Assessment & Testing

NLU's Library and Learning Support provides the following assessments and testing for undergraduate and graduate applicants and students.

Undergraduate Student Assessments

Graduate Student Assessments

Testing Accommodations
Applicants and students who wish to request special testing accommodations for a physical or learning disability issue should make arrangements by calling 312-261-3188 or emailing pploegman@nl.edu.

 

 

 COMPASS® Math and Writing Placement Assessments

The COMPASS® math and writing placement assessments are untimed, computer-based assessments that gauge students’ math and writing skills. NLU uses the assessment results to determine the appropriate level of placement in math and writing courses.  Depending on the results, students place in either a developmental course or a credit course.

The COMPASS® math assessment is computer-adaptive, which means that the number of questions presented during the assessment depends on the number of questions answered correctly.  As a result, test completion times will vary, but students should expect to spend approximately one hour taking the test.

University policy requires all undergraduate students to take the math assessment before enrolling in their first math course at NLU.

  • Students are encouraged to plan ahead and take the assessment early in their programs.
  • Students can prepare for the test by completing the Math Assessment Practice Questions for the course level they require (see Preparation Materials and Info below).

Students should follow up with their academic advisors for placement results.

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Testing Dates and Locations:  see Assessment & Testing Schedule

Registration: Registration is required for the COMPASS Math and Writing Placement Assessments no later than one business day before the scheduled testing time at the desired campus.  Please click on the Assessment & Testing Schedule link above for testing dates and times at the Chicago, Elgin, Lisle, North Shore, and Wheeling campuses.

  • To register, students should email the following information to learn@nl.edu : first and last name; student ID number (if known); daytime telephone number; test name; test date; test location. 
  • Within one business day, students will receive an email  confirming the location and time of the test. If they don't receive a confirmation email by the end of two business days, they should again email learn@nl.edu.

Cost: none

Students should bring: Photo ID, NLU student ID number, 2 sharpened pencils, allowable calculator

Preparation Materials and Info:


Criterion Writing Assessment

The Criterion is a computer-based writing assessment that provides evaluation of students' writing skills.  NLU uses the assessment as an entrance examination for graduate programs in the College of Management and Business and some programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The assessment consists of two writing samples:
1) one 45-minute essay on an issue in response to a prompt
2) one 30-minute argument essay in response to a prompt 

This is an online, timed writing assessment.  Students will use a computer to compose and submit their work. During the test, there will not be access to a dictionary, thesaurus, or spell-checker.

Students will receive their results within two to three business days.


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Testing Dates and Locations:  see Assessment & Testing Schedule

Registration: Registration is required for the Criterion Writing Assessment no later than one business day prior to the scheduled testing date at the desired campus.  Please click on the Assessment & Testing Schedule link above for testing dates and times at the Chicago, Elgin, Lisle, North Shore, and Wheeling campuses.

  • To register, students should email the following information to learn@nl.edu : first and last name; student ID number (if known); daytime telephone number; test name; test date; test location.

  • Within one business day, students will receive an email confirming the location and time of the test. If they don't receive a confirmation email by the end of two business days, they should again email learn@nl.edu.

Cost: $55.00, which will be applied to students’ accounts once their scores have been processed.  Payment is not needed on day of test.

Students should bring: Photo ID

Preparation Materials and Info:

Criterion Sample Topics


English Competency Test

The English Competency Test (ECT) is an undergraduate writing assessment with which students demonstrate their ability to write with minimum college-level writing skills. These skills include competency in organization, unity, coherence, grammar, and mechanics.

The ECT is a 60-minute timed essay exam. In response to a prompt, students compose the essay on a computer using Microsoft Word.

The ECT is offered once per academic quarter. Students should consult their academic advisors to determine if successful completion of this test is required by their programs prior to graduation.

Students will receive their ECT results by email within two to three weeks after the test date.

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Testing Date and Locations

Spring Quarter ECT - Thursday, 5/22/14, at 5:00pm on the Chicago, Lisle, and North Shore campuses

Registration: Registration is required for the ECT no later than one business day before the scheduled testing date.

  • To register, student should email the following information to learn@nl.edu: your first and last name; your NLU student ID number; your daytime telephone number; the test name; the test date; and the test location.

  • Within one to two business days, student will receive an email confirming the location and time of the test. If they don't receive a confirmation email by the end of two business days, they should again email learn@nl.edu.

Cost: none

Students should bring: Photo ID and NLU student ID number

Preparation Materials and Info:


Miller Analogies Test

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level mental ability computer-based test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies. It consists of 120 partial analogies that are to be completed in 60 minutes. Fluency in the English language, a broad knowledge of literature, philosophy, history, science, mathematics, and fine arts, and the ability to reason out relationships may contribute to performance on the MAT. There is no foreign-language edition of the MAT. No one is permitted to use a dictionary or any other reference aid when taking the test.

The Miller Analogies Test is waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

NOTE: NLU only proctors the MAT for current NLU students and NLU applicants.

ADA Accommodations
Prospective test-takers needing special accommodations must have requests approved by Pearson Assessment, Inc. prior to scheduling the Miller Analogies Test with NLU. Contact www.milleranalogies.com and follow the Disability Accommodations link or phone 800-622-3231. After Pearson Inc. approves the request, contact millertest@nl.edu to schedule a private testing session, as allowed, 2-3 weeks in advance of the desired test date.

 

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MAT locations, dates, and times:

Lisle Campus

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5 p.m., Building 850, Room 301
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5 p.m., Building 850, Room 301
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5 p.m., Building 850, Room 301
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 5 p.m., Building 850, Room 301
  • Wednesday, JUne 18, 2014, 5 p.m., Building 850, Room 301

Chicago Campus 

  • Monday, April 21, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 4036
  • Monday, May 5, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 4036
  • Monday, May 19, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 4036
  • Monday, June 2, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 4036
  • Monday, June 16, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 4036

Wheeling Campus

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 144
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 144
  • Thursday, May 22, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 144
  • Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 144
  • Thursday, June 19, 2014, 5 p.m., Room 144

Registration:  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

  • Only available for current NLU students or NLU applicants.
  • To register, students should email the following information to millertest@nl.edu -- first and last name, social security number, date of birth, daytime telephone number, and the test date and test location desired. Incomplete registration requests cannot be processed.
  • Within two to three business days, students will receive a confirmation email, which is required before they can take the test. If a confirmation email is not received by the end of three business days, students should again contact millertest@nl.edu.
  • Registration closes 48 business hours prior to the scheduled test or when the session is full, whichever comes first.

Cost: $80, payable at the time of test by check or money order made payable to National Louis University (credit/debit cards are NOT accepted).

Time:  Even though the test is timed for 60 minutes, allow at least an hour and a half for the entire process of signing in and testing. 

Students should bring:

  • Two forms of identification (a photo ID and one other form)
  • Retake ticket if applicable
  • Payment
  • Complete names and addresses of institutions where scores are to be sent if they do not appear on the MAT Score Recipient Codes list at www.milleranalogies.com (You may request that scores be sent to three institutions.)

Preparation Materials and Info:


Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal is the graduate admission test to the College of Arts and Sciences at National Louis University. The Appraisal is required for anyone seeking enrollment to the Department of Counseling and Human Services graduate and certificate programs. Faculty of the respective graduate degree programs determine the score level for admission. Results of the test, which include a raw score and a percentile rank, are reported to the student and to Admissions.

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal is a 50- minute timed 80-item test that measures the student's ability to draw inferences, recognize assumptions, engage in deductive reasoning and evaluate arguments. The exercises include problems, statements, arguments, interpretations, and data similar to those that are encountered on a daily basis at work, in the classroom, and in newspaper and magazine articles.


Students will receive their results by email within two to three business days.

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Testing Dates and Locations: see Assessment & Testing Schedule

Registration: Registration is required for the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal no later than one business day prior to the scheduled testing date at the desired campus.  Please click on the Assessment & Testing Schedule link above for testing dates and times at the Chicago, Elgin, Lisle, North Shore, and Wheeling campuses.

  • To register, students should email the following to learn@nl.edu: first and last name; student ID number (if known); daytime telephone number; test name; test date; test location. 
  • Within one business day, students will receive an email confirming the location and time of the test.  If they don't receive a confirmation email by the end of two business days, they should again email learn@nl.edu.

Cost:  $55.00, which will be applied to students’ accounts once their scores have been processed.  Payment is not needed on day of test.

Students should bring:  Photo ID

Preparation Materials and Info.:

The Watson-Glaser is a measure of cognitive ability.  This means that preparation is limited.  The best way to be prepared is to come to the assessment focused, rested, and engaged.

The assessment itself is made up of several short passages and 80 questions. The assessment measures one’s skills in thinking, reasoning, and intelligence.  The questions measure one’s ability to understand:

  • a strong versus a weak argument
  • relevant versus irrelevant data
  • whether or not a conclusion follows from given data
  • whether or not there is sufficient information to make a conclusion
  • what assumptions were made

Watson-Glaser example questions

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632

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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632

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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632

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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard
    Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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