Testing Center

The Testing Center provides national standardized testing services for members of the university and surrounding communities. Some tests should be taken prior to admission to the university. We also provide access to tests for admission to professional and graduate schools and offer proctered test services.

Location

The Testing Center is located at C105 Oakley Applied Science Building. You can also find the center on the campus map. If there is inclement weather, please refer to our inclement weather procedures

Parking

You must request a visitor parking pass if you are not a Murray State student, faculty, or staff member and do not have a parking permit. Visitor permits are free and available by calling the Parking Office 270.809.4812 or via email at msu.parkingservices@murraystate.edu. You will need to provide information about your vehicle including the make, model, year, color, county and state in which it is registered, and your license plate number.

Parking policies and procedures

Tests Given Prior to Admission to the University

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

COVID policy

Unless otherwise notified, the Testing Center will continue to administer the National ACT. Please check your email consistently for any updates, cancellations or rescheduling of the ACT. Examinees are required to wear masks for the duration of their stay on Murray State's campus. Social Distancing will also be observed.

The remaining dates for the 2021-2022 National ACT are : June 11th, and July 16th. Tests will be given in Faculty Hall. Learn more information regarding future National ACT dates.

If you have an Accommodated ACT scheduled, please contact the Accommodated Testing department at ACT, Inc. Check the ACT student page and this website for updates.

Murray State University will not require or use the optional essay section.

ACT On-Campus (formerly known as the ACT-R—Residual Version of the ACT)

ACT On-Campus testing is the same test as the National version, but can only be used for admission to Murray State and Murray State scholarship eligibility. If you do not plan to intend to attend Murray State University you must take the National ACT rather than the ACT On-Campus test (formerly ACT-R).

Register for the ACT On-Campus test. Space is limited and you must register in order to test.

For more information, or to cancel or change a test date contact Leigh Knight at lknight@murraystate.edu or 270.809.5200.

For information on accommodations available for ACT On-Campus, contact the Murray State University Office of Student Disability Services at 270.809.2018.

COVID policy

The Testing Center is offering in-person testing by appointment. Please call or email the Testing Center for details and to schedule an appointment.

College Board's Next Generation Accuplacer exams have reading, writing, and mathematics components and will be used as both an alternative admissions test, as well as a tool for placement in order to align students' knowledge and skills with course requirements.

For general eligibility policy and test information, please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin 

Accuplacer tests are administered on an appointment basis and will require at least two business days notice and be subject to availability and at the discretion of the Test Center Supervisor.

To schedule an appointment, call the Testing Center at 270.809.6848 or send an email to msu.testingcenter@murraystate.edu.

Accuplacer exams are $10 per test component, payable with exact cash, check or money order. The test fee, in addition to valid, unexpired government-issued identification must be brought to the Test Center on the day of testing. Veterans or active military personnel with valid identification will receive their first test session at no charge as the Testing Center's "thank you" for their service.

Test scores will be printed immediately upon completion of exams. A copy of scores will be given to the test taker, a copy will be sent to Admissions and a copy will be kept on file in the Testing Center. You must contact the Murray State Office of Admissions at 270.809.3741 for verification of eligibility in order to take an Accuplacer exam in place of the ACT or SAT.

Other locations

Accuplacer tests can be taken at other convenient locations and the scores sent to Murray State University. If you need to take the Accuplacer exam but cannot take it at the Main Campus of Murray State, you may be able to take a 'Remote' Accuplacer at a location which offers that service. Call the Testing Center at 270.809.6848 to locate a testing center near you and create a Voucher for remote testing.  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.

Find other test sites

View current AP Exam Equivalencies

  • To be considered for credit, an official score report must be mailed to the Admissions 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.

The KYOTE test is NOT administered by the Murray State Testing Center. To take the KYOTE, please contact Shauna Mullins, Director of the Center for Academic Success, located in the Lowry Center, at 270.809.2667.

Murray State utilizes two tests for placement and assessment: Accuplacer and the KYOTE. At this time, Murray State offers both the Math Readiness and College Algebra placement tests, as well as the KYOTE Reading and Writing tests.

COVID policy

The Testing Center is offering in-person testing by appointment. Please call or email the Testing Center for details and to schedule an appointment.

View current Listing of CLEP Credit accepted by Murray State University

  • 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.
  • CLEP exam registration is $89 per test.
  • CLEP tests must be scheduled two days in advance.
  • If you need to re-take the test, you must wait three months.

Register for the CLEP exam

Register for the CLEP exam

After you register, call the Testing Center to schedule your test date. Print your Admission Ticket and bring it with you to the testing location. Check with your academic advisor or the Registrar's Office to verify that the CLEP exam will be beneficial and valid.

CLEP tests are 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. Contact the Testing Center to schedule a date and time. A $20 test administration 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 test administration fee can be paid by exact cash, personal check, or money order.

Reporting scores

To be considered for credit, an official score report must be sent directly to the Admissions 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 on the first floor of the Curris Center. For information on the acceptance of testing credit, contact Jennifer Husemann, Coordinator, Transfer Credit Evaluator at 270.809.3342; or jhusemann@murraystate.edu.

Find other test sites

The CLEP and Accuplacer tests are national programs. Each can be taken at convenient locations and the scores sent to Murray State University. If you need to take the Accuplacer exam but cannot take it at the Main Campus of Murray State, you may be able to take a 'Remote' Accuplacer at a location which offers that service. Call the Testing Center at 270.809.6848 to locate a testing center near you and create a Voucher for remote testing.  The following link to the College Board website will allow you to search for other centers for the CLEP exam. When you purchase a CLEP exam from College Board, 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.

Tests Given for Admission to Various Professions and Graduate Schools

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 DSST/Dantes and MAT are given in the Testing Center located in 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. For Praxis, GRE and TOEFL, please be sure to read your Admission Ticket. You should arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time to allow time for check-in procedures to be completed.

Monthly STN Center (Test Center #STN15142A) administration is located in Alexander Hall .

  • Verify your appointment date with ETS or the Testing Center at least one week prior to your test date. 
  • ETS has also implemented an in-home, computer-based test administration called 'Praxis at Home'. Learn more about the in-home Praxis exam.

For questions, contact Teacher Education Services located in Alexander Hall, at 270.809.2054.

Note: Praxis testing in the Oakley Applied Science location has been temporarily suspended. Testing will resume as soon as possible. Contact the Testing Center at 270.809.6848 or msu.testingcenter@murraystate.edu with any questions. 

Note: GRE testing in the Oakley Applied Science location has been temporarily suspended. Testing will resume as soon as possible. Contact the Testing Center at 270.809.6848 or msu.testingcenter@murraystate.edu with any questions.

When testing resumes, verify your appointment date with ETS or the Testing Center at least one week prior to your test date.

COVID update

The Law School Admissions Council has postponed all in-person LSAT's until further notice. More information will be available when in-person testing resumes.

An online-proctored LSAT-Flex exam is available. Visit  the Law School Admissions Council website for more details.

Learn about the LSAT

Register for the LSAT

The MAT (Miller Analogies Test) is offered on request and availability is based on other test schedules. Call the Testing Center at 270.809.6848 for information. The $100 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.

Learn about the MAT

 

Note: TOEFL testing in the Oakley Applied Science location has been temporarily suspended. Testing will resume as soon as possible. Contact the Testing Center at 270.809.6848 or msu.testingcenter@murraystate.edu with any questions.

ETS has announced that an in-home, computer-based TOEFL test administration is available called 'TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition'.

Learn more about the in-home TOEFL exam.

Please verify your appointment date with ETS or the Testing Center at least one week prior to your test date.

Learn about the TOEFL

View TOEFL Online Study Materials

Contact the Office of the Registrar at 270.809.3754 for information regarding Murray State 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 online. An administration fee of $20.00 must be paid to the Murray State Testing Center on or before the test date.

Learn about the DSST/Dantes Testing

Proctored Exams

In-person testing at this Test Center has resumed. You may still consult on-line proctoring services such as ProctorU, Zoom, Proctor360, etc. If you would like to take a proctored exam in the Testing Center, please consult your instructor and then call or email the Testing Center to schedule an appointment.

Students who are taking online 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. The Testing Center can proctor exams, both computer- and paper-based for a fee of $10 per hour (time based on amount of time given, not amount of time used by examinee). Murray State students will receive a $5 discount for tests two hours or longer. For more information, contact the Testing Center at 270.809.6848.

Inclement Weather

Check the Murray State University website for details if you are scheduled for an exam and there is inclement weather or potential for an event. You may also contact the Testing Center by email at msu.testingcenter@murraystate.edu or contact the director directly at zpatterson@murraystate.edu. During normal business hours, you may call the Testing Center at 270.809.6848. The Testing Center is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For weather emergencies outside of normal business hours, call 270.705.8700.

Praxis, GRE and TOEFL

ETS will reschedule exams for Praxis, GRE and TOEFL candidates if you are unable to test due to University or Testing Center closure or if you are unable to safely travel to the Testing Center. If you have not been contacted by ETS personnel within one week of the event, contact ETS to be rescheduled. Please have your Confirmation Number and ticket number available when you call. Contact the Testing Center for your ticket number.

Contact Us

Zebreina Patterson

Test Center Supervisor
University Counseling Services

C105 Oakley Applied Science Building

 

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