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Testing Center at Texas State University Round Rock Campus

Testing Center Location and Contact Information

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Testing Center, Round Rock Campus
Avery, Suite 209
1555 University Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
512-716-4020
rrc-testing@txstate.edu

 

Announcement - Testing Center Hours Open for Intersession:

Thursday, May 17 through Friday, May 24 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, May 27 - Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 31 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, June 3 – normal hours resume

Testing Center Hours Open

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mission of the Testing Center at Texas State University, Round Rock Campus, a Unit of TEMC at Texas State University, San Marcos Campus

The Testing Center will provide meaningful testing services with or without accommodations, using current testing theory and technology, for students, faculty and community members in a secure, comfortable, and respectful environment.

Testing Center Appointment Process

Email rrc-testing@txstate.edu or call 512-716-4020; please include your preferred day and time for testing, type of testing needed, plus your email and phone contact information. You will be sent an appointment confirmation email with payment instructions.

The Testing Center provides proctoring for Texas State University students who have accommodations through the Office of Disability Services. You may register at the Office for Disability Services site.

Testing Center Payment Options

Do not make a payment until you have a confirmed testing appointment.

You may pay the appropriate testing fee, either online at the links provided on this site or in-person, prior to testing, using the secure Market Place kiosk at the Testing Center. Payments are made using a credit or debit card. Refunds are only available for one week from date of payment. If you choose to pay online, please bring a printed copy of your receipt to your testing appointment.

Arrangements may be made for institutional payments.

Testing Center Parking Options

Unless you have a current Texas State University parking permit, parking is an additional $5 to be paid by credit card at the small, unmanned kiosks in the parking lot. The temporary, kiosk parking permit is good for one day; place the receipt on your dashboard. Do not park in visitor parking. There is ample and nearby parking at the northwest side of the Avery Building in the purple coded lots.

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Testing Center Photo ID Options

A current and valid photo ID is required for checking in for ALL testing appointments. 

Acceptable identification is a current and valid Texas driver’s license or state ID, a Texas State University student ID, a passport, or a military ID. You may apply for a Texas state-issued ID card through the Texas Department of Public Safety website.

For CLEP exams, you must present a government issued ID and the information on that ID must exactly match your registration ticket. If you do not have a government issued ID, then you may apply for the College Board ID which is available at the College Board ID website or you may contact CLEP Services at 800.257.9558.

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Testing Center Directions

We are located at 1555 University Boulevard in Round Rock, Texas, 78665. Enter from University Boulevard at the flags; turn right for parking. Parking kiosks are on the grass adjacent to the parking lots. The Avery Building is the building facing the flags. As you come in the front entrance of the Avery Building, go past the elevators and turn left onto the east wing hallway. Go past the cafeteria and bathrooms, turn left again. The open area is the Testing Center waiting area. Welcome to the Testing Center, Avery, Suite 209!

Exams Offered at the Testing Center

The Testing Center, Round Rock Campus offers services for a wide variety of exams including ATI TEAS, CLEP exams-for-credit, Correspondence exams, Departmental exams-for-credit, PUG, TSI Assessment, Accuplacer Assessment, Makeup or Early exams, and many other proctored exams for students and community members. Testing with an accommodation is available with verification of the disability.

The Testing Center, Round Rock Campus is a unit of the Testing, Evaluation, and Measurement Center, TEMC at Texas State University, San Marcos Campus. Therefore, with arrangements and appropriate approvals, tests available at TEMC.  San Marcos Campus may be proctored at the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus. 

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ATI TEAS Nursing Exam

The ATI TEAS exam is for prospective nursing students to demonstrate essential skills in reading, mathematics, science and language usage.

All prospective nursing students, regardless of the college or university they plan to attend, are welcome to test at the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus.

The ATI TEAS exam is about 3 ½ hours long and if you don’t already have an account, you will need to create an account, prior to testing, at ATI Testing. You will need to know your account ID and password to take the exam.

Announcement: Effective July 1, 2019 the ATI TEAS is increasing their fee from $58 to $65 for a total fee of $125.  The Testing Center administration fee remains $60. Any ATI TEAS testing purchased prior to July 1, 2019 will be $118.

Appointments must be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to appointment time, or the student will be considered a “no show,” Two “no shows” and a student will forfeit ATI TEAS testing privileges at the Testing Center.

Please plan to take the ATI TEAS exam early in the admissions process, to allow scores to be available prior to any application deadlines. Learn about the St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University Round Rock Campus.

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Texas State Correspondence Self-Paced Studies Exams

You must be enrolled in a course and have permission from the Correspondence department to take an exam prior to making an appointment with the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus. All requirements and standards for a course are set by the Correspondence Department and vary based upon which course you are enrolled. You may learn more about the course offerings available through the Correspondence Self-Paced Studies department site.

For Texas State University students, there is no testing fee; however, you must complete the RRC Correspondence Testing Request form prior to requesting an appointment.

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Texas State Punctuation, Usage and Grammar, PUG, Test

The PUG test is for students majoring in Mass Communications or Healthcare Administration and assesses skills in English punctuation, usage, and grammar. The cost is $40. If additional attempts are needed, the price drops to $20 on the fourth or more attempt. A passing score is 70 percent.

PUG study handouts and a sample test are available at the PUG Exam Resources support site.

For free study materials and PUG-like practice quizzes with feedback to your answers, we highly recommend you review the materials on the GrammarBook site.

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Texas Success Initiative, TSI, Assessment

Announcement: NEW! There is now a free TSI Assessment study app!!!

The TSI assessment, or Accuplacer for students attending a university or college outside Texas, is an adaptive, computerized experience that covers skills in reading, math, and, or writing to assess a student’s college readiness for appropriate placement into courses.

If you wish to test at the Testing Center and have your scores apply to Texas State University, first, verify your TSI status by emailing the Texas Success Initiative Program, TSIP, office at tsip@txstate.edu. A student may be asked to take one, two, or all three sections of the TSI.

Second, complete the free and approximate 10-minute Pre-Assessment Activity, PAA, at TSIP Assessment. After completing the PAA, you will be emailed a confirmation page. Either print that page or save it to your mobile device and present it when you come to take your assessment. The PAA may be completed via any smart device.

Third, contact the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus to request an appointment. You will receive an email with payment instructions. Each section takes about one hour to complete, and payment is based upon the number of sections needed. Each section is $20, for a total of $60 if you are taking all three sections.

For current information about TSI Assessment cut scores, exemptions, and any other information regarding satisfying the TSI requirement, please refer to the TSIP Office or call 512.245.3942.

For students with a TSI or Accuplacer voucher from another institution, the proctoring fee is $15 per section. The fee must be paid the day of testing using a credit or debit card at the Testing Center. You must present your voucher at time of payment.

If you wish to take the TSI assessment at another site, not associated with Texas State University, and want your scores to apply to Texas State University, you will need to obtain a remote voucher for each section. Please fill out the Request for Remote TSI form  at least one week prior to the date you would like to test. The fee to set up TSI assessments at a remote testing site is $30 per voucher needed.

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Testing Center Proctored Exams

The proctoring service is for exams not specifically mentioned in other parts of this site. It includes Texas State University student makeup, early, and accommodated exams. Proctoring services are also for students from other institutions or community members that need a test proctored at an official proctoring site.

Texas State University students who wish to take a makeup or early exam may request proctoring services for a fee of $40. Prior permission of the instructor is required, then contact the Testing Center for an appointment.

Students with accommodations through Texas State University Office for Disability Services, ODS, are exempt from the $40 payment for each initial appointment for an exam taken the day the class takes the exam or on a day approved by the instructor. Exams with ODS accommodations not taken the day the class takes the exam may be charged $40, as per your syllabus and the instructor’s directions.

Students who attend other learning institutions and members of the community who need proctored testing should first contact their institution or organization for approval, then contact the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus for an appointment. Fees are based on the time limit of the exam.

If the time limit of the exam is:

2 hours or less, the cost is $40;
between 2 and 3 hours, the cost is $50;
between 3 and 4 hours, the cost is $60; and if
more than 4 hours, the cost will be determined.

If U.S. mail delivery is required, the examinee must provide a pre-addressed postage-paid or pre-stamped envelope.

If overnight or express delivery is required, the examinee must provide a prepaid shipping form and envelope from Fed Ex. If the examinee uses the prepaid courier option, the examinee is responsible for maintaining tracking numbers and other related information.

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Texas State University Credit-By-Examination, CBE Programs

Texas State University offers two credit-by-examination programs. Those two programs are the Departmental Exams-for-Credit and the College Level Examination Program, CLEP, Exams-for-Credit. Both programs follow the Texas State University Credit-by-Examination, CBE, policies. If you are interested in taking an examination for course credit, please review the CBE policies at the end of this site.

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Departmental Exams-for-Credit

The Testing Center administers departmental exams-for-credit to currently enrolled students, former students, or students who have been accepted for admission to Texas State University for the following semester. Departmental exams-for-credit follow the Texas State University Credit-by-Examination, CBE, policies as stated at the end of this site.

Most departmental exams can only be attempted twice; however, the Computer Science test can only be attempted once, and the Computer Info Systems test can be attempted three times.

The table below lists departmental exams that have been approved for course credit at Texas State University.

DEPARTMENT COURSE CREDIT HRS OF CREDIT ADMIN FEE EXAM FEE TIME LIMIT (hours) PASSING SCORE
Computer Info Systems CIS 1323 3 $40 $26.50 1.5 70%
Computer Science CS 1428 4 $100 $0 2 80%
Health Info Management HIM 2360 3 $40 $0 1 60%
Family & Consumer Sciences FCD 3355 3 $40 $0 1 72%
Family & Consumer Sciences NUTR 3362 3 $40 $0 1.5 70%
Technology TECH 4383 3 $40 $0 3 80%

The test fee for CIS 1323 exam is subject to change per SIMnet.
All passing scores are subject to change without notification.

In addition to the exams above, the Music department offers exams-for-credit in various music courses, and the Modern Languages department offers exams-for-credit in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and Japanese. Please contact those departments for more information about those exams.

Students in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies, OWLS, may have additional credit-by-exam options.

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CIS 1323 Departmental Exams-for-Credit

The CIS 1323 Exam-for-Credit is given in a simulation environment called SIMnet, which is scenario, task-based, performance testing. SIMnet will evaluate your Microsoft Office 2016 skills for Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. The exam is a timed 90 minutes for 60 tasks; the simulator analyzes key strokes to determine correct answers to tasks. A passing score is 70 percent.

Contact the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus by email at rrc-testing@txstate.edu for the CIS 1323 exam-for-credit request form. Once you have completed the form and returned it to the Testing Center by email, your request will be evaluated for your eligibility to test and a SIMnet account will be created for you. You will receive an email with payment instructions and your appointment time.

The Testing Center fee for administration of the exam is $40. Additionally, you must purchase a test access code from SIMnet, which is currently $26.50 and subject to change. SIMnet accepts major credit cards and Paypal. You must purchase this code separately from the Testing Center administration payment and you must bring the access code with you to the Testing Center.

SIMnet provides a free practice exam for the CIS 1323 Departmental exam. It isn’t required, but it is highly recommended to experience the testing environment. If you choose to take the practice exam, you will need a high-speed internet connection, Adobe Flash Player, and a browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Explorer. MACs won’t work due to the need to right click to complete some tasks for the exam.

To take the practice test, go to the SIMnet site. The user name is CIS1323 and the password is password. Click the Exam tile and select Take Exam. The exam may take up to 15 minutes to load. Once the simulator is loaded, click Start Exam. Instructions will appear at the top of the screen for each simulation. Follow the instructions to complete each task. Once you have completed the exam, click End Exam, then select Log Off SIMnet.

Departmental Exams-for-Credit Payment Options

All Departmental exams for credit are $40, except CS 1428, which is $100 and CIS 1323, which is $40 for the Testing Center administration of the exam plus the additional purchase of the SIMnet access code, which is $26.50.

For CS 1428, you must pay in-person with a debit or credit card at the time of your testing appointment. For CIS 1323, you must complete the exam-for-credit request form and will be provided instructions for payment. For all other exams, you may pay the $40 fee either in-person at the secure MarketPlace kiosk in the Testing Center or online at this site.

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College Level Examination Program, CLEP, Exams for Credit

CLEP provides students an alternative method to receive credit for a course by taking an exam that demonstrates your competency of the course content and expectations.

If you are interested in CLEP, please review the Texas State University Credit-by-Examination, CBE, policies and this section on CLEP.

CLEP Registration and Fees

Effective July 1, 2019, the new CLEP® exam fee will be $89. The current $87 fee will still apply to all exams purchased through June 30, 2019.

First, purchase your CLEP registration ticket from College Board, which requires an $87 fee for the ticket, and which must be purchased online at Register for CLEP Exams

Second, request an appointment with the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus and get a confirmation email for the appointment and instructions to pay the $40 fee to have your exam administered by the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus. The total cost to test is $87 + $40 = $127. On July 1, 2019 it becomes $129.

On the test day, please bring your printed ticket from College Board, your Testing Center administration fee receipt, and a valid government issued photo ID or College Board ID. The information on your ID must match your registration ticket. Your registration ticket will indicate what you may and may not bring with you to take your exam. The Testing Center will provide any scratch paper, pencils, or other items you may require. If you bring anything that isn’t allowed, you will be provided a small locker to store those items during testing.

College Board requires documentation of a disability in order to provide an administration with testing accommodations. Texas State University students with disabilities who wish to test at the Testing Center, Round Rock Campus, and who may require accommodations must contact the Office of Disability Services at Round Rock Campus at 512.716.4069 prior to taking the test. Verification of disability will be required.

Awarding Credit for CLEP

Current and future Texas State University students should refer to the list of CLEP exams in the table below which have been approved for course credit at Texas State University.

SUBJECT COURSE CREDIT CLEP TEST HRS OF CREDIT PASSING SCORE
Accounting ACC 2361 Financial Accounting 3 50
Biology BIO 1320 Biology 3 50
Chemistry CHEM 1341, 1141 Chemistry 4 50
Chemistry CHEM 1342, 1142 Chemistry 8 55
Economics ECO 2314 Principles of Microeconomics 3 60
Economics ECO 2315 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 59
English1 ENG 1310, 1320 College Composition. DO NOT Register for “College Composition Modular”. 6 50
History2 HIST 1310 History of the US I: Early Colonization to 1877 3 50
History2 HIST 1320 History of the US II: 1865 to the Present 3 50
History2 HIST 2310 Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 3 50
History2 HIST 2320 Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 3 50
Management MGT 3303 Principles of Management 3 50
Marketing MKT 3343 Principles of Marketing 3 50
Math MATH 1315 College Algebra 3 50
Math MATH 2417 Precalculus 4 50
Math Math 2471 Calculus 4 50
Modern Languages3 French, German, Spanish French, German, or Spanish. Up to 14 credit hours per exam Request Score and Grade Table.
Political Science4 POSI 2310 American Government 3 50
Psychology PSY 1300 Intro Psychology 3 50
Psychology PSY 3300 Human Growth & Development 3 50
Sociology SOCI 1310 Intro Sociology 3 50

1 College Composition may take up to 5 weeks for essay scoring. Texas State University does NOT award credit for the CLEP exam titled "College Composition Modular"
2 All History courses require an additional supplemental essay exam to earn course credit.
3 Superior scores earn credit and an optional letter grade of A or B. Other languages available through ACTFL.
4 Political Science 2310 requires an additional supplemental essay exam to earn course credit.

All passing scores are subject to change without notification.
The CLEP recipient code for Texas State University is 6667.

Students in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies, OWLS, may have additional credit-by-examination options.

Waivers for CLEP Supplemental Essays

The History and Political Science departments require that you pass the computerized CLEP exam prior to taking a written supplemental essay exam. The supplemental essay exam is graded by an appropriate faculty member and has the same expectations and standards as a final exam in the course. The score for the supplemental essay exam may not be challenged. Receipt of the score may take extended time, due to the availability of the faculty member to grade the supplemental essay exam portion.

The History department provides essay prep materials for exams-for-credit for HIST 1310, HIST 1320, HIST 2310, and HIST 2320.

If you choose to take an exam with a supplemental written essay component, you must sign the appropriate Testing Center waiver, prior to receiving an appointment confirmation. The waiver form will be emailed to you.

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Texas State University Credit-By-Examination, CBE, Policies

These policies apply to Departmental and CLEP exams-for-credit in lieu of taking a standard course for credit.

Applying CBE Credit

In general, credit-by-exam will be awarded as “credit only” (CR) and will not affect a student's GPA. Grades of A or B, in addition to CR, may be awarded by the Department of Modern Languages for the French, German, and Spanish CLEP exams to recognize superior achievement. Letter grades, if awarded, will be included in the GPA. In cases where grades of A or B may be awarded, the student will have the option to request that a CR be awarded instead.

Credit-by-exam satisfies degree requirements in the same way as does credit earned by passing courses, but it does not count as credit earned in residence. Credit for graduate courses cannot be earned via examination.

Credit earned via credit by exam at another post-secondary institution and included on transcripts for students transferring to Texas State will be evaluated for transfer eligibility in the same manner as other traditional course credit.

CBE Unsuccessful Attempts and Retakes

Students may retake an exam only after three months have elapsed. Departments may limit the number of attempts permitted to take an exam.

Unsuccessful attempts to earn credit by examination will not be recorded on the transcript or other official records, except as needed to record the number and date of test attempts.

CBE Requirements

Any prerequisites for a course must be satisfied prior to the examination in that course.

The credit-by-exam program requires the passing of a nationally normed or local test such as CLEP, AP, or a departmental exam or a combination.

CBE Cut Scores and Course Equivalencies

Credit-by-exam performance standards are set by the department in which the courses are taught. These standards hold university wide and cannot be raised or lowered by other departments or schools.

If a department chooses not to award course credit for one of their courses based on CLEP, IB, AP or other CBE exams, no other program, school, department, or administrative unit within the university can accept CLEP scores for that course.

Credit-Bearing-Exams (CBE) such as CLEP, AP, IB, or ACTFL may be taken at locations other than Texas State University; however, credit will be evaluated based upon Texas State University's criteria.

CBE Exceptions

Special circumstances regarding credit-by-examination taken at Texas State University will be considered by the relevant academic department and the Testing, Evaluation, and Measurement Center (TEMC) on an individual student basis. Special circumstances regarding the transfer of credit-by-examination to Texas State University will be considered by the department, TEMC, and the Office of Admissions on an individual student basis.

Updates and Changes to CBE Policy

CBE Policies and Procedures, including cut scores, exams accepted for credit, and course credit(s) earned may be changed by the authorized academic department without prior notice. Each department is expected to review its credit-by-examination procedures on an annual basis. However, formal policy and procedural changes will be made every two years with the implementation of the new catalog.

Provost's CBE Policies

For the Texas State University Provost's Policies and Procedures statement about credit-by-exam, see their Policy and Procedures page.

Texas State University will support the award of credit for the College Board Advanced Placement Program. However, departments are responsible for selecting the courses to receive credit and the appropriate cut-off scores.