Testing Center

If you have a test scheduled and there is a potential inclement weather event, please check this website for updates.  You may also contact the Testing Center Supervisor, Zebreina Patterson, by email at msu.testingcenter@murraystate.edu or zpatterson@murraystate.edu.  You may contact the Supervisor on her cell phone at 270-705-8700, but ONLY for weather-related events.  For all other information, please call the Testing Center office at 270-809-6848.

If Murray State is closed, then the Testing Center is closed.  If Murray State is open, but the Test Center Supervisor cannot travel safely to Murray State, then the Testing Center will be closed.  Praxis, GRE and TOEFL candidates who are unable to test due to University or Testing Center closure or an inability to safely travel to the Testing Center will be rescheduled by ETS.  An ETS Candidate Care representative will contact examinees to reschedule their exams.  If a candidate has not been contacted by ETS personnel within one week of the event, Candidate Care can be reached at 800-853-6769 to be rescheduled.  Please have your Confirmation Number and 'ticket number' available when you call.  The 'ticket number' can be obtained by contacting the Testing Center at 270-809-6848.

Testing Center Location

Use the link below to access the Campus Map.  You may also use Google Maps to locate our building; however, MapQuest will NOT work for this.

Download and print a pdf copy of the map.  

 Mission Statement
The mission of the Testing Center is for trained and certified test administrators to provide national standardized testing services for members of the university and the surrounding communities.

Contact information
Testing Center
Zebreina Patterson
Test Center Supervisor
C105 Oakley Applied Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone 270-809-6848

National Testing Programs
Information, requirements, and content of links on this page are subject to change without notice. Links to test publishers take you out of the Murray State University Web Site. Murray State University assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of these sites.  

Not all tests are given throughout the year; publisher requirements may restrict administration of some tests to a certain range of dates. Contact our office at 270-809-6848 for more information. You can register for some of the tests online. Check the test publisher's website.

Many of these programs require registration several weeks before the test can be taken. Consult your Advisor for more information on which tests you may need to take.

Some tests, such as the Compass, CLEP, DSST/Dantes, and MAT are given in the Testing Center located in Room C105 of the Oakley Applied Science Building. Other tests are given at locations noted on the admission ticket for that test or in other information provided by the test publisher or our office.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time to allow time for check-in procedures to be completed. We ask that you schedule your appointment well in advance as we may be fully booked as far as 30 days in advance.

The Parking Office/Public Safety has made changes to its Parking Permit policies.  If you are a Murray State student but attending a regional campus (Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Henderson and Fort Campbell), please see 'Parking Information' for important changes before coming to test at the Testing Center.

Tests Given Prior to Admission to the University

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ACT -- American College Test

ACT-R -- Residual Version of the ACT

Results may be used at Murray State University only. The test is given at various times throughout the year. Registration is required prior to testing.

For information on accommodations available on the ACT-R, contact the Murray State University Office of Student Disability Services, Velvet Wilson, Director, at 270-809-5737.

For dates and registration forms, go to ACT-R Registration Form.

Contact the Office of Recruitment at 270-809-2896 for more information.


The Compass test, which is an ACT, Inc. product, is an alternative admissions test administered on a limited basis, as well as a tool for placement assessment. ACT has decided to discontinue the Compass test as of November 2016.  The Testing Center will continue to administer the Compass test until that time or until a replacement exam is chosen by the University.  For general eligibility policy and test information, please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin. To take all three sections of the Compass test, you should allow approximately three hours. You can access sample questions at the following website: http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html

The Compass test will be administered on an appointment basis and will require at least two business days notice and will be subject to availability and at the discretion of the Test Center Supervisor. It is requested, but not mandatory, that the Registration Form be completed prior to your appointment date.  To schedule an appointment, call the Testing Center at 270-809-6848. Compass Test fees are $10.00 per individual test and $30.00 for the standard three-test battery (Combined).

You must contact the MSU Office of Admissions (270-809-3741) for verification of eligibility to take the Compass in place of the ACT before registering for the Compass.

When attempting to print the Compass Test Registration form below, please be patient, as it sometimes loads very slowly.
Compass Test Registration

AP -- Advanced Placement Program

Current AP Exam Equivalencies 

To be considered for credit, an official score report must be mailed directly to the Registrar's Office from the specific testing service's national headquarters.

Testing credit may not be used to repeat a course taken previously and will be awarded only to students enrolled at Murray State.

Although Murray State accepts each of the AP tests listed, credit will not be awarded for two or more that have significantly similar subject content.



Murray State utilizes two tests for placement and assessment: the Compass and the KYOTE (Kentucky Online Testing Program). Currently, Murray State offers only the math readiness and college algebra placement test. KYOTE writing and reading test will be available soon.  The KYOTE test is not administered by the Murray State Testing Center.  To take the KYOTE, please contact Shauna Mullins, Director of Community College, located in the Lowry Center, at 270-809-2667.

CLEP -- College Level Examination Program

Current Listing of CLEP Credit accepted by Murray State University
Murray State University recognizes that many students gain advanced competency in specific subjects prior to enrolling in college courses. Students are encouraged to complete any national tests for credit before enrolling.
 CLEP examinations may be taken by anyone and are not limited to Murray State University students.  CLEP credit will not be awarded for students who are trying to repeat the course for which credit is sought.  If currently enrolled in the class for which credit is sought, the current class must be dropped prior to attending the first class before CLEP credit can be awarded for that class.

Registration and payment of the $80 CLEP fee is online and can be accessed through the following link: CLEP Registration.  CLEP examinees must call the Testing Center to schedule their test date.  Examinees are asked to print out their Admission Ticket to bring with them on the testing date.  It is highly recommended that potential examinees check with their academic advisor or the Registrar's Office to verify that the CLEP exam will be beneficial and valid.

CLEP tests are currently offered on an appointment basis and must be scheduled at least two business days in advance. Scheduling is dependent upon availability and at the discretion of the Testing Center.  Call or email the Testing Center to schedule a date and time.  The $20 registration fee must be paid on or before the test date.  The Testing Center cannot currently accept credit or debit cards or charge the fee to a student's account.  The method of payment should be exact cash, personal check, or money order.

To be considered for credit, an official score report must be sent directly to the Registrar's Office from the College Board.  This could take approximately two to three weeks.  A CLEP examinee must wait three months before re-taking the same exam. If taken at Murray State, unofficial results of the CLEP test are sent within two business days to the Transfer Center located in the Lowry Center on campus.  For information on the acceptance of testing credit, contact Jennifer Husemann, Coordinator, Transfer Credit Evaluator at 270-809-3342; email: jhusemann@murraystate.edu.

Tests Given for Admission to Various Professions and Graduate Schools

The linked sites contain useful information. Content varies but may include online registration information, accommodations of special needs, sample tests, downloadable study materials and registration bulletins, forms and bulletins often used by test takers, and information regarding admissions to graduate and professional schools. Paper bulletins for some of these tests are available at the Testing Center. Often, the websites have request forms for free paper bulletins sent out by the test publisher.

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Praxis Series Examinations

Praxis Series Examinations -- *Core Academic Skills Examination (CASE or 'Core') and Praxis II
Kentucky Information
Registration Information

*Beginning September 1, 2014, the PPST was replaced by the Core Academic Skills for Educators  (referred to as 'Core' or 'CASE').  For questions, contact Teacher Education Services located in Alexander Hall, at 270-809-2054.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)

MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

This test is offered on request and availability is based on other test schedules.  Call the Testing Center at 270-809-6848 for information. The $80 test fee (exact cash, check or money order) is required on or before the test date.  The Candidate Bulletin, as well as other important information, can be found at the link below.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

DSST/Dantes Testing

Contact the Office of the Registrar at 270-809-3754 for information regarding MSU acceptance/non-acceptance of DSST/Dantes credit. The computer-based test series is offered upon request; availability is subject to other test schedules. For more information, contact the Testing Center at 270-809-6848. The current test fee is $80.00 and must be paid on-line.  An administration fee of $20.00 must be paid to the MSU Testing Center on or before the test date.

DSST/Dantes Information

Distance Learning Testing (Proctored Tests)

Students who are taking on-line courses at other institutions (WKU, KCTCS, etc.) or individuals studying for professional certifications (Realtor licenses, Trade exams, etc.) can take advantage of our Proctored Test services.  Save travel time, gasoline cost, and vehicle wear-and-tear by testing locally. The Testing Center can proctor exams, both computer- and paper-based for the following fees:  $20 for a scheduled one hour or less exam; $30 for a scheduled 1.5-3 hour exam; $40 for a scheduled 3.5-4 hour exam; and $50 for exams 4.5 hours or more.  For more information, contact the Testing Center at 270-809-6848.

Testing at Sites Other Than Murray State University

The CLEP and Compass tests are national programs. Each can be taken at convenient locations and the scores sent to Murray State University.  The following link to the College Board website will allow you to search for other centers. When you take the test, be sure to specify Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, as the score report recipient. We must receive an official copy of scores from the College Board in order to award credit. Candidate-supplied documents will not be accepted.

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