Frequently Asked Questions About the Early Assessment Program

The EAP 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 EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study. All juniors who attend public high school in California automatically participate in the EAP.  EAP is now fully integrated into the California Assessment for Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) which students take during spring semester of their junior year. However, in order for student results to be released to California State University campuses and California Community Colleges, students must "bubble" to release their scores. This will also enable students to see their test results online, and make it easier for CSU campuses to match EAP scores to applications and exempting qualified students from the CSU English and/or Entry Level Mathematics Placement Tests.

EAP Statuses Under CAASPP

  • Standard Exceeded = Ready Status (Level 4)
  • Standard Met = Conditionally Ready Status (Level 3)
  • Standard Nearly Met = Not Yet Demonstrating Readiness (Level 2)
  • Standard Not Met = Not Demonstrating Readiness (Level 1)

EAP Math Statuses

In order to validate your exemption for the ELM, students have to release their Early Assessment Program (EAP) score on their California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) report. Students can also determine their EAP Status Online using CSU Mentor.

Below are the EAP math statuses:

  • Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU college-level mathematics courses.
    • Your score met the ELM requirement.
  • Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU college level mathematics courses.
    • Students designated as "Ready for CSU college-level mathematics courses - conditional" can meet the ELM requirement by taking an approved year-long math course in their senior year and getting a grade of C- or better. Provide official transcripts in order to prove that you have met the exemption. The following high school courses have been approved:
      • Trigonometry and Math Analysis
      • Pre-Calculus
      • AP Calculus AB
      • AP Calculus BC
      • AP Statistics
      • AP Physics
  • Standard Nearly Met and Standard Not Met: Not yet demonstrating readiness for CSU college-level mathematics course.
    • Your score did not meet the ELM requirement.
    • Check the ELM Requirement page to see all possible ways to meet it.

EAP English Statuses

In order to validate your exemption for the EPT, students have to release their Early Assessment Program (EAP) score on their California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) report. Students can also determine their EAP Status Online using CSU Mentor.

Below are the EAP English statuses:

  • Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU college-level English courses
    • Your score met the EPT requirement and you are ready for college level English.

 

  • Standard Met: Conditionally ready for CSU college-level English Courses.
    • Students designated as "Ready for CSU College-Level English Courses - Conditional" can meet the EPT Requirement by taking an approved year-long English course in their senior year and getting a grade of C- or better. Provide official transcripts in order to prove that you have met the exemption. The following high school courses have been approved:
      • Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) - Adopted as a full year course in the 12th grade being taught by a certified instructor.
      • International Baccalaureate (IB) English.
      • Advanced Placement—Language and Composition or Literature and Composition.
      • English course approved for extra honors weight on the University of California "a-g" Doorways course list.

 

  • Standard Nearly Met and Standard Not Met: Not yet demonstrating readiness for CSU college-level English courses
    • Your EAP score did not meet the EPT Requirement. You should check to see if you have met the EPT Requirement in another way.
    • Use the Exam Prep tools to prepare for the test.

Find your EAP Results

  • EAP results are included in your California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Score Report (see sample).
  • Check EAP status through the Online EAP Status Check

Conditional EAP and Early Start Program

Beginning with fall 2015 admission, students who are EAP conditional and who do not meet their conditions will be required to participate in the Early Start Program during summer 2016. For students who do not meet conditions, SAT/ACT scores will be used to determine their placement in Early Start. If you do not believe you will meet your conditions, SF State recommends that you take the ELM and/or EPT placement tests. Scoring 50 or above on the ELM and/or scoring 147 or better on the EPT can exempt you from having to participate in the Early Start program. Please see the chart below for more information:

EAP Conditional Math
EAP
Exempt/Ready for College level math courses
ConditionallyExempt/Ready for College Level mathematics courses
Not Ready for college level math courses
SAT
570- above
520-560
510-lower
ACT
23-above
20-22
19-lower
Remediation Status
Exempt
Conditionally Exempt*
Not Exempt
ELM Test
No
Recommended, if condition not met
Yes
Early Start
No
Yes, if condition not met
Yes, if score below 50 on ELM
Remediation Required
No
Yes, if condition not met
Yes, if scored below 50 on ELM
Early Start Course
Not Required
ESM 70 or ESM 40
Courses based on ELM score
EAP Conditional English
EAP
Exempt/Ready for College level English courses
ConditionallyExempt/Ready for College Level English courses
Not Ready for college level English courses
SAT
550- above
510-540
500-lower
ACT
22-above
19-21
18-lower
Remediation Status
Exempt
Conditionally Exempt*
Not Exempt
ELM Test
No
Recommended, if condition not met
Yes
Early Start
No
Yes, if condition not met
Yes, if score below 146 on EPT
Remediation Required
No
Yes, if condition not met
Yes, if scored below 146 on EPT
Early Start Course
Not Required
ESE 99
ESE 99

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Why should eleventh-grade students take the EAP when many of them will be taking SAT I, SAT II, ACT, AP, and CASSPP tests?
The benefits of EAP include the opportunity to:

  • Earn an exemption from CSU-required English and/or mathematics placement tests.
  • Identify the need for additional preparation for college-level courses.
  • Adjust senior-year coursework to prepare for college-level courses.
  • Avoid having to invest time and money in college remediation courses may not count toward a baccalaureate degree.

What if a student receives conditionally exempt status but does not do any additional coursework? 

If the student is not exempt on the basis of SAT, ACT or AP scores, the student can elect to take placement tests (English Placement Test and Entry Level Mathmatics Exam). If the student does not meet the exemption levels on the EPT and ELM, they will be required to enroll in Early Start and possibly take remedial courses at the CSU or a community college.

When will results be received? 

August

How will CSU get the information about EAP results? 

Students who complete the EAP in English and/or mathematics and apply to CSU will be responsible for having their EAP results included on transcripts sent to CSU.

 

Christa Amouroux, Ph.D.   |   Early Assessment Program Manager

ceap@sfsu.edu

Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning

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