The UExcel is a series of exams created by the UExcel Excelsior College Examination Program to measure a student's knowledge of specific college coursework. The tests were designed by Excelsior College as a way to award college credit to working adults and non-traditional students who want to save time and or money by not taking a full college course. Students are encouraged to check with their universities to see if transfer credit from Excelsior College will be accepted before registering for an exam.
The UExcel exams are offered several times throughout the academic year. After registering for the exam, students must contact Pearson VUE to schedule a testing date at a convenient Pearson testing center. Testing dates vary depending on the exam and testing center selected.
Though UExcel exams vary depending on the subject, most exams are two hours long. Some nursing and science exams are three hours long.
Most UExcel exams cost $95; some nursing and science exams cost over $345 to $365, and the English Composition exam is $460. Pearson VUE charges an additional administration fee of $50 for a two-hour test and $60 for a three-hour test.
The UExcel is offered in Pearson VUE testing centers across the country and around the world. To find a convenient testing center, search online by zip code or street address.
A free MyExcelsior account is required to register for the UExcel online. Once students register, they must choose an academic term in which to test. Upon receiving an "Authorization to Test" letter, students can contact Pearson VUE to schedule their exams.
What Is On the UExcel Tests
Most UExcel exams are multiple choice tests ranging from 60 to 120 items, though some exams require an essay. Specific information about the content of each exam as well as sample questions and a curriculum guide can be found online.
How the UExcel Tests Are Scored
Most UExcel exams are scored as a letter grade, though the grading scale varies for each exam. Essay exams are graded using a 3-18 point scale according to a rubric that measures the elements of writing. Specific scoring information for each exam is found in the Exam Content Guides.
There are no penalties for leaving a question blank or for answering incorrectly. Students are encouraged to guess rather than leaving any answer bubbles blank.
Excelsior College records letter grades on the student's transcript and awards credit for the course. Students can then submit their transcripts to the university of their choice to request transfer credits.
Retaking the UExcel Tests
Students can retake a UExcel exam to improve their grades up to a maximum of four times total, but no more than three times in one year. Nursing students may take an exam a maximum of three times total.
There is a waiting period of 60 days between the first exam and the second attempt. If a third or fourth retake is requested, students must wait 120 days before registering for a new exam. Additional registration and administration fees are required for each retake.