The College of Southern Maryland Testing Center at the La Plata campus is an authorized test site for National Standardized Tests for college admissions such as the ACT, SAT, and the law school admissions exam, the LSAT.
The Praxis Series tests are taken by individuals to meet teacher certification requirements in the state of Maryland and across the country. Effective July 2014, all Praxis series exams are computer-based. The College of Southern Maryland is no longer a Praxis test site. For information about the computer-delivered Praxis tests click here.
The ParaPro Assessment measures reading, writing and math skills of practicing and prospective school paraprofessionals. Effective July 2014, the ParaPro Assessment is computer-based. The College of Southern Maryland is no longer a ParaPro Assessment test site. The University of Maryland at College Park is now an authorized ParaPro Assessment test site. Contact their testing office at (301) 314-7688 to schedule an appointment. They offer the ParaPro Monday-Friday between 9am to 4pm. Click here for additional information.
LSAT (1389) - Standardized test used by most law schools as part of their admission process, the LSAT measures skills such as the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insights, the organizations and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it, the ability to think critically, and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.
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The College of Southern Maryland has resources on preparation for many standardized tests through the Library website at http://www.csmd.edu/Library/testprep.html. The Testing and Education Resource Center has practice materials for the GED, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject tests, CLEP, DSST, Praxis, and WorkKeys exams. Current CSM students can access this resource by logging into myCSMD and using the myLibrary option through On-line services. Select "Infotrac" and then the "Testing & Education Reference Center".
Below are some sites with practice materials for the ParaPro Assessment:
The College of Southern Maryland also offers test preparation courses.
ACT and SAT Preparation
Current CSM students who wish access to SAT or ACT tutorials free of charge should send a request with your full (first, middle, and last) name, birth date, desired tutorial program (ACT or SAT), and CSM student ID number to the Student Success Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STU-7120 (SAT Tutorial) and STU-7130 (ACT Tutorial) are interactive, self-paced, computer delivered instructional programs to help individuals prepare for these entrance exams. Study anywhere with internet accessibility and work at your own pace! Test out of everything you know which allows you to study only what you need to know. This course is not instructor led. No textbook is required. These are non-credit courses offered through CSM's Community Education program. There is a fee. Click here and select "Student Success" for availability and registration.
PEP-8110 (SAT/ACT Preparation Part 1) and PEP-8120 (SAT/ACT Preparation 2) are on-line courses which help students prepare for these entrance exams by reviewing subject material as well as providing practice techniques and approaches using similar exam questions. Taking both courses in this two-part series is recommended. There is a course fee and a textbook is required. These non-credit courses are offered through CSM's Community Education program and Ed2go. Click here for more information.
TED-5170 (Praxis I Preparation) is an on-line course which will help individuals prepare to pass the Praxis I exam. You will learn useful test-taking strategies as well as get plenty of practice questions that are similar to what is on the exam. There is a course fee. This non-credit course is offered through CSM's Community Education program and Ed2go. Click here for more information.
Placement Test Preparation
STU-7050(Placement Test Review) is an interactive, self-paced, computer delivered instructional program designed to help individuals strengthen their skills in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to taking or re-taking college placement tests. This course is offered through the Community Education Program and is intended for non-CSM students. There is a course fee. Click here and select "Student Success" for course availability and registration.