Departmental Examination Program (DEP)

DEP exams are usually constructed and graded on campus. Most tests vary from 30 minutes to 3 hours in length, and may include objective questions, essay questions, and/or skills tests.

Some DEP tests may be taken only once. Some may be re-taken after a specified time period. Check with Testing Services for details.

Test Title Required Score Credits Awarded How often you may take the exam
Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology

75%

ANTH 2316, Cultural Anthropology Once only
Physical Anthropology

See Dept

ANTH 1415, Physical Anthropology Once only
Art –¬†Consists of a test and two written art critiques. Request an information sheet from Testing Services.
Introduction to the Visual Arts

70%

ARHA 2305, Introduction to Visual Art Once only
Astronomy
Introduction to Astronomy

70%

ASTR 1301, Introduction to Astronomy May repeat on next scheduled cycle of tests
Introduction to Astronomy Lab

70%

ASTR 1101, Introduction to Astronomy Lab May repeat on next scheduled cycle of tests
Chemistry
Fundamental Chemistry I

55%

CHEM 1400, Fundamental Chemistry I Once only
General Chemistry I

56%

CHEM 1402, General Chemistry I Once only
General Chemistry II

56%

CHEM 1403, General Chemistry II Once only
Computer Science –¬†If you would like to test out of a Computer Science Class, discuss your options with the chairperson of Computer Science. Tip: Make sure the class you are interested in is actually a CPSC course. For example, Fundamentals of Information Technology is a management course.
Engineering –¬†If you would like to test out of an Engineering Class, discuss your options with the chairperson of Engineering.
Information Science
Enterprise Information Science I

70%

IFSC 1201, Enterprise Information Science I Once only
Leisure Science
Golf

80%

LESC 1117, Beginning Golf Department chair approval required
Swimming

80%

LESC 1105, Beginning Swimming Department chair approval required
Tennis

80%

LESC 1116, Beginning Tennis Department chair approval required
Management
Fundamentals of Information Technology

70%

MGMT 1310, Fundamentals of Information Technology Department chair approval required
Mathematics
Business Calculus

70%

MATH 1342, Business Calculus Once per semester (Fall, Spring or Summer)
Trigonometry

70%

MATH 1303, Trigonometry Once per semester (Fall, Spring or Summer)
Elementary Algebra

66%

MATH 0300, Elementary Algebra
(Not a college-level course. Refer to COMPASS for the math placement test information.)
Once per semester (Fall, Spring or Summer)
Intermediate Algebra

63%

MATH 0301, Intermediate Algebra
(Not a college-level course. Refer to COMPASS for the math placement test information.)
Once per semester (Fall, Spring or Summer)
Music
Aural Skills I

80%

MUTH 2192, Aural Skills I Once only
Aural Skills II

80%

MUTH 2193, Aural Skills II Once only
Aural Skills III

80%

MUTH 3192, Aural Skills III Once only
Introduction to Theory

80%

MUTH 1381, Introduction to Theory Once only
Music Fundamentals

70%

MUTH 1310, Music Fundamentals Once only
Music Theory I

80%

MUTH 2381, Music Theory I Once only
Music Theory II

70%

MUED 2391, Music Theory II Once only
Introduction to Music

70%

MUHL 2305, Introduction to Music Once only
Public School Music for Elementary Teachers

70%

MUED 3332, Public School Music for Elementary Teachers Once only
Physics
Physical Concepts
(SAT II Subject Test)

51st percentile

PHYS 1310, Physical Concepts According to SAT restrictions
Speech Communication –¬†Consists of a written test and a speech given to the faculty. Request an information sheet from Testing Services.
Speech Communication

70%

SPCH 1300, Speech Communication May repeat on next scheduled cycle of tests
Theatre and Dance –¬†Consists of a performance attendance and critique, the reading of a play and analysis, and a written exam. Request an information sheet from Testing Services.
Introduction to Theatre and Dance

70%

THEA 2305, Introduction to Theatre and Dance Once only

DEP Schedule and Test Administration Location

Tests Test Dates Test Administration Location
Accounting By appointment Accounting Dept
Anthropology By appointment Anthropology Dept
Art March 1 of each year.
Introduction to Visual Arts is offered the fourth Friday after the beginning of the fall and spring semesters
Art Dept
Astronomy Last week of fall and spring semesters Astronomy Dept
Chemistry By appointment Testing Services
Computer Science Computer Science Dept Computer Science Dept
Engineering By appointment Engineering Dept
Leisure Science During finals week in semesters the class is offered Leisure Science Dept
Management By appointment Management Dept
Mathematics Second Thursday of the month by appointment.
The Elementary and Intermediate Algebra exams are offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The College Math, Business Calculus, and Trigonometry Exams are offered at 2:00 p.m.
Testing Services
Music By appointment Music Dept
Physics According to the College Board Schedule SAT Test Centers
Speech First full week of August, November, and March Speech Dept
Theatre By appointment Test and script analysis administered in Testing Services

DEP Scoring Information

Departmental exams vary according to the subject. Some of the passing scores are percentage scores; others are percentile scores. Others are point scores, and a few are simply pass or fail. Complete information is available from the Office of Testing Services.

Score processing time varies, but most score reports are processed within six weeks of the test date.

DEP Test Schedule and Registration

Schedule varies by test. Check the DEP Calendar below.

    To register:

  • Come to Testing Services located at the new Student Services Center room 315 at least one week prior to the test date.
  • Fill out a DEP registration form.
  • For all DEPs, except math, take the registration form to the appropriate department for approval.¬† (For example, if you want to take a Chemistry DEP, you must take the registration form to the Chemistry Department.)¬† The department chairperson or a designee will sign the form.¬† (This step is not necessary for the math DEPs.)
  • If you have questions regarding how to prepare, ask in the department.¬† (Testing Services has handouts for Speech DEPs only.)
  • Submit your completed DEP registration form with a check, money order (payable to UALR), VISA, or MasterCard.¬†Cash is not accepted in Testing Services. The deadline to submit your form and fee is at least one week in advance of the test date.
  • Receive an Admission Ticket with test day information.

Test Fee

$35 – Check, money order, VISA, or MasterCard. Cash is not accepted in Testing Services. If you have only cash, you may pay at the UALR Cashier’s Office on the first floor of the Student Services Center. Retain your receipt because you will have to show it as proof of payment to Testing Services staff. Note that the Cashier’s Office is not open on Saturdays.