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Students can take the proctored online exam.

Instructions for Taking CSU's Proctored Online Composition Placement/Challenge Exam

This is a timed exam. To ensure that you do not exceed the time limit, please review the detailed information about CSU’s Composition Placement/Challenge Procedures at before you sign in to the program.  Once you have completed registration with Software Secure (see instructions, below) and have signed in to take the online exam, you have 90 minutes to complete your Placement/Challenge essay.

Software Secure Support for Students:  Students should call 1-855-436-2039 or go to

Your total cost for the online exam will be $37.00Note that there are two charges associated with the proctored online Composition Placement/Challenge Exam:

1.      A $22.00 charge for processing and rating your exam essay.  This charge will be billed to your student account.

2.      A $15.00 charge will be paid to a proctoring provider (Software Secure), which ensures academic integrity for all who take the exam.  This charge should be paid with a Pay Pal account or a major credit card.

After reviewing relevant information at the Composition Placement/Challenge Exam website, follow these instructions to take the proctored online Composition Placement/Challenge Exam:

1.      Ensure that you have the required equipment and materials to take the proctored online Composition Placement/Challenge Exam:

         a. A computer with a web camera and a microphone.  (If you do not have a personal computer with these features, please see the list of computer labs which can accommodate your needs, below.)

         b. A picture ID (Driver’s License, Government-Issued ID, Passport, or CSU Student ID).

         c. A major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card) or Pay Pal account to pay the $15.00 proctoring charge.

2.      Click on the link, “Students can take the proctored online exam,” in the dialog box at the top right.   

          a. You will be taken to Software Secure's Proctoring website where you will pay the $15 proctoring charge with your credit card or Pay Pal account.

          b. Software Secure will then determine if you have the appropriate equipment and will review your ID.

3.      You will then access the online Composition Placement/Challenge Exam page. 

          a. Complete the registration page.

          b. Follow instructions for writing your Placement/Challenge essay.

If you need access to a computer with WebCam and Microphone features, the following CSU sites can make these available to you:

Behavioral Sciences Building Laptop Checkout (just behind Sweet Temptations Café on the first floor) has Macbooks and HP Laptops that students can borrow for a maximum of 4 hours.  On the HP Laptops there is an icon on the desktop called "Remote Proctoring-Software Secure."

Lory Student Center Laptop Checkout – Go down the LSC main staircase and then turn right – it’s in the corner directly across from the KCSU studio.  30 Macbook Airs can be borrowed for a maximum of 4 hours.

Adult Learner and Veteran Services Computer Lab - Lory Student Center 288 - 3 computers for non-traditional students and veterans to use.

Are There Accommodations for Students With Learning Differences?
Students with Learning Differences can contact the Office of Resources for Disabled Students at (970) 491-6385 or We will give students the accommodations they require to take the Composition Placement/Challenge Exam.

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Russell, Composition Program Assistant, by email or call (970) 491-1898.