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Available Tests

The following tests are offered through the OLLU Testing Center. Expand each test type to view information on registration and payment. 

The ACCUPLACER is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisers and counselors to place you into college courses that meet your skill level.

OLLU offers the ACCUPLACER for OLLU and non-OLLU students and for admission to the Texas Teacher Certification Program.

OLLU students are offered this assessment free of charge if taken through an admissions process or OLLU course. There is a $25 fee for all non-OLLU students.

Students taking the ACCUPLACER for OLLU math course placement, click here for information

All appointments must be scheduled through the OLLU Testing Center website .  

On the day of the exam, student must present a current photo ID along with $25 fee. After each exam, the scores are printed and put in a sealed envelope for the student to take with them when they leave.

The ACCUPLACER fee can be paid online

Entering students may be asked to take one of these tests as part of their admission process. Students are referred to take the ACT-Residual by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. ACT-Residual testing is strictly limited to students who have applied, been admitted or are enrolled at OLLU. Scores from the ACT-Residual test are reported only to OLLU for admission, course placement and advising purposes.

The ACT-Residual test is only administered on Monday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

All appointments must be scheduled through the OLLU Testing Center website .

The OLLU CCDT Testing Center is a certified testing center for Castle Worldwide exams. Castle Worldwide provides testing services to certification and licensure organizations, corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, and trade and professional organizations. 

All Castle exams are internet-based and are given via a secure, password-protected website.

Candidates must bring their admission ticket or confirmation letter to the exam. The first and last name on the admission ticket must match exactly with the first and last name on the acceptable, non-expired identification. Acceptable IDs include a driver's license, passport or government-issued identification (official state identification card).

Fees

Test fees vary. To find out how much your examination fee will be, please call Castle at 919-572-6880.

Registration

To schedule a Castle exam, please call Castle directly at 919-572-6880 or visit the Castle website .

Retest Policies

For retest policies, contact Castle at 919-572-6880 or visit the Castle website .

Disability Services

Test candidates requesting special testing accommodations should contact Castle directly at 919-572-6880 or visit the Castle website to make arrangements.

The College Level Examination (CLEP) offers 33 exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that students may generally take in their first two years of college. By passing a CLEP exam, students can earn anywhere from three to 14 college credits. View the 2016-2017 CLEP-OLLU Credit-Granting Policies and Guidelines

CLEP exams are available by appointment only, and test administration lasts approximately two hours, depending on the exam. All appointments must be scheduled through the OLLU Testing Center website.

Associated Fees 

Note: OLLU's CCDT Testing Center is a CLEP Fully-Funded testing site, meaning eligible military members and spouses may be able to take their first attempt at a CLEP exam free of charge. Learn more on the CLEP Military Benefits website

Instructions on registering/making an appointment to take a CLEP exam

To register and pay for a CLEP exam, students must visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/earn-college-credit/clep-basics . This webpage outlines the steps for CLEP exam registration. Students must create an account with a username and password, select the appropriate CLEP exam, and submit the CLEP exam fee online. Select the institution or university where you would like the CLEP results sent. Once this process is complete, you must print your registration ticket and present it on test day.

On the date of the test, bring one valid government-issued ID and the exam fee. 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 or 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 their presence of their counselor or principal. This form is valid only in United States test centers. It must be dated and is only good for one year.

Scores are received at the Registrar's Office approximately two weeks after the test taken.

Note: OLLU students must download or pick up a Request for Credit by Examination form from the Registrar's Office. Have it signed by your adviser and approved by the Registrar's Office before a CLEP exam is administered.

For study guides, visit the CLEP Practice website .

The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) is a form of prior learning assessment. It provides students a cost-effective, time saving way to use their knowledge acquired outside the classroom to accomplish their educational goals. 

The DSST offers 30 exams in several subject areas covering material taught in courses that students may generally take in college. By passing a DSST exam, students can earn 3-4 college credits.

OLLU's CCDT Testing Center is a DSST Fully-Funded testing site, meaning eligible military members and spouses may be able to take their first attempt at a DSST exam free of charge. Visit the DSST website for more information. 

DSST retest policy: test takers must wait 90 days before retaking the test. 

Associated Fees:

  • A $80 fee payable by credit card on the DSST testing console at the Testing Center on the day the test is taken.
  • A $25 Our Lady of the Lake University service fee payable at the Student Business Office on campus or by credit card on the CCDT Payment Center website

Instructions to register/make appointment for DSST exam 

DSST exams are available by appointment only and test administration lasts approximately two hours depending on the exam. All appointments must be scheduled through the OLLU Testing Center Registration website

Select "DSST (for all subjects except Principles of Public Speaking)" or "DSST Principles of Public Speaking exam only."

Note: The public speaking exam will not be administered during the DSST all subjects test appointments and can only be scheduled by selecting the "DSST Principles of Public Speaking" exam option.

One the date of the test, bring one valid government-issued ID and a credit card for payment of exam fees (or payment confirmation if paid online). Acceptable forms of 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, photography, and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • A tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • Picture student ID

Scores are received at the Registrar's Office approximately two weeks after the test is taken.

OLLU students need to complete a Request for Credit by Examination form to request a DSST exam. Download the form or pick up a hard copy from the Registrar's Office.

Students have to meet and have an academic adviser approve and sign the form. Signed forms need to be submitted to the Registrar's Office before a DSST exam can be scheduled and administered.

View the 2016-2017 OLLU DSST Credit-Granting Policies and Guidelines

For study guides, visit http://getcollegecredit.com .

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level test of analytical ability that requires solving problems stated as analogies. The MAT consists of 120 partial analogies that you have 60 minutes to complete. The test measures your ability to recognize relationships between ideas, your fluency in the English language, and your general knowledge of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences.

The MAT is given on set days every month, with morning and afternoon administrations. The test administration lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The current fee to take the test is $90.

All appointments must be scheduled through the OLLU Testing Center Registration website

On the date of the test, bring two forms of identification and your payment receipt. MAT requires that you present two valid (unexpired) forms of identification. Your primary form of ID must be government-issued and contain both your photograph and signature. The second form is not required to have your photograph or signature (credit card, library card). After you have completed the exam, OLLU will print an "unofficial" copy of scores. The official copy will be mailed to the university designated by the candidate. 

The MAT fee can be paid online .

OLLU's Center for Career Development and Testing (CCDT) is an authorized Pearson VUE certification and GED testing site. The CCDT is located in the Walter Center, Room G03.

Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers are privately owned or third-party testing facilities which provide on-site, on-demand testing for certification and professional licensure exams. Pearson VUE also administers GED testing services.

View a complete listing of professional certification testing programs available through Pearson VUE .

All Pearson VUE and GED testing appointments at Our Lady of the Lake University are scheduled through the Pearson VUE Testing webpage

The CCDT Testing Center offers proctoring services for students taking online courses through other institutions.

Students interested in taking distance tests should provide the following contact information to their institution:

CCDT-Testing Center
Our Lady of the Lake University
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207

Phone: 210-431-3998
ccdt-testing@ollusa.edu 

Note: the exam will be proctored by OLLU proctoring staff.

All appointments must be scheduled on the OLLU Testing Center Registration website . An appointment needs to be made at least one week in advance. Each test costs $25. This fee must be paid before you come in to take the test.  

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.

A portfolio is one of the three approved Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit-earning methods at OLLU for a student to demonstrate learning acquired outside of the traditional classroom. It is a collection of information gathered by the student and presented in a systematic format that validates the experiential learning that has occurred. Each course for which portfolio credit is requested must be in the college curriculum and must be part of the student's certificate or degree requirements.

For more information, view the OLLU Portfolio Guidelines

The Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española (SIELE) electronically certifies the command of the Spanish language proficiency for students and professionals.

SIELE is promoted by the Instituto Cervantes, the Universidad Autónoma de México, the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. These institutions guarantee the standards for quality and good practices in the creation of the tests and the use of diverse linguistic varieties in the Hispanic world.

SIELE certifies the degree of proficiency for the Spanish language with four tests: Reading and listening comprehension, Written expression and interaction and Spoken expression and interaction; the exam also takes as a reference the levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CERF).

For more information about SIELE Certificate and to register at any of the SIELE testing centers, including the CCDT Testing Center at OLLU, visit SIELE’s official site at https://siele.org/en/home/  (in Spanish, English and Portuguese).

Texas Law requires that students complete assessments in reading, writing and mathematics prior to enrolling in college. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates that any new undergraduate student entering a public college or university must be assessed for readiness to enroll in college coursework.

The TSI is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. There are two components of the program:

1. An assessment to diagnose students' basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and 

2. Developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement.

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), being a private university, is not required by the state of Texas to participate in the TSI. However, OLLU is a remote voucher site for TSI testing. Students wishing to test at OLLU will have to contact the university they plan to attend to request a "remote voucher" notifying them that they have chosen OLLU as their remote proctor site. 

All appointments for OLLU testing are done online through the OLLU Testing Center Registration website . Before a TSI testing appointment can be made, the student must have a voucher number to complete the registration. The OLLU CCDT-Testing Center does charge a $25 proctoring fee. The university a student plans to attend may also charge a fee for the remote voucher. Because the TSI is an untimed test, we cannot start testing any later than 9 a.m., regardless of the number of sections the student is taking. The average test time for the TSI is 3-4 hours; however, students have taken as long as eight hours. All students work at a different pace so it is difficult to estimate how long the TSI will take.

The university that issued the voucher will have all test results (including official scores) once the test is complete. OLLU will no longer have access to the student’s test score once the test session has been completed and the student logs off. OLLU cannot reprint, forward, or interpret TSI test results. OLLU will be able to print one “unofficial copy” of the student’s scores before they leave the testing center, for their own record, provided there are no software issues. Once the Testing Center prints the unofficial scores, all records go directly to the university that they plan to attend.

When the student arrives to take the TSI he/she must have the following documentation with them: TSI remote voucher, payment receipt along with a current ID which can include school ID, current state driver’s license, state I.D. card or valid passport.

The test fee can be paid online .

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