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Academic Testing Center Services

Pearson Vue

The Sacramento State Academic Testing Center is a Pearson VUE Computer-Based testing center. Pearson VUE is the leading provider of computer-based testing solutions for credentialing and licensure in a wide variety of industries. We provide a site and proctoring for a large number of these high-stakes exams. Exams are generally offered weekly, with some exceptions. Please visit Pearson VUE for Additional information, registration and test dates.

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 Student Portal allows registered students to schedule accommodated tests online, as well as view and cancel scheduled tests.
    • Visit the Student Portal
    • Click on “Schedule a test or exam”​
  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 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 the make-up test request form

  1. Students must make an appointment with the Testing Center at least five (5) days before their scheduled exam.
  2. Complete the make-up test request form
  3. The Testing Center will send a confirmation email to both you and your professor within 24-48 business hours.

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 and email it to

Step #2: Arrange a testing appointment/pay fee

  • 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. Please take a screenshot of your payment and submit it to the Testing Center.
  • Complete the Correspondence Test Request Form. You will receive an email from the Testing Center within 24-48 business hours with the booking details, once payment has been verified.

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 canceled. Please notify us if you need to change or cancel your appointment.
  • Current photo identification is required for check-in.
  • All personal items will be locked in an available small locker.


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.

School of Nursing Prerequisite Requirements, TEAS & Criteria

American & California Government Challenge Exam

The Department of Political Science offers one challenge examination for students needing to fulfill the American Institutions requirement.

National and State Government Exam

Satisfies the American Institutions (AI) requirements for knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, National Government, and California State and Local Government.

  • Only currently enrolled Sacramento State students can take the exam and can only take it once.
    • The exam is 90-minutes and is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions. A passing score is correctly answering 60 or more questions.
  • No grades or units are awarded for passing the exams.
  • Political Science majors cannot take the challenge exam.
    • POLS I or 150 (or their equivalent) are required for the major.

Exam Scheduling

Exams are held in-person at the CSUS Testing Center for a $6.00 fee. Students should complete this form to schedule the exam. The Testing Center will follow up directly once a request has been received.

Suggested Reading List

  • National and State Government (includes U.S. Constitution and California Government This exam covers American political and Constitutional history, federalism, civil liberties, political parties, elections, interest groups, the three branches of government at the national level as well as the bureaucracy. Students should thoroughly read one of the following textbooks as well one of the California readings:
    • Bianco and Cannon, American Politics Today, 5th edition
    • Barbour and Wright, Keeping the Republic, 8th edition (Suggested)
  • California State and Local Government Students should thoroughly read on the following textbooks:
    • Gerston, California Politics & Government, 14th edition.
    • Lawrence and Cummins, California: The Politics of Diversity, 9th edition (Suggested)


The WPJ in-person exam is no longer offered at Sacramento State. There are two options for students to receive a WPJ placement score:

  • The WPJ Portfolio option (see below for dates and details) or,
  • ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W (see below for course details)

Effective Fall 2021: $20 student fee for the WPJ Portfolio. This fee pays for the processing and assessment of your portfolio. The fee will only be posted to your account after your portfolio is scored successfully. The fee will be due 2 weeks after it is posted to your student account.

For more information about the WPJ and WPG requirements, please check the Writing Programs website.