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.

Junior students enrolled in a mathematics course of Algebra II or beyond are required to take the corresponding Algebra II California Standards Test (CST) or Summative High School Mathematics California Standards Test (CST) during an established testing window (usually between mid-March and mid-May). The EAP augments the Algebra II CST or Summative High School Mathematics CST with 15 additional multiple-choice items. Students should strive to achieve ‘Exempt’ on the EAP in Mathematics which indicates that they meet California State University placement standards for entry-level baccalaureate coursework. As a result, these students are exempt from taking the CSU ELM (Entry-Level Mathematics) if they apply to a CSU and are admitted. Scoring ‘Exempt’ indicates that an 11th grade student is ‘college ready’ in Mathematics and saves the student the cost and time associated with having to take the ELM at a later date.

EAP Math - Conditionally Exempt

Students are considered ready for college when they take the examination as an 11th grader, but must complete a math course their senior year that requires Algebra II as a prerequisite with a grade of C or better. Students who successfully participate in an approved senior year math course are exempt from the requirement to take CSU’s ELM test and will be eligible to enroll in baccalaureate-level mathematics courses if they apply to a CSU and are admitted.

EAP Mathematics Non-Exempt

Students are not ready for college-level coursework and are encouraged to enroll in a senior year activity to increase their mathematics skill in preparation for the ELM exams if they apply to a CSU and are admitted.