Testing Services is located in Kent Library 108 and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM during the academic year and 8:00 AM-4:00 PM durnig the summer. The office provides a variety of assessment services for students and the surrounding community such as administering ACT, CLEP, GMAT, and other professional or scholarly exams.

Available Tests and Registration Information

ACT Assessment 

The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.  The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.  The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. 
Prep courses are available through Southeast Missouri State University Continuing Education. For more information, please contact Continuing Education at (573) 986-6879.  

Registration Information 

  • Applications must be received by ACT prior to the application deadline. 
  • Online registration is available online
  • Application deadlines are strictly enforced by ACT. 

On-Campus ACT (formerly known as R-ACT) 

Students who cannot take the standard ACT on nationally scheduled test dates may take the On-Campus ACT (R-ACT) at Southeast. R-ACT scores are only valid for admission to Southeast.

Testing Services administers the On-Campus ACT based on the procedure and guidelines provided by ACT, Inc.; however, test dates are scheduled through Testing Services. Testing Services will score the On-Campus ACT after completion and provide a score report to the individual. The individual's score report is the property of Southeast Missouri State University and is not transferable to any other institution.

If you are a Southeast Missouri State University student taking a test through Testing Services, applicable fees will be charged to your student account. Non-Southeast students wanting to take tests may pay their fees either by cash or with a debit or credit card at the Cashier’s Office in Academic Hall. Report to Testing Services for the proper debit/credit card charge form before going to the Cashier's Office.

Please call Testing Service (573) 651-2836 to arrange a testing time. Candidates should report to the testing location 15 minutes prior with a valid photo ID. Calculators are allowed on the math portion of the exam. Please see ACT's website for more information on the types of calculators that are allowed. Allow 3 hours for R-ACT testing.

To take an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam at Southeast, purchase and schedule your exam(s) on the ASE website or call Testing Services to schedule an appointment. On the day of testing, bring a valid photo ID and your ASE number (ASE-xxxx-xxxx). Test lengths vary.

ASE Overview

The independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972 to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the voluntary testing and certification of technicians and other automotive service professionals. ASE also encourages and assists in the development of automotive training programs.

ASE's tests are industry-driven and are grouped into specialties that cover virtually every on-highway vehicle service segment. The exams stress knowledge of job-related skills. The certification consists of passing at least one specialty test and documenting two years of relevant work experience. To maintain certification, those with ASE credentials must be retested every five years.

Motorists as well as technicians and their employers benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yardstick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to the quality of the repair facility employing them. ASE certified professionals usually wear blue and white ASE insignia and carry credentials listing their exact areas of expertise (brakes, engine repair, etc.), while employers often display their technicians' credentials in the customer waiting area and ASE signage on the premises. Shops with a high commitment to ASE's mission are eligible to join ASE's elite Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, ACT, and the ACT Centers are Equal Opportunity Employers.

AVANT exams are used by the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages as a tool to measure a student’s language proficiency. Students typically take a mid-point and final AVANT exam for their chosen language of study. Students will be informed by their department when they need to test.


You will take the Civics Exam your first semester at Southeast. You will receive information from Testing Services with directions for testing once the new semester has started.

All Others

If the Civics Exam shows on your Degree Works, you either:

  1. did not complete the Civics exam as a freshman
  2. did not provide evidence you completed the Civics Exam at a different institution
  3. switched your catalog year to 2019 or higher

Missouri state law now requires all freshmen at public colleges and universities to pass a Civics Exam, similar in nature to the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Exam (SB 807).

If you are required to take the exam, it is indicated on your DegreeWorks. The exam can be located on your Canvas page. There are 50 items on the exam. You must receive a 70% or higher to pass the exam.

Once you pass the test, your score will be uploaded into our records system and the Civics Exam Requirement on your Degree Works will be checked. This process can take up to two weeks.

Study materials are available on the Civics Exam page in Canvas. You may retake the exam until you receive a passing score.

Please contact Testing Services at (573) 651-2836, testingservices@semo.edu, or visit Kent Library Room 108 for additional information.

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers the opportunity to earn qualifying credit hours. A list of CLEP exams accepted that Southeast Missouri State University will grant credit for and the conditions for receiving credit is listed in your undergraduate bulletin.

  • Register for an exam(s) on College Board's website.
  • Contact Testing Services to arrange an individual appointment. Testing Services can be contacted at (573) 651-2836 or by email testingservices@semo.edu. 
  • The exams are 90 to 120 minutes depending on the exam. Allow yourself an extra 15 minutes for check-in. 
  • You will need to bring your CLEP exam registration paper, a CLEP-approved ID, and payment for your sitting fee with you when you come to take the exam.

If you are a Southeast Missouri State University student taking a test through Testing Services, applicable fees will be charged to your student account.

Non-Southeast students wanting to take tests may pay their fees either by cash or pay by using a debit or credit card at the Cashier’s Office in Academic Hall. Report to Testing Services for the proper debit/credit card charge form before going to the Cashier's Office.

Credit by Exam Programs assist people in gaining recognition for what they know and can do, regardless of how or where they learned it. College credit earned by examination may be counted toward general education, major, minor, or elective requirements at Southeast Missouri State University. 

Credit is granted through Advanced Placement (AP), local credit through Departmental Examination (DE), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and the Prior Learning Assessment program (PLA). Additionally, credit may be earned via a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) certification, or through the International Baccalaureate Organizations (IBO) program.

Credit by Exam Guidelines

Southeast Missouri State University students may qualify for credit by examination if they have  not enrolled in a college course in the subject for which the examination is taken.

  • Students who anticipate attempting to earn credit by examination should not enroll in that course before taking the examination.
  • A maximum of 30 semester hours of combined credit from Advanced Placement, CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST), Departmental Exams, Certified Professional Secretary (CPS), and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) options may be counted toward a single degree.
  • Credit and course equivalencies correspond to introductory courses in disciplines.
  • Grades will be recorded and noted on the official transcript as credit by examination; such credit does not affect the cumulative grade point average.
  • Subsidiary-level courses do not receive any credit or advanced placement.

*Graduate Students: Students who have more than 90 hours and are entering the MBA program offered may take the PLA and DSST to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Please see the MBA Admission Requirements page for more information.

You may be charged a sitting fee at the time of your test. Contact Testing Services to ask about fees.

More information is available at Testing Services. Call (573) 651-2836, e-mail us at testingservices@semo.edu or visit us in Kent Library, 1st Floor, Room 108.

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardized assessment delivered in English that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.

The GMAT® exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does not measure:

  • your knowledge of business
  • your job skills
  • specific content in your undergraduate or first university coursework
  • your abilities in any other specific subject area
  • subjective qualities such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills

The GMAT® exam consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section.

Analytical Writing Assessment

The GMAT® exam begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each one.

Quantitative Section

Following an optional ten-minute break, you begin the Quantitative Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two question types: Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

Verbal Section

After a second optional 10-minute break, you begin the Verbal Section of the GMAT® exam. This section contains 41 multiple choice questions of three question types Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

The GMAT® exam can now be administered at Southeast Missouri State University. For available test dates and times, go to MBA for the most up-to-date information.

There are two GRE options. 

GRE Subject Test

Testing Services administers the GRE Subject Tests which gauge undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, letters of recommendation, and other qualifications for graduate study.  

Your test confirmation will indicate the building, room, date, and time of the test.  For further information contact Testing Services at (573) 651-2836.

GRE General Test

The GRE General Test is used by graduate programs and business schools to evaluate your readiness for graduate-level work. The GRE General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing skills, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education uses a high school equivalency exam to determine eligibility for high school equivalency certificate. Missouri uses the HiSET test developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

For additional information, contact Testing Services at (573) 651-2836.

ISO-Quality Testing, Inc. (IQT) is a full-service testing company serving the needs of licensing boards and credentialing agencies with a wide range of test development and administration services. Types of tests available through IQT include “high-stakes” examinations for licensure or certification in professional fields as medical-related, nursing-related, IT-related, and other professional roles.

Additional information about registering is available online.

ISO-Quality Testing, Inc. Corporate Offices
25400 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763
(866) 773-1114 (toll free) 
(727) 733-1110 (phone) 
(727) 738-8522 (fax) 

A Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) is required by some departments to meet graduation requirements.

  • Contact Testing Services at (573) 651-2836 to schedule an appointment.
  • Please bring your student ID to the examination.
  • There is no testing fee for the Major Field Achievement Tests (MFAT).

ETS offers additional information on the Major Field Assessment Test. This site is designed to offer instructors insight into the Major Field Assessment. Helpful information for students can be viewed under the About the Product: Overview, Content, and Sample Questions tabs. Specific information about the major field subject is provided.

While college and major mathematics requirements vary, all students at Southeast must successfully complete an appropriate mathematics course to receive a degree. Our mathematics placement process will help you find the best course for you and your program.

For Microsoft Office certification information, visit Certiport by Pearson.

The Missouri Content Assessment is an educator preparation exam. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of knowledge and skills required to perform satisfactorily as educators. Learn more at the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment website.

The Missouri General Education Assessment (MOGEA) MOGEA is the replacement for the College Base Exam. It is required for entry into the Teacher Education program. The exam covers four subject areas: English, math, science, and social studies.

For additional information about the exam, please see your advisor. There is a local test administration fee associated with the exam. This fee is in addition to the national online test registration payment and is payable at the time of testing.

If you are a Southeast Missouri State University student taking a test through Testing Services, applicable fees will be charged to your student account.  Non-Southeast students wanting to take tests may pay their fees either by cash or by using their debit or credit card. Testing Service will provide you with a Payment Form to pay your fees at the Cashier’s Office in Academic Hall.

For more information on Board certification or licensure exams, visit the National Board for Certified Counselors website.

Information for test takers and test owners is available on PearsonVue's website.

The Department of Public Safety's Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program is a regulatory agency responsible for the licensure of peace officers, reserve peace officers, basic training instructors, curriculum, and training centers.

For more information on the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Program, visit the Missouri Department of Public Safety's website or call them at (573) 526-2764. 

Call Testing Services at (573) 651-2836 for fee information. Must have permission from the Missouri POST program. 

The iTOEFL iBT is available at Southeast Missouri State University, Testing Services. Registration for the iTOEFL iBT is through Education Testing Service (ETS).

When registering for the iTOEFL iBT, you are required to create a profile in the ETS system. Please make sure the new profile name, password, and ETS identification number is kept in a safe location. This information is needed on the day of the exam and to verify additional information.

For additional information, please contact International Education & Services program, (573) 986-6863, or Testing Services, (573) 651-2836. Other dates and times are available at other locations. Please visit the ETS website for more information.

Test Proctoring

Testing Services is an accredited test proctor facility through the National College Testing Association (NCTA). Testing Services adheres to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines that serves as a model for post-secondary test centers in delivering high-quality testing services.

Testing Services offers proctoring services by appointment for a fee per test administration. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during summer hours. To schedule an appointment, please contact Testing Services at (573) 651-2836 or email testingservices@semo.edu. 

Resource for finding a Proctor

The NCTA Proctor Network is a free referral service provided by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to facilitate distance learning. Find a consortium participant online. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or problems with the selection of a candidate for proctoring your examinations, please call Testing Services at (573) 651-2836.

Visitor Policy

While it is important for candidates to have a support system in place, visitors are not allowed in the testing rooms for any reason. Visitors may wait in the reception area or the hallway where benches and chairs are available. Children are not permitted in the testing rooms or to be left unattended while a candidate takes an exam.

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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701