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Remote Proficiency Exam

Who Takes the Exam
How Testing Works
How to Sign Up
Testing Schedule
How to Prepare

Who Takes the Exam

Students who:

  • are one of the following: a) Extended Learning RN to BSN online anywhere in the US; b) prefer to test in Temecula rather than on our main campus; or c) have moved out of the area.
  • want to meet the graduation Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER)
  • do NOT need units, grades, or area C3
  • can pay the CSUSM fee of $91 and potentially an additional testing fee locally
  • have both spoken and written skills in any world language other than English (or ASL)
  • feel they would do well in a 4th semester college language class (equivilent to the 4th year of a strong high school program), because of past classes or personal upbringing
  • can express themselves without English (or ASL fingerspelling), even if they forget a word or expression
  • can express the present (I eat/I am eating) with great accuracy
  • can express the past (I ate) and future (I am going to eat) with reasonable accuracy
  • can express "I would" for languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch....
  • can use accents, characters and tones if required (or ASL classifiers and ordinal numbers)

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How Testing Works

  • The fee is $91 and is paid ahead of time. There is no profit; this pays evaluators. 
  • The fee is waived for Vets on GI Bills (other than Chapt. 31) and for Active Duty on tuition assistance.
  • Testing facilities usually have a fee above the CSUSM fee. 
  • Students need a device with Skype for the spoken portion (smartphone, laptop...). It's a free app.
  • Results take 8 weeks. Plan accordingly.
  • The Exam may be taken twice. (The ASL Exam may only be taken once.)
  • The Exam takes 2.25 hours. (The ASL Exam takes 1.25 hours.)
  • Instructions and the spoken portion are done first, via Skype with CSUSM, and take 1.25 hour.
  • The written portion is done second, via local proctor, and takes 1 hour.
  • Tests are scored "Pass" and "No Pass".
  • "Pass" updates the Academic Requirements Report with LOTER as "Met".
  • The date Exam was taken is used in the ARR (and for graduation), not the date results come in.
  • A notice of 24 hours is required to reschedule within the same term.
  • No refunds are given for no-shows.
  • We cannot accommodate pets or children.
  • We gladly accommodate documented disabilities. Please include that information in your registration.

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How to Sign Up (Two-Step Process)

1. Find a suitable testing facility near you. Don't yet schedule an appointment at the facility! Just confirm that they can host you. Public libraries work best, but community colleges sometimes have a testing center. The facility must have:

  • Reliable WiFi
  • An area where you may speak out loud at a normal volume without disturbing others
  • A proctor for the written 1-hour portion (done immediately after CSUSM proctors the spoken portion)

Here are facilities we have used in the past, in case this is helpful (but you are welcome to find another):

City, Area Site Website Contact
Hanford, Kings
San Joaquin Valley
King's Country Library, Hanford Branch

Sherman Lee

(559) 582-0261, ex. 4014

Upland, Pomona, Ontario, Los Angeles

Upland Public Library

Kristen Vitko

(909) 931-4218

Glendora, Los Angeles Glendora Library

Proctoring is offered Mon-Wed 10-8 and Thurs-Sat 10-5.

 Gaetano Abbondanza

(626) 852-4891

Placentia, Orange County Placentia Library

Lori Worden

(714) 528-1906 , ex. 211

Temecula, Riverside County CSUSM at Temecula

Proctoring is offered Mon-Fri from 8-5.

Virginia Montoya

(760) 750-8745

Carmel Valley, San Diego Monterey County Free Libraries,
Carmel Valley Branch

Jennifer Smith 

(831) 659-2377

Fairfeed, Solano Fairfield Cordelia Library

Melissa Padaca

(707) 784-1551

Marysvill, Yuba Yuba Community College,
College Success Center

Quy Bui

(530) 741-8752

Torrance, Los Angeles El Camino College, Community Education, Torrance Location 

Proctoring is offered Tues-Thurs with a 10am or 1 pm start time, with some exceptions on start time as per LLC and ECC agreement.

Betty Sedor

(310) 660-6460

San Jose San Jose State University, Testing Office

Proctoring is offered Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30.

Testing Office

(408) 924-5980

Mountain House, Stockton, San Joaquin County Mountain House Branch Library 

Proctoring must end by 6:30.

 Kathleen Buffleben

(209) 937-8221

Norwalk, Torrance, Long Beah, Los Angeles 

Cerritos College, Success Center

Until August 9, proctoring is only offered Mon-Thur 9-9. As of August 9, proctoring is also offered Fri 9-2 and Sat 10-3.


Yvette Juarez

(562) 860-2451 ext. 2405
or (562) 653-7891

Eugene, Fern Ridge, Oregon

Veneta Public Library 

Laura Blankenship

(541) 935-7512

Lancaster, Palmdale, Los Angeles

Antelope Valley College, Assessment Center 

Proctoring is offered Monday-Thursday 7:30-4:00 and Friday 7:30-9:30. 

Wade Saari

(661) 722-6300, ex. 6536

Your city, your area

Your library

Send us all relevent contact information.


2. Send an email to with this information:

  • If you are an RN to BSN Student or a Temecula Student
  • Desired Language for Testing
  • First and Last Name (as it appears for CSUSM)
  • Campus ID (9 digits, looking something like: 000123456)
  • Phone Number
  • Campus Email 
  • Contact Information for Your Chosen Testing Facility/Facilities from the above list.
  • A list of multiple times and dates you are free for at least 2.25 hours, from the below schedule.
    For example: Friday, June 1, 10 AM - 1 PM;  Tuesday, June 5, 1-4 PM; and any Thursday in July.

What CSUSM then does:

  1. CSUSM books an appointment at the facility on your behalf during one of the times you selected in your email to CSUSM or we work with you to find another testing time that works for us, you and the facility. 
  2. CSUSM sends the facility testing materials via email.
  3. CSUSM sends you detailed instructions and payment information via email. You are all set to test!

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Remote Testing Schedule: Summer 2018

Weekday Testing, 9 AM - 4 PM
Mon-Fri, July 9 - August 10

Late Afternoon & Evening Testing, 2 PM - 8 PM
*Note: Some testing facilities are not open in the evenings. Check the above list FIRST.
Wed, July 25

Saturday Testing, 9 AM - 4 PM
*Note: Some testing facilities are not open on Saturdays. Check the above list FIRST.
Sat, August 11

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How to Prepare

  • Read the Printable Information Sheet (PDF).
  • Listen to these INTERMEDIATE spoken samples. [Notes: Use a computer; this site is not mobile-friendly. If your language is not listed, choose English.]
  • In Fall and Spring Semesters, get online or in-person free, peer tutoring in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Mandarin, and ASL.
  • DuoLingo App and/or Website (like a free Rosetta Stone; very popular with students!)
  • For over 45 languages: Extensive, free text and audio resources designed to help gain higher proficiency:
  • Write full sentences in the present, past and future on simple life topics like: my vacation, my family, my career goals, my life....
  • For Spanish: Self-Test Review Packets of detailed grammar that is taught in 101102, and 201. Note: This is NOT the format of the test, which is all open-ended oral and essay questions. This is just to give you some papers to practice with.

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