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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):

Area City Site Website Contact Phone Email
San Joaquin Valley
Hanford King's Country Library
Hanford Branch Sherman Lee (559) 582-0261
ex. 4014
Pomona, Ontario, Los Angeles Upland Upland Public Library Kristen Vitko (909) 931-4218
Los Angeles Burbank Burbank Library
Note:  THIS SITE CANNOT ACCOMODATE ANY MORE LOTER EXAMS UNTIL JUNE. Proctoring offered weekdays from 9:30-6 (must finish test by 6).
Anne Ngo (818) 238-5551
Los Angeles Glendora Glendora Library
Note: THIS SITE CAN ACCOMODATE ONLY SATURDAY TESTS UNTIL JUNE. Proctoring is offered Mon-Sat until 5 (must finish test by 5).
Suzette Farmer (626) 852-4891
Orange Placentia Placentia Library Lori Worden (714) 528-1906
ex. 211
Riverside Temecula CSUSM at Temecula
Note: THIS SITE CANNOT ACCOMODATE ANY MORE LOTER EXAMS UNTIL JUNE. Proctoring is offered weekdays from 8-5 (must finish test by 5).
Virginia Montoya (760) 750-8745
San Diego Carmel Valley Monterey County Free Libraries,
Carmel Valley Branch Jennifer Smith  (831) 659-2377
Solano Fairfield Fairfield Cordelia Library Melissa Padaca (707) 784-1551
Yuba Marysville Yuba Community College,
College Success Center Quy Bui (530) 741-8752
Los Angeles Torrance El Camino College (Torrance),
Community Education 
Note: THIS SITE CANNOT ACCOMODATE ANY MORE LOTER EXAMS UNTIL JUNE. Proctoring is offered Tuesday through Thursday 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 San Jose State Uniiversity, Testing Office
*Note: Proctoring is offered weekdays 8:30-4:30 (must finish test by 4:30).

Testing Office

(408) 924-5980
Stockton / San Joaquin County Mountain House Mountain House Branch Library 
Note: Proctoring must end by 6:30.
 Kathleen Buffleben  (209) 937-8221


Los Angeles /
Long Beach / Torrance

Norwalk / Torrance Cerritos College, Success Center
Note:  THIS SITE CANNOT ACCOMODATE ANY MORE LOTER EXAMS UNTIL JUNE.Proctoring offered Mon-Thur 9-9, Fri 9-2, and Sat 10-3.



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


Eugene/ Fern Ridge Veneta Public Library 

Laura Blankenship (541) 935-7512 

2. Email with the below information.

  • Student Status (RN to BSN Student, Temecula Student,...)
  • If RN to BSN Student, your start date
  • 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 
  • Desired testing dates and times from the below schedule.
  • Contact information for your chosen testing facility.
  • Optional: If you want to confirm with your testing facility that they can fit you when you want, that can save a step. But CSUSM can do that on your behalf, as long as you provide the above.

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: Available Dates & Times

Date Day Time
3/28 Wed 5-7:15 PM
4/13 Fri 4:30-6:45 PM
4/13 Fri 6-8:15 PM
4/14 Sat 9-11:15 AM
4/14 Sat 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM
4/14 Sat 12-2:15 PM
4/14 Sat 3-5:15 PM

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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.]
  • For Spanish: Self-Test Review Packets for 101 and 102.
  • Write full sentences in the present, past and future on simple life topics like: my vacation, my family, my career goals, my life....
  • Get online or in-person free, peer tutoring in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Mandarin, and ASL.
  • For over 45 languages: Extensive, free text and audio resources designed to help gain higher proficiency:

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