Testing at Orientation

On behalf of the University Testing Center, welcome to ACU!   

Listed below are some brief descriptions of each test offered during New Student Orientation, as well as additional testing requirements for specific majors. Please read the descriptions and determine which tests you need or would like to take.  

After deciding which tests you plan to take, please fill out a Testing at Orientation Form.

     Testing at Orientation Form

Due to limited space, multiple testing times have been offered to accommodate all students and provide a better testing environment. Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Tests Offered During Orientation   

CLEP Examinations ($80 to CLEP paid online prior to test date, $25 to ACU)*: 
Students desiring to test out of college courses are given the opportunity to take CLEP examinations. Usually you should only attempt credit by examination for courses in which you earned a grade of “A” while in high school. Scores are available shortly after the test is finished. The list of CLEP tests ACU accepts is on the Testing at Orientation Form.  

University English and Math Placement Tests ($10): 
Students whose ACT/SAT scores require them to enroll in a developmental course have the option to take these tests to improve their course placement. Placement tests are untimed, but generally take 45-60 minutes to complete. Scores are available upon completion of the test.   

ACU English Essay ($25)*: 
Students meeting eligibility requirements may opt to take this essay to earn credit in Freshman English (ENGL 111 or ENGL 111 and 112). The amount of credit earned is dependent on the method of eligibility. This test is a two-hour exam only available on Wednesday morning of Wildcat Week. Results will be available within 24 hours.

Students may qualify to write the English Essay by one of the following methods:

  1. Scoring 29-31 on the ACT English test
  2. Scoring 740-760 on SAT (New) Writing & Language
  3. Scoring 710-740 on SAT (Old) Critical Reading
  4. Scoring 55 or higher on the College Composition Modular CLEP test, or
  5. Scoring a 4 on the IB English (HL) exam.

Most students who take and pass the English Essay Examination will receive 3 hours credit for ENGL 111. However, students who score a 64 or higher on the College Composition Modular CLEP test or a 5 on the IB English (HL) exam are eligible to earn ENGL 112 credit. A superior score must be received for this credit to be awarded.  

*Students who earn course credit from CLEP exams or the ACU English Essay will be charged an additional fee of $50 per course to post that credit to their transcript. 

Additional Department Requirements For Certain Majors    

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling:
This is an objective examination required of certain students who have selected majors within the Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) department. Students scoring below 70 must take JMC 101 (Grammar for Journalists) or do significant remedial work before retaking the test. Students who score 24 or higher on the ACT English subtest or 590 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing are exempt. This test will be offered during Wildcat Week. Please call the JMC department at 325-674-2296 for information or to schedule a test time.

Music Theory ($20):
Any student who plans to major or minor in music or who wishes to enroll in music theory MUST take the music theory placement test. Credit can be earned for MUST 131 (Part Writing and Keyboard). The music department administers this examination. To schedule a time, complete the Testing at Orientation Form above. Please call 325-674-6738 if you have any additional questions.

Auditions are required prior to admission to the theatre department. Please call the department at 325-674-2021 for more information regarding the audition process.  

For more information about testing at ACU, call us toll-free at 800-677-8684.