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Undergraduate Student Testing 
McPheeters-Dennis Hall Room 4
Telephone: (404) 880-8252

Why do we test at CAU? It's simple. We test because we care about student achievement. Therefore, students are tested in three broad areas: basic skills, general education and in their major field. For policies, guidelines and procedures related to undergraduate testing at CAU see Testing and Placement at Clark Atlanta University: A Guide to Undergraduate Student Testing.

Basic Skills

Placement tests are given to all undergraduate first-year students entering CAU. [NOTE: Transfer students entering CAU with fewer than 12 hours are also required to sit for placement tests.] The results of these tests are used to determine the proficiency of students in basic skills and knowledge in the areas of mathematics, reading and foreign languages. Student performance on these tests help determine appropriate academic support services or courses that approximate their achievement levels. The results of placement tests are available prior to a student's registration appointment with the assigned first-year advisor, and the student's class schedule is designed in accordance with this information. (SAT/ACT scores may be used in lieu of testing for initial course placement.)

In addition to taking placement tests, all first-year students (and transfer students with fewer than 12 hours) may be required to sit for the following assessment instruments:

The ETS® Proficiency Profile measures the level of academic skills acquired through undergraduate general education courses. It tests college-level reading, writing and critical thinking in the context of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences as well as mathematics skills gained in the first two years of college. After a student has completed the core curriculum, usually by the junior year, the student is administered the Proficiency Profile again as a posttest. The results obtained from this pre- and post-assessment allow the University to measure a student's achievement of basic general education outcomes and serve as a mechanism for evaluating the success of our general education curriculum. Counselors, advisors and, or program directors utilize the results of the Noel-Levitz College Student Inventory and or the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory to assist students in improving study habits, as well as in addressing other areas that might prohibit their success at the University.

Major Field

In order to determine the growth a student makes in his/her major field of study, a comprehensive examination is administered to all seniors. The data from this instrument helps departments measure the effectiveness of their curriculum so that changes may be made where necessary.

Credit by Examination

Clark Atlanta University awards credit to students who have achieved acceptable scores on the Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College-level Examination Program (CLEP), and the International Baccalaureate Program. [Total transfer credit, transient credit, and credit by examination cannot exceed ninety (90) semester hours.] Students may also receive credit by examination in computer literacy and foreign language. 

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who request college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school must submit an official report of their scores on the tests given by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. A minimum pass level of 5 is required. The student's transcript will show the tests taken and actual scores and titles of CAU courses for which credit has been assigned. No grade is assigned to courses for which AP credit is granted, and such courses are not considered in calculating the student's GPA.  For specific information, students should contact the Director of the Honors Program.
International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is similar to Advanced Placement (AP) credit; however, it is recognized worldwide. Clark Atlanta University recognizes and awards credit toward the bachelor's degree for IB work done at the secondary level. Academic credit may be awarded for disciplines in which a score of four (4) is earned on Higher Level (HL) examinations, although some departments may require a higher score.  A maximum of (30) semester hours of of IB credits is accepted. Students interestred in obtaining credit for IB work must submit scores to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. For specific information, students must contact the Director of the Honors Program.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The University awards undergraduate credit for the CLEP subject examinations, but does NOT award credit for the general examinations. CLEP examinations should be  completed prior to enrollment at the University and scores sent to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions by July 1 to provide sufficient time for evaluation prior to fall registration and November 1 (for spring registration). In all cases, CLEP testing must be completed and the results received not later than Orientation Week of the student's initial semester at Clark Atlanta. Grades will not be assigned for courses in which CLEP credit is awarded. The student's transcript shows the names of Clark Atlanta courses for which CLEP credits are awarded and the credit hours received. A student may not earn more than (12) semester hours of credit in any one subject area. Transfer students who previously have received course credit based on CLEP scores must submit original CLEP score report to Clark Atlanta for evaluation. For specific information, students must contact the Director of the Honors Program.
Resource Referrals

The Undergraduate Student Testing Center also serves as a resource to students who seek information regarding the various admission tests for graduate and/or professional schools, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT®), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE®). In addition, the Undergraduate Student Testing Center provides literature on preparing for exams, taking exams, and eliminating/reducing test anxiety. Students who are undecided about the major they should pursue (undecided majors) are administered the Strong Interest Inventory®. Advisors use the results from this inventory to help students determine the appropriate majors. The Undergraduate Student Testing Center also provides seminars that assist students in improving their performance on standardized (e.g., GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, GACE) and locally developed examinations.


Dr. Cynthia Clem
Telephone: (404) 880-8184
Fax: (404) 880-8253
Email: cclem@cau.edu