The mission of the University Testing Center is to assist Bowie State University students and the surrounding community in measuring their academic progress and career potential in a professional testing environment which maintains the University’s strategic goal of academic excellence as well as its core values of excellence, civility, integrity, diversity and accountability. In order to provide professional standards in testing services that align with the University’s core values, University Testing Services maintains membership in and adheres to the guidelines set forth by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) as well as the standards set forth by external testing organizations.
University Testing Services (UTS) coordinates and administers Placement Testing and the English Proficiency Examination. All first-time freshmen and transfer students who have not completed their English, reading, and mathematics requirements are required to take placement examinations prior to registering for classes. Performance on the placement examinations determines the courses in which students must enroll. All students, including first-time adult learners, must register for the courses in which they are placed.
The English Proficiency Examination is a graduation requirement which must be satisfied by all students receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University. Native and transfer students should take the examination upon completion of English 101 and English 102. However, transfer students who completed their English composition requirement at another university should take the examination during their first semester of enrollment at Bowie State.
University Testing Services also administers standardized tests—the Praxis I and II online tests and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Please visit http://www.ets.org/praxis for specific information on Praxis I registration, dates, time, and location. For detailed information on the LSAT, go to http://www.lsat.com. UTS is offering the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and for more information on the CLEP, go to www.collegeboard.com/clep. Academic Testing is another service offered by UTS, mainly for Bowie students but also as External Testing for other institutions. Please contact UTS for specific information about any of these seven services.
University Testing Services is located in Suite 302 in the Center for Learning and Technology (CLT). Please feel free to visit the office and/or call us at 301-860-3295.