Early Assessment Program (EAP)

Are You Ready for College Level English and Math?

Welcome High School Students, Families, Counselors, Teachers and Administrators. The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and Mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.


The goal of the Early Assessment Program is to have California high school graduates enter the California State University (CSU), or one of the participating California Community Colleges (CCC) fully prepared to begin college-level study.

The Challenge

More than 60 percent of the nearly 40,000 first-time freshmen admitted to the CSU require additional support in English, Mathematics or both. These 25,000 freshmen all have taken the required college preparatory curriculum and earned at least a B grade point average in high school. The cost in time and money to these students and to the state is substantial. Moreover, these students are confused by seemingly having done the right things in high school only to find out after admission to the CSU that they need further preparation.- CSU Channel Islands

For more information about placement in first-year General Education (GE) English and math courses for first-time freshmen, students should contact an Early Assessment Program Coordinator at https://csustudentsuccess.org/eap-contacts.