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Proficiency Exam

Fall Exams have concluded.

Please check back as of January 3 for Winter & Spring dates.

  1. Should I take this exam?
  2. What level of skill is expected?
  3. How do I prepare?
  4. How does testing work?
  5. How do I schedule an exam?
  6. What information do you need?
  7. When are exams?

Should I take this exam?

Yes, if you:

  • do NOT need units, grades, or area C3,
  • want to meet the CSUSM Graduation Requirement or are a Nursing major needing points for your application,
  • can pay the fee of $91 (or you are a veteran/active duty so fee is waived),
  • have both spoken and written skills in ANY WORLD LANGUAGE other than English,
  • believe you would place into a 4th semester class (equivilant to the 4th year of a strong high school program),
  • or can speak and write another language because of your upbringing.

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What level of skill is expected?

You should be able to:

  • speak and write ANY WORLD LANGUAGE (or express ASL) at or above the third semester of college or the third year of high school, with a suggested grade of B,
    • Global Studies students should be able to speak and write ANY WORLD LANGUAGE at or above the fourth semester of college or the fourth year of high school. Global Studies students cannot test in ASL.
  • can express yourself without resorting to English (or fingerspelling), even if you forget a word or expression,
  • can express yourself in the present (I eat/I am eating) with great accuracy,
  • can express yourself in the past (I ate/I used to eat) and future (I will eat/I am going to eat) with reasonable accuracy,
  • can use accents, characters and tones in languages that require those,
  • can use classifiers and ordinal numbers for American Sign Language,
  • and can express the subjunctive and conditional tenses for languages such as Spanish, French, English, German, Italian....

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How do I prepare?

You can get help from:

  • this Proficiency Exam Handout;
  • our free peer tutoring in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Mandarin, and ASL;
  • listening to INTERMEDIATE samples. [Notes: Use a computer; this site is not mobile-friendly. If your language is not listed, choose English.]
  • and writing full sentences about the present, past and future.

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How does testing work?

  • The fee is $91. There is no profit; this pays evaluators.
  • The Exam takes up to 2 hours. (ASL takes up to 1 hour.)
  • Results take 6-8 weeks and are sent via email. Plan accordingly.
  • Tests are scored "Pass" and "No Pass".
  • "Pass" updates your Academic Requirements Report with the LOTER as "Met".
  • The Exam Date will be noted in your ARR, not the date results come in.
  • The Exam may be taken 1 more time, if you receive "No Pass" and pay the testing fee again.
  • We cannot accomodate pets or children.
  • We gladly accomodate documented disabilities. Please include that information in your registration.

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How do I schedule an exam?

  • Provide the LOTER Advisor with the below information.
  • On exam day, arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are late, you will NOT be allowed to take the test.
  • A notice of 24 hours is required, to reschedule within the same term.
  • The testing fee of $91 must be paid ahead of time. (Details will be sent via email.)
  • The fee is waived for Veterans on GI Bills other than Chapter 31 and for all Active Duty receiving tuition assistance.
  • No refunds are given for no-shows.

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What information do you need?

Provide the below information by emailing llc@csusm.edu or coming to Kellogg 1107:

  1.  Full Legal Name
  2.  Campus ID (Note: Some Nursing Applicants won't have it yet.)
  3.  Phone Number
  4.  Campus Email (Note: If not currently enrolled, you may use another email.)
  5.  Any Additional Reason for Taking the Exam (Nursing Program; Global Studies; RN to BSN Student Enrolled by October 22, 2017...)
  6.  Language Testing In (Note: Global Studies majors may not test in ASL.)
  7.  Three Preferred Dates & Times from Below

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When are exams?

On-Campus Proficiency Exams (in all languages except ASL)

 

Please check back as of January 3 for Winter & Spring dates.


American Sign Language (ASL) Exam

Please check back as of January 3 for Winter & Spring dates.

 

Remote Proficiency Exam (at a local facility)

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