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 typically demonstrate readiness through the following:
- Qualifying test scores on the ACT or SAT
- Earning passing grades in AP, IB, weighted honors courses, or
CSU-approved Senior Experience courses
- 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.
Across the CSU system, nearly half of first-time freshmen currently require remediation, costing them additional time and money completing units which do not apply toward a degree.
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 and help them avoid remediation while in college.
Visit: Understanding EAP for detailed program information.