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The UB Career Services Testing Center offers the students of the University at Buffalo (and the general public) a wide range of standardized testing services. The lab is in operation year round and is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm. Testing is conducted on Saturdays on certain predetermined days. Examination times vary depending on the specific type of exam a student takes. The following provides you information on making appointments, costs and times of exams, directions to our facility, and phone numbers you can call for further assistance.


Making an Appointment


Computer Based Exams

Select and view additional details by exam type:

GRE +

The GRE exam is offered on Tuesdays through Saturdays on various dates each month (excluding holidays). The exam runs 4.5 hours. Our testing center administers the exams. GRE grades the exams at an off-site location. Please allow 10-15 business days (2-3 weeks) for your exam to be graded and your transcripts to be sent to your institutions. Please contact the individual department/school where you are applying if you have questions about admissions requirements.

Candidates who wish to register can either register online or register in person at the Career Services office. Candidates can NOT register over the phone.

To register online:

  1. Go to www.gre.org External Site Link Icon
  2. All candidates will need to create an account with GRE. Creating an account is free.
  3. Candidates can then complete the registration process.
  4. To find the dates and times for UB’s test center enter the zip code 14260.
  5. To register online, candidates will need to submit their payment with a credit or debit card.

Here is a tutorial on how to register for the GRE: PDF (3.5MB) | Powerpoint (3.3MB)

To register in person:

  1. Bring a valid government issued ID and full payment External Site Link Icon for the GRE. Payment can only be made with credit card, debit card or check or money order. Checks or money orders must be made out to "ETS-GRE"
  2. Come to 259 Capen Hall and ask to speak with someone to assist you with GRE registration.
  3. All candidates will need to create an account with GRE. Creating an account is free.
  4. Candidates can then complete the registration process.

To cancel or reschedule a test appointment, the candidate can contact GRE-ETS directly at 1-866-473-4373, go online to www.gre.org External Site Link Icon . Please refer to the GRE website (www.gre.org External Site Link Icon ) for the latest information about costs. The candidate must call to cancel or reschedule no later than 3 full business days before the appointment (not including the day of the test appointment). If a candidate gives less than 3 days notice and does not test, he/she will forfeit the entire testing fee. There will be a re-schedule fee. Partial refunds will be issued with proper notice. On the day of the exam, you will need to bring one primary, government or state-issued form of identification that has a picture and a signature (e.g. a driver's license or a passport). Please review the GRE guidelines for proper identification External Site Link Icon . If you do not have the appropriate identification, you will NOT be allowed to test and you will forfeit your testing fee.

For more information: www.gre.org External Site Link Icon .

ibtTOEFL +

The ibtTOEFL exam is offered on select dates and time. The exam runs 4.5 hours. In order to register for an ibtTOEFL exam, the candidate must do so online at www.toefl.org External Site Link Icon and pay with a credit card. Please see the ibtTOEFL website for the latest information regarding test costs. Cancellations or reschedules are also done on the ibtTOEFL website. Also, ID requirements have changed for this exam. The testing candidate can have EITHER a VALID passport from their home country or VALID Driver's license from USA only. If signature on passport is not in English, the testing candidate MUST provide another form of ID with an English signature, i.e.; driver's license, National ID card, or Military ID card. If you do not have the appropriate identification, you will NOT be allowed to test and you will forfeit your testing fee.

For more information on the ibtTOEFL: www.toefl.org External Site Link Icon .

CLEP +

General Information

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Pass any of the 33 CLEP exams and achieve your college and career goals. CLEP exams are generally 90 minute exams. Each college sets its own policy regarding which CLEP exams it will grant credit for and how many credits it will award. Please visit http://clep.collegeboard.org/ External Site Link Icon for more information.

Contact your admission officer or academic adviser to learn more about the CLEP policy at your institution. If you are not yet enrolled in a college when you take your CLEP exam, you can send your scores to your college when you enroll. For a list of the colleges that grant credit for CLEP, visit the Institution Search External Site Link Icon .

How to schedule a CLEP Exam

CLEP exams are offered year-round and scheduled by individual appointment only and scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We offer these exams on various days in the week.

Please call 716-645-4624 to find out available times and dates. The total cost for a CLEP exam = $105. Registering for a CLEP exam is a 2 step process that requires 2 separate payments.

Step 1:
In order to register, the testing candidate must submit a $25 non-refundable administration fee to reserve an appointment time. Test takers may come to the testing office in person and pay by check or money order (payable to "University at Buffalo"), or call the testing office at (716) 645-4624 to pay by credit card over the phone. We accept Visa Card, Master Card, or Discover Card. When scheduling a test appointment, test takers will need to submit:

  • Their name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • The exam title they intend to take
  • The $25 non-refundable registration fee
  • The day, date, and time they prefer to take the exam. Our office will do our best to accommodate your request

If the appointment is cancelled, the $25 fee cannot be returned. There will be a $10 re-schedule fee if the candidate wishes to reschedule his/her exam appointment.

Step 2:
Test takers must complete a CLEP profile, select the exam they intend to take and pay the $80 CLEP fee online External Site Link Icon . Test takers must create a personal account through the My Account registration portal (look in the top right corner of the screen). CLEP recommends that test takers utilize Google Chrome or Firefox browser.

Once you have registered, please print your CLEP exam registration ticket. Bring this ticket and your valid identification with you on the day of your exam.

How to Prepare for a CLEP Exam

For a complete recommendation on how to best prepare for a CLEP exam, please visit the CLEP Test Preparation Website External Site Link Icon .

CLEP recommends utilizing their official study guides along with a college textbook and materials in comparable college course. Check with your bookstore to find out which books and materials are used for the related course.

CLEP offers two study guides. One is the CLEP Official Study Guide. This is a comprehensive guide that covers all 33 exams, includes practice questions, and more. The price for the CLEP Official Study Guide is usually around $25.00. The CLEP Exam Guide is specific to one exam and costs around $10.00. If you plan to take one or two exams, choosing the individual subject guides may be more cost effective. If you plan to take muliple exams, purchasing the CLEP Official Study Guide may be more beneficial. There are also other CLEP study guides and materials avaiable. Check your nearest bookstore or online to explore your options. Other helpful sources include textbooks and materials used in comparable college courses. Check with your college bookstore to find out which books and materials are used for the related course. For more information on the study guides visit CLEP Study Resources External Site Link Icon .

On exam day, be prepared to bring the following to the test center

  • A valid registration ticket from My Account registration portal.
  • Registration forms or printouts that are required by the test center. Make sure you have filled out all necessary paperwork in advance of your testing date.
  • Your driver's license, passport or other government issued identification that includes your photograph and signature, as well as a secondary form of ID that includes a photo and/or your signature, such as a student ID. You will be asked to show this identification to be admitted to the testing area. The last name on your primary ID must match the name on your registration ticket.
  • Military test-takers, bring your military ID and Social Security card.
  • Home-schoolers, if you do not have the required government-issued ID, please complete a Student ID Form, which is valid for one year. The form must be accompanied by a recognizable photo, with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo. The form must be signed in front of a school official or notary. If you fail to present appropriate ID, you will not be tested.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability, such as learning or physical disability, that would prevent you from taking a CLEP exam under standard conditions, you may request accommodations at your preferred test center. Contact our test center well in advance of the test date to make the necessary arrangements and to find out its deadline for submission of documentation and approval of accommodations.

Accommodations that can be arranged directly with test centers include:

  • ZoomText (screen magnification)
  • Modifiable screen colors
  • Use of a reader, amanuensis, or a sign language interpreter
  • Extended time
  • Untimed rest breaks

If the above accommodations do not meet your needs, do not register online for your exam. Contact CLEP Services at clep@info.collegeboard.org for information about other accommodations.

MAT (Miller Analogies Test) +

MAT exams are scheduled by individual appointment only. We offer these exams on various days in the week. Please call 716-645-4624 to find out available times and dates. This is a 60-minute exam. In order to register, the testing candidate may come in person to the testing office, or call the testing office at (716) 645-4624. A non-refundable test fee of $90 is needed to reserve a Miller Analogies Test appointment time. Payment may be made by check or money order in person (payable to "University at Buffalo") or by credit card via phone. To complete the registration process, test takers will need to submit:

  • Their name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • The non-refundable test fee of $90
  • The day, date, and time they prefer to take the exam. Our office will do our best to accommodate your request.

If the appointment is cancelled, the $90 fee cannot be returned. If the test taker wishes to reschedule, there will be a $10 re-schedule fee. For more information on test preparation, test content, scoring, etc. please visit www.milleranalogies.com External Site Link Icon .

Students will receive an unofficial score report immediately following the exam. Official scores are mailed in 10-15 business days (2-3 weeks) to your home and the schools you select.

ACT Exams +

As of November 15, 2012, we will no longer be offering ACT exams.

Other Exams +

The Computer-Based Testing Center offers other exams including but not limited to Praxis, MCAT, and proctoring for selected distance learning programs. For more information on these and other exams, please call (716) 645-4624.


Paper Based Exams

In addition to computer based exams, The Career Services Office also administers Paper based Exams such as the LSAT, paper-based TOEFL, and GRE Subject Tests. Paper Based Exams are offered at different times and dates based on information given inside your specific paper based test bulletin/information booklet or corresponding website.


How to Prepare for an Exam

Preparing for any exam is an individual process. It is up to each individual test taker to determine how long he/she should study and what materials he/she should utilize to adequately prepare for an exam.

How to Prepare for a Graduate/Professional School Exam

In general, test takers are advised to start exploring with the least expensive resources first and proceed from there with investigating the test preparation options.

1. Begin by utilizing the exam preparation materials on the appropriate test’s website. Usually there are free or modestly priced resources you can access at these websites. (See sidebar at right for links to testing sites.)

2. If you want more in depth resources, you can visit your college book store or local book store and find preparation books in the Test Prep section of the store. It is recommended to get a book that comes with a CD rom or accompanying software that allows you the opportunity to practice taking the exam on a computer. Books can range anywhere from $50-$200. Shop around and check out the book that seems right for you. As a test center, we cannot endorse one publication over another.

3. If you still want more assistance in preparing for an exam, test takers can register for a seminar or a class with a test preparation service. There are many test preparation services out there, so shop around. Some test preparation services can be conducted in one night or over a weekend, other services go for an entire semester. The costs can range from $200-$2,000 or more. As a test center, we cannot endorse one service over another.

Directions/Finding Our Facility

Please follow these directions below.
*** If you are using a GPS device in your car, do NOT type in 259 Capen into a GPS unit. You will be directed to the wrong location.***

From East from the Syracuse, Rochester, Batavia area; From the thruway, route 90W, take exit 50 onto the 290W. Look for exit 990 North, otherwise known as the State University/Lockport exit. Get off on the 990 North exit. You will then be on route 990 North. Take the first exit, State University. Go to the first light, turn left onto Rensch Road. Take it to Hadley Road and turn left. Take that to White Road where you will turn right. Your first right is called Governor's lot. You will see a sign directly ahead of you saying "visitors parking". There is a fee after 7 am, and parking is free on Saturday. If you park on the left side you will see Capen Hall directly to your left. From there enter through the ground floor doors, go to the second floor, past the financial aid/student records office, right to 259 Capen Hall, Career Services.

From Buffalo State College on Elmwood Ave (near Albright-Knox Art Gallery/traveling North on Elmwood away from downtown Buffalo). Continue north on Elmwood. Proceed approx. 5 miles to 290 East. From there exit onto route 990 North, otherwise known as the State University/Lockport exit. Once you have taken the 990 North exit, you will then be on the actual 990 North. Take the first exit, State University. Go to the first light, turn left onto Rensch Road. Take it to Hadley Road and turn left. Take that to White Road where you will turn right. Your first right is called Governor's lot. You will see a sign directly ahead of you saying "visitors parking". There is a fee after 7 am, and parking is free on Saturday. If you park on the left side you will see Capen Hall directly to your left. From there enter through the ground floor doors, go to the second floor, past the financial aid/student records office, right to 259 Capen Hall, Career Services.

From the Canada or Niagara Falls region, Take the 190S and go across two Grand Island Bridges to the first exit which is the 290E. From there exit onto route 990 North, otherwise known as the State University/Lockport exit. Once you have taken the 990 North exit, you will then be on the actual 990 North. Take the first exit, State University. Go to the first light, turn left onto Rensch Road. Take it to Hadley Road and turn left. Take that to White Road where you will turn right. Your first right is called Governor's lot. You will see a sign directly ahead of you saying "visitors parking". There is a fee after 7 am, and parking is free on Saturday. If you park on the left side you will see Capen Hall directly to your left. From there enter through the ground floor doors, go to the second floor, past the financial aid/student records office, right to 259 Capen Hall, Career Services.

From Fredonia: take the 90 East until you reach the 290 East (exit 50). Continue on the 290 East until you reach exit #4- Route 990 North. Take the very first exit off the 990 labeled "University at Buffalo." This exit ramp comes to a light. Make a left turn onto Rensch Rd. Go to the next stop sign and turn left onto Hadley Rd. Go to the next stop sign and turn right onto White Rd. Make your first right turn into Governor's A&B Parking Lot. You will see a sign directly ahead of you saying "visitors parking". There is a fee after 7 am, and parking is free on Saturday. If you park on the left side you will see Capen Hall directly to your left. From there enter through the ground floor doors, go to the second floor, past the financial aid/student records office, right to 259 Capen Hall, Career Services.

From Canisius College, Follow Main St East, (away from downtown) to the 290 West. (approx 15 minutes) Take exit #4- Route 990 North. Take the very first exit off the 990 labeled "University at Buffalo." This exit ramp comes to a light. Make a left turn onto Rensch Rd. Go to the next stop sign and turn left onto Hadley Rd. Go to the next stop sign and turn right onto White Rd. Make your first right turn into Governor's A&B Parking Lot. You will see a sign directly ahead of you saying "visitors parking". There is a fee after 7 am, and parking is free on Saturday. If you park on the left side you will see Capen Hall directly to your left. From there enter through the ground floor doors, go to the second floor, past the financial aid/student records office, right to 259 Capen Hall, Career Services.

For additional directions, you can visit the University of Buffalo's website: www.buffalo.edu/directions External Site Link Icon or call (716) 645-4624 during business hours.

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