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CSU EARLY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (EAP)

Students planning to attend college are usually required to take college placement exams to place them in appropriate math and English college courses. You will have the opportunity to be exempt from this placement testing for the California State Universities (CSUs) during your Junior year. The CSU system has developed an Early Assessment Program (EAP), which allows the CSU to place students in appropriate college level Math and English courses using different measurements. Students who score “Standards Exceeded” or “Standards Met” on the Math and/or English portion of the CAASPP (also known as Smarter Balance (SBAC), the SAT, ACT, or Advanced Placement (AP). , may not be required to take further placement tests and may be able to enroll directly in college level Math and English classes. Juniors will be taking this test in early April.

Students may also be exempted from taking CSU placement tests if they score one of the following in Math and English:

EAP results

If you did not release your scores to the CSU and you scored exempt or conditionally exempt in Math and/or English the CSUs will not be aware of that status. You will need to send the CSU you plan to attend a copy of your STAR test score sheet or request a copy of your test scores from the registrar and send it to the university. If you scored conditionally exempt you will not have proof that you met the requirement until you have completed the English and/or math class you are taking. This could delay your ability to sign up for your college orientation. It is best to check with the school you plan to attend on their policy for registering for orientation. You may need to take the ELM and/or EPT even though you scored conditionally exempt so you do not delay your registration process.

Are You Exempt From Placement Tests?

EAP scores were reported on your STAR test score report. If you do not have that report anymore you can also look at the test section in Aeries. Scores for EAP tests are reported as a 1, 2 or 3. Here is the key to what those scores mean:

1= exempt (do not need to take placement test)

2= conditionally exempt (must take an appropriate class during senior year and score a C or better in both semesters)

3=not exempt (must take a placement test)

Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11
  • A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level English courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken on grade 11, provided successful completion of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) or AP English
  • A score of 550 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test
  • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better

Register for the ELM and EPT:

Study materials for the ELM and EPT:

ELM - Math

EPT - English

EARLY START HELP

testing_official@csustan.edu

CSU Stanislaus (209-667-3157)

CSU Ready

English

  • Score 550 on SAT Critical Reading or 22 on ACT.
  • Score a 3 or higher on AP English Language & Composition or AP English Literature & Composition exams.

Math

  • Score 570 on the SAT Reasoning Math or SAT Subject Math I or II or 23 on the ACT.
  • Score 3 or higher on the AP Mathematics or Statistics exams.

**Always check requirements with the college you are

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

  • A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11
  • A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level English courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken on grade 11, provided successful completion of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) or AP English
  • A score of 550 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test
  • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better

Exemptions from the ELM (Math) are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level Mathematics courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 in conjunction with the CST in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II
  • A score of "Conditionally ready for college-level Mathematics courses" or "Conditional" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11 along with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that require Algebra II as a prerequisite
  • A score of 570 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2
  • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better