Academic Testing

The academic testing department offers a secure testing environment for proctored exams, CLEP, ACT, SAT and TExES/ExCET exams. Services are open to all students by appointment and HPU faculty members are also encouraged to request proctoring services.

Placement Testing

Howard Payne University uses the Accuplacer® to ensure that advisors can appropriately place students in the proper courses in the key areas of mathematics, English and reading. With your academic success in mind, we use this placement tool to determine whether or not students are ready for college level math or English or to determine if students might need extra support in the area of reading, an integral component of virtually every college course. Students will be exempt from any Accuplacer test for which he/she will receive college credit.

Howard Payne will also provide the Accuplacer® assessment to students planning to attend other colleges or universities. These students will be charged a $15 proctoring fee.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a nationally recognized exam that college students can take to receive credit for some courses. All CLEP exams are now administered on the computer through the CLEP database.

More information on the CLEP exam is available here.

HPU Testing Services offers CLEP testing, by appointment, to HPU students and students from the community who are attending other schools.

Cost: The cost for CLEP examination is $80. Students who are not enrolled at HPU will pay an additional $15 proctoring fee for each exam. Payment is required to be made in two separate payments at the time of the exam: $15 to HPU and $80 to CLEP.

We accept check, money order or credit cards. Because this is a web-based program, we are unable to accept cash as payment for CLEP testing.

Please consult the HPU Catalog for more information about CLEP acceptance and other earned credit options.   NOTE: Each college or university is given the freedom to decide which CLEP exams they will accept for credit and the minimum scores they will require for credit.

Proctored exams for online, correspondence or other distance education courses

Testing Services at HPU will provide proctoring services to HPU students at no charge. Students from other institutions may be subject to a $15 fee per examination. Proctoring services need to be scheduled at least one week prior to the date requested and will be scheduled as available.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit

Although we do not administer the AP exam, we are responsible for the evaluation of AP scores and awarding credit as warranted. Please consult the HPU catalog which lists the AP exams and scores needed to receive credit at HPU.

National and state exams such as ACT, SAT, TExES

Howard Payne serves as an official testing site for these and other standardized tests as a service to the HPU student body and the Brownwood community and surrounding areas. Students who need to sign up for these exams must register online. Howard Payne does not facilitate registration for these exams.

For more information or to register for one of these exams, please click on one of the links above. Each site contains registration information, testing dates/test site locations, study tips and more.

When you register, choose Howard Payne as your test site if you would like to take the test on our campus.

Important: Please refer to your registration ticket and the testing organization’s website for specific information regarding testing location, required identification, testing rules (i.e. cell phone policy, calculator, etc.) and arrival times. These instructions and guidelines are provided to help ensure that your testing experience is a success.

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