Tests Offered

Welcome to the Kentucky State University Testing Center! Listed below are the tests that we currently offer, please contact the Testing Center office with any questions or concerns you may have: (502) 597-6454 or visit the website.

ACAT-Area Concentration Achievement Test
(SOW-Social Work)

The ACAT assesses student learning outcomes in a major. Online and paper versions can be used concurrently. ACATs are available for student learning outcomes assessment in agriculture, art, biology, business, communication, criminal justice, geology, history, literature in English, political science, psychology, and social work. 

Date: By Appointment
Cost: TBD


ACCUPLACER tests were redesigned in 2016 to better align with the content on the SAT Suite of Assessments and the skills that research shows students need to be ready for college.  The tests include texts and tasks students will likely encounter in first-year college courses, and the math content is more aligned to state college and career readiness standards.  Students should inquire with prospective college Admissions office to determine requirements or recommendations on acceptance of the score.

Date: TBD

Contact KSU Testing Center to schedule Appointment
Cost: Test Units. ACCUPLACER exams are $55 per test, paid to KSU Testing Center.

ACT National and ACT Residual

The ACT comes in two versions, National and Residual. The ACT Residual test is a service available to students who are enrolled, admitted or applying to Kentucky State University. Scores can be used to help determine eligibility for admissions and for students who need a specific score for their desired program of study. These test scores are only used for KSU students or prospective students. The results are not shared with other institutions. The advantage to taking the Residual ACT is that it offers the flexibility in administration dates, times, and location.  The ACT National Test is available to students who plan to apply to any college or university nationally.  

ACT Residual Test:

  • The exam is scheduled by appointment once per month from November 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 (unless otherwise specified).  Residual testing is closed during the month of October. Tests will be scheduled by appointment after November 1.
  • The test is not given in on holidays, or during any other official University break. A non-refundable testing fee of $65 without the writing component and $75 with the writing component. The fee is due before the test administration along with the registration form. Complete the Testing Services Request Form for the ACT Residual. You will receive the notification for the date, time, and location.  An additional confirmation will be sent once the fee has been received.
  • Candidates must pre-register and pay for the test in person by coming to the Cashiers office located in the Julian M. Carroll Building, Academic Services Building #364, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY 40601. Cash, checks, credit cards and money orders are accepted, make checks and money orders payable to KSU Testing Center with the information provided to you via email when you registered.
  • Testing Accommodations: Students who require testing accommodations are eligible to take tests based on the provisions of their documentation. The Testing Center should be informed prior to the testing date to provide specific modifications for students. Students who have a disability and choose to take the tests under regular timed testing conditions may not petition to re-take the tests on the basis of their disability if they are dissatisfied with the scores they earn.
  • Photo Identification (driver’s license, school I.D. card, passport, etc.) is required to be admitted to the test.
  • Cancellations, late arrivals, or a no show for the test will result in a loss of fees. There are no refunds. No one is admitted to the testing site after testing begins.
  • Results are submitted to the appropriate department and are mailed to the individual student.
  • A minimum of 60 days is required before repeat of a Residual test.

For more information please contact the KSU Testing Center Office:(502) 597-6454

Online Practice:

Date: By Appointment
Cost: A nonrefundable administration fee of $65.00  without writing and $75 with writing, payments made directly to KSU Testing Center using the information received via email.
Fee Waivers may not be used for Residual Testing.

AP- Advanced Placement Exam 

High school students can earn college credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. Each AP Exam has a corresponding AP course and provides a standardized measure of what students have learned in the AP classroom. Kentucky State University offers proctoring services for the Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.

For exam fees and dates visit: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/exam/calendar/index.html

CLEP-College Level Examination Program

The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 50 years, accepted by colleges and universities and administered in test centers. This challenging program allows students from various ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 34 examinations.

CLEP is sponsored by the College Board, however only colleges may grant credit toward a degree. Not all colleges have the same CLEP policies—some colleges accept credit for a few exams, while others accept credit for all of them. A college often grants the same amount of credit to a student who earns satisfactory scores on a CLEP exam as it does for a student who successfully completes the related course.  KSU requires students who wish to test out of a course to take the CLEP exam for the course to receive the credit.  Click the link to obtain class credits offered and accepted for CLEP: CLEP scores for course credit.

Students should register for the appropriate CLEP examination  https://clep.collegeboard.org/  the semester before enrolling in the corresponding Kentucky State University course. If unsuccessful on the CLEP exam, students can register for the course during the next semester.

Appointments for CLEP exams are scheduled through the KSU Testing Center after meeting with your Academic Advisor to discuss the acceptance, appropriate test and registration with  CLEP via College Board. For the CLEP examinations, Kentucky State University aligns the score on the objective portions that is recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit of the American Council on Education.

To Register for the CLEP Exam follow these steps:

  1. Students must register to take the exam at https://clep.collegeboard.org/started.
  2. Create an account on the My Account registration portal.
  3.  Select and Register for the correct CLEP exam.
  4. Pay your exam fee.
  5. Print your registration ticket.
  6. Pay $30.00 fee to KSU Testing Center.
  7. Contact the Test Center to schedule an appointment to test. (You can also indicate your preferred test center during the exam registration process on My Account and have the contact information for your preferred test center printed on your registration ticket).

Watch this tutorial video that guides you through the CLEP exam registration process. There are study and practice materials available through the website as well.

Receiving CLEP Scores, typically scores are received instantly, except the College Composition with Essay, which takes three to four weeks to deliver. For more information see the website link for specific information about “Your Score”  https://clep.collegeboard.org/about/score.

Date: By Appointment
Cost: See College Board website
A nonrefundable administration fee of $30.00 payments made directly to KSU Testing Center using the information received via email..

Correspondence Testing

A correspondence exam is an exam in which student and teachers communicate by mail. Kentucky State University offers a secure testing environment for proctoring correspondence exams and is recognized as a proctoring agent for college extension and distance learning programs.  Correspondence exams are fee-based, individually scheduled and conducted according to regulations specified by the credit granting institution. Examinees are responsible for coordinating test delivery with the instructor and institution of the course.  All correspondence exams must be scheduled by appointment to arrange delivery and administration services.

Date: By Appointment
Cost: A nonrefundable administration fee of $35.00 directly payable to KSU Testing Center.

DSST-Dantes Subjects Standardized Tests

DSST’s are credit-by-examination tests originated by the US Department of  Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. The program is an extensive series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate college courses. These tests are frequently used in conjunction with CLEP tests by students pursuing college degrees in non-traditional formats. CLEP tests are almost exclusively used for lower level credit at regionally accredited institutions. DSST’s are available for both upper and lower level credit.

Date: By Appointment
Cost: See College Board website
A nonrefundable administration fee of $30.00 directly payable to KSU Testing Center.

GRE-Graduate Record Examination

The graduate record examination (GRE) is a standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics, and vocabulary. The GRE is commonly used by many graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to determine an applicant's eligibility for the program.

For more exam fees and dates visit:  https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/fees

For more information visit:  http://www.ets.org/gre



NLN-NACEThe National League for Nursing-Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam 

The National League for Nursing-Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) are nursing validation tests designed to evaluate previous learning to assist in the placement of nurses who are seeking educational mobility.
The tests are designed for two pathways: NACE-I for LVN/LPN to RN and NACE-II for RN to BSN.
****Students should contact the Nursing Program for information and the test protocol.
School of Nursing
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone:  (502) 597-5957
Date: To be Determined by Program.

Cost: Determined by test type

For exam fees and information visit: https://www.nlnonlinetesting.org

An administration fee of $30.00 payments made directly to KSU Testing Center using the information received via email.

Placement Tests:

KSU uses placement tests in certain subjects to check the academic skill levels of entering students for placement of each student in courses. The test results may mean that students are prepared for advanced courses or more preparation is required before enrolling in courses. Some placement tests are given electronically, via  paper-pencil or individual departments have developed their placement tests. For example, KYOTE is a placement test that is a computerized tests that can be used to help select classes and plan an appropriate course of study. However, academic departments will provide approval of acceptance.

To determine if you can take a Placement Test:

  • Check with the Department Chair, Advisor or course instructor
  • Ask the Department Chair, Advisor or course instructor about practice exams
  • If you need accommodations please contact the KSU Testing Center for more information
  • Schedule your exam with the KSU Testing Center

Questions: contact the KSU Testing Center: (502) 597-6454

Date: By Appointment
Cost: A nonrefundable administration fee of $30.00 directly payable to Kentucky State University. (Currently enrolled KSU students there is no fee.)


Kentucky State University is a local test center available to offer the Praxis Series tests. The Praxis Series tests are used by many states to measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills as part of the teacher licensure and certification process. The Praxis Series tests measure test takers’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests-These tests measure academic skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. See Praxis Core information for test takers.
  • Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II tests)-These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills that K–12 educators need for beginning teaching. See Praxis Subject Assessments information for test takers.

For exam fees and dates visit: https://www.ets.org/praxis


SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

For exam fees and dates visit: https://sat.collegeboard.org/home

TOEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language

The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. The TOEFL iBT (internet based test) test, administered via the Internet.

Date: By Appointment
Cost: A nonrefundable administration fee of $35.00

For more information visit: http://www.ets.org/toefl/


ACT WorkKeys Assessment 

What is the ACT WorkKeys suite? WorkKeys is a system of assessments, curriculum and job profiles that build and measure essential workplace skills that can affect job performance and increase opportunities for career changes and advancement. The ACT WorkKeys suite helps:

Individuals—from career seekers to longtime employees—measure their skills and advance their career goals

Educators- from high school through college ensure their students are ready for career success

Employers find, hire, and develop quality talent • Workforce and economic developers prepare their workforce to attract and maintain business and industry

Industry associations and advocacy organizations develop valuable skills credentialing systems for a more productive, reliable and profitable workforce.

For more information visit:  http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-employers/assessments.html