Graduate Entrance Exam Testing Alternatives
In response to closed testing sites due to COVID-19, many CSULB graduate programs are waiving the GRE exam as an entrance requirement. Please check with your Department Graduate Advisor to see if GRE or other standardized testing is required for Fall 2020 applications.
Note that many standardized testing companies are working to provide alternatives for in-person testing to minimize health risks. Below is a compiled list of testing agencies providing alternatives to in-person testing:
CBEST and CSET: Where state and local regulations and guidance permit, the California-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) have reopened for California Educator Credentialing Assessments. Test centers are open, and seats are available throughout the State of California. Note that test centers are enforcing social distancing recommendations, and therefore test center capacity will be decreased. For more information, visit the California Educator Credentialing Assessments website.
GMAT: Most of our global network of test centers is currently open, many operating at lower capacity to support social distancing requirements. Test centers that are open have deployed enhanced health and safety measures including enhanced cleaning procedures, available hand sanitizer, and face masks may be required. Check the US Testing Center update page for up-to-date information. The GMAT™ Online exam appointments have been extended through December 31, 2020, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The test will offer a comparable structure, time, and scoring as the exam delivered in the test centers. The Quant, Verbal and IR sections (no AWA section) will have the same number of items and the same time for completion. This will allow us to maintain the same score scale for both the Section Scores and Total Score. For details, visit the MBA GMAT or GMAC website.
GRE: At home testing is extended through December 2020. The General Test continues to be available to take either at home or at a test center even in areas where centers have reopened so that students can choose which option works best for them. Openings vary by country and are entirely dependent upon the prevalence and threat of coronavirus and government mandates by region. The at-home administrations are available around the clock, seven days a week through December 31, 2020. For details, visit the ETS website.
LSAT: The Law School Admission Council is offering an online, remotely proctored version of the LSAT, called the LSAT-Flex. Given the continuing COVID-19 emergency, we are providing the online LSAT-Flex in August, October, and November. These LSAT-Flex exams are being offered in place of the in-person LSATs scheduled for August 29, October 3, and November 14 in the U.S. and Canada and the in-person international LSAT scheduled for October 4 and 10. All candidates who had previously registered for the August, October, and November in-person LSAT administrations will be automatically registered to take the corresponding LSAT-Flex exam, unless they choose to opt out and receive a coupon which can be applied to any future LSAT until April 2021. For more information, visit the LSAC website.
MCAT: Effective April 1, all rescheduling fees will be automatically waived until further notice, regardless of exam date. Three new dates have been added to the calendar (June 28, September 28, and September 29) and three test appointments will be held per date. MCAT Registration is now open for May 29-September 28 test dates. For details, visit the MCAT website.
TOEFL: At home testing is extended through December 2020. The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition option everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. The test continues to be available to take either at home or at a test center even in areas where centers have reopened so that students can choose which option works best for them. Openings vary by country and are entirely dependent upon the prevalence and threat of coronavirus and government mandates by region. The at-home administrations are available around the clock 4 days a week, through December 31, 2020. For details, visit the ETS website.