Academic Success Center
From tutoring, testing, and other services, the ASC helps UC students succeed.
The Academic Success Center (ASC) supports UC students and our community by offering resources related to testing, disability support, and tutoring.
The ASC offers both peer-to-peer and online tutoring to help UC students master their coursework. The ASC also offers CLEP, DSST (DANTES), TEAS and PRAXIS exams.
The UC Academic Success Center offers both online and in-person tutoring (Peer Tutoring), covering a wide range of subjects.
Available on our Charleston campus, students who have demonstrated academic excellence are employed to provide tutoring assistance to students in writing, speaking, and discipline-specific areas.
Discipline-specific areas include math, science, economics, accounting, nursing and radiology. Tutors can also assist with study skills and test-taking strategies.
For students who need tutoring specifically in writing, peer tutors are available to help generate, organize, and develop ideas for papers. Tutors can also explain punctuation and grammar, as well as teach students how to proofread, document secondary sources, and address a host of other writing‐related issues. Additionally, tutors are trained to assist students with the Comm 101 and 102 portfolios.
Online Tutoring – Smarthinking
Smarthinking offers tutoring in a variety of disciplines and formats.
Online Tutoring is available in a wide range of subjects to help you understand and master your courses.
Online Tutoring Anywhere, Anytime
- Math – Introductory Anatomy & Physiology – Biology – Chemistry – Organic Chemistry
- Physics – Economics – Finance – Accounting – Statistics – Spanish – Writing – Reading – Computers &Technology
With smarthinking, you can
- Connect with an e-structor and interact with a live tutor.
- Schedule a Personal Session with an e-structor of your choice.
- Submit your writing for any class to our Online Writing Lab.
- Submit a question and receive a reply from a tutor.
Follow these steps to get started
- Click on this link: https://services.smarthinking.com/saml/auth/index.php?sso&consumer_key=char3pid28843wv
- Smarthinking utilizes single sign-on technology with the UC portal. You may be prompted to enter your UC username and password.
- Complete or edit the information in the About Me tab of your Smarthinking homepage.
CLEP exams are computer-based exams that allow students to provide mastery of college-level materials in introductory subjects and earn college credit. Tests are offered weekly.
There is an $85 fee for taking the exam, and a $20 proctoring fee. You must register ahead of time. For information about the test, or to register, visit https://clepportal.collegeboard.org/myaccount.
|CLEP Subject Examination||UC Equivalent Course||Credit Hours||Minimum Score|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature||ENGL-2XL||3||50|
|College Composition||COMM-101, COMM-102||6||50|
|French, Level 1||FREN-101, 102||6||50|
|French, Level 2||FREN-101, 102, 201,202||12||59|
|German, Level 1||GERM-101 & 102||6||50|
|German, Level 2||GERM-101, 102, 201, 202||12||60|
|History of the United States I||HIST-251||3||50|
|History of the United States II||HIST-252||3||50|
|Human Growth and Development||PSYC-212||3||50|
|Introductory Business Law||BUSI-231||3||50|
|Principles of Marketing||MRKT-321||3||50|
|Social Sciences and History||SSCI-105||3||50|
|Spanish, Level 1||SPAN-101, 102||6||50|
|Spanish, Level 2||SPAN-101, 102, 201, 202||12||63|
DSST exams are computer-based exams that allow students to prove mastery of college-level materials in introductory subjects and earn college credit. There are 38 subject tests available (see http://getcollegecredit.com/ for the complete list).
DSST tests are offered weekly. There is an $80 fee for taking the exam, and a $25 proctoring fee. You must register ahead of time. To register for a DSST test, please contact the Learning Commons at 304-357-4776.
In addition to a minimum score of 400 on the multiple-choice test, an Examinee must also receive a passing grade on the speech.
DANTES Funded Exams
DANTES is the national testing agency that allows eligible service members to take commercially-owned academic exams on a “DANTES-funded” basis. The University of Charleston offers both CLEP and DSST exams for Service members through DANTES.
(Please note DANTES is neither an exam nor a national testing agency and does not own commercial exams.)
DANTES funds exams (one attempt per title) for the following groups:
- Military personnel (active duty, reserve, National Guard): Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army and Air National Guard
- Spouses and civilian employees of: Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Coast Guard (active and reserve)
- Department of Defense Acquisition personnel: Eligible only for the following computer-based exams: Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, and Principles and Marketing
Eligible military candidates who take a CLEP exam can have the exam fee for the first attempt per title funded by DANTES. If a candidate tests at an on-base or base-sponsored test center, he or she does not have to pay the test center administrative fee. DANTES does not pay the exam fee for a previously funded CLEP exam. If military candidates want to retake an exam previously funded by DANTES, they need to wait six months and pay the exam fee.
The exam date must be scheduled at least one day in advance.
A valid military photo ID must be presented at the time of testing.
|DSST (formerly called DANTES) EXAM TITLE||MINIMUM SCORE||TRANSFER CREDITS||UC EQUIVALENCY|
|Business Law II||400||3||BUSI 232|
|Business Math||400||3||MATH 116|
|Human Resource Management||400||3||MGMT 320|
|Introduction to Business||400||3||BUSI 151|
|Management Information Systems||400||3||BUSI 215|
|Money & Banking||400||3||FINA 361|
|Organizational Behavior||400||3||MGMT 420|
|Personal Finance||400||3||FINA 101|
|Principles of Finance||400||3||FINA 312|
|Principles of Financial Accounting||400||3||ACCT 201|
|Principles of Supervision||400||3||MGMT 311|
|Technical Writing||400||3||BUSI 241|
|Principles of Public Speaking||400||3||SPCH 103|
|Art of the Western World||400||3||ART 200|
|Fundamentals of College Algebra||400||3||MATH 121|
|Principles of Statistics||400||3||BUSI 317/NSCI 220/SSCI 315|
|Environment & Humanity||400||3||NSCI 117|
|Principles of Physical Science||400||4||NSCI 205|
|Physical Geology||400||3||NSCI 206|
|Criminal Justice||400||3||CRJS 101|
|General Anthropology||400||3||SOCI 315|
|Introduction to Law Enforcement||400||3||CRJS 242|
|Introduction to the Modern Middle East||400||3||HIST 371|
|Lifespan Developmental Psychology||400||3||PSYC 212|
|History of the Soviet Union||400||3||HIST 374|
|The Civil War & Reconstruction||400||3||HIST 354|
|Western Europe Since 1945||400||3||>HIST 359|
|Principles of Advanced Composition||400||3||COMM 102|
|Math for Liberal Arts||400||3||MATH 120|
UC Charleston also serves as a nationally recognized testing site for the following exams available to our students and the public:
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS Test) is a standardized, multiple-choice exam for students entering nursing school. It is often used to determine the ability of potential students to adjust to a nursing program. The test is created and administered by ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC).
The TEAS exam is offered at the Charleston and Beckley locations. For a full listing of specific dates and times at both locations, and to register, see the registration site. The exam date must be scheduled at least one day in advance.
The base cost of the TEAS exam is $65 and is paid via debit or credit card directly to ATI the day of the exam. For non-University of Charleston students, there is a proctoring fee of $25 in addition to the cost of the exam.
Additional information about the TEAS exam
- All test takers must create a Username and Password on the ATI website before their test date. https://www.atitesting.com/teas/teas-exam (Click on Create an Account on the left-hand side of the page)
- Bring a debit or credit card to the exam. You will need to enter payment information for the test on the ATI website before taking the exam. The exam is $65 and paid directly on the ATI website.
- All test takers must present a valid photo ID upon arrival.
- Time Limit for the TEAS exam is 209 minutes.
- The test is four-option multiple-choice with 170 total questions.
- A four-function calculator is allowed to be used. One will be provided if needed at the time of the testing.
- Test results are immediate and may be printed and taken with you.
- Students may use scrap paper for the exam. Paper to write on will be provided in the exam room.
- In our experience, students are most successful when they prepare for the exam. ATI has preparation materials for sale at: https://www.atitesting.com/teas/teas-exam
The Praxis Series™ tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. These tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes.
For information about the tests, which exam to take, and more, visit: http://www.ets.org/praxis/about
The Praxis website provides detailed information on state requirements. UC students should reference their Teacher Education Handbook or speak directly with the Chair of the Department of Education, with any questions pertaining to specific exams and deadlines.
These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.
The University of Charleston is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities.
The Academic Success Center works to ensure that our students receive reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities in compliance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008. The Academic Success Center also provides special information for faculty.
Accommodations are adaptations and changes made to elements of a student’s post-secondary program that help to compensate for the student’s impairment(s) and provide equal access to students with disabilities. Here are the basics:
Any student with a documented disability may be eligible to receive accommodations and services from the Academic Success Center;
The purpose of accommodations and modifications is to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that may exist because of an individual’s disability;
Accommodations are not a guarantee for success, but rather seek to promote non-discrimination and equal access opportunities;
Accommodations are not student preferences; they are determined through an established review process based on documentation received regarding the student’s disability;
The law does not require institutions to waive specific courses or academic requirements considered essential to a particular program or degree. Rather, they are mandated to modify existing requirements on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability;
In order to access accommodations, students must disclose and document their disability to the Academic Success Center and state their requested accommodations.