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, career assessments, personality indicators, departmental challenge exams, correspondence exams and testing assistance for students with disabilities. The Testing Center will also consider special requests associated with individual needs.

For more information regarding testing services, please contact:

The University of Nebraska at Omaha

Testing Center

522 Kayser Hall

Omaha, NE 68182-0318




National Exams 

The Testing Center may be able to provide information for many nationally administered exams including computer-based testing for Educational Testing Service exams. 

Among exams offered are the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), PRAXIS series exams, Law School Admission Test (LSAT), ACT Assessment, Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Test of English for International Communications (TOEIC), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST exams formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, NCAA Coaches Certification Exam, Major Field Test (MFT), and many other certification/licensure exams.   

Placement Exams 

Placement exams include the English Placement Proficiency Exam (EPPE), Algebra COMPASS Exam, Calculus COMPASS Exam, French Placement Exam (FPE), and the Spanish Placement Exam (SPE).   

English Placement 

The English Placement/Proficiency Exam (EPPE) is required for undergraduate students (first-time freshmen and transfer students) and international students, including some applying for graduate studies.  


These students should check with their UNO academic advisor to see whether they are exempt from taking the EPPE: 

Students who took an Advanced Placement (AP) English course and a corresponding AP test in high school and present an English AP score of 3 or higher 

Students with composition credit deemed equivalent to UNO’s ENGL-1150 and/or ENGL-1160 

International students with an Associate’s degree or higher from a U. S. accredited post-secondary institution 

The EPPE includes a 15 minute vocabulary test; a 20 minute test of reading comprehension; and a 90 minute essay section.  A 3 hour testing window is scheduled which includes check-in, instructions, testing, and check-out.  A student may take the EPPE twice in a calendar year.


Chemistry Placement

Entrance into CHEM 1180, General Chemistry I, is contingent on a student’s ACT Math Sub-Score or their score on either the Algebra COMPASS Exam or Calculus COMPASS Exam.  CHEM 1180 placement is determined according to the following criteria.

ACT Math Sub-Score – 25+

COMPASS Score – 6 with placement into MATH 1310, 1320, 1330, 1340, 1530, 1930 or 1950 (after taking MATH 1330)

COMPASS Score – 7 with placement into MATH 1310, 1320, 1330, 1340, 1530, 1930 or 1950

A student may challenge their ACT Math Sub-Score placement by taking the Algebra COMPASS exam or Calculus COMPASS Exam.  A student choosing to take either Math COMPASS exam should do so before the opening of enrollment for the term in which CHEM 1180 is to be taken.

Additional CHEM 1180 Criteria:

Math COMPASS Placement above or completion of Math 1320 or 1340 or 1360 (with a C- or greater)

OR MATH 1310 (with a C- or greater) and CDT placement into CHEM 1180

OR Completion of CHEM 1120 (with a B- or greater)

OR Completion of CHEM 1140 (with a C- or greater)

NOTE: The Chemistry Diagnostic Test (CDT) will no longer be offered after 2/15/15. Any CDT scores taken prior to this date will be good for 2 years.

Please refer to the Math Placement section for additional information on the COMPASS exams.

Math Placement

Entrance into certain Math courses is contingent on a student's ACT Math Sub-Score, or their score on either the Algebra COMPASS Exam or Calculus COMPASS Exam.  Placement is determined according to the following criteria.

ACT Math Sub-Score placement:                Algebra COMPASS or Calculus COMPASS Score placement:

ACT=0-18            MATH 1000                       COMPASS=1         MATH 1000

ACT=19-22          MATH 1310                       COMPASS=3         MATH 1310 or 1530

ACT=23-24          MATH 1320 or                   COMPASS=4         MATH 1310, 1320, 1330 

       MATH 1330 or                                              MATH 1340 or

       MATH 1340                                                  MATH 1530

ACT=25               MATH 1930                       COMPASS=5        MATH 1310, 1320, 1330, 1340, 1530 or 1950 (after 1320)

ACT=26+             MATH 1950                       COMPASS=6        MATH 1310, 1320, 1330, 1340, 1530, 1930 or 1950 (after taking 1330)

  COMPASS=7      MATH 1310, 1320, 1330, 1340, 1530, 1930, or 1950

A student may challenge their ACT Math Sub-Score placement by taking the Algebra COMPASS exam or Calculus COMPASS Exam.

The Algebra COMPASS Exam and Calculus COMPASS Exam are adaptive, computer based tests.  Each test is untimed.  A 3 hour testing window is scheduled which includes check-in, instructions, testing, and check-out. (Examinees exceeding the 3 hour testing window will be allowed to continue testing until finished.) An electronic calculator is available during the exam, therefore personal calculators are not allowed.  A student may take the Algebra COMPASS Exam or Calculus COMPASS Exam unlimited times with no waiting period.  ACT Math Sub-Score placement is valid for 5 years after the ACT test date.  Algebra COMPASS Exam or Calculus COMPASS Exam results are valid for 2 years.


Foreign Language Placement

French and Spanish placement is required for any student with prior language experience who wants to enroll in their first UNO French or Spanish course.  Native speakers should contact a French or Spanish advisor in the Foreign Language Department for permission to enroll.

A student with no prior French or Spanish experience does not need to take a placement exam.

A student who is placed into French or Spanish at the 1120-level or higher may be eligible for retroactive credit for UNO courses they test out of.  The student must earn a final course grade of “C” or better in the course they are placed into in order to receive retroactive credit.

Both exams include a short listening comprehension section; a written section; and a short composition section. Exam time is 1 hour and 30 minutes, not including check-in, instructions, and check-out.  Examinees should allow approximately 2 hours for an exam session.  A retest is not permitted less than 1 year after the prior test.   Results are valid for 1 year.

Credit by Examination at UNO

Credit by Examination allows students the opportunity to gain academic credit for prior learning they have acquired by self-study or experience. Tests may be taken in many subject areas and credit may be earned by achieving acceptable scores on these tests.  Benefits include saving tuition dollars and shortening the time it takes to earn a degree.

Two types of examinations may be taken for credit at UNO: The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and UNO’s Special Examination Program.

Many postsecondary institutions now offer credit on the basis of CLEP examinations annually.  The CLEP exams include General Examinations and Subject Examinations.  Both are designed to measure factual knowledge and understanding, problem-solving ability, and mastery of college-level, introductory course content in a wide range of disciplines.

UNO’s Special Examination procedure involves “challenging” one of the courses taught at this University by attempting a Departmental Examination.  These examinations are constructed by the Department for the purpose of measuring knowledge in a particular course being offered at UNO.  Credit is granted for the course upon successful completion of the examination.

  • An examination may not be attempted more than once.
  • A student who has failed to earn credit in an attempted college course may not receive Credit by Examination in the same course.  Neither will credit be granted to raise a grade earned in any course.
  • A maximum of 30 hours Credit by Examination (the College of Business has a limit of 24 hours) may be applied toward graduation, i.e., CLEP, by Challenge, etc.
  • Credits earned by examination may not be used as part of the terminal residency requirements, so you should check the requirements of your college.
  • Students taking Departmental Examinations must be registered at UNO at the time they attempt the exam.  (Registration is not required to take CLEP exams.)  You must be a UNO student to have the credit applied to UNO.
  • Students attempting Credit by Examination in courses in which they are currently enrolled must do so before they have completed one month of the course.
  • Credit through examination will not be given for courses that are prerequisites for courses that the student has already earned credit.  For exceptions, check with the Department.
  • Credit earned on a General Examination will be reduced by the amount of comparable credit already earned in the division.

The fee for each CLEP exam is $80.00, plus a separate nonrefundable service fee of $25.00.  There is a $10.00 fee for optional essays.  You must pay separately for each exam you take.  CLEP exams and optional essays are free for military personnel with proper ID (the Center’s $25.00 fee is still required).  There is a $25.00 charge for each Departmental Exam (Challenge Exam).  In addition to the cost of taking the examinations, payment for recording hours earned through CLEP and Challenge Exams shall be assessed at the rate of one-half resident tuition per credit hour.  The $25.00 fee for Departmental Exams is applied to the overall payment for credit earned.  Visit http://clep.collegeboard.org/ to see the CLEP informational bulletin for more details.  (Fees are subject to change.)

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

If you need additional information or have any questions, feel free to stop by (KH 522) or call the Testing Center (402/554-4800).  Questions regarding Departmental Challenge Examinations other than those noted should be directed to the appropriate department.