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Early Assessment Program


Many students believe being admitted to college means they will automatically participate in baccalaureate-level classes. However, the California State University (CSU), like all major higher education systems in the United States, requires incoming freshmen to first demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework in English and math.

Students entering the CSU directly from high school demonstrate readiness through qualifying test scores on the ACT or SAT; receiving passing grades in AP, IB, applicable honors, or related classes; or by passing the CSU's English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry-Level Mathematics Examination (ELM).

Students who do not demonstrate college readiness prior to admission must complete remedial classes and the CSU's Early Start Program before becoming eligible to enroll in college-level English and math courses. Remediation costs students additional time and money, and remedial course units do not apply toward a degree. Across the CSU system, nearly half of first-time freshmen currently require remediation.

The ultimate goal of the Early Assessment Program (EAP) is to fully prepare California high school graduates to enter the rigorous academic setting of the CSU system and help them avoid remediation while in college.

Visit: Understanding EAP for detailed program information.



Each region of California hosts an EAP office at its local CSU campus, and the EAP office at California State University Maritime Academy presently serves Napa and Solano counties. Our EAP office services include:

  • Connecting educators with college readiness-focused, Common Core-aligned professional development in English and math
  • Assisting students and parents with navigating the particulars of college readiness requirements at the CSU campus of their choice and partnering California Community Colleges
  • Presenting in high school classrooms on the topics of college readiness and/or the high school-to-college transition
  • Advising on the adoption and implementation of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) as a full-year Senior Experience course
  • Presenting CSU readiness information at back-to-school nights, PTA meetings, college fairs, etc.
  • Connecting students with academic mentoring at select locations to assist them in preparing for college-level English and math
  • Assisting counselors and teachers in identifying and implementing appropriate senior-year instruction for students who need additional support in their pathways to college
  • Supporting teachers in efforts to promote knowledge of college readiness through the CSU's How to Get to College initiative

Contact: eap@csum.edu for questions about college readiness.