Placement/Testing Services

NSHE Title 4, Chapter 16 p4 Rev. 291 (9/20) requires the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and other NSHE colleges to help degree-seeking students who met the English college readiness assessment criteria to complete transfer-level courses or co-requisite course that do not exceed more than six units.

Placement services are available for potential CSN students, at no cost, at the three main campuses. CSN uses the Guided Self-Placement survey for English placement and ALEKS PPL for the Math placement tests. All new CSN degree/certificate-seeking or transfer students must complete the respective placement requirements or present an alternate placement method.

English Placement Requirements

New students admitted to CSN in the Fall of 2021 are no longer required to seek English placement from the Accuplacer -WritePlacer. This process does not apply to students currently enrolling for the Summer of 2021 or students who intend to use WritePlacer Scores less than two years old at the time of enrollment for Fall 2021.

What to do to Place into an English Class

Beginning May 1, 2021, all First Step CSN students will be placed into ENG 100, ENG 110, ENG 113, and ENG 101 by either:



English Placement Chart Summary-Fall 2021

English Course Advised/Placement 

ACT Score

SAT Score

AP

HS GPA 

GSP Score

Range 

Write

Placer

ENG 100 - Composition Enhanced (5 credits)

Below 18

Below 500

 

<2.5

0 - 20

0 - 2

ESL Placement Test Referral

Below 18

Below 500

 

<2.5

0 - 20

0 - 2

ENG 110 - College Composition I for International

and Multilingual Students Expanded (5 credits)

18 and above

500 and above

C+

2.50 - 2.99

21 - 40

3 - 5

ENG 100 - Composition Enhanced (5 credits)

18 and above

500 and above

C+

2.50 - 2.99

21 - 40

3 - 5

ENG 113 - College Composition I for International

and Multilingual Students (3 credits)

18 and above

500 and above

B

>3.0

41 - 63

6 - 8

ENG 101 - College Composition I (3 credits)

18 and above

500 and above

B

>3.0

41 - 63

6 - 8


GSP Cut off Scores by language profile.

L1 / native / monolingual speakers of English

*0 - 20

ENG 100 + additional instructional support (e.g., DWED's 8-week English refresher course)

21 - 40

ENG 100

41 - 63

ENG 101

*These students have placed below the minimum for standard admission into ENG 100.  Therefore, to ensure success in this course, it is strongly recommended that additional instructional support precede or accompany enrollment into ENG 100. Consult a counselor / academic advisor for available options at this link: https://at.csn.edu/virtualqline.

International / ESL / multilingual students

*0 - 20

ESL Placement Testing Referral

21 - 40

ENG 110

41 - 63

ENG 113

* ESL Placement Test referral. ESL Placement Test referral is recommended with the GSP scores of 0-20 as in the chart above if English is not the student's first, primary, or native language. The student needs to visit https://www.csn.edu/esl to enroll in CSN ESL Program.


What is the Guided Self Placement (GSP)?

The GSP is not a test but an online instrument/survey that helps students assess their skills level of preparedness to start an English course. The GSP has no right or wrong answer or a pass or fails grade.

The GSP can be accessed by clicking on this link and following the screen instructions: https://csn.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1IjEosroa6f0D78.

The GSP may be taken one time only.

After completing the GSP and math placement testing, students should complete the online orientation, including the Advising Workshop.  After completing these three steps, students will receive a complete course recommendation form prepared by an academic advisor. Upon receipt of the course recommendation form, students will be able to register.

Exceptions. An advisor may grant an exception/exemption to First Steps students who do not wish to complete the GSP.  To discuss this option with an advisor, students can speak with an advisor using the Virtual Express Advising service at https://at.csn.edu/virtualqline.


Other English Placement Information

Completing the English Placement Process is an essential requirement for a student who did not request an exemption from an Advisor or present an alternative placement result.

WritePlacer test is available on appointment to students enrolling in the Summer of 2021 until July 31, 2021, at the following link: https://www.csn.edu/placement-testing.

WritePlacer test will no longer be available to CSN students after July 31, 2021. However, WritePlacer scores that are less than two years old at the time of enrollment remain valid.


Processing of alternative pathways

English Placement eligibility using alternative placement measures shall be processed at the three campuses Testing Centers by submitting equivalent scores on ACT, or SAT, or WritePlacer score less than two years old, as outlined in the chart.

AP scores or High School GPAs are processed at the Registrar's Office.

Math Placement Requirements

New Students expected to take the ALEKS PPL Math Assessment

New students admitted to CSN are expected to take the ALEKS PPL Math assessment. ALEKS PPL math is an adaptive web-based program that can map a student's strengths and weaknesses. This Placement Assessment has up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete.

The ALEKS Placement Test can be used to self-remediate for better test scores, in five attempts only, if the student does not place into or towards the path of the MATH/STAT course needed for their degree.

Alternatively, ALEKS placement assessment is not required for students who want to enroll in MATH 95E, 104B, 116, or 120E. Note that MATH 120E must be taken with MATH 20. On the other hand, Math 116 and Math 104B have no prerequisite, are non-transferable and have no pathways to any other MATH/STAT courses.

If the student's degree requires MATH 120, but they did not place into it, the student may still register for MATH 120E.

The Math Department will no longer accept ACCUPLACER Classic Math scores (AR, AG, or CM as it appears in MyCSN), even if the test scores are less than two years old. This means that if a student did not take the Accuplacer Next Generation Math (NGARNGQRAS, or NGAAF as it appears in MyCSN) or ALEKS Placement Test scores, which are less than two years old, they must take the current ALEKS PPL Math.

NextGen Accuplacer Advanced Algebra test score must be 263 or greater on the NextGen Accuplacer Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QRAS) test.

All acceptable Math test scores MUST be less than two years old from the date the test was taken.

The Math Department will not issue permission for any student to take a course they do not place into. This includes students that are even one point away from placing into a MATH/STAT course.

Students wishing to use placement test scores from another institution must speak with the Math Department Chair.

Students may contact the Math Department at the respective contacts as below.

IMPORTANT WEBSITES

MATH DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

West Charleston Campus

Alok Pandey - Chair

x4793

Alok.Pandey@CSN.EDU

Ann Marie Compesi, AA III

x7585

AnnMarie.Compesi@CSN.EDU

North Las Vegas Campus

Sabrina Nethery, AA II

x2725

Sabrina.Nethery@CSN.EDU

Henderson Campus

Robert Wallace, AA II

x3613

Robert.Wallace@CSN.EDU


Math Course Prerequisites and Minimum Placement Scores

All test scores MUST be less than two years old (from the date the test was taken).  Students wanting to use placement scores from another institution must speak with the Chair of the Math Department.

Important. No placement or other test is needed to take MATH 95E, 104B, 116, or 120E.

MATH Course

*Prerequisite Course

ALEKS

PPL 

**NextGen

ACCUPLACER

Adv. Algebra

ACT (Math)

SAT (MATH)

Credit Awarded

MATH 95

N/A

14

N/A

16

440

N/A

MATH 96

MATH 95 or 95E

30

200

19

450

N/A

MATH 120

MATH 95 or 95E

30

200

19

450

College Mathematics CLEP ≥ 50

MATH 124E or 126E

MATH 95 or 95E

30

237

21

475

N/A

MATH 122

MATH 96

46

250

22

500

N/A

MATH 123

MATH 122

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MATH 124

MATH 96 or 97

46

250

22

500

College Algebra CLEP ≥ 50

MATH 126

MATH 96 or 97

46

250

22

500

Precalculus CLEP ≥ 50

MATH 127

MATH 126

61

263

25

550

N/A

MATH 132

MATH 124 or 126 or 128

61

263

25

550

N/A

MATH 176

MATH 124 or 126

61

263

25

550

N/A

MATH 181

MATH 127 or 128

76

276

28

600

Calculus CLEP ≥ 50 or AP Calculus AB ≥ 3

MATH 182

MATH 181

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

AP Calculus BC ≥ 3

MATH 251

MATH 127 or 128

N/A

N/A

28

600

N/A

MATH 253, 283, or 285

MATH 182

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

STAT 152

MATH 124 or 126 or 128

61

263

25

550

N/A

*A grade of "C" or higher is required in prerequisite courses.

**NextGen ACCUPLACER Advanced Algebra test score must include a score of 263 or greater on the NextGEN ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics Test. 

Please see https://at.csn.edu/math-placement for additional information.

CSN Chemistry Placement Test

What is the CSN Chemistry Placement Test?

The CSN Chemistry Placement Test allows students to go into Chem 121 without taking the Chem 103 prerequisite. It does not, however, cover the math prerequisite for the class. You can retest after six months. This test is a paper-based exam and is currently not required to make an appointment online.

The test is 50 minutes long with 35 questions. You must get a 21 or higher to meet the prerequisite. You are allowed a personal Periodic Table and a scientific calculator, non-graphing, non-programmable on the exam.


Taking the Test

Currently, we are testing in Accuplacer remotely using WebEx Video due to the remote/virtual mandated brought by the COVID 19 situation. You will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities to test.


Steps to follow TO MAKE APPOINTMENT for your testing

  1. You will make an appointment to test in using RegisterBlast as follows:
    1. Charleston Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnwch/Exam/List
    2. North Las Vegas Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnnlv/Exam/List
    3. Henderson Campus: https://www2.registerblast.com/csnh/Exam/List
  2. After you complete and submit your RegisterBlast appointment, you will receive an email acknowledging your appointment instantly.
  3. One business day before your test day, you will receive an instructional email on how to get ready for your testing day.


Steps to follow BEFORE your testing appointment.

  1. Go to your browsers extension site and add the Cisco WebEx Extension:
  2. Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cisco-webex-extension/jlhmfgmfgeifomenelglieieghnjghma
  3. Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cisco-webex-extension/
  4. To check that WebEx was set up correctly, click here: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. Enter your name and email address and click Join. Please use the option to join with a video.
  5. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by clicking here: https://www.accuplacer.org/#/systemRequirement.


When it is time for your appointment

  1. Sit in a quiet place where you will be undisturbed while testing.
  2. Clear a workspace for your monitor, mouse, keyboard, blank scratch paper, a periodic table with no other materials written on it, and pencil. All other items must be removed from your table/desk.
  3. A personal scientific calculator, non-graphing, non-programmable is allowed.
  4. Be sure to have your photo ID ready. You will need to show it to your proctor.
  5. To join the meeting on the test day
    1. Go to https://csnedu.webex.com/csnedu/
    2. In the Join a Meeting box, enter the access code
    3. Enter the session password and click OK
    4. Enter your name, email address, and the Session Password and click "Join Now."
    5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
  6. Enter the voucher number sent to you. Be sure to write this down as soon as you receive your appointment confirmation email.


The Chemistry test Technical Requirements

  1. Go to your browsers extension site and add the Cisco WebEx Extension:
    1. Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cisco-webex-extension/jlhmfgmfgeifomenelglieieghnjghma
    2. Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cisco-webex-extension/
  2. To check that WebEx was set up correctly, click here: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. Enter your name and email address and click Join. Please use the option to join with a video.
  3. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by clicking here: https://www.accuplacer.org/#/systemRequirement.


Study materials

For study materials, please visit our website at csn.edu/placement-testing or click on this link https://www.csn.edu/sites/default/files/u2241/chemplacementtestpractice.pdf




CSN Professor/Instructor Exams/Online Classes:

Proctor Exams are now done on an Appointment Basis. During peak times we may be limited on appointment times.

Instructions for Students:

You may make an appointment online at the CSN Testing Center web site.

You may also walk in, but the wait may be lengthy.

If you want to walk-in, you are advised to do so in the morning hours

Please select the campus you are headed toward for your exam.

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Accuplacer for Other Institutions:

CSN offers the Accuplacer for other institutions. For a Fee students are able to have the Institution set up a Remote Accuplacer Voucher, have the institution send us Log-In information, or use the CSN Accuplacer for a Fee.

Please see Placement Testing for more information.

Please select the campus you are scheduling your Accuplacer exam.

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CLEP:

CLEP exams are available by appointment. The appointment fee is separate from the CLEP voucher cost.

Please select the campus you wish to schedule your CLEP exam

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Tutoring Evaluation Exam:

Please Select the Campus you have discussed with your Department Contact to take the exam.

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DSST (DANTES)

Please select the Campus you wish to make your appointment. The fee for the test is not included or a part of the appointment fee.

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Chemistry Diagnostic

The Chemistry exam is to allow you to exhibit the information taught in CHEM 103 and go into CHEM 121.

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Nursing/Allied Health Pre-Admission Exam (TEAS)

Only offered at the Charleston Campus. Please make your appointment through ATI. All CSN students should select Allied health (AH) as PN and AH are now coordinated.

Please see our new Information for all Nursing and Allied Health candidates.

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CASTLE Worldwide

Only offered at the North Las Vegas Campus. Please make your appointment through CASTLE's online system.

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Typing Certificate Exams

Only offered at the Henderson Campus. Please use the link below to set up an appointment.

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Biology Pilot Exams:

Only offered at the Charleston Campus, please use the link below to set up an appointment.

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Other College/Institutional Proctored Exams:

We offer proctoring services for other universities and colleges for a fee. Please select the campus you have sent your exam(s) to and make an appointment.

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WoWI:

Please select the Campus you wish to retrieve your results from. After you have paid, please contact the campus you have chosen for further instructions.

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Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Brigg:

Please select the campus you wish to retrieve your results from. After you have paid, please contact the campus you have chosen for further instructions.

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DDA/DH and Surgical Tech Dexterity

Only Provided at the Charleston Campus. These exams are set through the respective Departments. Please seek further information through your Health Advisor.

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GED

The GED scheduling is through the GED website. Please make an appointment with the link below

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