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2002-03 University Catalog


Academic Testing

Testing Center

Phone: DISCONNECTED (updated 11/26/2012)
Fax: (703) 993-3917

As a means of assessing the academic preparation of its students, the university requires the submission of certain test information.

Students may obtain applications for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) from the information desk in the Johnson Center or the Testing Center in Krug Hall, Room 101.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

The university, in cooperation with Educational Testing Services (ETS), has established a computer-based testing facility (CBT) in the Testing Center, Krug Hall, Room 101. The CBT facility offers computer-based GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and Praxis exams on a daily basis during the academic year. Students wishing to take any of the CBT tests should obtain the appropriate information and registration bulletin (available at the information desk in the Johnson Center and at the brochure display in front of the testing center) and indicate George Mason's Testing Center number: 7712 as their desired testing location. Space is limited to 15 people during a testing period, so it is to the student's advantage to register early. For additional information regarding computer-based testing facilities, please visit the Testing Center web site at

Praxis Series of Tests

Persons seeking an initial teacher license in Virginia are required to satisfy the professional teacher's assessment prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education. As of July 1, 1996, the Virginia Board of Education requires the Praxis I: Preprofessional Skills Test (either paper-based or computer-based) and Praxis II: Subject Assessment Test.

The Graduate School of Education requires that Praxis I scores be submitted with an application to an initial teacher licensure program. Those scores become one of the multiple criteria used in making admission decisions.

The Praxis Registration Bulletin is available in Krug Hall, Room 101, and in Robinson Hall, Room A307. Call (800) 853-6773 to register for the computer-based test version of Praxis I. George Mason University's Computer-Based Testing Center (ETS Testing Center number: 7712) is in Krug Hall. Register online ( for the PPST paper-based version of the Praxis II test.

Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination

Academic departments frequently revise information regarding credit by examinations. The most current information can be found at:

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

Students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in secondary schools can receive academic credit. Additional information or requests to have AP scores forwarded to George Mason University can be obtained from the College Board web site at: or by calling (609) 771-7300.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

George Mason University recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum as a strong pre-university academic program and encourages applicants to complete the requirements for the IB diploma. Specific information regarding the IB program can be found at: Advanced standing may be awarded for Higher Level (HL) examinations with scores of 5, 6, and 7. The International Baccalaureate North America Office, 475 Riverside Drive, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10015, must issue official transcripts before credit can be awarded. IB transcripts can be requested by calling (212) 696-4464.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Academic credit can be awarded based upon the successful completion of a number of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject examinations. The University does not recognize credit earned by the CLEP General examination. Effective June 1, 2001, the CLEP Subject examinations will be offered in a computer-based format. The policy regarding the awarding of CLEP credit will be posted at the "Credit by Examination" web site:

George Mason University Departmental Exams

Proficiency examinations are offered in a number of courses normally taken during the first two years. Credit is recorded for grades of C or above, but does not affect the student's grade point average.

Students may not earn credit by examination for courses in which they are currently enrolled beyond the time allotted to add courses in that semester, or in courses already audited or failed at the university. Transfer students may not earn by examination any part of the 30 credits that must be completed at George Mason University to earn a degree.

English 101 Proficiency Exam

Students who pass the English 101 Proficiency Exam will receive three credits for English 101. The three-hour essay is based on a choice of topics. The exam is scheduled periodically during the semester. For additional information, please visit the English Department's proficiency exam web site at: or contact Stacey Remick-Simkins, Robinson Hall, Room A487,

English 302 Advanced Composition Exam

Students seeking to be exempt from English 302 may submit a written portfolio to the English Department. To qualify for the exemption, the written portfolio must demonstrate proficiency equal to that of students who have successfully completed English 302. The prerequisite for taking the English 302 advanced composition exam is 1) completion of 45 credits, 2) completion of English 101 or 100, and 3) completion of the literature requirement for the major. The English Department will accept a portfolio between September 1 and April 8. For additional information, please visit the English Department's proficiency exam web site at: or contact Stacey Remick-Simkins, Robinson Hall, Room A487,

Foreign Language Placement

The College Board SAT II test in a foreign language is used for placement in French, German, classical Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Freshman applicants who wish to receive the appropriate foreign language placement should take this exam during their senior year in high school. Students who have not taken the SAT II in foreign language may take it in the foreign language lab once on campus. The SAT II examination is mandatory for anyone who has studied one of these languages for at least two years, has no previous college credit in the language, and wishes to continue study of the same language at the university. Transfer students receiving credit for college-level foreign language study completed at other colleges do not usually need a placement test, but must consult the Department of Modern and Classical Languages to determine their correct placement.

It is the student's responsibility to take a placement exam and obtain its results before enrolling in a foreign language course. The placement exam is given in conjunction with Orientation. The schedule can be found on the web at Specific information on interpreting test scores can be obtained from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Students may not enroll for credit in a course at a level lower than the one in which they are placed. Students and instructors should attempt to identify and resolve cases of inappropriate placement during the first days of each course. For students whose degree program contains a foreign language requirement, the placement determines the maximum number of credits, if any, that will be needed to fulfill the requirement.

A foreign language placement is not required of international students who present evidence of having studied for four or more years in an educational institution where the primary language of instruction was other than English. These students will be considered to have fulfilled the foreign language requirement, but are not eligible for credit below the 300 level.

If through transfer credit, a placement test score, or George Mason course work, a student meets the prerequisite for a lower-division foreign language course that is not offered during a particular semester, the dean will normally grant permission to continue the foreign language sequence by allowing the students to take courses at another college or university.

Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam is a computer-based test to help assess a student's proficiency in math. Entering students are required to successfully complete the exam during orientation, unless they have received AP credit or transfer credit. The web address for the math placement test schedule is: