There are a variety of resources and tests available. Contact the Testing and Disability Services office for more information or submit the Testing Services Form to order or schedule a service.

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: To be Determined by Program
Cost: Range from $14.75-22.50


The Accuplacer is a college placement test (CPT). Kentucky State Testing offers proctoring services for entrance placement exams that may be required as a part of the admissions process for many community colleges and technical institutes in the United States. The test for college placement has four main parts: English, arithmetic, algebra, and advanced math. ACCUPLACER tests are an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Accuplacer offers diagnostics and intervention support to help students prepare for academic coursework. Students should inquire with prospective college Admissions determine requirements or recommendations on acceptance of the score.

Date: To be Determined
Cost: Test Units. Accuplacer exams are free if taken by students entering KSU and $30 for all other institutions.  Additional copies of ACCUPLACER exam results taken at KSU and forwarded to other institutions are subject to a $30 fee per copy.

ACT-American College Testing

The ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System.

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ACT Residual

The ACT comes in two versions, Residual, and National. 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 Residual is equivalent to the National, consisting of four timed multiple-choice sections – English, Math, Reading, and Scientific Reasoning. The test is approximately three and half hours.

    • The exam is scheduled by appointment once per month from November 1 through September 20 (unless otherwise specified).  Residual testing is closed during the month of October. For the 2016 academic year, Residual Testing closes August 12, 2016. 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 $40 is due before the 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 advance.  This can be done in person by coming to the Testing and Disability Services Office in Carl Hill Student Center, or via mail at Testing Services, ASB 241, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY 40601.  Cash or personal checks are not accepted. Money orders payable to  Kentucky State University, Testing Services are required.
    • Special Testing Conditions: Students who require special test accommodations with a documented need, may be eligible to take tests in another setting or with a different time limit. Special arrangements must be made prior to the testing date. 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. For more information visit:
    • Photo Identification (drivers license, school I.D. card, passport, etc.) is needed for admittance to the test.
    • A basic calculator is permitted, but not necessary.  (A Texas Instruments TI-86 or lower is acceptable.)  Candidates must supply their own.  Programmable, printing, and QWERTY keyboard calculators are not permitted.
    • Scores are returned to Kentucky State University 2-4 weeks of the exam.
    • 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 distributed to the appropriate University department and are mailed to the individual student.
    • A minimum of 60 days is required before repeat of a Residual test.
    • See attached for more information- RACT_Test Policy_Procedure

For more information:

Date: By Appointment
Cost: A nonrefundable administration fee of $40.00 directly payable to the institution.
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.

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CLEP-College Level Examination Program

Tests are regularly scheduled. Please email directly,


  • The Social Sciences and History Exam content will be changing starting on Sept. 18, 2016.*
  • On this date, the new Social Sciences and History exam content will no longer cover anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
  • The new exam weights for the remaining subjects will be as follows:
  • • 40% History (United States History, 13-15%; Western Civilization, 13-15%; and World History, 13-15%)
  • • 20% Economics
  • • 20% Geography
  • • 20% Government/Political Science
  • If you are planning to take the Social Sciences and History exam before Sept. 18*, you can continue to prepare for your test based on the current exam information listed below. If you will be taking the test on or after Sept. 18*, you will no longer have to focus on Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology content areas.
  • If you are interested in additional practice materials, the Social Sciences and History section of the 2017 CLEP Official Study Guide has been revised to only include sample questions based on the new exam weights for the subjects listed above. The Official Study Guide is now available for purchase.
  • * Please note this date may be subject to change.

KSU requires CLEP scores for course credit adhering to the undergraduate Policy for CLEP credit. Click the link to determine class credit and CLEP scores accepted.

CLEP offers tests to evaluate college-level knowledge in thirty-six subject areas to earn college credits without taking the college courses. Credit is given if proficiency is demonstrated on the CLEP exam. A student will receive ungraded course credit, which may fulfill general education requirements or provide elective credits. 

Students should register for the appropriate CLEP examination  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 should be completed with the University’s Testing Services after you have met with your Academic Advisor to discuss the acceptance and appropriate test and registered with the CLEP College Board. For most of the CLEP examinations, Kentucky State University uses the minimum passing score on the objective portions recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit of the American Council on Education. The scores below are effective fall of 2011 and will be retroactive for students who are currently enrolled at Kentucky State University.

More information, including the current fees, is available at the University’s Testing Services. The University courses for which CLEP credit is given, as well as the appropriate CLEP examination for each minimum score required to receive University credit, are the following:

Students must register to take the exam at
Create an account on the My Account registration portal.
Follow the steps to register for a CLEP exam and pay your exam fee.
Print your registration ticket.
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”

Date: By Appointment
Cost: $80 Exam fee
A nonrefundable administration fee of $35.00
(Currently enrolled KSU student’s administration fee is waived for first administration) directly payable to the institution.

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 Kentucky State University. (Currently enrolled KSU students there is no charge).

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: $80 exam fee;
A nonrefundable administration fee of $35.00 directly payable to Kentucky State University. (Currently enrolled KSU students there is no charge).
For more information visit:

GMAT-Graduate Management Admissions Test

The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a management graduate program, such as an MBA. It requires knowledge of certain grammar and expertise of particular algebra, geometry, and arithmetic.

For exam fees and dates visit: Graduate Management Admissions Test
For study support visit:

GRE-Graduate Record Examination

The Revised General Test and GRE Subject Tests are taken by individuals applying to graduate programs in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, humanities and arts, education, and other fields.

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LSAT – Law School Admission Test
The LSAT is a standardized test for prospective law school candidates. The LSAT is designed to assess reading comprehension, logical, and verbal reasoning proficiency.

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MAT – Miller Analogies Test

The MAT is a high-level test of analytical ability that requires solving problems stated as analogies. The MAT represents an excellent option for candidates applying to any of the hundreds of graduate programs that accept MAT scores for admission.

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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:


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, paper-pencil or have been several states or individual departments have developed their placement tests. For example, ACCUPLACER and COMPASS placement tests are 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
  •  If so, find out what subjects the test will cover and associated costs
  • Ask the Department Chair,  Advisor or course instructor what you can do to get ready
  • Ask the Department Chair,  Advisor or course instructor what you need to do to schedule the exam
  • If there is a need to plan via Testing Services, the Department Chair,  Advisor or course instructor should contact Testing Services via email at for further information
  • Follow-up with testing services as well for confirmation

For more information, please review the link provided:

Date: By Appointment
Cost: A nonrefundable administration fee of $35.00 directly payable to Kentucky State University. (Currently enrolled KSU students there is no charge).


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:
Contact KSU Testing Services to schedule an appointment for continuous testing and others by date and location via ets.

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.

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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

(Currently enrolled KSU students there is no charge), directly payable to the institution.

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