Testing and Disability Services
The Department of Testing and Disability Services (TDS) serves as a resource for the university community and acts as a liaison between students and faculty as well as national and community agencies. Disability Services provides information, reasonable accommodations, and other assistance to students, faculty, and applicants of Louisiana Tech University. In an effort to promote independence and self-advocacy, services are available to students with qualifying documented learning, physical, and physiological disabilities. Testing Services follows national testing center requirements to provide test opportunities through contracted agencies for Louisiana Tech University and the local community. As a department within the Division of Student Affairs, Testing and Disability Services seeks a collaborative and cooperative relationship with the university community to enhance the education of Louisiana Tech students.
Please note that TDS only proctors exams. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are taking the correct exam for the correct purpose.
Location: 318 Wyly Tower
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3009, Ruston, LA 71272
Phone: Testing Service – 318.257.4882
Fax – 318.257.2969
Campus Mail: #54
Testing Services email address: email@example.com
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday | Summer: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday
Exam Day Instructions
The following information pertains to students taking the Accuplacer, CLEP, Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or proctored exams for other universities. Appointments are required – we do not accept walk ins. Please call or email the testing center to schedule an appointment.
Students should first report to the cashier’s office prior to testing to pay the associated fee. The cashier’s office is located in the basement level of Keeny Hall (103 Keeny Circle, Ruston, LA 71272). Refer to the expandable sections below for individual exam costs. Ensure that you keep the yellow receipt provided to you.
Bring this receipt and a photo ID (driver’s license, university ID, or passport) to 318 Wyly Tower. Wyly Tower is a 16-story white building that is easily visible from the front entrance of Keeny Hall. However, if you enter the library, you’re on the wrong side. Enter from the side next to the parking lot and locate the middle elevator labeled “floors 3 and 16.”
The Accuplacer is a placement test given to students who intend to enroll in Louisiana Tech University. The Accuplacer’s purpose is to place students into the proper course relative to their abilities. In most cases, it is used to determine whether a student needs to complete a remedial course requirement before enrolling in 100-level courses.
The Accuplacer replaces the COMPASS exam formerly given for the same purpose. It is a computerized exam and scores are available immediately upon completion.
High school seniors who intend to enroll at Louisiana Tech in the Fall and are deficient in either math or english are eligible to take the Accuplacer beginning Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The exam will be available by appointment from January through August. High school juniors, sophomores, and freshmen cannot use the Accuplacer to satisfy an ACT requirement until January of their senior year. Refer to https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html for a list of upcoming ACT test dates and registration deadlines.
NOTE: Students who have previously attempted, failed, or withdrawn from a remedial course will not receive credit from the Accuplacer.
Must pay in advance in the Cashiers Office of Keeny Hall, located downstairs directly below the Registrar. (103 Keeny Circle)
- $10 – With Tech ID number
- $25 – Without Tech ID number
The testing center requires the receipt provided by the cashier’s office as proof of payment. Do not lose it!
Scheduling An Accuplacer Exam and Testing Policies
- Tests are given by appointment only through the Testing Center, located in 318 Wyly Tower. Any walk-ins will be scheduled at a later date.
- Appointment times are Mon-Thurs, 10:00 and 2:00.
- Call 318.257.4882 to schedule an appointment.
- All examinees should bring the following: 1) a photo ID (driver’s license, student ID, passport) 2) cashier’s office receipt, 3) social security number.
- Students have the option to take only the english, only the math, or both sections back-to-back. What you need depends on your ACT subscores. It is the student’s responsibility to know which version(s) of the exam they need to take. Contact Admissions if you have any questions about your status.
- The exam is not timed. Average time taken is roughly one hour per section, but this will vary from student to student.
- No calculators are permitted. Scratch paper and pencils are provided by the Testing Center.
- A score report is provided to the student upon completion. Passing scores are sent to Admissions by the Testing Center.
Exam Information and Study Guides
- The English version of the Accuplacer is called Next-Generation Writing. It has a passing score of 250 or higher. There are 25 multiple-choice questions.
- The math version of the Accuplacer is called Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QRAS). It has a passing score of 250 or higher. There are 20 multiple-choice questions.
- Other versions of the exam exist; however, these are the two sections administered for credit at Louisiana Tech.
- There is no time limit on either section.
- Calculators are not allowed. Scratch paper is provided by the testing center.
- Each section of the Accuplacer can be taken up to three times. There is a required two-week waiting period between attempts.
Sample questions can be accessed on the official Accuplacer website, linked below. Students should download the PDFs entitled “Next-Generation Writing Sample Questions” and “Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics Sample Questions.” There are many study guides listed, so ensure you’re looking at the right ones!
Remote Testing / Testing For Other Universities
Students wishing to enroll in Louisiana Tech who do not currently live in Ruston can take a “remote” Accuplacer. Our version of the exam can be sent to certain pre-approved test centers nationwide. This MUST be arranged through our office. Please call us at 318.257.4882 if you need to schedule a remote Accuplacer. DO NOT test at another location without alerting us first.
Furthermore, Louisiana Tech’s testing center is not considered a remote site. We can give the exam only for Louisiana Tech credit. If you need to take the Accuplacer for another school, you will need to call that school to set up a remote exam at another location.
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Earn qualifying scores on any of the 33 introductory-level college subject examinations and accelerate your education. CLEP exams can be taken at Louisiana Tech for credit at other universities; however, Louisiana Tech accepts only the exams listed below.
To purchase your exam and study materials please visit www.collegeboard.org The exam total is $114, with $89 paid directly to CLEP prior to testing and a $25 testing fee paid directly to the Louisiana Tech University Cashiers Office the day of your scheduled exam.
On the day of your scheduled exam please bring your registration ticket (from CLEP), your cashiers receipt, and one form of government issued photo ID to the Testing Center located in 318 Wyly Tower. For more information please visit www.collegeboard.org or call the Testing Center at 318.257.4882.
Please note that the College Composition Modular exam is not accepted for Louisiana Tech credit.
Louisiana Tech University Accepted Exams
|CLEP Subject Examinations||Equivalent Tech Course||Passing Score||Credit Hours|
|COMPOSITION & LITERATURE|
|College Composition||English 101||50||3|
|French Language – Level 1||(two quarters)||50||6|
|French Language – Level 2||(four quarters)||62||12|
|Spanish Language – Level 1||(two quarters)||50||6|
|Spanish Language – Level 2||(four quarters)||66||12|
|SOCIAL SCIENCES & HISTORY|
|American Government||Political Science 201||50||3|
|History of the United States I||History 201 (1492-1877)||50||3|
|History of the United States II||History 202 (1877- present)||50||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||Economics 201||50||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics||Economics 202||50||3|
|Introductory Psychology||Psychology 102||50||3|
|Introductory Educational Psychology||Psychology 204||50||3|
|Introductory Sociology||Sociology 201||50||3|
|SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS|
|Biology||Biological Sciences 101 & 102||50||6|
|College Algebra||Math 101||50||3|
|Introductory Business Law||Business Law 255||50||3|
|Principles of Marketing||Marketing 300||50||3|
|Principles of Management||Management 310||50||3|
A student will not be allowed to receive credit on the CLEP Exam if he/she has passed, failed, or withdrawn from the Tech equivalent course(s) or if he/she is presently enrolled in the course.
*CLEP examinations will not be accepted for credit for any 300-400 level business course for students enrolled in the College of Administration and Business at Louisiana Tech.
**Students testing for non-Louisiana Tech credit will need to contact their educational institution for qualifying exams and minimum score requirements.
NOTE: The final determination of how CLEP credit may be awarded at Louisiana Tech University will be determined by the academic area responsible for the student’s degree program. Additional concerns or questions should be directed to the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. It is advisable to check with your academic advisor before taking a CLEP test.
ACE recommends a uniform credit-granting score of 50 for most subjects.
Proctored exams for other universities are administered by appointment year-round. There is a $20 fee for each exam. After scheduling an appointment, students should direct their instructors to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the Testing Center prior to your appointment to ensure your exam materials have been received.
If you are registered with Disability Services and require an exam proctored for a Louisiana Tech class, please refer to the Disability Services page: latech.edu/ods. If you are not registered with Disability Services, your exam for Louisiana Tech may be proctored in the Tech Library.
Major Fields Test
Major Fields Test (MFT)
Major Field Tests are given by universities to measure student academic achievement, growth, and to assess the educational outcomes of their programs. The tests also provide students with an assessment of their own level of achievement within a field of study.
The Major Field Tests are based on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Subject Tests. They have been shortened, made less difficult than the GRE tests, pre-tested with college seniors, and revised to be appropriate for all seniors majoring in a field (not just those planning graduate study as is the case with the GRE tests).
In additional to factual knowledge, the tests evaluate students’ ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships, and interpret material. They may contain questions that require interpretation of graphs, diagrams, and charts based on material related to the field.
All subjects are computer based and are two hours in length.
The tests are usually administered during the senior year when students have completed the majority of the courses in their major. At the instruction of the academic dean or advisor, appointments should be made no later than one month before graduation; however, it is permissible to take the exam anytime in the students’ senior year.
Appointments are made by calling 318.257.4882. There is no fee required to take the MFT, but we do require a Louisiana Tech ID.
Miller Analogies Test
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a computer-based analytic ability test that requires the solution of problems stated as analogies. The MAT consists of 120 partial analogies that are to be completed in 60 minutes. The MAT is intended to measure your ability to recognize relationships between ideas, your fluency in the English language, and your general knowledge of literature, philosophy, history, science, mathematics, and fine arts. You are not permitted to use a dictionary or any other reference aid when taking the MAT.
The exam costs $80 and registration takes place in the testing center immediately before the exam. Please call or email us to schedule an appointment. Refer to the exam day instructions at the top of this page for further information.
The ACT is administered by the Louisiana Tech Counseling Services
Louisiana Tech University
George T. Madison
Ruston, LA 71272
- bring a picture ID
- check to see if you have a non-prohibited calculator
- bring a supply of pencils
- wear comfortable clothing that you can adjust to the climate of the room
- turn off cell phones
The LSAT is administered by the Louisiana Tech Counseling Services
Corner of Hergot & Bond St. off Hwy 80
Ruston, LA 71272