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Welcome to the Testing Center

The Testing Center at Northwestern State University (NSU) exists to provide a variety of testing options for students at NSU and the surrounding communities. We strive to assist individuals in achieving their academic and professional goals by offering the most advanced options in a quiet and secure environment.   The Testing Center adheres to the National College Testing Association's (NCTA) standards and guidelines to provide quality services to NSU and the surrounding communities.For admission requirements, please go to


Testing options available through the Testing Center are listed below.

Initial Placement Tests:

ACT - The ACT, a college entrance exam, is given on select Saturdays from September - June.  For additional information regarding the ACT and registration information click here.  The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education offers an online ACT Prep class. For additional information regarding the ACT prep, please click here.

COMPASS - ACT Compass is a computer-adaptive college placement test that allows NSU to evaluate incoming student's skill level in Writing and Math and place students in appropriate courses. Remote COMPASS tests are also available for those who are not able to take the exam at the NSU campus.  

SAT - The SAT is a standardized test also used for college admissions given on select Saturdays from September - June.  For more information regarding the SAT and registration information, click here. The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education offers an online SAT Prep class. For additional information regarding the SAT prep, please click here.

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

For more information regarding the GRE, please visit the website or click here.


CLEP - The College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any 34 examinations.  CLEP exams are offered day and are by appointment only. To register for a CLEP test, click here.   

LSAT - The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test adminstered four times each year.  All American Bar Association-approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many other law schools require applications to take the LSAT as part of their admission process.  For more information regarding the LSAT and registration information, click here.  The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education offers an online LSAT Prep class. For additional information regarding the LSAT prep, please click here.

Advanced Placement Testing - Sponsored and coordinated by the College Board and Educational Testing Service (ETS), the AP program consists of college-level courses and standardized examinations for high school students. Each May, AP exams are administered in the high schools to students who have participated in this program. Fees are determined by, and are payable to, ETS. Recipient code number 6492 should be used by students to have their scores reported to Northwestern. A complete list of the AP tests is available here.  


Praxis -The Praxis Series® tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. For additional information or to register, please click here.

GRE - The GRE revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school.

Proctoring Services

Proctoring is available to students whose professor is not physically located on the Natchitoches Campus of NSU.  Please contact us at the information listed below. Appointments are available Monday - Thursday during normal business hours and require a 24 hour request notification. The Proctoring Lab is also available for Faculty/Staff to use to proctor tests.


COMPASS (items needed to test): 

$25.00 (exact cash, check, money order or credit card)

Valid photo id

Social Security number

Request appointment here

Compass Study Guide


Remote Compass Test (for students unable to come to the NSU campus to take Compass):

$10.00 (credit card) payable to NSU - due when appointment is made

Proctoring fee varies based on testing center location

Choose a testing center location,

Request appointment here



$30.00 Administrative/Proctoring Fee (exact cash, check, money order or credit card)

Valid photo id

CLEP registration form

Request appointment here


Proctoring Services:

Faculty/Staff Request lab here

 Contact Information:

  Testing Center

  401G Kyser Hall

  Phone:  318-357-5246

  Fax:  318-357-6893

Hours of operation:  7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 8-12 on Fridays

Testing Services are offered Monday - Friday during normal business hours.