Testing Services

St. Mary’s offers a variety of testing services. Some tests are available to the public while others are limited to currently enrolled students of the university. Testing services include placement testing, credit by exam, graduate and professional school testing and many certification and licensure exams.

Testing services location

We are located in the Center for Life Directions building between the Pecan Grove and the Raba Law Building, directly behind the Louis J. Blume Library.

Phone: 210-436-3135

Note: Tests and test fees are subject to change without notice. Contact Student Psychological and Testing Services for the latest information.


Entering students may be asked to take one of these tests as part of their admission process. Students are referred by the offices of Undergraduate Admission or ROTC. The ACT Residual’s fee is similar to that for the regular ACT Assessment (currently $40 payable by cash, check or money order); there is no charge to take the Iowa Tests.

College Level Examination (CLEP)

CLEP exams are offered every month of the year, on specific days, with morning, afternoon, and early evening administrations. The exams are offered on the computer, except for the essay portion for several exams. In most cases, the examinee receives a score report immediately after testing. Test administrations last approximately three hours. The CLEP fees are a $20 St. Mary’s University service fee payable by cash, check or money order, plus a $77 CLEP fee payable by credit card, check or money order only.

To sign up for a CLEP exam, please call 210-436 3135. A bulletin of information is available at www.collegeboard.com/clep.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests

DSST exams are administered upon request, with individual appointments for testing. Current fees are: an $80 test fee paid only by credit card, and a $20 service fee, payable by cash, check or money order. Fees are paid at the time of testing.

For more information about DANTES testing or to request a testing appointment, please contact Jim Willis, Testing Coordinator, at 210-436-3135. Information on the DSST Program can be found at www.getcollegecredit.com.

Examinations for Admission and Placement

  • ACT Residual Test
  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
  • Miller Analogies Test

Law Enforcement Examinations

St. Mary’s University is a test center administering licensing exams for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). These exams are given several times each month, with morning, afternoon, and early evening test times. The test fee of $20, payable by cash, check or money order, is paid on the day of testing. Candidates for TCLEOSE exams must have current eligibility to test.

For information or to sign up for a TCLEOSE exam, call 210-436-3135.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is given on set days every month, with morning, afternoon, and early evening administrations. The test administration lasts approximately 90 minutes. The current test fee is $90. Call 210-436-3135 to register for the MAT or for more information (a bulletin of information is available).

National Board Certified Counselors Testing

St. Mary’s University is proud to be a test site for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)because our Community Counseling, Mental Health Counseling and Counseling Education and Supervision programs are CACREP accredited. We offer the exam twice a year in October and April.

The deadline for the next administration of the NBCC is published on the departmental calendar of events. The deadline for each administration for the exam comes around five months prior to the test date.

For registration information, please call 210-438-6400.

For other eligibility information visit the NBCC at www.nbcc.org.

It is important to fill out the appropriate application and course requirement audit. Please note that there are different applications related to whether or not you are graduating from a CACREP counseling program. Filling out the wrong form can delay your taking the NBCC.

Paper and Pencil Tests

The following national examinations are currently administered on campus in paper and pencil format on days and times selected by the testing program. NOTE: This list is subject to change at any time. Contact Student Psychological and Testing Services at 210-436-3135 for further information.

  • GRE Subject Exams
  • LSAT
  • MPRE (part of the Bar Exam)
  • NCE (counselors)
  • PCAT (pharmacy college admissions)
  • Praxis Series (education professionals)
  • SAT Program Exams

Personal assessment

A variety of psychological tests, including personality tests as well as tests of intelligence, cognitive ability and achievement, are available to students. Testing to identify potential learning disabilities and other academic difficulties are available as well. Students interested in testing of this kind should schedule an intake appointment by calling 210-436-3135 to discuss the matter fully and to determine the test or tests that will be most applicable.

Teacher Education Testing (THEA)

Students in the St. Mary’s Teacher Education program must take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) as part of their state certification. In conjunction with the Teacher Education Department, the THEA Quick Test is administered several times in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students register for a specific test date through the Teacher Education Department. The current THEA test fee is $29 (subject to change). The exam lasts approximately 5.5 hours. The THEA is administered only to Teacher Education students at St. Mary’s.

Test Proctoring

Tests requiring a proctor (e.g., correspondence or distance learning tests) are administered on a limited basis. A nominal fee is charged for non-St. Mary’s students. Appointments must be made by calling 210-436-3135.

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