Testing Services for EMU Students & Alumni (and Community CLEP Testers)

Contacts for Testing

DSST and MAT testing for Harrisonburg community members: temporarily contact Kimberly Phillips, 540-432-4131, EMU Career Services

EMU students, all CLEP testing and web-based testing from another university: Kimberly Phillips, 540-432-4131, EMU Career Services 

EMU Lancaster testing: 717-690-8600, contact Lancaster testing services

  • EMU offers computer-based testing services for CLEP, DSST, and MAT.
  • The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) is available for multiple languages and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is available for foreign languages not currently offered by OPIc or CLEP (Spanish, German, French).
  • Proctoring services are also available for students taking a web-based or paper-based test from another university.
  • All ADP students must receive test choice approval through ADP Assessment Counselor. IEP students should be at an advanced level 6 prior to taking tests.
  • Community members may request testing services. For more information visit our community testing page. 

*No one study resource will have exact test questions or prepare you fully for a test – test questions are updated regularly and you are expected to know a semester’s worth of course material vs. just memorizing a set of questions and answers. EMU Career Services does not endorse or recommend a specific study resource or method.

Proctoring Fees

Proctoring Fees may be paid in advance online: Use the Online Payment Form or you may bring cash, check (made payable to EMU) or debit/credit card when you take your test. All proctoring fees must be paid prior to or when starting test. EMU student accounts may not be charged for test fees.

If paying the proctoring fee in cash, please bring the exact amount. Career Services does not keep sufficient change in the office.


Please email Career Services to schedule a test time. If you are NOT an EMU student or alumnus, please contact the Academic Support Center for DSST and MAT testing.

Please note: children under 12 may not be left unattended in the waiting area.  The test proctor and other staff are unable to supervise children during test sessions.

Time slots fill quickly and there is less flexibility in the last few weeks of the semester. Schedule your test early, especially if you need the credits to graduate. Education majors should schedule tests prior to student teaching. Students are responsible to see that they wait at least 90 days before requesting to repeat a CLEP or 30 days to repeat a DSST not passed on the first attempt. Test times: CLEP 1.5 hours, DSST 2 hours, MAT 1 hour, OPIc 40 minutes, OPI 20-30 minutes.

Please review the No-Show and Cancellation Policy before scheduling a test. Candidates who arrive more than 5 minutes late for testing will be asked to reschedule.

The EMU testing room is located in an office suite, where staff and visitors will be present.  While the testing room is a private space and you will not be interrupted, the larger office suite is not completely noise-free.  Disposable ear plugs and noise-cancelling headphones are available for your use, but please be aware that typical workplace noise may be heard during testing.

Available CLEP, DSST, MAT, OPIc & Proctored testing slots are shown below (for EMU students/alumni and community CLEP testers only). Contact Career Services (540-432-4131) to schedule a test. Students must schedule an appointment with Career Services to complete the registration and scheduling process for the OPI phone-based test.

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Directions & Contact Information

EMU, Campus Center #114
1200 Smith Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
540-432-4131, Career Services

Visitor parking is available in the circular parking lot on the south side of the building or behind the building on Smith Ave.  
 From VA-42, turn left onto Mt. Clinton Pike.  Take the third right onto Smith Ave.  The circular parking lot at Campus Center will be on the right, across the street from the Seminary building. Career Services is #114 on the first level, in the suite next to the Registrar’s office.


EMU offers 3 credit hours for all passed tests except foreign language tests in which additional credit is offered based on score:

  • All students who achieve a score of “Intermediate Low” or higher on the ACTFL OPIc or OPI will satisfy their foreign language Core Curriculum requirement.
  • Students who score “Intermediate Mid” or higher on the OPIc or OPI will earn 6 SH credit. Students who score “Intermediate Mid” will receive 6 SH elementary credit. Students who score “Intermediate High” or above will receive 6 SH intermediate credit.
  • Students who pass the CLEP will receive 6 SH of either elementary or intermediate credit according to their scores and will satisfy their foreign language Core Curriculum requirement.

Credit will not be awarded if a student has had a previous college course (credit or audit) with similar content. If uncertain, check with the Registrar’s Office. At this time, credit will not be awarded at EMU for OPI tests taken in English.

CLEP/DSST credit may satisfy a requirement in an EMU major or minor only by departmental approval (except pre-approved Teacher Education substitutions). All course substitutions need to be pre-approved by the respective Department Chair – utilize CLEP/DSST Approval for Course Substitution Form.

A maximum of 30 credits earned through testing may be applied toward a degree. This includes credit earned by exam, CLEP/DSST/OPI, Advanced Placement (AP), and any other testing program the university chooses to recognize. Individual programs may have more specific criteria. An exception to the maximum will apply for up to 36 nursing credits earned by testing through Excelsior College, Albany, NY. Students in the traditional undergraduate program may apply testing credit toward EMU Core requirements in two areas only: writing (AP) and foreign language (AP, CLEP and OPI). Students in the Adult Degree Completion Program may use approved testing options to meet EMU Core requirements where appropriate equivalents have been identified.

Recommendations from the American Council of Education (ACE) are used to determine a passing score on each exam. The minimum passing score for CLEP is 50, and the minimum passing score for DSST is 400.  Tests are recorded on the EMU transcript with a “pass” grade if the appropriate score is reached. Nothing is recorded on the transcript if a passing score is not received.

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