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In addition to the Assessment Tests, departmental placement tests may be required for students entering specific majors and/or programs. For example: The Biology Placement Examination is required of all students entering Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy programs. The test covers material taught in most high school biology courses.

World Language Placement Tests are administered by the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Students who want to continue with the same language they already studied (in high school or another college) need to be tested in that language for purposes of placement or exemption. Additional information is available by calling  the Department of World Languares and Media Center.


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College of Staten Island administers the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students may be awarded college credit depending on test scores. Since the tests are administered at CSI for students attending any college, it is important to note that each college has its own policy of awarding credits; consequently, students should check with the college from which they expect to receive college credits to determine what the credit granting policy is with regard to the CLEP examination. The same applies to the CSI students since not all academic departments award credits for CLEP examinations (the College Testing Office has the relevant information; please consult before signing up to take a CLEP examination).

CLEP exams are given two times each month: the second Saturday (beginning at 9 a.m.) and the last Wednesday (beginning at 5:30 p.m.). Fees are $89 per test, payable directly to CLEP and a service fee of $40 per test (money order only). Applications and information about CLEP examinations are available from the CSI College Testing Office (718.982.2380) and at


Students interested in taking the NLN Exam should register on the NLN website at  NLN exams will be administered online in May and June 2020.