Testing Services

Testing Center

Welcome to the LSUA testing center website. LSUA is fortunate to have one of the finest Testing Centers in the state. Located on the second floor of the Student Center, West Wing (above the Bookstore), the Testing Center serves LSUA students’ testing needs as well as provides a centrally located testing site for all of Central Louisiana.

Our goal is to provide examinees with quality testing services in order to maximize examinee success in academic and career possiblilities.  

Testing Center Information

Testing Center


Ms. Katie Cooley

Testing Coordinator

Student Center Room 204 (within the TLC Lab)

Phone Number: (318) 427-4492

Fax Number: (318) 473-6580

Email: kcooley@lsua.edu

Testing Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Online Test Registration:

To register for tests online, clink on the following link: http://www.registerblast.com/lsua/exam.       


From I-49, take exit 80 (Highway 71 South). Approximately 3-4 miles from I-49 the LSU Alexandria campus will be located on the left. Turn left at the second flashing light, and take an immediate right onto Middleton Drive. Pass Abrams Hall on the left and the Testing Center is in the next building on the left. You will see an “ACT Center” sign in the window. You may park in the lot directly across the street, and proceed to the second floor to find the Testing Center in Room 204.

National Testing Information

ACT National

For national test dates and to register, please refer to: www.actstudent.org

Examinees must bring their photo ID and admission ticket to test. Report to Coughlin Hall no later than 8:00 a.m.

Stand-by Testing

Students who are not registered may attempt to test as a stand-by. You should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. with a sealed registration envelope containing the paper registration form and test payments. For more information on stand-by testing, see www.actstudent.org.

Test Center and Test Date Changes

Students who are registered take the ACT at another location or on another date may also be present no later than 7:30 a.m. to test at LSUA as a standby. Please refer again to the above website.

What to bring:

  • sharpened #2 pencils
  • calculator (Check www.actstudent.org for approved calculators
  • ticket or completed standby registration packet
  • jacket or sweater


The Testing Center administers the PRAXIS examination throughout the year on national dates. The PRAXIS is a set of rigorous and carefully validated assessments that provides accurate, reliable information for use by state education agencies. Colleges and universities may also use the basic academic skills assessments to qualify individuals for entry into teacher education programs.

For test dates, test information, and registration information, go to: http://www.ets.org/praxis

On test day:
  • Bring:
    • sharpened #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)
    • a jacket or sweater
    • your PRAXIS ticket
    • photo ID

    Please note! The name on your ticket must be the same as the name on your identification. If there is a discrepancy, please call ETS (1-800-257-5123) or the Testing Center (427-4492) before the day of testing.

  • Report to Chambers Hall


The TOEFL(R) test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) will help students demonstrate that they have the English-communication skills needed to succeed in an academic environment. More than 6,000 institutions and agencies in 110 countries rely on TOEFL scores to select students with the English skills needed to succeed. TOEFL covers all facets of English proficiency including a test of spoken English and grammar exercises.

The Testing Center is pleased to offer the TOEFL test. For more information or to register, please go to: www.ets.org

Computer Based Testing Information


The College Level Examination Program is a series of examinations that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they already know, regardless of where they learned it. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States. CLEP exams are all ninety minutes long and are administered only on computer. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam. With the exception of English Composition with Essay, the exams are composed of multiple-choice questions. The English Composition with Essay exam consists of a forty-five minute multiple choice sections and a forty-five minute essay section, which must be typed.

The Testing Center offers all CLEP exams. However, most universities do not offer credit for all of the tests. LSUA students should check the current catalogue to see which credits are offered. Students from other universities are responsible for checking with their own institution to see if credit will be awarded for various CLEP tests.

For more information, see About CLEP

CLEP exams are given on Thursdays only at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Bring proper identification, and be prepared to pay $65.00 CLEP fee (credit card preferred, cash not acceptable) and $20.00 LSUA administration fee (cash or check only). An appointment must be made by calling (318)427-4492.

Credits offered at LSUA for CLEP

Subject Passing Score LSUA Course Equivelant Credit Hours
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 ENGL 2025 3
Composition, Freshman 50 ENGL 1001 3
Algebra 50 MATH 1021 3
Biology 50 BIOL 1001, 1002 6
Calculus with Elementary Functions 56 MATH 1550 5
Pre-Calculus 56 MATH 1030 3
American Government 50 POLI 2051 3
Intro. to Educational Psychology 50 PSYC 2060 3
History of the US I: Early Colonizations to 1877 50 HIST 2055 3
History of the US II: 1865 to the Present 50 HIST 2057 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC 2070 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON 2010 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON 2020 3
Introductory Psychology 50 PSYC 2000 3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOCL 2001 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIST 1001 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HIST 1003 3

ACT Center

ACT Center delivers training and testing services to individuals, employers, and professional organizations using computer-based technologies, the Internet, and other cutting-edge processes. ACT Center exams include: Social Work Board Examinations, Dietetic Registration Examinations, Nuclear Medicine Technology Certifications Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). For more information, or to register for an exam, see: www.actcenters.com

These tests are given in the Testing Center by appointment. Examinees will have received a letter with test instructions from the testing agency. Please read this information to determine identification requirements and other items which should be brought to the Testing Center with you.

Pearson Vue

Pearson Vue Examinations is an electronic testing business servicing the Health & Medicine and Information fields. For a list of available exams, or to register for an exam, please see: www.vue.com

  • Pearson Vue tests are delivered in the Testing Center.
  • Most testing companies require two forms of identification, one with a picture and both with signatures. Please read directions carefully to ensure that you bring proper ID.


SAM Challenge is a computer competency examination that harnesses the power of state-of-the-art simulated technology, allowing students to demonstrate skill mastery in Microsoft Office 2003, Windows, the Internet, and computer concepts in a realistic, hands-on environment.

  1. Exams are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:30, 10:30, and 1:30.
  2. Examinees MUST register prior to the exam. (427-4492 or kcooley@lsua.edu)
  3. There is a $20 test administration fee. (Cash or Check)
  4. You are allowed to take the SAM Challenge three times in order to prove computer competency. Each attempt will have a separate cost, and you must wait 30 days (one month) between attempts. For example, if you take the CCE on August 15 and do not pass, you would have to wait until September 15 for your second attempt. This month of waiting gives you time to review the items listed on the Information Sheet for the CCE. If you do not pass the exam after three attempts, then you must take CMIS 1000 (Basic Computer Literacy).
  5. If you are currently enrolled in CMIS 1000 and you are attempting to test out of the class, you MUST TAKE THE SAM CHALLENGE BEFORE THE LAST DAY TO DROP CLASSES. There will be a $20.00 fee for the test. Drop dates for full-semester classes, A-term classes, and B-term classes are listed in the Schedule of Classes for each semester. If you pass the CCE, you must drop the CMIS 1000 class by the drop date.
  6. If you are currently enrolled in CIS 1000 and are not attempting to test out of the class, you must take the SAM Challenge toward the end of the semester as a requirement of the class.
  7. You must make 70% in order to pass the SAM Challenge.
  8. You will have 90 minutes to complete the SAM Challenge.
  9. Your results will be displayed at the end of the exam.
  10. If you pass the SAM Challenge, Admissions and Records will keep a permanent record of your satisfying the Computer Literacy requirement for graduation. Your passing the SAM Challenge will NOT be posted to your transcript as a 1-hour credit.
  11. If you pass the CCE, you will receive a copy of the "Competency or Credit Awarded" Form in the mail plus a copy will be sent to your advisor in your department

What you need to know

  • Word (margins, line spacing, bold, underline, italic, font size, spell/grammar checker, page numbers, select text, fonts, document orientation).
  • Excel (edit cells, formulas, functions, number formats, fonts, bold, italic, column widths, worksheet orientation, margins, page numbers, print area, show formulas.)
  • Email (compose, send, reply, address book, folders, attachments).
  • Internet (searching, hyperlinks, favorites, download).
  • File Management (windows, manage files and folders).

Paper Based Testing Information

ACT Residual

The LSU Alexandria Testing Center administers Residual ACT examinations at various times throughout the academic year. These carefully scheduled dates allow convenient test taking times for LSUA students or future students only.

Call the Testing Center (318-427-4492) for more information or to register to take a Residual ACT.

Independent Study

LSU Independent Study exams are proctored at LSU Alexandria as well as remote testing for other institutions. The fee for these exams is $20.00 per test. Appointments may be scheduled after your exam arrives at the Testing Center. It is the student’s responsibility to request any examinations be sent to:

Katie Cooley, Testing Coordinator

Testing Center

LSU Alexandria

8100 Highway 71 South

Alexandria, Louisiana 71302

Phone: (318)427-4492

FAX: (318)473-6545

Email: kcooley@lsua.edu

For information about LSU Independent Study courses, you may pick up a brochure in the Testing Center, or see: www.is.lsu.edu

Special Needs Testing

The Testing Center offers testing accommodations for university students with documented disabilities. These students need to register with Student Services to become eligible for services.

Faculty and students should be aware of the following procedures:

  1. Students deliver a Testing Accommodation Form (Gold Form) to the instructor.
  2. Students will complete part one of the form and the instructor completes part two.
  3. Once completed, the form should be attached to the test and the test delivered to the Testing Center three day prior to the test date.

These procedures allow the Testing Center to effectively meet the needs of students and fulfill instructor guidelines. To Register download the Testing Accommodations Form (Gold Form) [pdf]

Make-up Tests

The Testing Center is committed to working with faculty members to administer make up exams when this service is occasionally needed. It is the students’ responsibility to work out the details with instructors, and to call the Testing Center to make an appointment for these exams. Instructors should be given three days notice in order to have time to arrange for the exam to be in the Testing Center when needed.


The DSST program provides the opportunity for people to earn college credit for what they have learned outside of the traditional classroom. Accepted or administered at over 1,900 colleges and universities 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.

LSU Alexandria offers supervision of DSST exam to area residents pursuing alternative higher education methods.

For more information on DSST, visit: www.getcollegecredit.com

To schedule an appointment, contact the Testing center at 427-4492 or email kcooley@lsua.edu. There is a $70.00 DSST fee (payable by credit card) and a $20.00 LSUA test administration fee (payable by check, money order, or cash).

Testing Center FAQs

  1. Does LSU Alexandria accept standbys for the PRAXIS exam?

    No! Education Testing Service no longer provides a service for stand-by testing. See www.ets.org/praxis for more information on late registration and emergency registration.
  2. Where can I pay my LSU Alexandria test administration fee?

    Certain tests (i.e. CLEP, SAM Challenge, Independent Study, DSST) require a $20 test administration fee due to LSUA. You should report first to the Testing Center, where you will be given a payment slip to take to Accounting in Abrams room 113.
  3. Do I need to bring proper identification?

    Each examinee must present a current picture ID in order to test in the Testing Center. Some high stakes testing companies, such as Pearson VUE, require two IDs. Read your directions carefully to ensure that you bring proper documentation.
  4. What if my ID does not match the name on the ticket or registration?

    You should check with the company providing the test for which you are registered (ETS, ACT, or Pearson VUE for example). They will advise you about the proper documentation to bring (i.e. marriage certificate or other secondary ID). Call the Testing Center before coming in if you are uncertain. (427-4492)
  5. Where can I get registration packets for ACT, PRAXIS, Independent Study, LSAT, GRE, and PARA PRO?

    Registration packet can be found in the reception area of Student Services, just to the left of the elevator.
  6. What items are not permitted in the Testing Center?

    No materials will be allowed in the Testing Center unless specified by the instructor. Examinees will not be allowed to bring books, notebooks, paper, book bags, purses, cell phones, or food/drink into the Testing Center. Lockers are provided for the security of personal items.
  7. How should I dress for my exam?

    It is always a good idea to dress in layers for comfort in indoor buildings. A sweater or jacket is recommended.
  8. Can I just show up for an examination?

    Examinees must schedule appointment with the Testing Coordinator. Call 427-4492.
  9. What if there is a power or cable outage?

    If this should happen while you are testing, your test will be rescheduled if the power is not restored quickly.
  10. What if I am caught cheating?

    Examinees caught giving or receiving assistance during a test will be required to turn in his/her testing materials and leave the Testing Center. Examinees asked to leave the Testing Center will not be permitted to return, their test will not be scored, and no refund will be given.

For more information contact: kcooley@lsua.edu


Testing Center Policies

  • Failure to show proper identification will result in examinees not being allowed to test.
  • Cell phones are not allowed in the testing room and must be silenced and stored in available lockers.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the testing room.
  • Examinees will not be allowed to bring books, notebooks, paper, book bags, or purses into the testing room. Only materials specified by the instructor will be permitted. Lockers are provided for all personal belongings.
  • Appointments are needed to test. Examinees may come by the Testing Center, call 427-4492, or email kcooley@lsua.edu in order to make an appointment.
  • Children are not permitted in the Testing Center, and should not be left unattended outside the Testing Center.
  • Examinees caught giving or receiving assistance during a test will be required to turn in his/her test materials and leave the Testing Center. Examinees asked to leave the Testing Center will not be permitted to return, their test will not be scored, and no refund will be given.