English on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP)/CAASPP taken in grade 11.
  2. A score of "Standard Met - Conditionally Ready (Level 3) " in English on the CSU EAP/CAASPP taken in grade 11, and successful completion of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), AP English, IB English or an English course approved for extra honors weight on the UC "A-G" Course Management List.
  3. A score of 550 on the New SAT Reasoning Evidence Based Reading section, a 500 or above on the Critical Reading section of the old SAT Reasoning Test, or a score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test.
  4. A score range of 510 - 540 on the New SAT Evidence Based Reading section, a 460 - 490 on the old SAT Criticial Reading section, or a 19 - 21 on the ACT English Test; and successful completion of the CSU Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), AP English, IB English or an English course approved for extra honors weight on the UC "A-G" Course Management List.
  5. A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program (AP).
  6. CSU transferable college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a C or better.

Are you exempt from taking the ELM?

The CSU Entry Level Math (ELM) exam must be completed by all entering undergraduate, with the exemption of those who present proof of one of the following:

  1. A scores of "Standard Exceeded - Ready (Level 4) " in Math on the CAASPP EAP taken in grade 11.
  2. A score of "Standard Met - Conditionally Ready (Level 3) " in Math on the CSU CAASPP EAP taken in grade 11, and successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that requires Algebra II or Integrated Math III as a prerequisite.
  3. A score of 570 on the mathematics section of the New SAT Reasoning Test, 550 or better on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test, or a 22 and above on the ACT Math section.
  4. A score range of   520 - 560 on the New SAT Reasoning mathematics section, a 490 - 540 on the old SAT Reasoning mathematics section, or a 20 - 22 on the ACT math section; and successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that requires Algebra II or Integrated Math III as a prerequisite.
  5. A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB/ BC or Statistics.
  6. Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course is completed with a grade of C or better

Free Resources For English Teachers

Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) Workshops

English teachers at the eleventh and twelfth 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, click on the above link.

ERWC Online Community Link - for teachers who have completed ERWC Workshop training.

Free English Teaching Resources Links

Free Resources For Mathematics Teachers

Strengthening Mathematics Instruction (SMI) Workshops

CSU faculty, K-12 Math teachers, and state curriculum specialists have developed a math curriculum called "Strengthening Mathematics Instruction (SMI)," 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.

Free Math Teaching Resources Links

 

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