Testing Services

Test Center #7705

Member NCTA

University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning
Ground Floor, Room G35
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


A New Era of Academic Testing Begins Soon!

Coming to the Cathedral of Learning: a new era of testing for the University of Pittsburgh!

Located in G-33 Cathedral, the University of Pittsburgh Testing Center will officially open its doors in May 2014 and serve as a comprehensive academic and professional testing center for the University and Pittsburgh community.  Read More >


GRE, Praxis I and Praxis II | TOEFL | MCAT 

Both computer-based and paper-and-pencil admission and certification tests are administered by the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching for students of the University of Pittsburgh and other community residents.

Sessions for GRE, PRAXIS I™ and Praxis II™

Tuesday 8 a.m., 12:35 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Wednesday through Saturday 8 a.m. and 12:35 p.m.

Test Center hours are subject to change. Not all days are open during summer months. 

See below for registration information.

We suggest registering at least two weeks prior to desired date. For Saturday dates, please register at least one month prior to desired date.

Please arrive 30 minutes before exam time for check-in and processing.

Please have valid identification with you.

*During October, November, and December, more evening sessions are opened to accommodate the large number of test takers.

Registration and Information

A general overview of each test is given below. To obtain more information click on the link and you will be directed to their Web site. Valid identification is required of all testers; please check individual Web sites for ID requirements.



The GRE General test is administered to prospective graduate students. The test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills not related to a specific field of study. Many schools use the scores to supplement undergraduate records and qualifications for admission.

Visit www.gre.org

PRAXIS I and Praxis II

The Praxis I ® Tests measure basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

The Praxis II® subject tests measure subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.

Information about state licensing requirements can be found on the Praxis Web site www.ets.org/praxis/ and by contacting the state or agency directly.

(Pennsylvania State Board of Education www.pde.state.pa.us/ )

How to Register—For Praxis I ® and Praxis II computer-based administration, visit www.ets.org/praxis/

For Praxis I and Praxis II paper-and-pencil administered, visit www.ets.org/praxis/


The Test of English as a Foreign Language is used to measure the ability of non-native speakers of English to communicate in a college or university setting. Many academic institutions use the scores to determine eligibility for admission.

Valid passport required.

For more information and registration visit www.ets.org/toefl


The Medical College Admission Test is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine, and problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills. Most medical schools require MCAT exam scores as part of their admission process.

For more information and registration visit www.aamc.org/mcat


Pearson Vue | CLEP, MAT, and DSST 

CIDDE Academic Testing Services
824 Alumni Hall
4227 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Pearson Vue

The CIDDE Academic Testing Center located in Alumni Hall on the Pittsburgh campus is now recognized as a Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center. Such centers are privately owned, third-party testing facilities, which provide on-site, on-demand testing for certification and professional licensure exams.

Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in more than 175 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international education company, whose businesses also include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.

Registering & scheduling an exam with Pearson VUE

 How do I schedule a test with Pearson VUE?  

  • Visit www.pearsonvue.com/programs and select the relevant test program from the Test Taker Services section. Next, select 'Schedule a Test' on the right-hand side of the page and complete the necessary fields. Upon confirming the booking, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Pearson VUE. At a minimum, this confirmation will contain information such as the time, date and location of your test, including directions to the test center.

How do I reschedule a test?

  • Visit www.pearsonvue.com/programs and select the relevant test program from the Test Taker Services section. Once you have chosen your test program, select 'Reschedule a Test' on the right- hand side and complete the necessary fields.

How do I cancel a test?  

  • Visit www.pearsonvue.com/programs and select your test program from the Test Taker Services section. Once you have chosen your testing program, select 'Cancel a Test' on the right- hand side and complete the necessary fields.

What happens if I forget my Pearson VUE username and/or password?

  • Click on the sign-in page relevant to your program at www.pearsonvue.com/signin_en  and select either ‘I forgot my username’ or ‘I forgot my password'. Provide the details required and you will then be able to recover your username and/or reset your password.

What if I have a problem?

How early should I arrive at the test center on the day of my test?

  • Typically, you are asked to arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. This will give you an opportunity to check-in and relax prior to beginning your test. The amount of time you are asked to arrive at the center before your scheduled appointment time differs for each program. You will receive a confirmation email with program-specific information.

What happens when I arrive to take an exam?

  • When candidates arrive for an exam, they go through a standard admissions process. Candidates are asked to provide two forms of identification, to agree in writing to a set of exam rules and to sign a log sheet. In most cases, your photo and signature will be digitally captured as they would appear on your results report. Some exam sponsors may have other identification or check-in requirements. You can review Pearson VUE’s privacy policy on www.pearsonvue.com/legal/privacy 

What ID do I need to bring to the test?

  • Typically, you are asked to bring two forms of identification, including one government-issued photo identification. Some test programs may have additional requirements. The items you are asked to bring differs for each test program. You will receive a confirmation email with program-specific information.

How often are test centers open for testing?

  • Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers usually operate during regular business hours. However, some centers may have evening or weekend appointments available. For test center availability, log in to your Pearson VUE account at www.pearsonvue.com/signin  or contact a Pearson VUE representative at www.pearsonvue.com/contact/vuephone.


To register for any of the following tests, please complete the Testing Request Form.


Starting January 1, 2014 ALL CLEP test takers must register and pay for their exam through the CLEP My Account Registration Portal, http://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam

Contact the test center to schedule a time to take your CLEP exam. You must provide your registration ticket along with two valid forms of ID when you arrive to test.

The College Level Examination Program ® allows you to receive college credit for knowledge you have gained through independent study, work experience, and prior course study. There are 34 examinations covering many subjects available to test in.

For more information visit www.collegeboard.com


The Millers Analogy Test is an hour-long test that measures aptitude in verbal comprehension and analytical thinking through the solution of problems stated as analogies. The MAT is an option for candidates applying to some graduate programs.

For more information visit www.pearsonassessments.com

DSST (formerly Dantes)

College credits are available in 37 subjects. Colleges, universities, and corporations use DSSTs to measure knowledge in a particular subject area. Each establishment determines its passing scores for each DSST.

For more information visit www.getcollegecredit.com

Please check with your institution or employer regarding acceptance of credits and individual requirements before taking any test.

To register for any of the above tests, please complete the Testing Request Form.


In addition to the tests listed, the center also offers a proctored test environment for other exams. Many students who are enrolled in distance learning programs are welcome to have their exams administered at the test center. Many other certification exams are also offered.

For University of Pittsburgh students taking distance education courses or who need on campus make-up exams, please visit our CIDDE Academic Testing Center located in Alumni Hall on the Oakland campus. The Center is also available to assist with accommodations for Pitt students who require testing off-campus.