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College Readiness / Early Assessment Program

Take Charge of Your Future

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU).

The 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
  • 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.

The Challenge

More than 60 percent of the nearly 40,000 first-time freshmen admitted to the CSU require remedial education in English, mathematics or both. These 25,000 freshmen all have taken the required college preparatory curriculum and earned at least a B grade point average in high school. The cost in time and money to these students and to the state is substantial. Moreover, these students are confused by seemingly having done the right things in high school only to find out after admission to the CSU that they need further preparation.

The Early Assessment Program Consists of Three Components:

  • Early testing
  • The opportunity for additional preparation in the 12th grade
  • Professional development activities for high school English and mathematics teachers


Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)

  • Merced County Office of Education                                         

September 12-13, 2019 | November 15, 2019 | February 27, 2020 

Register online (Register by September 4, 2019)


  • Fresno County Superintendent of Schools                                        

October 10-11, 2019 | December 6, 2019 | March 13, 2020

Register online (Register by October 2, 2019)


Early Start Program at Fresno State