Undergraduate Examinations

Please be aware that Office of Testing administration fees may apply to some exams.

ACT / ACT Plus Writing
The ACT is designed to assess the general educational development of high school students and their ability to complete college-level work. It consists of tests in writing, math, reading, and science. The ACT offers a comprehensive way for high school students to demonstrate to the college and universities of their choice that they can become successful college students. 

The ACT is administered seven times at Valdosta State University during the year to candidates for undergraduate admission.

Please refer to the ACT website at www.act.org for more information and registration deadlines.

ACT Residual
The ACT Residual Assessment is designed to assess general educational development and the ability to complete college-level work. It consists of multiple-choice tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The ACT Residual Assessment is used by the College of Education to determine if students entering upper-level education programs are eligible to exempt the GACE I. The ACT Residual is offered by appointment in the Office of Testing. The test is offered daily by appointment. Appointments may be made through our office by calling (229) 245-3878.

Please refer to the ACT Residual website at www.act.org/aap/infosys/residual.html for more information. 

Biology Major Field Test (MFT)
Students completing a degree in Biology are required to complete an ETS Biology Major Field Test as part of their Senior Seminar. The MFT is a computer based exam and consists of 150 questions that must be answered in two hours. The cost for the initial MFT is included in a Biology major's fees, but retests must be paid for through the Department of Biology. Please ask your instructor for how to schedule the exam. Additional questions may be asked by calling (229) 245-3878.

Please refer to the ETS Biology Major Field Test website at http://www.ets.org/mft/about/content/biology for more information on test content.

CLEP - College Level Examination Program
The CLEP is a series of examinations that assesses a student's knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. The CLEP program can reward you a degree credit hours for what you know, no matter how or where you learned it, in high school, on the job, through reading, observation, or the learning experiences of your life. There are 33 Subject Examinations from which to choose. As a national test center all CLEP Examinations are administered on this campus. However, Valdosta State University students may receive degree credit hours only for certain courses based on score. Please check with your advisor or the Office of Testing. Valdosta State University will accept up to a total of 30 semester credit hours by examination to include credit received from the CLEP. The CLEP is given only in a computerized format. The test is offered daily by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling (229) 245-3878.

Please refer to the CLEP website at http://clep.collegeboard.org/ for more information.

Communication Arts Exit Exam
Students completing a degree in the Speech Communication area of Communication Arts are required to complete an exam upon exiting the program. The exam is untimed and can be taken as many times as is needed to secure a passing grade. The exam is offered daily by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling (229) 245-3878.

There are three forms of the exam and they are given according to the following criteria:

  • Exam A: Students who completed COMM 2100 and COMM 3000 before Fall 2011
  • Exam B: Students who completed COMM 2100 before Fall 2011 and COMM 3000 during or after Fall 2011
  • Exam C: Students who completed COMM 2100 and COMM 3000 during or after Fall 2011

COMPASS
The COMPASS is a placement test for undergraduate admission, if required. Incoming students will be notified by the Valdosta State University Office of Admissions or the South Georgia State College Entry Program if they are required to take the exam. Students will then be directed to contact the Office of Testing to schedule an appointment. The three un-timed computer-based components of the COMPASS are Writing, Reading, and Math. The COMPASS tests are given during regular office hours.

Since the COMPASS is a required exam for some students there is no test fee for the INITIAL testing session. However, if a student must retake any sections of the exam (Entry or Exit) then a $5 fee will be assessed for each attempt after the initial test. Students who wish to take a Remote COMPASS at VSU for another institution will be required to pay a $10 administration fee. The COMPASS is offered daily by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling (229) 245-3878.

For COMPASS practice please see the following:

Distance Learning / Independent Study
The Office of Testing administers proctored examinations for correspondence or online courses through other institutions. Students must confirm with the Testing Office the date and time of the desired administration along with notifying the institution from which the program is administered. The test is offered daily by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling (229) 245-3878. 

DSST / DANTES
The DSST / DANTES program is an extensive series of examinations in college subjects that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. The DSST program is administered nationwide and approved by ACE (American Council on Education). The DSST program enables people to use their knowledge acquired outside the classroom to accomplish their educational and professional goals. The DANTES mission is to support the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and to conduct special projects and development activities in support of education related functions of the Department. The test is offered daily by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling (229) 245-3878.

Please refer to the DSST / DANTES website at www.getcollegecredit.com for more information.

eCore - Georgia's College Core Curriculum
The eCore Program of the University System of Georgia is a program designed for students to complete core courses via online classes. Classes are designed and taught by faculty at USG institutions. Valdosta State University is an affiliate institution in the eCore Program. The VSU Office of Testing serves as a proctored testing facility for mid-term and final examinations. Exams are administered online within the normal online classroom program. The test is given during specific windows of time as set by eCore. Appointments may be made at https://www.registerblast.com/vsu/exam.

Please refer to the eCore website at www.ecore.usg.edu/exams/ for more information and registration deadlines. 

GACE - Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators
The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia public school educators. The GACE program ensures that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia's public schools. The GACE are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P–12 student curriculum (Georgia Performance Standards). 

Valdosta State administers the computer-based GACE and only during designated windows. Please refer to the VSU Office of Testing Calendar for available dates, your advisor for information regarding the appropriate test(s), and the ETS GACE website at http://gace.ets.org/ for information regarding registration.

Georgia Legislative Exemption Tests 
In accordance with an act of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, all candidates for degrees are required to possess and demonstrate a reasonable mastery of United States history, Georgia history, the United States Constitution, and the Georgia Constitution. The history requirements are met by the successful completion of History 2111 or History 2112. The constitution requirements are met by the successful completion of Political Science 1101. Transfer credit for these three courses may not satisfy the requirements of the State of Georgia. Exemption tests in Georgia History or Georgia Constitution are offered to transfer students whose American History or Political Science course(s) did not include Georgia History or Georgia Constitution and to students who have obtained credit in American Government or in American History via the CLEP program, which does not include credit for satisfying the legislative requirements.

The Georgia Exemption Tests help students meet the Legislative requirements in Georgia History and Georgia Constitution. The Georgia Exemption Tests are given daily by appointment at no cost. Please refer to the VSU Georgia Legislative Exemption Tests website at http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/academic-affairs/vp-office/advising/state-of-georgia-legislative-requirements.php or contact the Office of Testing for more information.

SAT / SAT Subject Tests
The SAT is designed to assess the general educational development of high school students and their ability to complete college-level work. It consists of tests in reading, writing and math. 

The SAT Subject Tests are multiple choice tests designed to assess high school students' knowledge and development in a specific subject. The test is usually taken to supplement a student's SAT score when applying for college or to fulfill a specific entrance requirement at a college. For information on whether or not the SAT Subject Test is required at the college to which you are applying please contact that college directly.

The SAT is administered seven times at Valdosta State University during the year to candidates for undergraduate admission.

Please refer to the SAT Tests website at www.sat.collegeboard.org for more information and registration deadlines.

TEAS - ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills
The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills is a required component of admission to the Valdosta State University College of Nursing. The test is administered by the Office of Testing, but registration is done through the VSU College of Nursing.

To register for you exam, or for more information, contact the College of Nursing at (229) 333-5959 or at https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/nursing/forms/contact-us.php. Information on test content can be found at https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/PreNursingSchool/TEAS.aspx.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
The TOEFL is designed for students who are not fluent in English to demonstrate their command of the English language.

The Valdosta State University Office of Testing offers the Internet-based test (iBT) on average twice monthly and the paper-based Institutional TOEFL (ITP) once a month in collaboration with the VSU English Language Institute.

Please refer to the TOEFL websites at www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about/ (iBT) and www.ets.org/toefl_itp/about (ITP) for more information and registration deadlines.

Please be aware that Office of Testing administration fees may apply to some exams