department menu

Remote Proficiency Exam

*The information below only applies to Exams taken through June 30.

Printable Information Sheet (PDF)

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

Students Who Take the Exam

  • are either Extended Learning RN to BSN online or have moved out of the area.
  • want a Spring 2019 or Summer 2019 graduation date on their diploma and have not yet met the 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)

[back to top]

How Testing Works

  •   For a May graduation, test anytime through May 14th. 
      For an August graduation, test anytime through June 28th.[There is no July or August testing.]
  • 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. 
  • Results take 8 weeks. Plan accordingly.
  • The Exam may be taken twice.
  • The Exam takes 2.25 hours. 
  • The Exam has two portions:
      1. written answers to 3 writing prompts, handwritten (or typing available upon request)
      2. spoken answers to 10 open-ended, brief questions, recorded via computer microphone.
  • Tests are scored "Pass" and "No Pass".
  • "Pass" updates the Academic Requirements Report with requirement 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 gladly accommodate documented disabilities. Please include that information in your registration.

[back to top]

How to Prepare

  • Get online free, peer tutoring in Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Mandarin, and ASL.
  • Write a journal/diary of your daily life, to get practice telling stories in present, past and future.
  • Use DuoLingo (app and website) to get your grammar flowing.
  • For over 45 languages: Extensive, free resources to help gain higher proficiency:
  • For Spanish: Self-Test Review Packets for 101102, and 201. (Also available in the LLC.) Note: These are waaaay more detailed and specific than is required on the Exam. This is to build your skills; the Exam asks you to use them in open-ended written and spoken answers.
  • Listen to these oral language samples of learners whose skills would make them pass:

    2. Choose your language from the list at left. If your language is not available, choose English.
    3. Click on “Speaking”.
    4. Scroll to INTERMEDIATE (the level our Exam asks for).
    5. Click the button “View Samples”. (There are usually 3-4.)

[back to top]

How to Sign Up: 2 Steps!


1a. Languages that use the same keyboard/alphabet as English (even if accents are different) AND you want to type your answers:

Test literally whenever when you want! Send a desired date and time, and we'll set you up. The test will be added to your Cougar Courses, with Zoom proctoring. You will need:

  • 2.5 hours to take the exam, LITERALLY any time in the month, week and day (midnight, weekends...).
  • Computer with webcam, microphone, and permissions that let you download programs.
  • Headphones with a mic to ensure best recording quality.
  • To complete step 2 below to sign up!

1b. Languages that use a different keyboard/alphabet than English OR any language that you want to handwrite

  • First and Last Name (as it appears for CSUSM)
  • Campus ID (9 digits, looking something like: 000123456)
  • Phone Number
  • Campus Email
  • Major/Program
  • Indicate if you are any of these:
    • Graduating Spring 2019 or Summer 2019
    • Global Studies Major (cannot use ASL)
    • RN to BSN through Extended Learning
    • Pre-Nursing or Nursing
    • Associate Degree for Transfer (Your diploma would say: ADT, AA-T, or AS-T. This is not the same as a regular Associate's Degree. You know if you are this.)
  • Provide exam times that work for you:
         For a May graduation, test anytime through May 14th. 
         For an August graduation, test anytime through June 28th.
    • 1a - List your language and provide literally any 2.5 hour slot that is at least three days in the future (so we have time to set you up in Cougar Courses). You can even do over winter break. BE SPECIFIC, for example: "Mon, Sept 24, 9:15-11:45 AM". 
    • 1b - List your language and provide testing dates and times windows that work for you, within the regular workday: Mon-Fri, 9-5. We will find mutually-convenient times. [There will be one Saturday during Spring Semester for testing. Date forthcoming.] 
      Provide a proctoring center (or two) from the below list.  *If you truly can't fit into them, give a variety of dates and times to see if an alternative can be found.

[back to top]

Non-English-Keyboard/Alphabet Testing Centers

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 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

Proctoring is offered Mon-Thur 9-9 and Fri 9-2.


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 Mon-Thurs 7:30-4:00 and Fri 7:30-9:30. 

Wade Saari

(661) 722-6300, ex. 6536

Santa Barbara California Learning Center

Contact them for hours.

 Wendi Ostroff, Owner/Director

(805) 563-1579

Your city, your area

Your library or testing center

Send us all relevent contact information AFTER checking they can accomodate for 1b above.



[back to top]