National Standardized Testing

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La Plata Campus
Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 114

Salman Zafarullah, Testing Center Coordinator

Lee Desmarais, Testing Center Manager


Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Room 109

Jacqueline Dyson, Testing Center Manager

Prince Frederick Campus
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 102

Linda Giles, Testing Center Manager

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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 and the SAT.  

Effective January 1, 2017 all campuses of the College of Southern Maryland are designated as smoke-free. Smoke, tobacco, and vape products are prohibited from all college locations and property.  The Breathe Clean at CSM initiative applies to anyone who enters CSM properties and events - whether outside, in a building, or in a vehicle.  

National Tests

ACT (01685)

National college admission test that consists of subject areas in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. CSM students can use these scores to waive their placement test.  

  • September 9, 2017
  • October 28, 2017
  • December 9, 2017
  • February 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018
  • June 9, 2018
  • July 14, 2018

SAT (21340)

National college admission test that assesses how well you analyze and solve problems in Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing. CSM students can use these scores to waive their placement test.  

  • August 26, 2017
  • October 7, 2017
  • November 4, 2017
  • December 2, 2017
  • March 10, 2018
  • May 5, 2018
  • June 2, 2018

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) 

Students petitioning for admission to the nursing program will need to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS).

The TEAS test is a basic aptitude test which is used as a pre-admissions requirement by many nursing programs. This 170 question multiple choice test looks at academic preparedness in reading, English, math, and science.  The test lasts 209 minutes or roughly 3 1/2 hours.  Students need an Individual Total score of 59% in order to petition for the Nursing program.  Students have no limit on the number of attempts; however, students must wait 60 days between each attempt. Test scores will be valid for 3 years and must still be valid on the petition deadline date.

The TEAS is offered at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick Testing Centers. Examinees must register, schedule a test date, and pay for the exam through  

 PRAXIS and ParaPro

Standardized Test Preparation Resources

The Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) has practice materials for the GED, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject tests, CLEP, DSST, Praxis, NCLEX-RN, and WorkKeys exams. Current CSM students can access this resource by logging into their myCSMD online services account, scrolling down the page to Library Access and selecting  "Infotrac". Once on the Gale Databases page, select the "Testing & Education Reference Center" found at the bottom. 

Below are some sites with practice materials for the ParaPro Assessment:

CSM Test Preparation Courses

ACT and SAT Preparation

  • 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.

PRAXIS Preparation

  • TED-5170 (Praxis Core Preparation) is an on-line course which will help individuals prepare to pass the Praxis Core 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.

ATI TEAS Preparation