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EAP Benefits: Stronger Skills, Fewer Tests

Know Your Benefits

If you're an 11th grader in a California public high school, now's the time to take advantage of the Early Assessment Program when you take the CAASPP. You'll find out your senior year what areas you need to work on to get ready for CSUDH college English and mathematic classes. Plus, you'll have your whole senior year to build those skills before you start at the university.

EAP participation can also mean taking fewer tests and remedial college courses, with:

  • Exemption from the required CSU English and/or Entry Level Mathematics Placement Test, for all CSU campuses
  • Exemption from remediation course at any CSU campuses
  • The opportunity to earn an exemption from the CBEST exam
  • The opportunity to earn an exemption from CCC Placement Tests

Exemption from CSU Placement Tests

If you're planning on attending CSUDH or any CSU campus, you may earn an exemption from taking the required CSU English and/or Entry Level Mathematics Placement Test by completing one of the following with the indicated results or scores:

English Placement Test (EPT) - Exemptions are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • New* SAT: 550 and above
  • Old SAT: 500 and above
  • ACT: 22 and above
  • AP Language/Literature Composition: 3 and above
  • CAASPP EAP: Standard Exceeded
  • CAASPP EAP: Standard Met with complete approved senior year-long English course with "C" or better

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)Exemptions are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • New* SAT: 570 and above
  • Old SAT: 550 and above
  • ACT: 23 and above
  • AP Calculus or AP Statistics Exam: 3 and above
  • CAASPP EAP: Standard Exceeded
  • CAASPP EAP: Standard Met with complete approved senior year-long Math course with "C" or better
* In March 2016, the College Board began administering a new SAT. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT.

Getting Started With EAP 

Participation in  EAP is free and easy. To get started, you'll be asked to take the CAASPP test administered to 11th graders during the spring semester at your California High School.  When taking the CAASPP make sure you select the option to release your scores to the CSU. Releasing your scores will save you from having to contact each CSU you apply to and submitting CAASPP results to the office of Admissions & Records.

Learn more

To learn how you can prepare for the EAP visit the CSU SUCCESS website. There, you'll find online tutorials, free practice problems, essay prompts, and much more to help you get ready for the EAP test and meet CSU English and mathematics requirements.