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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 https://admissions.nsula.edu/admission-requirements/.
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.
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.
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 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 - Friday 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.
ACCUPLACER (items needed to test):
$25.00 for both exams
$15 for Math
$15 for English (exact cash, check, money order or credit card)
Valid photo id
Social Security number
Request appointment here (Monday-Thursday)
$30.00 Administrative/Proctoring Fee (exact cash, check, money order or credit card)
Valid photo id
CLEP registration form
Faculty/Staff Request lab here
401G Kyser Hall
Hours of operation: 7:30-4:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 8-12 on Fridays
Testing Services are offered Monday - Thursday during normal business hours.
The NSU Testing Center will be closed from noon on Friday, December 16th—Monday, January 2nd for Christmas Break. We will resume normal
business hours on Tuesday, January 3rd.
Have a Merry Christmas!