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Early Assessment Program (EAP)

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High school seniors can bypass all or part of the SCC placement test by submitting ELIGIBLE EAP scores in math and/or English. Please call (714) 628-4808 to schedule a drop-off appointment. 

Background Information: 

Implemented in 2004, the Early Assessment Program (EAP) was a collaborative effort between the California State University (CSU), the California Department of Education (CDE), and the State Board of Education to determine high school student readiness for college-level work in English and math and to provide students opportunities to improve skills during their senior year.  In 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 946 enabling the California Community College system to implement the EAP. The EAP was built off the state's Standards Testing and Reporting (STAR) accountability program for public schools. High school juniors who demonstrated proficiency for college-level coursework were exempt from taking the CSU and participating California Community College (CCC) placement tests for English and mathematics. Students were able to move directly into college-level classes upon enrollment.

2015:  California K-12 education has transitioned to the Common Core State Standards.  AB 484, effective January 1, 2014, eliminated the STAR accountability program and established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes the EAP. Previously, only 11th grade students who were eligible to take the CST for English–Language Arts or Algebra II or Summative High School Mathematics were eligible to participate. The new assessment allows for the EAP to be embedded in the exam with no additional questions required. This change allows all California 11th grade students to participate in the EAP and receive early signals about their readiness for college level English and math courses.

Student Achievement Levels and how they apply  to Placement in English and Math at SCC.

All grade eleven students who participated in the English and mathematics CAASPP examination achieve a performance level that will be used for the EAP. 

Achievement Level 4 – Students identified at this level in English or mathematics will be classified as READY for college-level coursework and will be exempt from taking SCC's placement test and may register in college degree-bearing courses upon entering SCC.

Achievement Level 3 – Students identified at this level in English or mathematics will be classified as CONDITIONALLY READY and encouraged to take an approved English or mathematics class in the senior year and earn a grade of "C" or higher to be exempt from testing placement at SCC.  

SCC will accept the following senior-year courses:


  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) 
  • Advanced Placement English
  • International Baccalaureate English


  • Mathematics courses that have a pre-requisite of Algebra II
  • Mathematics courses that have a pre-requisite of Integrated Math III​

Students presenting CAASP results with "READY" status will be exempt from SCC Placement Testing and eligible to enroll in college-level English or math.  Students presenting CAASP results with "CONDITIONALLY READY" status and a high school transcript showing enrollment in an approved senior-year course with a grade of "C" or better will be exempt from SCC Placement Testing and eligible to enroll in college-level English or math.    

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​​A-Building, 1st Floor, Room 105​
​Phone:​ (714) 628-4808
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