National Exams Offered
National Exams offered by University Testing Services
Course Repeat Policy
No undergraduate course may be attempted more than three times without prior permission of the department. A grade of W is considered an attempt.
Update to Credit by Examination, Certification, or Correspondence Policies (CLEP)
Please see the Undergraduate catalog for the complete policy. However, for advising purposes, the updates that we would like you to be aware of are:
- Students may not attempt the examination if the student has a recorded grade, other than a W, for a course equivalent to the test.
- All grades for credit by examination must be received by the Registrar’s office by the last date of the term that the degree is conferred.
Each CLEP exam is $89 + $15 Administration Fee ( Non-refundable; non-transferable)
View a list of available CLEP exams.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides two types of examinations–General Examinations and Subject Examinations, available in a variety of disciplines. Standards for satisfactory credit are set by the University faculty in each discipline area and may be higher than the ACE recommendations. CLEP tests are under constant evaluation and scores are subject to change according to the evaluation period.
Procedures for taking a CLEP:
- CLEP exams are available Monday-Friday by appointment only.
- Obtain a Request for Credit by Examination form in the Registrar's Office. This form must be signed by your advisor and approved by the Registrar's office. Once the form has been processed, call (210) 829-3876 or visit Testing Services in AD 216 to schedule an appointment. The CLEP test must be completed within 30 days of the Registrar's approval date or you will be required to submit another form. The approved form must be presented to Testing Services staff on the day of your scheduled testing appointment.
- All CLEP Exam Payments must be submitted online through the My Account Registration Portal. Register and pay for a CLEP exam. Students must create an account with a user name and password, select the desired CLEP exam, and process the $89.00 CLEP exam fee online. Please remember to select an institution or university as your score recipient. Once this process is completed, you must print your registration ticket and present it to Testing Services on the day of the examination.
- To secure your appointment, you will also need to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable $15 administrative fee with UIW's Business Office at (210) 829-6043.
- If we do not have a record of your receipt number within 48 hours after the appointment is made, the appointment will automatically be canceled.
On the date of the test, bring one valid government issued ID (see “CLEP ID POLICY” for specifics), payment for exam fee (see below), and the yellow copy of the Request for Credit by Examination properly processed.
CLEP Identification Requirements for Civilian Candidates and Self-Funded Military Candidates
Each candidate must present one form of government issued identification. The identification should be checked during the check-in process and may be re-checked at any time during an administration.
The PRIMARY ID must be a government-issued photo ID. The ID must include the candidate’s name, signature, and a recognizable photograph
Acceptable forms of primary identification are:
- Current passport with name, photograph, and signature
- Valid driver’s license with name, photograph, and signature
- State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency with name, photograph, and signature
- National ID with name, photograph, and signature
- A tribal ID card
- A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
- If the student is a minor and unable to provide a primary government issued ID, then the College Board ID Form may be used for the primary ID. This form must include a recognizable photo, and the school seal must overlap the photo. The student must sign the ID form in the presence of their counselor or principal. Ask the student to sign the ID form again at the test center. This form is valid only in United States test centers. It must be dated and is good for only one year.
- Contact CLEP Services for information on obtaining the College Board ID Form.
Candidates may be required to provide a secondary ID with BOTH a photo and a signature if there is a question about the primary ID document and/or if the primary ID document is otherwise acceptable but does not bear the full name, photograph or signature of the candidate. Secondary ID documents may not be used to resolve last name discrepancies. The last name on the primary ID must match the name on the registration.
CLEP Fees Amount Fees Description $15 UIW administrative fee to secure the appointment Non-refundable; non-transferable. Payable by cash, personal check or credit card in the UIW Business Office or through the UIW ePayment center. $89 CLEP exam fee Payable to the College Board by credit/debit card online at clep.collegeboard.org. This payment must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled test date.
- CLEP tests are computer-based with a time limit of 90 minutes. (*College Composition CLEP exam is 2 hours.)
- Scores will be printed immediately after the test is completed – except for tests with an essay.
- If the examinee is more than 15 minutes late, the appointment must be rescheduled so as not to interfere with later testing appointments.
- Scores are received at the Registrar’s Office approximately 2 weeks after the test is completed, with the exception of the College Composition exam. College Composition essays are scored within 3-4 weeks of the test date, and scores are received at the Registrar’s Office about 2 weeks after scoring.
- Obtain study guides and other test preparation materials
(Only for UIW students)
- Computer Literacy Challenge exams are available Monday-Friday by appointment only.
- The Computer Literacy Challenge Exam may be taken to obtain credit (3 hours).
- Pick up a Request for Credit by Examination form in the Registrar’s Office. Have it signed by your advisor and approved by the Registrar. The test MUST be taken within a month of the date on the form, or new approval must be obtained. The form must be presented to Testing Services staff at the time of the appointment.
- After you have processed your Request for Credit by Examination form, schedule an appointment by calling Testing Services at (210) 829-3876. To secure your appointment, you will need to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable $15 administrative fee with UIW’s Business Office at (210) 829-6043. If we do not have a record of your receipt number at least 48 hours before the date of your test, the appointment will automatically be canceled. On the day of the test, bring a current government-issued photo ID, and the yellow copy of the Request for Credit by Examination form properly processed (even though no credit hours will be earned).
- TO RECEIVE CREDIT: Fill out an Application for Challenge Exam form (found in the Registrar’s Office) prior to the test, fill out the Request for Credit by Examination form and get the relevant signatures. Call Testing Services at (210) 829-3876 or stop by AD 216 to make an appointment, and secure your spot by paying a non-refundable, non-transferable $15 administrative fee with UIW’s Business Office at (210) 829-6043. If we do not have a record of your receipt number at least 48 hours before the date of your test, the appointment will automatically be canceled. Prior to the test, take the Application for Challenge Exam form to the Business Office to pay 40% tuition for 3 credit hours (based on the current schedule of tuition fees, depending on your classification as an EAP, Virtual University student, etc.). Bring a current government-issued photo ID, the Request for Credit by Examination form, a receipt issued by the Business Office upon payment, and the Application for Challenge Exam form at the time of the test.
- The Computer Literacy exam consists of four individually timed sections: Multiple choice, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Power Point. Once approved for the exam, the test will be uploaded to Blackboard for completion. Access the study guide (PDF).
- You must earn a score of at least 70% to pass the test. The official results will be sent to the Registrar’s Office and should be applied to your transcript within three weeks.
- If you are more than 15 minutes late, we reserve the right to open your seat to other students who are waiting to test.
We offer proctoring services for current UIW students and alumni taking online courses through other institutions. Students interested in taking distance tests should provide the following contact information to their institution:
Matthew D. Gonzalez
Coordinator of Testing University of the Incarnate Word
Phone: (210) 283-6327
Fax: (210) 283-5015
Mail: 4301 Broadway, CPO 295, San Antonio, TX 78209
For exams that will be taken during this semester, Matthew Gonzalez will be your contact person. Please note that the exam will be proctored either by Matthew or by another trained Testing Services staff member.
Once your institution has approved your request to test at UIW, contact us at 210-829-3876 to set an appointment. Each test costs $25. This fee must be paid when you set your appointment, and it is non-refundable and non-transferable. On the date of your test, remember to bring a current, government-issued photo ID and any materials your institution has authorized you to use for the test.
If you qualify for testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact the Coordinator of Testing, Matthew Gonzalez, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to make arrangements. Prior registration with the Student Disability Services Office is required and must be confirmed.
COST OF DSST: $85 + $15 Administration Fee (Non-refundable; non-transferable)
These are an extensive series of examinations in university subjects that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examination in particular undergraduate courses.
Procedures for taking a DSST:
- DSST exams are available Monday-Friday by appointment only.
- Pick up a Request for Credit by Examination form in the Registrar's Office. Have it signed by your advisor and approved by the Registrar. The test MUST be taken within 30 days of the Registrar's approval date that appears on the form, or new approval must be obtained. The form must be presented to Testing Services staff at the time of the appointment.
- Once you have processed the Request for Credit by Examination form, call (210) 829-3876 or stop by AD 216 to make an appointment.
- To secure your appointment, you will need to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable $15 administrative fee with UIW's Business Office at (210) 829-6043. If we do not have a record of your receipt number within 48 hours after the appointment is made, the appointment will automatically be canceled.
- At the time of the testing appointment, bring one current government-issued, photo ID with signature, credit card to pay for the test, and copy of the approved Request for Credit by Examination.
Exam fees Amount Fees and Other Optional Costs Description $15 UIW administrative fee to secure the appointment Non-refundable; non-transferable. Payable by cash, personal check or credit card when the appointment is made. $85 DSST exam fee Payable to DSST by credit card only.
- DSST tests are administered online and have a time limit of 2 hours.
- Scores are received at the Registrar's Office approximately 7 to 10 days after the test is taken.
- For study guides go to the "Get College Credit" website. Once there, click on Colleges and Universities and on the right hand side click on Fact Sheets and scroll until you find the study guide that you need.
The University of the Incarnate Word is now using ALEKS PPL to assess students’ math proficiency level. Please visit the following link for more details on the ALEKS PPL Math Assessment and UIW Math Placement guidelines.
The Texas Higher Education Assessment is a tool used to evaluate the English, mathematics, and writing skills of students applying to UIW’s Teacher Education Program. To schedule a THEA iBT exam, students must make an appointment with University Testing Services, 216 Administration Bldg. (210-829-3876). Appointments must be scheduled no later than 2:00 p.m. to allow full use of the four-hour time limit.
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
This is a test specifically designed to assess a student’s preparedness to enter the health science fields. TEAS is a predictor test that measures the test taker's knowledge in four academic areas: Reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage.
To register go to ATI Testing site. A list of available test dates and locations will be displayed on the ATI registration page.