Assessments and Testing

Pfeiffer provides programs designed to prepare students for the rigor of college-level coursework and offers testing options for undergraduate and graduate students for the purpose of placement .

Pfeiffer Readiness Education Program (P.R.E.P.)

To prepare incoming students for the high expectations of college coursework, Pfeiffer offers P.R.E.P., a week-long bridge program at the start of the academic year. Throughout the week, you will refresh study skills, explore campus, meet other freshmen and interact with professors and staff — and get ready to succeed at Pfeiffer.

P.R.E.P. is ideal for first-generation college students as well as those who anticipate possible academic challenges. The fee is $25, which includes the cost of earned college credits, lodging and meals.

P.R.E.P. activities, for which participants earn two college credits, include:

  • Participation in college courses (with an emphasis on college-level reading and writing)
  • Study skills and time management workshops
  • Social activities such as dinner with professors, bowling, college BINGO and Baskin-Robbins takeover

For more information, contact:
Chip Dennis
P.R.E.P. Advisor
(704) 463-3367

Freshmen Assessment and Testing

All freshmen and transfer students are required to take the ETSPP entrance exam. All testing must be completed before the start of the semester. For late admission or arrival, contact Amy Villegas-McCleave to schedule a make-up appointment.

Prior Learning Credits

Incoming students who possess educational or practical knowledge that may be applied toward a degree are able to receive credit in a subject through one or more of the following:


Students may earn college credit for acceptable scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST). These tests are administered at the Charlotte and Misenheimer campuses

For more information or to schedule a testing date, call (704) 463-3452:
Testing Fee to Educational Testing Services is $80.
Registration Fee to Pfeiffer University is $20.

Credit by Special Examination (Undergraduate)

Enrolled students who receive departmental approval are eligible to receive credit by special examination (challenge exams) for specific Pfeiffer University courses. Competence gained through study and/or experience may provide background for students who wish to take these exams. Students seeking credit by examination must request written approval by their advisors (who provide the appropriate forms). Students may take a special examination in a given course only once per academic year.

Military/Service Credits​

Students with experience in the Reserves, National Guard or other armed forces may be eligible for certain college credit.

Portfolio Assessment

Pfeiffer recognizes that adult students have likely gained personal and professional development outside the traditional academic classroom. Portfolio assessment enables students to translate these experiences into college credit. Up to 30 hours of credit may be awarded through the portfolio process and applied to the elective hour requirements in the undergraduate degree completion program.

The student handbook provides more detail about prior learning credits.

Testing for Graduating Seniors

All graduating seniors are required to complete the ETS Proficiency Profile (ETSPP), iSkills Test and a Major Field Test (MFT) for each major as applicable. Seat reservations for the ETSPP, iSkills and MFTs are required; please refer to the testing schedule for dates, times and locations.

For those who miss senior testing, a $75 late fee will be charged for each missed test. To schedule make-up tests, contact Amy Villegas-McCleave,

For information about CAT tests (also required of seniors), administered in the capstone course by the instructor, contact Rebecca Klase

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

Pfeiffer University awards credit to students who have passed certain CLEP examinations at an acceptable level. Tests may be taken prior to or after enrollment.

Visit the CLEP website and take practice tests here.

Testing is available at the Charlotte and Misenheimer campuses. Register at or contact:

Amy Villegas-McCleave
Coordinator of Academic Services
(704) 463-3452

Charlotte Testing Center

Pfeiffer University-Charlotte is a testing center for CLEP (undergraduates and degree completion students) and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)an entrance exam required for admission to Pfeiffer’s graduate programs. The testing center also provides DSST, ACE military credits and challenge exams. Non-Pfeiffer students may register to take these tests at the testing site.

To schedule senior testing or an appointment for a computer competency test, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or make-up test, contact:

Amy Villegas-McCleave
Coordinator of Academic Services
Administration Building-Suite 205, Office B
P.O. Box 960
Misenheimer, N.C. 28109
(704) 463-3452
Fax: (704) 463-1363