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Academic Testing Center Services

Accommodated Exams

The Academic Testing Center will proctor exams for students approved for testing accommodations. This service is for exams that the entire class is required to take under proctored conditions.

For exams administered via Canvas, the Academic Testing Center will coordinate auxiliary aids, such as readers, scribes, and/or appropriate assistive technology for students approved for such accommodations. Professors and students should contact the Academic Testing Center by email at for questions, or to request assistant with implementing auxiliary aids.

How to Schedule an Accommodated Exam

  1. The SSWD test scheduling portal allows registered students to schedule accommodated tests online, as well as view and cancel scheduled tests.

  1. Click “Schedule a test, midterm or quiz”

    • You will be redirected to your Sac State single sign-on page
    • Log in with your Sac State username and password
  1. The online “Test Booking System” screen will appear. Read the instructions and click “next”. Note: On the following screens, use the “Previous button” if you need to go back. Do not use your browser’s back button.

    • Select Course—use the drop-down menu to select course and click “next”
    • Class date and time—choose the date and time when the rest of the class is scheduled to take the test. Choose the duration of the test for the rest of the class. Do not include extended time, as the system will calculate it for you.
    • Confirm prof info-confirm instructor information and click “next”
    • Choose accommodations—select accommodations that apply for the test you are taking.
    • Select your test time—Select the date and time of the test.
    • Confirm and complete—review the test information. IF everything is correct, check the acknowledgment button at the bottom of the screen
    • Click finish—note: your testing booking will not be submitted until you click on “Finish”

Make-up Exams

The Academic Testing Center will proctor instructor approved make-up exams on Fridays. Make-up exams are tests that students are unable to take during the regularly scheduled time offered by the instructor. Proctoring of exams is only offered upon approval of the instructor.

How to Schedule a Make-up Exam

Step #1: Obtain approval

  1. Contact your professor and obtain approval to take a make-up exam.
  2. The make-up exam fee is $6 and will be charged to your student account.

Step #2: Complete online intake

  1. Visit Online SSWD Scheduling Tool
  2. You will be redirected to your Sac State single sign-on page. Log in with your Sac State username and password.
  3. Click on “Intake.”
  4. Enter your personal information (first name, last name, student number, and email).
  5. Click on “Registering for Makeup Exam.”
  6. Scroll down to bottom of the page and agree to the statement.
  7. Click on “submit.”
  8. Wait for an email from the Testing Center with directions on how to schedule an exam. Please allow 24-48 hours (about 2 business days) to receive the email with next steps.

Step #3: Complete Self Registration

  1. Visit Online SSWD Scheduling Tool
  2. Click on “Self-Registration.”
  3. Click on the “Accommodations” button.
  4. Click on “Request” for the class you wish to take the makeup exam.
  5. Make sure “Make up Tester” is checked and click on “My accommodation(s) are correct the way they are.”
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “I agree to the terms outlined above.”
  7. Click “submit.”

Step #4: Schedule a makeup exam

  1. Visit Online SSWD Scheduling Tool
  2. Click on “Schedule a test or exam.”
  3. Click on “Schedule a test, mid-term or quiz.”
  4. Click “Next.”
  5. Select the course you like to schedule a test for and click “next.”
  6. Specify date and time for your class and click “next.”
  7. Confirm instructor info and click “next.”
  8. Click “Make Up tester” and click “next.”
  9. Confirm date and time and click on “next.”

Correspondence Exams - Non-Sacramento State University Exams

The Academic Testing Center offers proctoring services for students participating in distant learning programs, correspondence degree programs, professional who need to be testing to receive certification in their field, and other college or university students who need to have an exam proctored. We offer both paper-based testing and computer-based testing.

How to Schedule a Correspondence Exam

Step #1: Obtain approval

  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to coordinate with their home school/university to meet the specific requirements for each test proctored. The Testing Coordinator of the Testing Center will complete all necessary proctor paperwork. We recommend that you initiate the process at least two (2) weeks prior to your anticipated appointment. Candidates must have a prearranged appointment, we do not take walk-ins.
  • Have your school/instructor send your exam materials. If the school needs additional information, have them complete our Correspondence Exam Form. Email the form to Exam materials and/or information regarding the exam parameters from school/instructor needs to be received by Testing Center to arrange for a testing appointment.

Step #2: Arrange a testing appointment/pay fee

  • Once the proctoring services form or exam materials have been received by the Testing Center, candidates can email or call 916-278-6296 to arrange a testing appointment. Please plan to schedule your exam at least 7-10 business days in advance. Note: some institutions will not send out paper exams or email exams until a couple of days prior to the test date. If that is your situation, you may make a tentative appointment if a proctor agreement has been received, but you must confirm at least 24 business hours in advance that the exam has been received by our office.
  • The fee is $60/test (up to four-hour block). Payment for proctoring services can be paid online through the Testing Payment Page. Payment must be received at least 48 hours (about 2 days) prior to your appointment.

Step #3: Testing Day

  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled. Please notify us if you need to change or cancel your appointment.
  • Current photo identification is required for check-in.
  • Candidates will be required to always wear a face mask inside the building and within the Testing Center.
  • All personal items will be locked in an available small locker.

Standardized Exams

California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)

The California Basic Educational Skills Test was developed to meet requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment. This test requirement in no way replaces any of the other requirements of subject matter knowledge, professional preparation and practice teaching or field experience used in the issuance of credentials. The CBEST is designed to test basic reading, mathematics and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator. The test is not designed to measure the ability to teach those skills.

The CBEST consists of three sections: reading, mathematics, and writing. CBEST test specifications, including information about the skills eligible for testing in each section, are available on the CBEST website.

For more information on the CBEST, including testing fees, visit the CBEST website.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE®)

The GRE® Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure your knowledge of a particular field of study. Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of the following disciplines:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Show what you know about a specific subject and graduate schools will take notice. The Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area.

How to Register for the GRE General Test

GRE Resources

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is designed specifically to assess a student's preparedness entering the health science fields. The ATI TEAS test is comprised of 170 questions set up in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers. Questions are designed to test the basic academic skills you will need to perform in class in the areas of: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.

You must register online at ATI testing website.

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