SAT I and ACT
The SAT and the ACT are designed to assist students, high schools, colleges, universities and scholarship programs with postsecondary educational planning and decision making and to provide a channel of communication between students and these institutions. Because the subject matter of high school courses as well as grading standards vary widely, the tests have been developed to provide a common standard against which students can be compared.
The SAT and ACT measure developed verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities related to successful performance in college. They are intended to supplement the secondary school record and other information about the student in assessing readiness for college-level work.
View and register for all National SAT test dates on the College Board web site at http://sat.collegeboard.org.
View and register for all National ACT test date on the ACT web site at http://www.actstudent.org.
The ACT college entrance exam is offered to prospective CSULA students by the University Testing Center on a monthly basis. The ACT exam is offered on a residual basis and scores are intended for use by our campus only. The ACT is offered on selected Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. Please call the Testing Center for ACT test dates and to register by phone.
The fee for taking the ACT is $34.00. Fees are collected on the day of the test. Examinee must show proof of identification and may use a calculator for the math sections of both exams. The ACT can be retaken once every 60 days on a residual basis.
The ACT is hand scored and reports are submitted to the CSULA Admissions office by the end of the week.
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is an admission exam required by many nursing programs in California. The TEAS is used by our nursing programs as an assessment tool to pre-determine and measure the students' readiness for a nursing school as well as a curriculum management program to ensure for long term success.
The TEAS exam is offered on a monthly basis on our campus. Test dates and registration information can be found on the ATI web site at https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx.
The purpose of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is to evaluate the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English. the test uses a multiple-choice format to measure the ability to understand North American English. The test consists of three sections:
- Listening Comprehension - Measures ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America.
- Structure and Written Expression - Measures ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English.
- Reading Comprehension - Measures ability to understand nontechnical reading matter.
Bulletins for the TOEFL are available outside of the Testing Center whenever the Library is open. The testing dates are selected by the computer Test Centers. The TOEFL is now computer based only. For information regarding taking the TOEFL on computer please refer to the TOEFL bulletin. Visit the TOEFL online at www.toefl.org or call 609-771-7100.
Graduate Admissions Testing
GRE and GMAT
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) tests are taken by individuals applying to graduate schools. The Subject Tests are offered at the Testing Center and measure achievement in a particular subject are and assume an undergraduate major or extensive back-ground in that discipline. Visit GRE online at www.gre.org or call 1-800-537-3160. For General Tests, please call 1-800-GRECALL.
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that are developed over a long period of time. It is designed to help graduate schools of business assess the qualification of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Visit GMAT on-line at www.gmat.org or call 1-609-771-7330.
The GRE and GMAT testing programs are administered on computer at authorized test sites. The University Testing Center has GRE and GMAT information bulletins available for pick up.
Praxis and CBEST
The Praxis Series program provides tests and other services for states to use as part of their teacher certification process. The Praxis Series assessments are also used by colleges and universities to qualify individuals for entry into teacher education programs. Visit the Praxis Series on-line at www.ets.org/praxis or call 1-800-772-9476.
The California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) was developed to meet requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment. California Education Code Section 44252 specifies that you must demonstrate proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills in English by passing the CBEST.
Placement exams are administered in the Testing Center to allow students to enroll in Chemistry 151 and 101. The Chemistry 151 is administered on a walk-in basis and can be repeated twice per quarter. Chemistry 101 is administered by appointment only and can only be taken once each quarter. Calculators are allowed for both of these exams.
Other Programs and Information
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAM PROGRAM
Credit is awarded for successful performance in certain examination of the College Level Examination Program. Four quarter units may be earned in any of the following examinations, with passing scores as indicated.
|Examination||Minimum Passing Score|
|Calculus with Elementary Functions||51|
Credit for one examination in mathematics may be applied to the mathematics requirement of the general education program. Credit for additional examinations is allocated to electives; acceptance for major, minor, or prerequisite use is granted on approval of the appropriate academic department of division. CLEP is offered by appointment only. Call 1-800 257-9558.
The University Testing Center administers paper and pencil and internet based exams for other universities or institutions upon request. It is the responsibility of the examinee to make the necessary arrangement to have exams sent to the Testing Center and to call for an exam appointment. The fee for this service is $30.00 per hour.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Special testing accommodations are available to students who qualify. Students should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities to arrange for this service. The Office for Students with disabilities is located in Student Affairs 115, Phone: (323) 343-3140; (TDD 343-3139); FAX (323) 343-6429.