The CTC offers a wide range of test often taken by college students and the local community. Use the list on the left side of the screen here for more information about each test. You can also call (208) 885-5138.
CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States today, helping students of all ages earn college degrees faster by getting credit for what they already know. By receiving a satisfactory score, you can earn from 3 to 8 college credits toward your college degree for each CLEP you take, depending on the exam subject. Since the exams are administered on a computer, results are available to you immediately.
COMPASS is a computer adaptive test, which means that there is no time limit on the test and that the questions you are asked are determined by your performance on previous items. This is the latest assessment technology and allows for accurate assessment of abilities in much shorter testing periods. Results are available immediately. COMPASS is a product of the American College Testing (ACT) corporation.
Many adults who did not complete a high school program of instruction have nevertheless acquired knowledge and skills comparable to those of a high school graduate. The purpose of the GED testing program is to provide these adults the opportunity to have their knowledge evaluated and recognized.
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) evaluates advanced-level English language competence of adult nonnative speakers of English. The MELAB consists of three parts: a composition, a listening test, and a written test containing grammar, cloze, vocabulary, and reading comprehension problems. An optional speaking test is also available. Many educational institutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries accept the MELAB as an alternative to the TOEFL.
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is sometimes used as an alternative to the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) for graduate school admissions. It is a measure of analytical reasoning, mostly verbal with some quantitative. It involves completing 120 analogies (100 scored) within a 60 minute time frame.
The Counseling & Testing Center administers a number of national standardized testing programs as a service to the University and the community. The specifics of these programs (dates of administration, cost, registration, etc.) are handled by the national office of the respective programs. The CTC simply serves as a contractor for these offices to actually deliver the exams.
Occasionally students or members of the community need to take an exam in a supervised setting. Perhaps they are taking a course via correspondence and need a final exam supervised. Perhaps they are applying to a program that uses their own admission test. Whatever the reason, the Counseling & Testing Center offers space and supervisory personnel for administering exams.
Idaho state law requires that all incoming freshman have either ACT or SAT scores on file with the university. These tests are only administered on a few selected dates during the academic year. Therefore, to accommodate those who have missed earlier testing dates, the residual American College Testing (ACT) assessment is offered by appointment only.