Student Learning Center


Testing Mission

The Franklin University Testing Center supports the mission of the Student Learning Center by empowering individuals to become independent life-long learners, through our testing services.

We facilitate the testing process and provide test proctoring services for all Franklin University students, and the surrounding Central Ohio community. Our policies and staff uphold the integrity of the testing process by adhering to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. Our services include:

   • Out-of-class and make-up testing
   • Placement testing
   • Proficiency testing (CLEP, DSST and FUPE)
   • Proctoring Services for non-Franklin testing


Contact us with any questions about testing


Testing Information

Accommodated Testing

The Student Learning Center willingly provides special test accommodations for all candidates who qualify for non-standard test administrations. Franklin students who believe they qualify for special accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services for assistance with this process.

The Student Learning Center will also provide accommodations for those non-Franklin individuals utilizing our proctoring services coordinated through the requesting institution or testing company. 

Class Testing

Class testing is the most common service provided by the SLC. Students do not need to make appointments at the Main Campus SLC to take out-of-class exams. Students must take their tests prior to their instructor's assigned deadline and during our hours of operation. As with all testing, a government issued photo ID is required.

Local Students
Central Ohio students take proctored exams at the Main Campus in downtown Columbus or at the Dublin Testing Center.

Central Indiana students take proctored exams at the Indianapolis Location Testing Center.

Beavercreek area students take proctored exams at the Beavercreek Location Testing Center.

Online Students
Students unable to travel to campus (outside 30 minutes of a Franklin location) must find a proctor to administer the test and complete the Proctor Form on the Course Website. Proctors must be approved by the SLC. Exams can be sent directly to proctors via email or fax. Per the Franklin University academic bulletin, students are required to locate an appropriate proctor and are responsible for any/all associated fees.

Need help finding a proctor? 
Try the National College Testing Association.  
Does your class have computer-based exams? - If so try ProctorU
Neither of these options work? Learn more about our proctor expectations and you can always e-mail us at 
SLC Test Center Class Test Policies

CLEP Proficiency Tests

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides computer-based, multiple-choice standardized tests that award students college credit for what they already know. CLEP tests are $80 and take 90 minutes to complete*. Please note there is also a $25 administration fee assessed for all CLEP tests completed at Franklin University's testing center.

*The College Composition CLEP contains approximately 50 multiple-choice items to be answered in 50 minutes and two mandatory, centrally scored essays to be written in 70 minutes (for a total of 120 minutes).  Shortly after each administration of the College Composition examination, college English faculty from around the country score the essays via an online scoring system. Students usually receive their scores three to four weeks after testing.

Most CLEP score reports are available immediately after the test is completed. However, processing may take up to five weeks. It’s best to complete exams before submitting your graduation application. Proficiency examinations must be completed a minimum of three weeks prior to graduation. You may repeat unsuccessful attempts to pass a CLEP after a three-month period.

Students living outside of Central Ohio will need to visit the CLEP website to locate an official CLEP testing center. Active military students should speak with their Academic Advisor prior to taking a CLEP examination because registration may differ.

Credit by examination is under review and is subject to change. Please check with your Academic Advisor or the SLC for the most up-to-date information.

DSST Proficiency Tests

DSST credit by exam program gives students the opportunity to receive college credit by completing internet-based, multiple choice standardized exams. DSST tests are $80 and take approximately two hours to complete*. Please note there is also a $25 administration fee assessed for all DSST tests completed at Franklin University's testing center. 

DSST Tests Available at Franklin

Register to Take a DSST

DSST Exam Prep

Most DSST score reports are available immediately after the test is completed. However, processing may take up to four weeks. It’s best to complete exams before submitting your graduation application. Proficiency examinations must be completed a minimum of three weeks prior to graduation.You may repeat unsuccessful attempts to pass a DSST after 90 days.

Students living outside of Central Ohio will need to visit the DSST website to locate an official DSST testing center.

Credit by examination is under review and is subject to change. Franklin students please check with your Academic Advisor or the SLC for the most up-to-date information.

SLC Test Center DSST Policies

FUPE Proficiency Tests

Franklin University Proficiency Examinations (FUPEs) are paper- or computer-based exams that offer you course credit at Franklin University for your prior knowledge and experiences. FUPE credit is designed specifically for Franklin University and may not transfer to other institutions. Each exam is $40/credit hour. Grading and processing may take up to 15 business days, so it’s best to complete exams before submitting your graduation application. Proficiency examinations must be completed a minimum of three weeks prior to graduation.

Taking FUPE outside of Central Ohio? You'll need a proctor to complete your exam. View our Proctor Expectation for more information. Contact to set up your FUPE!

FUPE Study Guides



SLC Test Center FUPE Policies

Non-Franklin Proctor Services

The Student Learning Center provides testing services to individuals enrolled at schools other than Franklin University. Each proctored exam costs $25. Franklin is a member of the National College Testing Association's Consortium of College Testing Centers.


  1. Register and pay for your exam
  2. Have your institution mail or email testing materials to the SLC.

SLC Test Center Non-Franklin Policies

Placement Testing

You will take either computer- or paper-based placement exams. Students taking placement tests must meet with their Admissions Advisor or Academic Advisor before taking exams. View our Test Descriptions and Study Guides below. 

Franklin University has established the following placement testing procedures that must be followed while taking assessments:

  1. On the day of the assessment, you should be sure to take a valid, government-issued photo ID. This can be a driver’s license, passport, state ID, or military ID.
  2. Notebooks or books are not permitted during the tests. Scrap paper will be provided if needed.
  3. You must have your Placement Assessment Form emailed to the SLC by an Academic Advisor or an Admissions Advisor.
  4. Personal belongings must be stored in a locker or left in your vehicle. (Calculators are permitted for MATH 150 and 160.)
  5. You will be asked to sign the Placement Testing Agreement when you begin your first assessment.

Placement exams are designed and used to determine the best fit for students as they begin Franklin Courses.

  • Franklin uses ACCUPLACER tests to determine Re-Entry math, Reading and Writing, and Computer Literacy placements. For more information about ACCUPLACER visit College Board.
  • Your Admissions Advisor will notify you about placement exams that are required before enrollment
  • Want to be sure you know what to expect when taking placement exams? Then check out Student Information for Placement Testing or ESL Student Information for Placement Testing.
  • It is recommend that students take time to prepare for placement tests. In order to assist with this, study guides and practice tests are provided. For those students needing additional prep resources for the Reading and Writing placement test please use the Placement Exam Referral Resources.
  • There is a $15 fee for placement exam retakes.

Local Students

Central Ohio students take placement exams at the Main Campus in downtown Columbus or at the Dublin Location Testing Center. 

Central Indiana student take placement exams at the Indianapolis Location Testing Center.

Beavercreek area students take placement exams at the Beavercreek Location Testing Center.

Distance Students

Students unable to travel to campus (outside of 30 minutes of a Franklin location) must find a Proctor to administer their placement exams. Proctors must be approved by the SLC. Exams can be sent directly to approved proctors via email or fax.

Study Guides and Practices Tests

Test Type

Study Guides and Practice Tests

General Prep Items 

Great for All Tests

Learning Express Library ACCUPLACER Prep
Minnesota Literacy Council ACCUPLACER Prep
TestPrepPractice ACCUPLACER Prep
Mometrix Test Prep

Reading and Writing Reading Comprehension Practice Test
Sentence Skills Practice Test
Re-Entry Math Re-Entry Math Study Guide and Practice Test
Additional Re-Entry Math Practice Test
Khan Academy
Fundamental Algebra Fundamental Algebra Study Guide
Khan Academy
Computer Literacy Computer Literacy Study Guide
Saylor: Computer Skills And Literacy


SLC Test Center Placement Policies

Portfolio Credit Program

The Portfolio Credit Program is a way to earn credit for college-level learning. Through a specially structured project, a student can demonstrate quality of learning in a specific subject and request credit for a related Franklin University course.

To be awarded college credit in this way, learning gained from experience must have several characteristics:

  • General applicability in many situations
  • Theoretical and practical foundation in a specific subject area (not routines, skills or procedures)
  • Quality similar to that expected of classroom students who pass the related course

Prior Learning Portfolio Checklist

 1. Table of Contents  _______
 2.  Autobiography _______
 3.  List of Course Outcomes _______
 4.  Narrative (each outcome numbered) _______
 5.  Documentation (each item lettered) _______
 6.  Two copies (one for evaluation; one kept in your possession) _______
 7.  Each page numbered / lettered _______

Portfolio Credit Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Prior Learning Portfolio?
It is a notebook divided into six sections:

  • A table of contents
  • An autobiography introducing you, your education, and your work background
  • A list of the course outcomes used to compose the portfolio
  • A narrative stating what you know and where you learned each course outcome
  • Copies of documents providing evidence of knowledge and application
  • Your name, address, phone number(s), and email

Can a portfolio be submitted for any course?
A portfolio cannot be submitted for Capstone courses and courses for which a proficiency test is available. In addition, some Program Chairs have identified courses for which portfolio credit will not be given. With the assistance of your Academic Advisor, you will need to determine whether or not a course qualifies for portfolio credit before beginning the process.

How many portfolio credits can I earn?
The total number of portfolio credits and proficiency test credits available depends upon your academic program and transfer credit situation.

Can I just read the book and explain what I know in an essay?
No. You must obtain the knowledge at an earlier time, hence the phrase "prior learning." The documentation you provide will serve as evidence that you have applied the knowledge in a practical manner.

How much does a portfolio credit evaluation cost?
The cost is $50 per credit hour for your evaluation. The fee is non-refundable, so if you do not pass, there is no refund.

Am I on my own, or does someone help me with my portfolio?
The Testing Specialist in the Student Learning Center (SLC) can help you, but you must know the content material. The SLC only assists to make sure you have formatted and organized the information properly. Although the Testing Specialist is not an evaluator, he/she can tell you if your material is substantially lower in quality than that of other portfolios that have received credit.

How do I know if I can earn the credit?
Carefully analyze the course outcomes on the syllabus as if they were essay exam questions. If you can write a solid, appropriately detailed essay for each one and support your claim of knowledge with written documentation, then you have a good chance of receiving credit.

Who evaluates my portfolio?
The Program Chair or a faculty member who regularly teaches the course evaluates the portfolio.

When can I expect to know the outcome of my evaluation?
Faculty evaluators have 30 days from the time they receive the portfolio from the SLC. This means you must submit your portfolio by the trimester prior to graduation so that you can take the course if credit is not granted.

Do I get a grade?
As with transfer credit, a letter grade is not given – only the credit. Your portfolio will be kept in the SLC and will not be returned to you. You may request it from the SLC.

Is there any appeal process if my portfolio isn't awarded credit?
Yes, you may file an appeal by following the Academic Grade Appeal Process, which is outlined in the Academic Bulletin.

Steps & Tips To Prepare a Prior Learning Portfolio

  1. Meet with the Academic Advisor for your major and work out a chronological plan so you know which courses you need for your degree program, and which may qualify for portfolio credit.
  2. Make a preliminary list of the courses for which you believe you have previously gained college-level learning using your chronological plan and the Academic Bulletin.
  3. Contact the SLC in Fisher Hall to request copies of course syllabi, which list course outcomes for the courses you chose in step No. 2.
  4. Compare your learning with the course outcomes stated on the syllabus, and make a final selection of the course for which you wish to prepare a portfolio.
  5. Construct an outline of your portfolio. It might help to go back to the previous explanation of the six parts of the portfolio and write a brief description of what you plan to include in each of these sections. When you have the outline completed, schedule a meeting with the respective Lead Faculty responsible for the course to go over your plans.
  6. Begin gathering documentation of your prior learning. This can include work samples, copies of training certificates, letters of testimonial or evaluation, or other such materials.
  7. Meet with the Testing Specialist in the SLC to see a sample portfolio and discuss ways to go about writing the required sections. Call 614.947.6800 to make an appointment that should last about 30 minutes. Alternately, you can contact the Testing Specialist and send your documentation electronically.
  8. After completing your portfolio, return it electronically to the Testing Specialist, or make an appointment at the SLC for a "draft check" to ensure that it has all the required information. Payment is due at this time in your process. Visit RegisterBlast to make your payment.
  9. Revise and submit the final portfolio to the Testing Specialist, who will send it to the evaluator.

Tips for Writing the Autobiography

There are two approaches to writing an autobiography. The first type is an expanded résumé, and the second type is a reflective essay. The expanded résumé generally provides more specific career information, while the reflective essay provides more opportunity to demonstrate insight and creativity. The evaluators do not have a preference for one type over another.

To write an expanded résumé, simply start with a résumé you have written for a class, a job search, or some other purpose. Then write a paragraph for each major segment, making sure that the connections between sections and the motives you had for self-directed learning are clearly stated. Although some students start with their first important, professional-level jobs and leave out part-time work, others do include part-time jobs, especially those that were significant contributors to growth and self-directedness or that contributed to the development of competencies documented in the portfolio.

To write a reflective essay, review your life and list five to 10 major events in chronological order. After you compose the list, focus on your pathway toward self-direction as a learner and the competencies in the course for which you are requesting credit. Also think about your motivations for significant transitions and the growth that resulted from your experiences. Finally, write a paragraph about each major phase in your life, being sure to explain the transitions between phases so that the story can be easily understood by a reader who does not know you.

Tips for Gathering and Organizing Documentation

Documentation includes work samples, certificates, letters, commendations, reference book tables of contents, training course outlines, newspaper articles, military records, photographs, publications, audiovisual presentations, licenses, and any other materials that help prove your competence. Because the portfolio will not be returned to you, original documents should not be submitted, only photocopies. Finally, separate the documents by letter as appendices.

Instructions for Writing the Narrative

The narrative must follow a structured format so the evaluators can easily discern the level of your competence. Below is a brief explanation of the format that must be followed for each course outcome. In a well-written portfolio, information about each outcome includes approximately one and a half pages of text. The format may be clearer if you look at a completed portfolio while reading the explanation. Sample portfolios are available at the SLC.

  1. Course outcomes statement – State the competence you are trying to demonstrate.
  2. Experience – List the resources you used to gain your competence, including but not limited to: books, coursework, individuals, projects, workshops, and work assignments.
  3. Learning – Compose an essay explaining what you know about the course outcomes. Since many course outcomes are complex, consider the limit implied in the outcome statement, and include information on any secondary topic.
  4. Documentation link – Explain how the document substantiates your learning. Briefly identify how the documents in the appendices relate to your competence in the outcomes statement.


Test Vendors

The Main Campus SLC in Downtown Columbus currently administers exams for the following test vendors:

National Testing Network: NTN offers candidate screening exams for local and national public safety positions. To see if your area utilizes NTN screening check their department locator. To schedule a screening exam please register through the National Testing Network website. 

PearsonVue: PearsonVUE delivers millions of high-stakes tests a year across the globe for clients in the licensure, certification, academic admissions, regulatory, and government testing service markets. Our most commonly administered PearsonVue exams include the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE), the GED, and CompTIA certifications. To register for one of these exams or any of the other PearsonVue suite, please visit the PearsonVue website.

Castle Worldwide: Castle provides certification and licensure exams in a variety of different areas, including cosmetic, athletic training, paralegal, and the medical field. To register for one of these exams visit the Castle Worldwide website