Testing Center

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Testing Center provides a variety of services to UNO students, faculty and staff. These services extend into the Omaha community and beyond to persons needing testing related assistance.

The types of services include university placement exams, national exams, vocational, aptitude, interest inventories and psychological exams, correspondence tests and testing assistance for students with disabilities. The Testing Center also takes special requests and will work with individual needs.

For more information regarding testing services, please contact the University of Nebraska at Omaha Testing Center, 522 Kayser Hall, Omaha, Neb. 68182-0318 or call 402-554-4800, or visit the Web page at testingcenter.unomaha.edu.

National Exams

The Testing Center provides a variety of information and registration materials for many nationally administered exams including computer-based testing for Educational Testing Service exams.

Among exams offered are the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), ACT Assessment, Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Placement Exams

Placement exams include the English Placement Proficiency Examination (EPPE), Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE), Calculus Readiness Exam (CRE), Spanish Placement Exam (SPE), French Placement Exam (FPE) and the Chemistry Diagnostic Test (CDT).

Math placement is required for any student wanting to enroll in Math 1310/1320/1330/1340/ or 1950. Placement is determined by the ACT-Math scores according to the following scale:

ACT=0-18 no placement, take noncredit beginning algebra
ACT=19-22 MATH 1310
ACT=23-24 MATH 1320 or MATH 1330 or MATH 1340
ACT=25 MATH 1930 or need only MATH 1330 for enrollment in MATH 1950
ACT=26+ MATH 1950

Note: A student may enroll in any course at or below their level of placement.

Placements are valid for five years after the ACT test date. After this time, the student must take the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) or the Calculus Readiness Exam (CRE), valid for two years, to receive placement for enrollment in a mathematics course. Students who have not taken the ACT, or those who took it more than five years ago, must take the MPE or CRE for math placement.

Any student may challenge their ACT math placement by taking the MPE or CRE.

Credit by Examination at UNO

Credit by Examination allows students the opportunity to gain academic credit for knowledge they have acquired by self-study or experience. Up to 30 hours of credit toward a bachelor’s degree may be earned in most colleges by achieving acceptable scores on examinations.

Two types of credit by examination are available at UNO: the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) which offers tests in many subject areas; and UNO’s Special Examination Program which involves challenging any course taught at the University by taking a departmental examination. Students must be registered to attempt departmental exams.

The following general provisions apply to Credit by Examination at UNO.

  • Credit earned by examination may not constitute any part of the terminal residency requirements (see residency requirements in this catalog).
  • Credit will not be granted as substitute credit for college courses which have been failed at university level. Neither will it be granted to raise a grade earned in any course.
  • Examinations for credit may not be repeated. Credit by Examination may not be earned in any course taken on an audit basis.

A reasonable fee will be charged to administer and/or evaluate an examination for credit or placement, and a fee equal to 50 percent of resident tuition will be charged for credit earned. Examinees must be currently enrolled to be billed the 50 percent fee. The $25.00 testing fee for departmental exams will be applied to the tuition cost.

Credit earned by examination will be recorded as “CR” on the transcripts, and this credit will not be used in calculating grade point average.

A department giving a student a departmental test for Credit by Examination shall be responsible for reporting the credit to the Testing Center. The time lapse shall not be greater than the semester following the time the examination was given.

Within these parameters, the department or departments concerned retain responsibility in all matters, including:

  1. determination of whether or not placement or examination credit should be offered in their areas; (some departments may elect not to administer departmental exams);
  2. selection or preparation of examinations to be given for placement or examination credit; and
  3. determination of the level of proficiency required for earning placement or examination credit.