Office of Testing & Evaluation

The Harding University Office of Testing & Evaluation provides testing facilities with an environment that is convenient, supportive, and conducive to maximizing student performance. Our goal is to assist examinees in achieving their academic and professional objective. The office offers a variety of examinations to meet the needs of HU students, faculty, and the surrounding community. We provide information regarding exams for undergraduate admission, credit by examination, professional and graduate school admission, and proctoring services for correspondence exams. Our office has private individual testing booths for each examinee. We value the opportunity to assist you with your testing needs.

Office of Testing is open by appointment only.

- Scheduled examinees should NOT come to the office to test if:
     - They have a fever of 100.4 F or greater in the last 2 days.
     - Have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of smell
     - Have had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in last 14 days
- Wearing masks is optional to enter the Testing office.
- Hand sanitizer is provided to candidates as they enter and leave the office.

If you are sick and have a standardized exam scheduled with an outside testing agency such as ETS or Pearson Vue, you will need to contact them to reschedule.

If you have additional questions, you can contact



The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate and professional school, including business and law.

Verbal Reasoning - Measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent, summarize text, distinguish major from minor points, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts, and understand relationships among words and among concepts. There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.

Quantitative Reasoning - Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.

Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence. There is an emphasis on analytical writing skills.

Fee - $205 payable online when you register

GRE Exam Dates at Harding University are available on the ETS website.

Praxis & School Leadership



The Praxis® tests measure the academic skills and subject-specific content knowledge needed for teaching. The Praxis tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.

What are the requirements for Arkansas?

Many of the tests required for specific licensure areas are only offered during a two-week period each month. Harding University (Center Code STN12053A) has many testing dates on mornings, afternoons and Saturdays. Sign In to Your Praxis Account to register and view available test dates. Remember, the available seats are live on the ETS website. Your seat is not secure until you pay for your exam online.

Identification (ID) Requirements

Disability Accommodation Information pdf


The School Leadership Series provides fair and valid assessments for states to use as part of the licensure process for principals, superintendents and school leaders. SLS comprises the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA) and the Kentucky Specialty Test of Instructional and Administrative Practices.

What are the requirements for Arkansas?

Where to Get Additional Information in Arkansas

To obtain additional information about licensure, contact:

Mail: Educator Licensure 
Arkansas Department of Education 
Four Capitol Mall – Rooms 106B/107B 
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 1-501-682-4342
Fax: 1-501-682-4898

To obtain information about approved educator preparation programs, contact:

Mail: Educator Preparation 
Arkansas Department of Education 
Four Capitol Mall 
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 1-501-371-1580
Fax: 1-501-682-5118

Foundations of Reading by Pearson Vue

Foundations of Reading for Arkansas

Test Information

Format: Computer-based test (CBT); 100 multiple-choice questions, 2 written assignments

Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes total appointment time with 15 minutes for CBT tutorial & nondisclosure agreement and 4 hours testing time

Dates: By appointment on Saturdays, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check seat availability. If you cannot find a test date at Harding that fits your schedule, contact us at and we will assist you.

Passing Score: 233

Test Fees: $139 Review payment information.

Score Reporting: View score report dates.

Testing Policies: When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies

Prepare: View the preparation materials available for this test.

Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect a candidate's score.

AP, CLEP & IB Exam Information

AP, CLEP & IB Exam Credit Information

Harding University Advanced Placement (AP) Policy pdf


College Board's (AP) Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that you can take while still in high school. They provide high school students challenging course work. Official test scores must be sent to Harding from College Board. For more information you can visit the AP website.

Contact information to send AP scores to HU:

AP Services
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)

Harding University CLEP Policy pdf


The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement in undergraduate courses. Students are able to receive college credit for demonstrated knowledge in Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business. Most CLEP exams allow 90 minutes to test, with the exception is the College Composition exam which is 120 minutes. This exam includes multiple choice and 2 essay portions. Please click on the HU CLEP exam policy above to see the specific CLEP exams that HU awards course credit. Official test scores must be sent to Harding from College Board. According to CLEP website,  test takers may not repeat an exam of the same title within three months of the initial testing date. If you retake the exam within the three-month period, your administration will be considered invalid, your score will be canceled, and any test fees will be forfeited. For more information regarding CLEP exams, you can visit the official CLEP website

To schedule your CLEP exam, please email

International Baccalaureate (IB) Policy pdf

Harding does not accept IB credit for SL -subsidiary exams. Students may receive credit for some HL- higher level IB exams not listed in our catalog after consultation with the appropriate department chair. Official test scores must be sent to Harding University. IB website

The ACT - New dates 2023-2024 Home Page


The ACT is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learned in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. The ACT® test contains four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT with writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a writing test.

English (45 minutes) 75 Questions
Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills. 

Mathematics (60 minutes) 60 Questions
Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12. 

Reading (35 minutes) 40 Questions
Measures reading comprehension. 

Science (35 minutes) 40 Questions
Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. 

Optional Writing Test (40 minutes) 1 Prompt
Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses. 

ACT Exam Dates at Harding University:

July 15, 2023
September 9, 2023
October 28, 2023
December 9, 2023
February 10, 2024
April 13, 2024
June 8, 2024
July 13, 2024

ACT On-Campus Home Page  ACT On-Campus

Schedule an Exam: Please email to schedule an appointment.

For College of Education students, you have the option to only take specific sections that are needed, however, the exam fee is a flat fee of $85. Current students are allowed to charge their student account at the HU Business Office. Please bring the receipt and a photo ID when you come to test.

An on-campus testing program is available to students who were unable to test on an ACT National Testing date.  ACT On-Campus is strictly limited only to students who have officially applied, have been admitted, or have enrolled at your institution. Scores from on-campus testing are reported only to Harding University for admission, course placement, and advising purposes.

* Scores from on-campus testing are only valid at Harding University and cannot be transferred by   transcript or other means to any other institution or agency.

* Scores from on-campus testing are only reported to the college administering the test.

* No Student Reports and no High School Reports are generated.

* No Additional Score Reports will be generated to report scores to any other institution.


  • ACT On-Campus testing is not a practice test.
  • ACT On-Campus testing is not for use with younger students.
  • ACT On-Campus testing may not be administered to individuals who do not intend to attend Harding University.
  • ACT On-Campus testing is restricted to on-campus administrations. Test booklets may not be transported from campus to campus or to any off-campus locations.
  • A minimum of 60 days must elapse before another ACT On-Campus Test may be taken. Scores achieved before the minimum elapsed time will be cancelled without refund.
  • ACT restricts the number of times a student may take the ACT to 12 times total. ACT On-Campus testing does count toward that maximum. Scores that exceed the maximum will be canceled without refund. 

The SAT - 2023-2024


The SAT Suite of Assessments does more than measure and support college and career readiness. It reinforces what students are learning in their classrooms and connects them to valuable opportunities and resources:

Connects students to scholarships: Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT® during their junior year are automatically considered for the National Merit® Scholarship Program. There’s also more than $255 million in additional scholarships for qualified students who take the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT™ 10.

Drives equity: Every student should be able to apply to college. Income-eligible 11th- and 12th-grade students receive SAT fee waivers, unlimited SAT score sends, and college application fee waivers, so they can take the SAT and apply to college—all for free.

Provides career planning tools: Students who take any of the assessments get access to Career Finder, an engaging online experience from the College Board and Roadtrip Nation® that helps students make smart, informed decisions about their future major and career by building upon their passions and interests.

SAT Exam Dates at Harding University: 

August 26, 2023
October 7, 2023
November 4, 2023
December 2, 2023
March 9, 2024
May 4, 2024
June 1, 2024

The Classic Learning Test (CLT)


The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is the new standard for college entrance assessments. It is designed for high school juniors and seniors. The CLT takes two hours, and tests for grammar, literary comprehension, and mathematical and logical reasoning; it also contains an optional, ungraded essay portion. Students take the exam on their own laptop or tablet, and receive their scores the same day, which they can then share with colleges of their choice at no charge. All dates that CLT is offered are remote proctoring.

For more information or email us at


ETS TOEFL Register

The TOEFL iBT® test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

You must sign in to your account to see the available test dates at Harding University.

More than 35 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

   - Students planning to study at a higher education institution

   - English-language learning program admissions and exit

   - Scholarship and certification candidates

   - English-language learners who want to track their progress

   - Students and workers applying for visas

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER


Next-Generation ACCUPLACER

Harding University Math Placement Option:

Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) pdf assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts

Harding Placement Policy for QAS:

  • 220 - 236 placement            UNIV 1050 Foundations of Algebra with Lab
  • 237 – 262 placement           MATH 1320 College Algebra with Lab 
  • 263 or higher placement      MATH 1330 College Algebra


  • Students may test twice in 60 days
  • Students may use ACT policy calculators
  • No ACT/SAT score requirement to be eligible to test

Schedule: Daily by appointment at

Fee: $15

Harding University English Placement Policy:

Next-Generation Writing pdf evaluates a test-taker’s ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories, each containing three subcategories:

  • Expression of Ideas
  • Development
  • Organization
  • Effective Language Use
  • Standard English Conventions
  • Sentence Structure
  • Usage
  • Punctuation

Harding Placement Policy for Next-Generation Writing:
- Students must have an 18 on ACT Reading OR 24 SAT Evidence-Based Reading Test
- Cut score is 248 on ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Writing for placement in ENG 1110- Introduction to University Writing & Research

Schedule: Daily by appointment at

Fee: $15

General Information:

Our next-generation ACCUPLACER placement tests are now available with redesigned reading, writing, and math content. Next-generation ACCUPLACER placement tests more effectively help institutions place students in classes that match their skill level, and include texts and tasks encountered in first-year college courses. The new tests:

  • Align to the same content domain continuum as the SAT Suite of Assessments
  • Help institutions improve course placement accuracy
  • Reflect the changing landscape of higher education with math sequences aligned to clear pathways

ACCUPLACER users will have the option of administering either the classic placement tests or the next-generation placement tests but not both at the same time.

Contact us to learn more about next-generation ACCUPLACER.

Find answers to your questions in our next-generation ACCUPLACER FAQs.


EvaluationKIT is the program used for course and other feedback surveys. Faculty may access EvaluationKIT feedback anytime in Pipeline under Faculty Resources. Course surveys are administered during dead week each semester or the last week of class for part of term courses.

Meet our Staff

James Berry
James Berry, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment & Testing
Texas Tech University
Harding staff member since 2016
Office: Pryor-England 215
Phone: 501-279-4035
Melinda Johnson
Melinda Johnson, Ed.S.
Office Manager
Harding University
Harding staff member since 2020
Office: American Studies 206
Phone: 501-279-4024


Directions & Parking

Directions: From Hwy 67: Take exit 46 (Race Street Exit) towards Searcy/Heber Springs.  Head West on Race Street for approximately 2 miles, turn left at Harding's main entrance - (large sign) on S. Grand.  Proceed through one four way stop and you will see the American Studies building straight ahead.

Parking: Examinees can park in the large parking lot on the right. As they enter the front door of the American Studies building, they will take a right at the first hall to the elevator to the 2nd floor.  When they get off the elevator at the 2nd floor, they should turn left and then take the hallway to the right. Then, they will see the Office of Testing sign.

Inclement Weather Information

If you are scheduled for a standardized exam at the Office of Testing and road conditions are unsafe for travel from your location, you must contact testing agencies such as ETS-Praxis, ACT, SAT etc. directly to inform them of unsafe travel conditions to re-schedule your exam. Testing agencies usually require documentation of the weather forecast. The Harding University Office of Testing does not re-schedule these standardized exams. Please visit this website or email ( to check the status of the office closings.

Contact Us

Testing & Evaluation


Location: American Studies 206

Mailing address:
Harding University
Office of Testing & Evaluation
HU 12291
Searcy, AR 72149-5615