Types of Tests

Information, Location & Scheduling

Click each test type below for more information.

A2 Admission Assessment--Nursing 

CLEP & Dantes 

DHAE - Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam

COMPASS and Diagnostic Tests 


PPST/Praxis I  
RODP Proctored Examination 
Senior Exit Examination 



The College-Level Examination Program ®-(CLEP) is a College Board program that allows students to earn college credit by demonstrating their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects.  The College-Level Examination Program provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses.  CLEP credits are accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities.

All 33 exams are administered on computer and most are 90 minutes long.  The examination is preceded by a tutorial that explains how to take the exam on the computer.  The tests are composed of multiple-choice or fill-in questions, with the exception of College Composition, which requires multiple-choice answers and two essays typed on the computer.

CLEP examinations are offered through the TSU Testing Center throughout the year.  Students wishing to take CLEP examinations are advised to delay registering for college courses in the subject areas in which CLEP credit may be earned.  If it is not convenient to take an examinatin at TSU, a student may register for testing at any testing center located throughout the United States.  See CLEP   for a list of locations.  When taking a CLEP exam at another site, the student must request that his/her scores be sent to TSU (Code: 1803).

CLEP Registration Procedures:

STEP 1:  Create Your Personal Account with CLEP

Go to the CLEP website and set up an account through the CLEP My Account Registration Portal.  The registration platform will allow you to register for a CLEP exam 24/7, pay the $80.00 exam fee, manage your personal information any time prior to taking the exam, select your score recipient institution, and purchase study materials.  Each time you register for an exam, please be sure to print out your CLEP Voucher (registration ticket)The CLEP Voucher must be provided to the Test Center on the scheduled test date.

STEP 2:  Register on the TSU Testing Center Website

After completing step 1, you must reserve a date and a computer at the TSU Computer-Based-Testing lab, located on the Avon Williams Campus.  The Testing Center administration fee is $28.50 and must be paid through our online payment system.  For a listing of upcoming CLEP test dates, please view our Testing Schedule

To reserve a test date and a computer for CLEP, please   REGISTER NOW  

ID Requirements: 

All examinees must present at least one form of identification in order to take the CLEP.  Examinees testing within their country of citizenship may bring an unexpired driver's license, a current State or Federal ID card, Military ID or a current Passport as ID.  Examinees who are not testing within their country of citizenship must bring their passport in order to be tested.  

CLEP Re-Testing Policy 

You may not repeat an examination of the same title within six months of the initial testing date.  If you retake the examination within the six-month period, your administration will be considered invalid, your score will be canceled and any test fees will be forfeited.  DANTES-funded military examinees:  Effective Dec. 11, 2010, DANTES no longer funds retesting on previously funded CLEP exams. However, service members may personally fund a re-test after waiting six months.

Military Personnel

Clep exams are funded by the U.S. government through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) for the following:

  • Military personnel (active duty, reserve, National Guard):  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast guard Reserve, Army and Air National Guard
  • Spouses and civilian employees of:  Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Coast Guard (active and reserve)

Contact DANTES at 850-452-1063 for questions regarding eligibility for DANTES-funded CLEP exams. 


Under provisions of the Veteran's Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-454), depending on their benefits election, some veterans can claim full reimbursement for CLEP exams and exam administration fees.  For more information, please visit CLEP Veterans .

For more information about CLEP please visit their website and download a copy of the "Information for Test Takers Booklet"


Tennessee State University and other Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions use ACT and/or SAT scores to determine if students are ready for independent mastery of college courses, ready for college courses with learning support, or require additional preparation prior to most college courses.  First-Year-students who were 21 years of age or older at the time they were admitted, are required to either submit valid ACT or SAT scores, or, take the COMPASS test.  

The ACT COMPASS test is an untimed, computer-based-test that helps TSU advisers evaluate a student's skills and place them into appropriate courses.  The COMPASS test measures skills in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics.  Students receive their COMPASS test results immediately upon completion of the test.   Test scores earned from the COMPASS will be used in place of ACT or SAT scores to determine the student's readiness for college courses.  The COMPASS test is administered only to those students who have been officially admitted to the university and have received notification that they are required to take the test.  There is no fee to take the COMPASS.  For a listing of upcoming COMPASS test dates, please view our Testing Schedule  .  

To register for a COMPASS test, please  REGISTER NOW  


Upon completion of the COMPASS test, it may be determined that further testing is required to determine if a student will be required to participate in learning support labs coordinated with specific college courses.  Diagnostic testing is also required for those students with certain ACT scores.  All diagnostic testing must be completed before a student can be cleared for course registration.

First-year-students with the following ACT and/or COMPASS scores will be required to take the Reading, Writing, Math  or any combination of the three as appropriate:

Math Diagnostic           ACT Score of 18 or less           COMPASS Algebra Score of 37 or less
Reading Diagnostic ACT Score of 18 or less COMPASS Score of 82 or less
English/Writing Diagnostic           ACT Score of 17 or less COMPASS Score of 76 or less

First-year-students, requiring diagnostic testing, should visit the TSU Advisement Center, located in the Student Success Center on the Main Campus or contact the center at (615) 963-5531.


General Information

The Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam (DHAE) is an admission requirement for all applicants to the Dental Hygiene programs. The (DHAE) is published by Evolve/Elsevier and is sometimes referred to as the HESI Entrance Test. All applicants are required to complete the DHAE prior to admission.

TSU Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam (DHAE)--required subtests:

  • Reading Comprehension                                             
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Learning Style
  • Critical Thinking

Individual parts of the Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam (DHAE) are not timed, however, the total test session is limited to three (3) hours and (45) minutes. Examinees are responsible for taking the correct parts of the DHAE and adhering to the admission requirements established by the programs and/or schools to which they are applying.

Schedule & Location

The Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam schedule is available on the TSU Testing Center website at www.registerblast.com/tsu/Exam . The DHAE is administered in Holland Hall Room 310.

Exam Fee

Total cost of the exam is $60.50. Exam fees are non-refundable and cannot be used for rescheduling or transferred to another person. Examinees are responsible for selecting the correct test, correct date, and correct time when test fees are paid. Examinees are also responsible for paying the test fee in two steps, $23.50 paid when you register for a specific test date on Registerblast, and $37.00 paid to Evolve when you receive the specific Payment ID from the Testing Center to purchase the exam.

Test Preparation

Study guides may be purchased in the Tennessee State University Bookstore or online at www.amazon.com . The name of the study guide is the HESI Evolve Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3rd edition (ISBN: 9781455703333).

Score Report

After you complete each part of the test you will see your score for that part of the test. When you complete all parts of the test you will click on Summary Score Report and your Admission Assessment Report will be printed before you leave the Testing Center.

A more detailed score report will be emailed to the address you provided when you created your Evolve account. It may be several weeks before you receive the detailed score report. When you receive your email from Evolve regarding your score report, this also indicates that you can access your Evolve account and order additional score reports.

Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam Reports are available only from Evolve. Score Reports are not available through the TSU Testing Center.

The test administrators/proctors will not interpret what scores mean or advise students regarding Assessment results. Required scores are determined by the Dental Hygiene program.

Test Registration and Test Fee Payment

There are three steps in the Test Registration and Fee Payment process that you must complete before you can take the Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam (DHAE) at the TSU Testing Center. You must begin this process in advance so that there is adequate time for each step and you meet all deadlines. Note that there are seat limits for each test session and test registration is on a first come basis.

Step One - Select Test Date and Pay Registration/Administration Fee:

•  Deadline for this step is one week in advance so that there is sufficient time for the other steps in the process

•  Go to the Testing Center website at www.registerblast.com/tsu/Exam , click the heading Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam

•  On the next page select Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam (DHAE)

•  Choose your test date and time

•   Pay the $23.50 Registration/administration fee by credit card (includes $3.50 processing fee)

•   You will get a confirmation by email.  Print this confirmation and bring it with you when you report for your exam

 Step Two - Create a Student Evolve Account:

•  There is no cost for this step.

•  Go to http://evolve.elsevier.com/exam and complete the steps to open an Evolve account and get a username and password

•  You must know your evolve username and password when you report for your exam.

 Step Three - Payment of Evolve Test Fee:

 •  After you complete Step One you should wait until the day AFTER the registration deadline date and then you will receive an email from the Testing Center which includes the information needed to pay your exam fee online, this fee is $37.00  (includes $2 processing fee).  Deadline for this step is one day in advance of the test date you scheduled in Step One.

 On Test Day

 •  You must report 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time.

•  You must bring valid, government-issued, photo ID in the same name as your test registration.

•  You should bring your registration confirmation.

•  You should bring your exam receipt.

•  You must know your Evolve username and password.

If you do not meet one or more of the above requirements, you will not be able to take your exam and you will need to register for a future test date and pay all required fees for that future date.


The TSU Dental Hygiene Assessment Exam (DHAE) requires that you wait 15 days before re-taking the DHAE. When you receive your detailed score report from Evolve it will include remediation suggestions that may be helpful as you prepare for re-testing.

To begin Step One in the registration process and pay the registration/administration fee,


Testing Schedule 

Graduate Record Examination - Revised (GRE)

The Graduate Record Examination - Revised (GRE) is widely accepted for admission to graduate programs.  The GRE-revised is available only as a computer-based-test and it is administered at the TSU Computer-Based-Testing lab located on the Avon Williams Campus. All students wishing to take the GRE must complete all registration actions and pay for their exam online with GRE.

To register for the GRE, students must go online to www.ets.org/gre  or contact the Prometric Candidate Services Call Center at  1-800-473-2255.  Registrations cannot be accepted through the Testing Center.

For complete information on the GRE Revised, please view/download The GRE 2015-16 Information and Registration Bulletin   .

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is one of the tests that can be used for admissions to some Graduate programs at TSU and other universities. Check current TSU Graduate Catalog for admission requirements for specific program of interest prior to registering for the MAT. The MAT is a computer-based-test and is administered year round at the TSU Computer-Based-Testing lab located on the Avon Williams Campus.  All students wishing to take the MAT must complete all registration actions and pay for their exam online.  The administrative fee for the MAT is $68.50. For a listing of the upcoming MAT test dates, please view our Testing Schedule .    

To register for an MAT, please   REGISTER NOW


Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST)

The Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) series is accepted for admission to teacher preparation programs at TSU and other colleges in Tennessee.  The PPST measure basic skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and include multiple-choice questions and an essay question on the Writing test.  The tests are designed to evaluate whether you have the academic skills needed to prepare for a career in education.

The PPST is a computer-based-test that is administered year round at the TSU Computer-Based-Testing lab located on the Avon Williams Campus.  

Students may register for the Praxis I, PPST by mail:  download Test Authorization Voucher Request ; by phone: call Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 1-800-776-9476 or online at  www.ets.org/praxis/register .  Registrations cannot be accepted through the Testing Center.

For complete information on the Praxis I, PPST, please view/download The Praxis Series 2015-16 Information Bulletin  .

Praxis II, Subject Assessments

The Praxis II, Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K-12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.  Individuals entering the teaching profession take the Praxis II tests as part of the teacher licensing and certification process required by many states.  Some professional associations and organizations require Praxis II tests as a criterion for professional licensing decisions.

The Praxis II tests are computer-based-tests that are administered year-round at the TSU Computer-Based-Testing lab located on the Avon Williams Campus.  Exception:   Braille Proficiency (0632) and Assessment of Signed Communication-American Sign Language (0632) are not delivered via computer.

Students may register for the Praxis II, Subject Assessments by mail:  download Test Authorization Voucher Request ; by phone: call Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 1-800-776-9476 or online at www.ets.org/praxis/register .

For complete information on the Praxis II, Subject Assessments, please view/download The Praxis Series 2015-16 Information Bulletin  .

RODP (Regents Online Degree Program) (Proctored Exams)

The TSU Testing Center serves as a proctor for students enrolled in RODP courses. There is no fee for this service. The exams are administered on computer at the Holland Hall Testing Center, Room 310/312.  All students are advised to check with their individual online instructors to make sure of the exam(s) they must take.  See Testing Schedule or                          


Senior Exit Examination

All Tennessee Board of Regents institutions are required to assess the outcomes of their educational programs by evaluating all graduating students with a measure of general academic knowledge and skills.  The ETS Proficiency Profile--Abbreviated Form is the test currently used as the Senior Exit Exam at TSU.  All TSU Seniors earning a Baccalaureate degree must take this test in order to fulfill their graduation requirements. 

The Proficiency Profile--Abbreviated Form consists of 36 multiple-choice questions, ranging in difficulty from quite easy to fairly difficult and requires approximately 45 to 60 minutes.  There is no fee for TSU students taking the Senior Exit Exam.  Students are encouraged to take the Senior Exit Exam as early as possible in the academic year in which they plan to graduate.  If their graduation is postponed for any reason, students are not required to take the Senior Exit Exam again.

The Senior Exit is a Computer-Based exam and is administered on the Main Campus, Holland Hall Room 310.  Graduating Seniors can check the Testing Schedule for a list of upcoming dates and times that the exam will be offered.  Seniors must register online to take the exam; we do not accept faxed registrations.


ETS Sample Questions

Websites to help students prepare for the math questions on the Proficiency Profile:



TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The TOEFL is the most widely respected English-Language test and is recognized and accepted by many schools, colleges, and businesses requiring proof of English proficiency for second language learners. The TOEFL is administered at the TSU Computer-Based-Testing Lab located on the Avon Williams Campus, Room 220. 

To register for the TOEFL, candidates may go online to www.ets.org/toefl or call the Prometric Candidate Services Call Center at    1-800-468-6335 (1-800-GO-TOEFL).

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