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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 completed computerized.  In order for student results to be released to California State University campuses and California Community Colleges, students must click on the prompt. 

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 and/or Entry Level Mathematics Placement Tests.

There are two parts to the CAASPP test, a computer adaptive component (the equivalent of the multiple choice questions) and instead of an essay, students will have to complete performance tasks.

EAP Assessment Timeline

March-July 2015 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 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 EAP test in the 11th grade, your EAP results were mailed to your home in August. If you marked the option to release your EAP test results, you can also check your results online at

What Do Your Results Mean?

EAP English Possible Results

EAP Math Possible Results

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