The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a college readiness test developed by the California Department of Education (CDE), the State Board of Education, and the California State University (CSU). These voluntary assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics are augmentations to the grade eleven English Language Arts CST, the Algebra II CST and the Summative High School Mathematics CST. Students who receive exemptions from CSU placement tests in English Language Arts and/or mathematics can enroll in college-level coursework without having to take remedial classes.

For eleventh-grade students who do not receive an ‘exempt’ designation on the EAP, the senior year in high school may be used to develop the knowledge and skills required for college-level courses.

California State University (CSU) EAP Program

EAP Language Arts - Exempt
Junior students are required to take the California Standards Test (CST) in English Language Arts during an established testing window (usually between mid-March and mid-May). The EAP augments the CST with 15 additional multiple-choice questions and a 45-minute essay. Students should strive to achieve ‘Exempt’ on the EAP in Language Arts which indicates that they meet California State University placement standards for entry-level baccalaureate coursework.  As a result, these students are exempt for CSU required EPT (English Placement Test) if they apply to a CSU and are admitted.  Scoring ‘Exempt’ indicates that an 11th grade student is college ready in Language Arts and saves the student the cost and time associated with having to take the EPT at a later date.
EAP Language Arts - Conditionally Exempt
Students achieving this distinction will be placed in credit bearing courses once enrolled at a California State University (CSU) and will avoid having to take the English Placement Test (EPT) as long as they meet the condition of the exemption. Meeting this condition requires students to take one of several English courses their senior year in high school: Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), AP English, IB English, Weighted Honors English. The CSU believes that failure to take a rigorous English course in the senior year will diminish English skills necessary for success in college courses. Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in one of the approved senior English courses in order to meet the condition of the exemption.
EAP Language Arts Non-Exempt
Students are not ready for college-level coursework and are encouraged to enroll their senior year in Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) to increase their English writing skills.  The course will help to prepare students for the EPT exam if they apply to a CSU and are admitted.

English Success
Criteria: Students score "College Ready" or "Exempt" on the EAP exam in English Language Arts during the 11th grade year.
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