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Testing and Tutoring

  • Testing

    The Center for Academic Success in Francis Hall provides five private testing rooms for students in need of a distraction-free environment for their exams. These rooms are electronically monitored and need to be reserved in advance. Additional accommodations are available as needed.  If a student has a documented learning disability, the student should contact the Academic Support and Accessibility Services Coordinator, St. Francis Hall, (814) 472-3176.

    The Center for Academic Success also has information available for the following national standardized exams:

    • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) (Administered at Saint Francis University)
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
    • Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (PRAXIS)

    The NEW Testing Resource Library in Francis Hall now includes materials for several exams. These resources are available on loan to any SFU student or staff member on a 3-week basis. Stop by Francis 101 to check out the 

    • CLEP (College Level Examination Program)selection.
    • DAT (Dental Admission Test)
    • FE (Fundamentals of Engineering)
    • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
    • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
    • LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
    • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
    • OAT (Optometry Admission Test)
    • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

    For questions regarding Testing Services, please contact Terri Kirby at (814) 472-3024 or cas@francis.edu.


    The Tutorial Services offered on campus are an important component of academic success. Qualified undergraduate tutors are available to all students at no charge. Tutorial sessions are offered in a centralized location, in our Tutoring Center on the 2nd floor of the Saint Francis University Library and Learning Commons. Students can schedule appointments in groups or come in to get help on an individual basis. Students in either the SAGE or OASIS programs can also use a set amount of tutoring hours as a substitute for mandatory study hours.

    Our tutoring program is certified through the International Tutor Certification Program sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Association. Any tutor that earns a regular, advanced, or master certification is more than equipped to assist his or her peers.

    Tutoring is/is not...

    Tutoring Is....

    • A service that helps students to develop and strenghten the skills necessary for academic success in college.
    • An active exchange of information and skills between the student and the peer tutor.
    • A way for students to get the extra help and information not obtained in the classroom.

    Tutoring is Not...

    • A time for students to do homework.
    • An opportunity for students to get someone else to do their work for them.
    • A substitute for attending class or a chance for students to catch up on material they missed by not attending class.

    To Request a Tutor...

    • Attend all classes, take notes, and seek assistance from the course instructor before determining your need for a tutor.
    • Walk in to the Tutoring Center and ask the desk attendant or check the online schedule (located in my.francis under Academics - Student Academic Forms and Policies) for tutor availability for the specific class that you need tutoring in.
    • Schedule an appointment with the desk attendant, or if a tutor for your specific class is free, request to see him/her as a walk-in. 

    Student's Responsibilities

    Tutors will be working with students to assist them academically. However, in order for tutoring to be more effective, students must fulfill some responsibilities themselves.

    • Take all necessary materials to tutoring (e.g. textbooks, notes, pens, pencils, course syllabi, class handouts, calculator, etc.). Your tutor is not responsible for providing these materials.
    • Be prepared for each tutorial session (i.e. do any assigned reading, review class notes, work on assignments before going to tutoring, have questions prepared, etc.)
    • Expect to be an active participant. Do not expect the tutor to do the work for you.
    • Be on time for scheduled sessions. 
    • Contact the Tutoring Center in advance if you are going to be absent. Reschedule if your are going to be absent.

    To Become a Tutor...

    Tutors are successful students at Saint Francis University. They have been selected as tutors because they have strong academic backgrounds and possess qualities essential to be successful students.

    The tutor's objective is to guide and help students develop and strengthen their own study skills so that ultimately, they can work on their own with confidence. It is not the duty of the tutor to do the work for them, but to help them to help themselves. The tutor accomplishes this by asking questions, making suggestions, proof-reading/editing work before submission to the instructor, etc.

    How to Become a Tutor

    Please stop by in the Tutoring Center to provide your contact information, or email April Fry at AFry@francis.edu. We have a limited number of tutoring positions available per semester, but the roster may change as student demand changes. All tutors will need to be approved by their academic department before being selected to be a tutor. 

    Qualifications for Becoming a Tutor...

    • Share in the mission of the Center for Academic Success.
    • Possess the appropriate academic skills related to the course(s) being tutored (At least a B in the course and a 3.0 QPA).
    • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrate flexibility in scheduling hours to suit the job requirements. 

    Responsibilities of a Tutor

    • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
    • Attend all scheduled tutoring work hours, unless you call or email April Fry with a legitimate excuse (e.g. illness or other academic obligation).
    • Conduct active tutoring sessions at all times.
    • Complete all routine documentation in a prompt and professional manner.
    • Fill out a Tutorial Session Report (sheet provided) and give it to the desk attendant after each session. 

    As a Tutor, You Will Strive to do the Following

    • Demonstrate a caring and supportive attitude toward the student(s).
    • Refer the student(s) to a member of the Center for Academic Success staff, Resource Library, and other campus resources as necessary.
    • Empower the student(s) to solicit feedback from a professor regarding course content, assignments, exams, papers, etc.
    • Generate independent learning strategies with the student(s).

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