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 GED.com or HiSET.ETS.org. 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 Exams||Score||Equivalent UNM Course||Credit Granted|
|Natural Science||50||General Credit||6|
|Social Science & History||50||General Credit||6|
|CLEP Subject Exams||Score||Equivalent UNM Course||Credit Granted|
|Algebra, College||59||MATH 121||3|
|American Government||65||POLS 200||3|
|Chemistry||63||CHEM 121L - 122L||8|
|French Language||48||FREN 101||3|
|French Language||52||FREN 101 & 102||6|
|German Language||63||GERM 101 & 102||6|
|Human Growth & Development||63||PSYC 220||3|
|Macroeconomics, Principles of||54||ECON 105||3|
|Management, Principles of||54||MGMT 113||3|
|Marketing, Principles of||50||MGMT 222||3|
|Microeconomics, Principles of||54||ECON 106||3|
|Psychology, Introductory||56||PSYC 105||3|
|Sociology, Introductory||59||SOCI 101||3|
|Spanish Language||45||SPAN 101||3|
|Spanish Language||50||SPAN 101 & 102||6|
|Spanish Language||57||SPAN 101, 102, 201 & 202||12|
|US History I||55||HIST 161L||3|
|US History II||55||HIST 162L||3|
|Western Civiliation I||55||HIST 101||3|
|Western Civiliation II||55||HIST 102||3|