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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.  

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 www.CalState.edu/eap/results.

What Do Your Results Mean?

EAP English Possible Results

  1. Ready- Content Ready for CSU and participating CCC College-level English Courses"
  2. Ready Conditional- Conditionally Content Ready for CSU and participating CCC College-level English Courses"
  3. Not Yet Ready- Not Yet Content Ready-Support Needed"

EAP Math Possible Results

  1. Ready- Content Ready for CSU and participating CCC College-level Math Courses"
  2. Ready Conditional- Conditionally Content Ready for CSU and participating CCC College-level Math Courses"
  3. Not Yet Ready- Not Yet Content Ready--Support Needed"

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 "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level English Courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11
  2. A score of "Conditionally Content Ready for CSU and participating CCC College-level English Courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11, provided 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 University of California "a-g" Doorways course list
  3. A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  4. A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test
  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. Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a 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?

All entering undergraduates must take the ELM exam before enrolling in a course that satisfies the college-level mathematics requirement of the General Education-Breadth program.  Exemptions from the test are given only to those students who can present proof of one of the following:

  1. A score of "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level mathematics courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11.
  2. A score of "Conditionally Content Ready for CSU and praticipating CCC College-level Math courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11, provided successful completion fo a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that requires Algebra II as a prerequisite
  3. A score of 550 or better on the mathematics section fo the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  4. A score of 550 or better on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
  5. A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
  6. A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam
  7. A score of 3 or better on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics examination
  8. 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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