Due to the University's response to COVID-19, testing for MAT and DSST is suspended for the spring semester. Appointments for testing will resume in June.

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.

Undergraduate Entrance 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. 

Graduate Entrance Testing

MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

Pfeiffer University administers the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), an entrance exam required for admission to Pfeiffer’s graduate programs. Non-Pfeiffer students may register to take these tests at the testing site.

To schedule contact Pfeiffer Testing or 704-463-3452.


Students may earn college credit for acceptable scores on the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST). These tests are administered at the Misenheimer campus.

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.

Exit Assessment and Testing

All graduating seniors are required to complete the ETS Proficiency Profile (ETSPP) and a Major Field Test (MFT) for each major as applicable. Seat reservations are required for a Major Field Test (MFT); please refer to the link below for testing 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 Pfeiffer Testing or schedule a test below: