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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.

Due to social distancing guidelines, both in-person and remote testing options are available. After deciding which tests you plan to take, please complete one of the following Testing at Orientation Forms.

Testing Registration Form (Online)

Testing Registration (On Campus)


Tests Offered During Orientation

CLEP Examinations ($87 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.

English and Math Placement Tests
View Placement Tests for a complete description of these tests.

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.