Student Psychological and Testing Services at 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, contractual testing, state certification testing, exam proctoring and various national exam programs.

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

For information on counseling services offered for St. Mary’s University students, visit the Counseling page.

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Student Psychological and Testing Services
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Contract Testing

Testing is provided on a contract basis for various entities, including local schools for health professionals.

College-level Examination Program (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 test fee is paid by the examinee online through the CLEP website prior to taking a CLEP test.
St. Mary’s charges a $20 service fee which is paid by cash, check or money order payable to St. Mary’s University.

To sign up for a CLEP exam, please call 210-436 3135. More information is available at

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

DSST exams are administered upon request, with individual appointments for testing. Current fees are an $80 test fee paid only by major credit card or by money order, and a $30 service fee, payable by cash, check or money order. Fee 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

Examinations for Admission and Placement

  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
  • Miller Analogies Test

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. More information can be found at

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

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.

  • ACT Assessment
  • GRE Subject Exams
  • LSAT
  • MPRE (part of the Bar Exam)
  • NCE (counselors)
  • SAT Program Exams
  • SSAT (admission to private secondary schools)

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 exam 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 is four hours in length, with additional time needed for administrative procedure. 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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