Academic Preparation and Placement
Early Assessment Program
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, and 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. For more information, click here.
Any first-time, first-year student identified through CSU placement measures as benefiting from additional support concurrent with college-level written communication and/or mathematics coursework will be required to enroll in the CSU Early Start program and will be required to complete specific coursework designed by English and Math faculty. For more information on Cal Poly's Early Start courses, click here. For more information on written communication requirements at Cal Poly, click here. For more information on mathematics requirements, click here.
First-year written communication and math placement at Cal Poly is based on multiple measures of academic proficiency including high school course grades, high school grade point averages, grades in collegiate courses, ACT scores, SAT scores, Advanced Placement scores, International Baccalaureate scores, SAT subject tests and Smarter Balanced Assessment/Early Assessment Program scores. For more information, click here.