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Testing, Assessment and Research, SS-2549
Telephone: 619-594-5216

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:

Competency requirements are required preparation for a number of specific courses identified in the Class Schedule. No student shall graduate until all competency requirements are satisfied.

MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENTS: FRESHMEN

Demonstration of mathematics competency is satisfied in one of the following ways:
I. Pass one of the following national or state tests at the minimum score* or level identified below:

a. ELM score of 50 if taken after February 2002 (CSU Entry Level Mathematics Test). ELM score of 550 if taken before February 2002.
b. SAT or SAT I mathematics score of 550 (Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test).
c. ACT mathematics test score of 23 (American College Test) if taken after October 1989.
d. AP score of 3 on mathematics AB or BC examination or the Statistics examination (The College Board Advanced Placement Program).
e. Score of 550 on the College Board Mathematics Achievement Test, Level I or IC or II or IIC.
f. Score of 550 on the College Board SAT II Mathematics Test, Level I or IC or II or IIC.

OR

II. Earn a "C" or better grade in a transferable college mathematics course that satisfies General Education Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.

OR


* These scores are appropriate only to those students who satisfy the requirement upon matriculation in this catalog year or who take the examinations during this catalog year.

III. Complete BOTH a and b

a. Attempt and fail the ELM test (CSU Entry Level Mathematics) (score below 50 if taken after February 2002 and score below 550 if taken before February 2002).

AND

b. Earn Credit (Cr) in General Mathematics Studies 91 or 99C at SDSU.

Credit earned in General Mathematics Studies courses numbered below 100 is not applicable to the baccalaureate degree.

REMEDIATION

Students who do not achieve a passing score on the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) examination must take remedial courses. Students must begin their remediation during the first semester, and must complete all needed remedial courses with a grade of CR by the end of their third term of enrollment (including summer term). The following chart shows which remedial courses must be taken based on the test scores:

If taken after February 2002.

ELM Score Courses Needed
50 or greater None
41-49 General Mathematics Studies 91 or 99C
Below 41 General Mathematics Studies 90 or 99A first semester
General Mathematics Studies 91 or 99C second semester

If taken before February 2002.

ELM Score Courses Needed
550 or greater None
480-540 General Mathematics Studies 91 or 99C
Below 480 General Mathematics Studies 90 or 99A first semester
General Mathematics Studies 91 or 99C second semester

Satisfactory completion of remedial coursework satisfies the math requirement.

The Entry-Level Mathematics Examination will be given on all CSU campuses on the following dates. Students must register at the Test Office by the deadline date. New students are required to take the ELM prior to any registration. Information bulletins and registration materials for the ELM will be mailed to all students who apply to a CSU campus.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
June 19 June 4 July 14
August 28# August 13

#Given only at SDSU

MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENTS: TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer students generally fulfill their mathematics testing requirement by passing a transferable college level mathematics course with a "C" grade or better. Transfer students who do not meet this requirement will be held to the freshmen mathematics testing requirement.

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENTAL PLACEMENT EXAMINATION

Students wishing to enroll in any logic, mathematics, physics, statistics, or mathematically related course must pass the appropriate part of the Mathematics Departmental Placement Examination. These examinations assess mathematical preparation beyond the elementary level. Part IA tests knowledge of intermediate algebra; the Precalculus Proficiency Examination tests knowledge of algebra and trigonometry as needed in calculus; Part LS tests numbers and operations, geometry and measurement. Equivalent transfer courses will not grant exemptions from any part of the Placement Examination.

The Mathematics Departmental Placement Examination will be given on the SDSU campus on the following dates. Students must register at the Test Office by the deadline date.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
June 26 June 11 July 6
July 24 July 9 August 2
August 21 August 6 August 30
September 4 September 1 September 13
October 16 October 1 October 25
November 13 October 29 November 22
December 4 November 19 December 13

WRITING REQUIREMENTS: FRESHMEN

Demonstration of writing competency is satisfied in one of the following ways:

I. Pass one of the following national or state tests at the minimum score* or level identified below:

a. EPT score of 151 total (CSU English Placement Test).
b. SAT I verbal score of 550 if taken after March 1995 (Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test). SAT or SAT I verbal score of 470 if taken before March 1995.
c. ACT English usage score of 24 (American College Test) if taken after October 1989.
d. AP score of 3 on Language and Composition or Literature and Composition (The College Board Advanced Placement Program).
e. Score of 600 on the College Board Achievement Test in English Composition with Essay.
f. Score of 680 on the College Board SAT II Writing Test if taken May 1998 and after. Score of 660 on the College Board SAT II Writing Test if taken between April 1995 and April 1998. Score of 600 on the College Board SAT II Writing Test if taken before March 1995.

* These scores are appropriate only to those students who satisfy the requirement upon matriculation in this catalog year or who take the examinations during this catalog year.

OR

II. Complete BOTH a and b (below)
a Pass with a C or better a transferable GE English Course

AND

b. Earning credit (Cr) in Rhetoric and Writing Studies 92A, 92B, 94, 97A, 97B.

OR

III. Complete BOTH a and b.

a. Attempt but fail the EPT (CSU English Placement Test) (score below 151 total).

AND

b. Earn credit (Cr) in one of the following courses: Rhetoric and Writing Studies 92A, 92B, 94, 97A, 97B.
Credit earned in Rhetoric and Writing Studies 92A, 92B, 94, 95, 97A, or 97B is not applicable to the baccalaureate degree.

REMEDIATION

Students who do not achieve a passing score on the English Placement Test (EPT) must take remedial courses. Students must begin their remediation during the first semester, and must complete all needed remedial courses with a grade of CR (except 101) by the end of their third term of enrollment, including Summer. The following chart shows which remedial courses must be taken based on the test scores:

EPT Score Course Needed
151 or greater None
146-150 (and essay score of 8 or higher)
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 101* and 98A (concurrently) *limited space
146-150(and essay score of 7 or lower)
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 92A, 94, or 97A
145 or lower Rhetoric and Writing Studies 94 or 95 (if non-native speaker)

Satisfactory completion of remedial coursework satisfies the writing requirement.

The English Placement Test will be given at all CSU campuses on the following dates. Students must register at the Test Office by the deadline date. New students are required to take the EPT prior to any registration. Information bulletins and registration materials for the EPT are available in the SDSU Test Office.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
June 19 June 4 July 12
August 28# August 13

#Given only at SDSU

GRADUATION WRITING ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

All undergraduates must demonstrate competency in writing skills at the upper division level as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree and, if not previously met in the CSU, for a second baccalaureate degree

1. All students shall take the Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) during the semester in which they achieve 60 units or in the semester immediately following. Students who do not take the exam within the required period will be administratively disqualified.
2. Students are allowed to attempt the WPA twice.
3. Students who achieve a score of 10 or above on the WPA shall satisfy the graduation writing proficiency requirement or are cleared to enroll in the upper division writing course required by their major.
4. Students who achieve a score of 8 or 9 are required to satisfy the graduation writing proficiency requirement by completing an approved upper division writing course (selected from the list below) with a grade of C or higher.
5. Students who earn a score of 7 or lower are required to complete Rhetoric and Writing Studies 280 or 281 with a minimum grade of C or higher before enrolling in the required upper division writing course.
6. Students who transfer from another CSU campus having fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement will not be required to repeat it. However, a course listed below may be required for the major.

Asian Studies 360W
Chicana and Chicano Studies 396W
Communication 310W
English 306W
English 508W
English 581W
English 584W
History 400W
History 450W
Information and Decision Systems 390W
Information and Decisions Systems 396W
Linguistics 305W
Linguistics 396W
Recreation 396W
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 305W
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 500W
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 503W
Women's Studies 400W

(Note: Several of these courses are limited to majors in the indicated department or have additional prerequisite requirements. Courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade.)

The Writing Proficiency Assessment Examination will be given on the following dates. Students must register at the Test Office by the deadline date.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
June 12 May 28 June 28
July 10 June 25 July 26
September 18 September 3 October 4
October 23 October 8 November 8
November 13 October 29 November 30
December 4 November 19 January 5

AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS (California Government Exam)

The American Institutions graduation requirement may be satisfied by completion of certain courses or a combination of courses and the California Government examination. See the current General Catalog for details. The dates on which the California Government examination will be given are as follows. Students must register at the Test Office by the deadline date.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
July 24 July 16 August 2
October 16 October 1 October 25
November 20 November 5 November 30

JOURNALISM (School of Communication)

GRAMMAR, SPELLING, AND PUNCTUATION (GSP) TEST
(90 minutes)

This test is required for admission to the impacted professional communication majors, and prior to enrolling in all advanced skills classes in the impacted majors. Students must pass the test prior to registration. STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED THREE ATTEMPTS TO PASS THE GRAMMAR, SPELLING, AND PUNCTUATION (GSP) TEST.

Students may take a test preparation through extended studies class, Grammar for Journalists. Check the General Catalog for course prerequisites or call the School of Communication Office (619-594-5450) for course information. Students must register at the Test Office by the deadline date.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
June 26 June 18 July 2
July 24 July 16 August 2
September 4 September 1 September 13
October 16 October 1 October 25
November 20 November 5 November 30

FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTS

MLA FRENCH

The French proficiency examinations are taken (a) as a challenge exam to satisfy the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement for liberal arts and science majors (b) to waive specific 200-level French courses which are prerequisites for more advanced classes (c) or to waive French 301 and/or French 302. E-mail the European Studies Department for more information at euro.coord@sdsu.edu.

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 7 September 3

GERMAN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

The German proficiency examinations are taken (1) as a challenge exam to satisfy the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement for liberal arts and science majors and/or (2) to waive 100 and 200-level German courses which are prerequisites for more advanced classes. E-mail the European Studies Department for more information at euro.coord@sdsu.edu.

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 7 September 3

MLA ITALIAN

The Italian proficiency examinations are taken (1) as a challenge exam to satisfy the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement for liberal arts and science majors and/or (2) to waive 200-level Italian courses which are prerequisites for more advanced classes. E-mail the European Studies Department for more information at euro.coord@sdsu.edu.

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 7 September 3

JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

The Japanese language proficiency test is taken to assess the proficiency level and to place students at the most appropriate level in the curriculum of the Japanese language program at San Diego State University. Students who have special backgrounds, and those SDSU students who took Japanese elsewhere, including SDSU students who participated in exchange programs, are required to take this examination. For more information, e-mail the Japanese language adviser in the Department of Linguistics and Oriental Languages at euro.coord@sdsu.edu.

Japanese Language, Level IV

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 4 September 3

 

Japanese Language, Level III

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 11 September 10

 

Japanese Language, Level II

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 15 September 14

 

Japanese Language, Level I

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 17 September 16

RUSSIAN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

The Russian proficiency examinations are taken (1) as a challenge exam to satisfy the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement for liberal arts and science majors and/or (2) to waive 200-level Russian courses which are prerequisites for more advanced classes. E-mail the European Studies Department for more information at euro.coord@sdsu.edu.

Test Date Registration Deadline
*To Be Announced

SPANISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

The Spanish proficiency examination is taken as a challenging exam to satisfy foreign language requirements for liberal arts and science majors. Contact the Spanish Department for more information.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
October 14 September 30 November 4

DIAGNOSTIC PLACEMENT EXAM FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS

This test is used to place students of Spanish speaking background in Spanish 282, and 381 only. No academic credit will be awarded. Contact the Spanish Department for more information.

Test Date Registration Deadline Scores Released
July 24 July 16 August 2
September 4 September 1 September 13
November 20 November 5 November 30

NURSING MOBILITY PROFILE

The NLN Nursing Mobility Profile II tests are used to determine academic adjustments for RN’s seeking a BS degree from the School of Nursing. Students must complete the examinations in order to progress in the RN-BS program. Students should contact the School of Nursing at least three weeks in advance of the test date for information on which examinations to take (619-594-6399).

NLN Adult

Test Date Registration Deadline
June 15 May 24
September 25 August 27

NLN Childbearing/NLN Child

Test Date Registration Deadline
June 16 May 24
September 18 August 27

NLN Mental

Test Date Registration Deadline
June 17 May 24
September 25 August 27

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY - COMPUTER EDUCATION

The State of California now requires that future teachers complete a computer education requirement in order to receive the Preliminary teaching credential.
EDTEC 470, Technologies for Teaching, has been designed to fulfill this requirement.

Some education students will already have skills and knowledge in integrating technology into classroom instruction. These students may elect to challenge the course by completing a test. To prepare for the waiver test, students may wish to study the activities and materials on the course Web site at: edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec470/.

EDTEC 470 PROFICIENCY TEST

The test takes two hours to complete and consists of objective items. Short essay questions describing how one would use technology in a specific situation, and a demonstration of the ability to use Productivity software typically found in schools. Students must register at the Test Office. Registration must take place by the deadline date:

Test Date Registration Deadline
September 10, 2005
September 7

 

 

 

 

LIBERAL STUDIES ASSESSMENT PORTFOLIO

Satisfactory completion of an assessment portfolio is a graduation requirement for the Liberal Studies major. Students are introduced to the portfolio during orientation and as a part of the Liberal Studies 300 class. Additional information is available on the Web site at http://dus.sdsu.edu/liberalstudies. Sample portfolios are available in the Liberal Studies Program Office. The semester before a student intends to graduate, he/she should enroll in Liberal Studies 498 (0.5 unit), a series of special workshops which deal with the expectations for the various entries.

Mandatory "portfolio check-off" sessions are held during the week prior to the deadline. For directions and to sign-up, go to the Liberal Studies Program Office.

Portfolios must be submitted to the Test Office by Monday, June 21 for Summer 2004 graduation and by Monday, September 27 for Fall 2004 graduation.

ADVANCED DEGREE EXAMINATIONS

For information on required tests, contact the major department or the Graduate Division. Sign up for specific tests at the Test Office at least five weeks prior to test date.

All students, whether freshmen or transfer, are required to demonstrate competency in basic mathematics and standard written English. Incoming students who are not exempt from the CSU Entry Level Mathematics examination (ELM) and/or the English Placement Test (EPT) because of national test scores or college level courses (see explanation of exemptions below) must take these tests PRIOR to registration in any courses. Those who fail one or both of these examinations are REQUIRED to be enrolled in appropriate sections of General Mathematics and/or Rhetoric and Writing Studies courses in the FIRST semester of enrollment. Students who do not successfully remediate both the ELM and EPT by the end of the third term of enrollment are subject to disenrollment (including summer term).


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