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Assessment Center

High School Equivalency Exams

High school equivalency exams are offered daily through the Assessment Center located in the Student Services building. Testing times and availability are subject to change. Cost of the four-part GED® exam is $80 and the cost of the five-part HiSET exam is $50. For registration and scheduling of exams please visit or Contact the Assessment Center for questions and for approval of underage forms at 505.925.8560. All candidates are encouraged to prepare for the exam at the Adult Education Center before registering for the official high school equivalency exams. You may contact the Adult Education Center at 505.925.8900.

Course Placement Testing

Placement tests in reading, mathematics, and writing are offered prior to and during each registration period. Placement tests are administered by the Assessment Center located in the Student Services building. The ACCUPLACER assessment is used to determine a student’s placement level. Testing is available by appointment or as a walk-in basis; please contact the Assessment Center at 925.8560 for test dates and times.

New students registering for more than four semester hours of credit or enrolling in a mathematics or English course must take a reading, mathematics, and English placement test. Exemptions are made for students who have: 1) appropriate ACT or SAT scores, or 2) prerequisite course work at other post-secondary institutions.

Adherence to placement results is mandatory for all students planning to enroll in, or already enrolled in UNM-Valencia course work.

Returning or transfer students registering for more than four semester hours of credit who do not have the appropriate prerequisite course work or ACT/SAT scores must take the appropriate placement test prior to enrolling.  Exemptions to placement requirements are considered on an individual basis by the Director of Student Affairs.

College Level Examination Program

UNM-Valencia participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) administered by the College Board. The University of New Mexico grants credit to newly admitted and regularly enrolled (in undergraduate degree status) students who achieve passing scores on the CLEP exams listed below, as approved by the appropriate departments. For all of these CLEP Examinations, the total semester hours to be accepted towards a student’s degree is at the discretion of the pertinent degree-granting college. Therefore, students should contact their college advisors for specific information. No credit is granted for Subject Exams not listed. Students should be aware the CLEP Examinations are intended for people with clear strengths in an area. Important: There is a 6-month waiting period before repeating a test.

CLEP General Examinations

The university grants credit for qualifying scores on the CLEP General Exams provided the student takes the exam before earning 26 semester hours of acceptable college credit. General credit hours are allowed as follows:

In some cases, The University of New Mexico requires original transcripts of test results sent from CLEP, Box 1821, Princeton, N.J. 08543. Non-specific credit for these examinations appearing on transcripts from other colleges will not suffice. For more information about CLEP testing and transcripts, please visit the Assessment Center in the Student Services building or call 505.925.8560.

CLEP Exam Charts

General ExamsScoreEquivalent UNM CourseCredit Granted
Humanities50General Credit6
Natural Science50General Credit6
Social Science & History50General Credit6
CLEP Subject ExamsScoreEquivalent UNM CourseCredit Granted
Algebra, College59MATH 1213
American Government65POLS 2003
Biology50BIOL 1103
Calculus70MATH 162L4
Chemistry63CHEM 121L - 122L8
French Language48FREN 1013
French Language52FREN 101 & 1026
German Language63GERM 101 & 1026
Human Growth & Development63PSYC 2203
Macroeconomics, Principles of54ECON 1053
Management, Principles of54MGMT 1133
Marketing, Principles of50MGMT 2223
Microeconomics, Principles of54ECON 1063
Psychology, Introductory56PSYC 1053
Sociology, Introductory59SOCI 1013
Spanish Language45SPAN 1013
Spanish Language50SPAN 101 & 1026
Spanish Language57SPAN 101, 102, 201 & 20212
US History I55HIST 161L3
US History II55HIST 162L3
Western Civiliation I55HIST 1013
Western Civiliation II55HIST 1023