TESTING

Admissions Exams

The following admission tests are administered at CSUN on specific dates. If you’re planning to take a test listed below, select the test name for more information including registration information and dates. Visit the Test Reporting Locations Map for driving directions to all on-campus testing locations.

ACT

The ACT is one of the two tests (the SAT is the other) adopted by the California State University system to determine eligibility for admission. All California State University campuses will accept either the ACT or SAT. If you’re interested in applying to CSUN, visit our First-Time Freshman Admission Criteria website for details regarding the admission process.

ACT Test Dates and Deadline
CSUN Test DatesReceived by Deadline
December 13, 2014ACT deadline
April 18, 2015ACT deadline
June 13, 2015ACT deadline

For information on specific exam time and location, visit the Testing Calendar page.

Registration bulletins are available in the CSUN Testing Center, located in Bayramian Hall 190, or at most local high school guidance offices. For registration information and dates, visit the ACT website. Our test center code for the ACT is #4707. 

Items Needed for Admission Testing

  • Admission Ticket. When you registered for the ACT you should have printed out your ticket.  If not, visit the ACT webpage prior to testing day. You must take the ticket with you to testing. Your ticket will contain the following pertinent information: reporting time, reporting address, test center instructions, and test center procedures.

    The address on the ticket is the reporting address. Test takers are responsible for obtaining directions and arriving at the test location no later than the reporting time. The Testing Center strongly advises you to check the institution's website for specific directions to the test location, as well as for parking information and a campus map. Internet map searches may not provide reliable information specific to the reporting location. On test day where multiple rooms or buildings are used, the address will be a centralized location. You will be directed from there to a specific testing room or building.

    For the administrations of the ACT, test takers are required to be at the reporting location no later than their respective test time. Refer to your ACT Admission Ticket for the exact test date and reporting time.

    Prior to reporting to the test location, you must carefully read all pages of your admission ticket. Only page one of the admission ticket should be brought to the test. Your ticket may be used only for the test date printed on it.

  • Identification. You must have a current, valid ID (or has expired within 90 days of your test date) and contains a recent and recognizable photo. Your first and last name on your ID must match exactly the first and last name on your ACT Admission Ticket or else you will be denied admission.

    Acceptable common forms of ID include, but are not limited to:

    • Current year high school ID

    • Passport book

    • Passport card

    • Driver's license

    • State or province-issued ID card

    • US military ID card (Common Access Card, or CAC)

    • US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

    • Canadian Permanent Resident Card

    • National ID card

    • Consular ID card

In some cases, a temporary driver's license if that license has both a physical description and a signature

IMPORTANT: All of the above forms of ID, along with all other forms of ID that may be acceptable, MUST contain a recent and recognizable photo, your first and last name. The ID must sufficiently authenticate your identity to the test center supervisor. Under no circumstances will access be permitted to the test center without proper ID. If you have questions about whether your ID is acceptable, you must contact the Testing Center at least seven (7) days PRIOR to your registered test date and be prepared to submit a scanned copy of your ID for review.

Pencils. Bring to the test center three or four sharpened No. 2 or HB wooden pencils—with good erasers. Pencil sharpeners will not be supplied at the test center.Items Allowed in the Test Room

Test takers may bring into the test room only a clear plastic ziplock bag, maximum size one gallon (3.79 liter), which must be stored under the chair. The sealed ziplock bag may contain only the following items: valid ID; wallet; keys; analog (nondigital) wristwatch; medical or feminine hygiene products (including diabetic testing supplies); #2 or HB wooden pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, and tissues. All items must fit in the ziplock bag such that the bag can be sealed.

 

Items Allowed on the Desktop

  • Test takers may only have pencils, erasers, and a pencil sharpener on the desktop. No electronic devices are permitted. Neither are timers of any kind except analog wristwatches.

 

Items Prohibited in the Testing Location

You may not bring into the testing center or use any of the following:

  • electronic timers of any kind

  • electronic cigarettes

  • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches

  • cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)

  • personal computers

  • photographic or recording devices

  • listening devices

  • headsets, iPods, or other media players

  • books, dictionaries, papers of any kind

  • rulers

  • briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind

  • earplugs
  • weapons or firearms 

IMPORTANT: Electronic devices, including cell phones, are not permitted in the test room, and the use of any electronic device is strictly prohibited. Any test taker discovered in possession of or using an electronic device, including but not limited to cell phones, pay phones, pagers, iPods™ or other media players, or personal computers, will be dismissed from the test and their test will not be scored. This policy will be enforced from the time test takers arrives at the test until they leave at the conclusion of the test—including restroom breaks. Violations will be grounds for score cancellation and dismissal. Test center staff assume no responsibility for personal items.

 

Test Center Regulations

  • Seating. The room supervisor will assign each test taker a seat. Test takers are not permitted to choose their own seats, rooms, or building.

  • No latecomers. Under no circumstances will supervisors admit anyone after testing begins.

  • Restroom use. Use the restroom before checking in; once you are checked in, you will not be permitted to leave until after the start of the test.

  • Test administration. The room supervisor will tell you when to start and stop work.  Start and stop times will be written on the board.

  • Time. Room supervisors will keep the official time. You may take an analog (nondigital) wristwatch to the test center. No other timers—including electronic and countdown timers—are allowed.

  • Testing staff. Testing staff will circulate throughout the testing room to ensure that examinees are working on the exam and no other materials are in use.

  • Hats/hoods/beanies. No hats, hoods or beanie may be worn on the head (except items of religious apparel). If brought, you will be required to leave at the front of the room.

  • Handbags, backpacks, briefcases. No handbags, backpacks, briefcases, or bags of any kind—except a maximum-sized one-gallon (3.79 liter) clear plastic ziplock bag (sealed)—are allowed in the testing building.

  • Food and drink. Food and drink may not be consumed during the test. Food and drinks are allowed to be consumed only during the break.

  • Leaving the room. If you find it necessary to leave the room during the test, raise your hand and obtain permission from the room supervisor. Your test materials will be collected and held until your return. You will not be permitted to make up the time. Use the restroom before reporting to the check-in station; once checked in, you will not be permitted to leave until after the start of the test.

  • Test Center Violations/Irregularities. Room supervisors will report to Testing Supervisor any test center violation/irregularity that occurs during the administration.

  • Testing materials. All testing materials, including test booklets and answer sheets are the property of ACT and must be returned to the room supervisor before dismissal from the test. Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test be removed, reproduced, or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes or reproduces test materials in any way, or shares test content.

  • Left-handedness. Room supervisors attempt to accommodate left-handed test takers. However, room supervisors cannot guarantee special desks or tables for you.

  • Creating a disturbance. Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior. The test supervisor is authorized to dismiss from testing any test taker who creates a disturbance.

 

Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers

When you take the ACT, it is your responsibility to report all instances of suspected cheating on the part of any test takers and any other inappropriate behavior that becomes known to you.

You are an important part of protecting the ACT and ensuring a fair test environment. Cheating impacts everyone. If you believe that you have information about actual or potential test security violations, please contact the Testing Center office immediately.

 

Test Center Violations and Irregularities

If you engage in any test center violation or irregularity during the test—such as creating a disturbance; giving or receiving help; working on or reading the test during a time not authorized by the supervisor; removing test materials or notes from the testing room; taking part in an act of impersonation or other forms of cheating; failing to follow the directions of test center staff; or using books, ear plugs, rulers, papers of any kind, or other aids—you may receive a warning or you may be dismissed from the testing room, have your test score canceled by the Testing Center and you may be subject to other penalties for test center violations or irregularities.

 

Possible Penalties

Test takers who violate test center regulations, including but not limited to those listed below, will be subject to a warning notice, dismissal from the test center, and/or cancellation of their test score.

 

Possible Test Center Violations

  1. Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
  2. Obtaining or attempting to obtain improper access to the test, a part of the test, or information about the test.
  3. Creating a disturbance. (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  4. Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center.
    NOTE: Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content, including the topic sheet, be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity. This includes making notes on paper, erasers, or other items and removing them from the test center. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes test materials and/or reproduces test materials in any way.
  5. Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
  6. Leaving the test center vicinity during the test session or during a restroom break. Test takers may not leave the building or the floor where the test room is located.
  7. Leaving the test room without permission.
  8. Reading, working on, marking, or erasing during unauthorized times, either beyond time limits or before the start of the test in the test booklet.
  9. Copying or other forms of cheating.

 

Electronic Devices: NO-TOLERANCE POLICY

The Testing Center has adopted a no-tolerance policy with regard to possession of electronic devices. Under no circumstances are test takers permitted to bring an electronic device into the test area. Test supervisors and their staff are advised NOT to hold such items and are instructed to dismiss any test taker found in possession of or using an electronic device. Such devices include, but are not limited to:

  • electronic timers of any kind

  • electronic cigarettes

  • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches

  • cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)

  • personal computers

  • photographic or recording devices

  • listening devices
  • headsets, iPods, or other media players

Any test taker found in possession of or using an electronic device will be dismissed from the test center and their score will be cancelled.

Test REPORTING LOCATION

Visit our Test Reporting Locations Map for driving directions to all on-campus testing locations.

SAT

The SAT is one of the two tests (the ACT is the other) adopted by the California State University system to determine eligibility for admission. All California State University campuses will accept either the ACT or SAT. If you’re interested in applying to CSUN, visit our First-Time Freshman Admission Criteria website for details regarding the admission process.

SAT Test Dates and Deadline
CSUN Test DatesReceived by Deadline
January 24, 2015SAT deadline
March 7, 2015SAT deadline
June 6, 2015SAT deadline

For information on specific exam time and location, visit the Testing Calendar page.

Registration bulletins are available in the CSUN Testing Center, located in Bayramian Hall 190, or at most local high school guidance offices. For registration information and dates, visit the SAT website. Our test center code for the SAT is #05517.

Items Needed for Admission Testing

  • Admission Ticket. When you registered for the SAT you should have printed out your ticket.  If not, visit the Collegeboard webpage prior to testing day. You must take the ticket with you to testing. Your ticket will contain the following pertinent information: reporting time, reporting address, test center instructions, and test center procedures.

    The address on the ticket is the reporting address. Test takers are responsible for obtaining directions and arriving at the test location no later than the reporting time. The Testing Center strongly advises you to check the institution's website for specific directions to the test location, as well as for parking information and a campus map. Internet map searches may not provide reliable information specific to the reporting location. On test day where multiple rooms or buildings are used, the address will be a centralized location. You will be directed from there to a specific testing room or building.

    For the administrations of the SAT, test takers are required to be at the reporting location no later than their respective test time. Refer to your SAT Admission Ticket for the exact test date and reporting time.

    Prior to reporting to the test location, you must carefully read all pages of your admission ticket. Only page one of the admission ticket should be brought to the test. Your ticket may be used only for the test date printed on it.

  • Identification. You must have a current, valid ID (or has expired within 90 days of your test date) and contains a recent and recognizable photo. Your first and last name on your ID must match exactly the first and last name on your SAT Admission Ticket or else you will be denied admission.

    Acceptable common forms of ID include, but are not limited to:

    • Current year high school ID

    • Passport book

    • Passport card

    • Driver's license

    • State or province-issued ID card

    • US military ID card (Common Access Card, or CAC)

    • US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

    • Canadian Permanent Resident Card

    • National ID card

    • Consular ID card

    • In some cases, a temporary driver's license if that license has both a physical description and a signature

      IMPORTANT: All of the above forms of ID, along with all other forms of ID that may be acceptable, MUST contain a recent and recognizable photo, your first and last name. The ID must sufficiently authenticate your identity to the test center supervisor. Under no circumstances will access be permitted to the test center without proper ID. If you have questions about whether your ID is acceptable, you must contact the Testing Center at least seven (7) days PRIOR to your registered test date and be prepared to submit a scanned copy of your ID for review.

  • Pencils. Bring to the test center three or four sharpened No. 2 or HB wooden pencils—with good erasers. Pencil sharpeners will not be supplied at the test center.

    Items Allowed in the Test Room

    Test takers may bring into the test room only a clear plastic ziplock bag, maximum size one gallon (3.79 liter), which must be stored under the chair. The sealed ziplock bag may contain only the following items: valid ID; wallet; keys; analog (nondigital) wristwatch; medical or feminine hygiene products (including diabetic testing supplies); #2 or HB wooden pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, and tissues. All items must fit in the ziplock bag such that the bag can be sealed.

    Items Allowed on the Desktop

    Test takers may only have pencils, erasers, and a pencil sharpener on the desktop. No electronic devices are permitted. Neither are timers of any kind except analog wristwatches.

    Items Prohibited in the Testing Location

    You may not bring into the testing center or use any of the following:

  • electronic timers of any kind

  • electronic cigarettes

  • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches

  • cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)

  • personal computers

  • photographic or recording devices

  • listening devices

  • headsets, iPods, or other media players

  • books, dictionaries, papers of any kind

  • rulers

  • briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind

  • earplugs

  • weapons or firearms 

    IMPORTANT: Electronic devices, including cell phones, are not permitted in the test room, and the use of any electronic device is strictly prohibited. Any test taker discovered in possession of or using an electronic device, including but not limited to cell phones, pay phones, pagers, iPods™ or other media players, or personal computers, will be dismissed from the test and their test will not be scored. This policy will be enforced from the time test takers arrives at the test until they leave at the conclusion of the test—including restroom breaks. Violations will be grounds for score cancellation and dismissal. Test center staff assume no responsibility for personal items.

     

    Test Center Regulations

  • Seating. The room supervisor will assign each test taker a seat. Test takers are not permitted to choose their own seats, rooms, or building.

  • No latecomers. Under no circumstances will supervisors admit anyone after testing begins.

  • Restroom use. Use the restroom before checking in; once you are checked in, you will not be permitted to leave until after the start of the test.

  • Test administration. The room supervisor will tell you when to start and stop work.  Start and stop times will be written on the board.

  • Time. Room supervisors will keep the official time. You may take an analog (nondigital) wristwatch to the test center. No other timers—including electronic and countdown timers—are allowed.

  • Testing staff. Testing staff will circulate throughout the testing room to ensure that examinees are working on the exam and no other materials are in use.

  • Hats/hoods/beanies. No hats, hoods or beanie may be worn on the head (except items of religious apparel). If brought, you will be required to leave at the front of the room.

  • Handbags, backpacks, briefcases. No handbags, backpacks, briefcases, or bags of any kind—except a maximum-sized one-gallon (3.79 liter) clear plastic ziplock bag (sealed)—are allowed in the testing building.

  • Food and drink. Food and drink may not be consumed during the test. Food and drinks are allowed to be consumed only during the break.

  • Leaving the room. If you find it necessary to leave the room during the test, raise your hand and obtain permission from the room supervisor. Your test materials will be collected and held until your return. You will not be permitted to make up the time. Use the restroom before reporting to the check-in station; once checked in, you will not be permitted to leave until after the start of the test.

  • Test Center Violations/Irregularities. Room supervisors will report to Testing Supervisor any test center violation/irregularity that occurs during the administration.

  • Testing materials. All testing materials, including test booklets and answer sheets are the property of SAT and must be returned to the room supervisor before dismissal from the test. Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test be removed, reproduced, or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes or reproduces test materials in any way, or shares test content.

  • Left-handedness. Room supervisors attempt to accommodate left-handed test takers. However, room supervisors cannot guarantee special desks or tables for you.

  • Creating a disturbance. Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated. The test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior. The test supervisor is authorized to dismiss from testing any test taker who creates a disturbance.

     

    Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers

    When you take the SAT, it is your responsibility to report all instances of suspected cheating on the part of any test takers and any other inappropriate behavior that becomes known to you.

    You are an important part of protecting the SAT and ensuring a fair test environment. Cheating impacts everyone. If you believe that you have information about actual or potential test security violations, please contact the Testing Center office immediately.

     

    Test Center Violations and Irregularities

    If you engage in any test center violation or irregularity during the test—such as creating a disturbance; giving or receiving help; working on or reading the test during a time not authorized by the supervisor; removing test materials or notes from the testing room; taking part in an act of impersonation or other forms of cheating; failing to follow the directions of test center staff; or using books, ear plugs, rulers, papers of any kind, or other aids—you may receive a warning or you may be dismissed from the testing room, have your test score canceled by the Testing Center and you may be subject to other penalties for test center violations or irregularities.

     

    Possible Penalties

    Test takers who violate test center regulations, including but not limited to those listed below, will be subject to a warning notice, dismissal from the test center, and/or cancellation of their test score.

     

    Possible Test Center Violations

  1. Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
  2. Obtaining or attempting to obtain improper access to the test, a part of the test, or information about the test.
  3. Creating a disturbance. (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
  4. Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center.
    NOTE: Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content, including the topic sheet, be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity. This includes making notes on paper, erasers, or other items and removing them from the test center. Legal action may be taken against anyone who removes test materials and/or reproduces test materials in any way.
  5. Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
  6. Leaving the test center vicinity during the test session or during a restroom break. Test takers may not leave the building or the floor where the test room is located.
  7. Leaving the test room without permission.
  8. Reading, working on, marking, or erasing during unauthorized times, either beyond time limits or before the start of the test in the test booklet.
  9. Copying or other forms of cheating.

 

Electronic Devices: NO-TOLERANCE POLICY

The Testing Center has adopted a no-tolerance policy with regard to possession of electronic devices. Under no circumstances are test takers permitted to bring an electronic device into the test area. Test supervisors and their staff are advised NOT to hold such items and are instructed to dismiss any test taker found in possession of or using an electronic device. Such devices include, but are not limited to:

  • electronic timers of any kind

  • electronic cigarettes

  • digital watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, calculator watches

  • cell phones, pay phones, beepers, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs)

  • personal computers

  • photographic or recording devices

  • listening devices

  • headsets, iPods, or other media players

    Any test taker found in possession of or using an electronic device will be dismissed from the test center and their score will be cancelled.

     

    Test REPORTING LOCATION

    Visit our Test Reporting Locations Map for driving directions to all on-campus testing locations.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Testing for the Test of Essential Academic Skills is now offered at California State University, Northridge for current students, applicants and the greater San Fernando Valley community. The TEAS exam is strictly offered online and is TEAS version V. CSUN is an "open" testing site for TEAS testing. Testing is available for students and non-students.

The TEAS exam is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those that nurse educators deem most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.

Composite scores, as well as several sub-scores, are computed in each of the four content areas to assess specific content comprehension. Results will be available immediately following the completion of the exam. Results will also be accessible by logging in to your account on the ATI website.

Test Administration Hours

Tests are offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Testing is by appointment only.

Test Administration Information

  • All exams are given in computer format.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam. No one will be admitted 10 minutes prior to the exam start time. There are no exceptions.
  • Individuals must present a valid state or federal photo ID and their ATI username and password.
  • Allow four hours for the exam (three and a half hours for the exam plus instructional time).
  • There are no scheduled breaks.
  • Calculators are not allowed.

Pencils and scratch paper will be provided.

Testing Fees

TEAS Testing Fee and Payment Type
TypeFeePayment Type
TEAS exam fee$45Payable to ATI via a
credit card at time of exam
Administrative fee$30Cash only

Scheduling TEAS exam

TEAS examination appointments may be requested by telephone at (818) 677-2369 or via email at testing.center@csun.edu. Please provide your name, telephone number and your preferred date and time. Written confirmations will be sent to email requests only. There are no same day appointments.

Testing Accommodations

In order to receive testing accommodations for extended time for the TEAS exam, you will need to provide proof of approved accommodation. This documentation should be sent to the Testing Center at least seven days prior to the scheduled TEAS exam. The Testing Center can make arrangements for either time and a half or double time testing accommodations.

If you are currently registered with the Disability Resources and Educational Services office, please contact DRES to submit your accommodation documentation to the Testing Center. If you are not a registered student with DRES, please visit the DRES website for registration procedures.

Testers needing additional accommodations will need to contact ATI Testing to make arrangements at a different testing location.

Please understand that without the accommodation documentation, we are unable to provide the requested accommodation.

Additional Information

Proper identification and test fees will be required on the day of your test. Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment.

Parking in the B3 structure is recommended. You may purchase a single day permit at an attendant booth or dispenser for $6. Day pass dispensers accept credit cards or cash and are located by the elevator on each level. For the location of parking lots and dispensers, download the Student Parking Information.

Visit our Test Reporting Locations page for driving directions to all on-campus testing locations.

TEAS Resources

Examinees may take advantage of the ATI website to prepare for the tests. You may also check the frequently asked questions. The website includes practice assessments, a study manual and links to various resources (at a fee).

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The Law School Admission Test is a standardized test required for admission for most law schools.

LSAT Test Dates and Deadline
CSUN Test DatesReceived by Deadline
February 7, 2015LSAT deadline
June 8, 2015LSAT deadline

Registration bulletins for LSAT are available in the CSUN Testing Center located in Bayramian Hall 190. For registration information and dates, visit the LSAT website.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test is a standardized test that has been a part of the medical school admission process for more than 80 years.

MCAT Test Dates and Deadline
CSUN Test DatesReceived by Deadline
April 17, 2015MCAT deadline
May 22, 2015MCAT deadline
June 19, 2015MCAT deadline
July 17. 2015MCAT deadline
July 18, 2015MCAT deadline

Please visit the MCAT website for registration and test information.