The Robert and Linda Black Center for Counseling, Testing, and Health Services

Students with Special Needs

The University representative responsible for receiving official documentation of student disabilities and facilitating accommodation requests is the Director of Counseling, Testing & Health Services. Students who are otherwise qualified for a university program or course and who desire accommodation(s) for a disabling condition are responsible for providing acceptable documentation to this individual. As a general rule, acceptable documentation must have been produced within the last 3 years by a licensed professional qualified to make the respective diagnosis.  If the student has an obvious or non-changing condition (blindness, absence of a limb, etc.), the school may not require the documentation to be dated within the last 3 years. Any documentation submitted to the University for consideration must be provided in a timely manner prior to the period of stated need.

Accommodation & Student Assistance Program

Director of Counseling, Testing & Health Services

UMHB Box 8437

900 College Street

Belton, Texas 76513

Office: (254) 295-4696

Fax: (254) 295-4196



Professional and confidential clinical counseling services are available to students in need of assistance for a wide variety of issues. Crisis counseling, stress management, and a range of other emotional issues are addressed, as appropriate, on an individual and support group basis. Free counseling services are offered to currently enrolled students on a short-term basis by appointment only. When appropriate, referrals are made to mental health providers in the local area. If a student wishes to continue counseling services beyond short-term, UMHB counselors may be available on a fee-for-service basis, as schedules permit. Confidentiality is maintained in accordance with state regulations.


The Testing Program provides students opportunities to receive credit in areas of demonstrated academic proficiency. Academic proficiency is measured utilizing credit by examination programs. When academic proficiency is demonstrated, the University is then able to grant the student appropriate advance standing, elective credit, or equivalency credit as approved by University policy. A further benefit of the Testing Program is assisting the student in avoiding academic redundancy where, as aforementioned, demonstrated proficiency is established. The following examinations are utilized and/or accepted in the Testing Program:

American College Testing (ACT) Program - National and Residual Assessments

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Departmental Exams

The Center facilitates protocols, procedures and test administration. These functions are in cooperation with the University Registrar and respective academic departments. Academic departments establish criteria for performance required on Credit by Examination tests and other testing for which credit is waived or granted. Miscellaneous testing services offered at the University include QuickTHEA and foreign language testing. Exams not offered, but for which information bulletins are available, include GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, MAT, ExCET, TExES, NTE, TOPT, and TOEFL. Townsend Memorial Library offers a variety of online practice tests including the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, TOEFL, GMAT, and NCLEX. Simply access the library’s homepage and look for Learning Express Advantage in the list of databases. For further information regarding Credit by Exam and other examinations, access the following website: or contact:

UMHB Counseling, Testing & Health Services

UMHB Box 8437

900 College Street

Belton, Texas 76513

Office: (254) 295-4696

Fax: (254) 295-4196


Credit by Examination

Credit for Entering Freshmen (New Students without Prior College Credit)

An entering freshman who has attained proficiency in college-level courses prior to enrollment at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor may earn semester credit hours through the Credit by Examination programs listed below. (Refer to the current UMHB Testing Services information on-line at for a complete list of approved examinations, minimum scores, additional requirements, and corresponding courses.)

  1. American College Testing (ACT) Program - National and Residual Assessments
  2. College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
  3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations
  4. Departmental Examinations

Credit for Transfer Students

Credit by examination secured through another college or university by a student transferring to UMHB must meet the minimum score requirements stated in the Testing Services brochure in effect at the time of the request. An official ACT, AP, or CLEP test score report must be sent to the Registrar for evaluation of the credit.

Credit for Currently Enrolled Students

Currently enrolled students seeking credit by examination may earn semester hours through CLEP or Departmental Examinations. (Refer to the current Testing Services policies for a complete explanation of these programs.) The following conditions must be met by such students:

  1. Prerequisites for courses for which a student is seeking credit must be satisfied prior to the examination.
  2. Permission for department examinations must be secured from the specific subject area department chairperson. (A student seeking credit through a department examination during his or her last thirty hours must secure a petition from the Dean of the student’s college before requesting permission from the department chairperson.)
  3. Application for CLEP examinations must be made at the Counseling, Testing & Health Services Center. Arrangements for department examinations must be made through the respective academic department. (Students with disabilities should make arrangements at the time of application to test under conditions that meet their pre-approved, documented requirements.)
  4. Fees must be paid for test administration and for transcription of credit awarded. Credit for DANTES Students in the Armed Forces CLEP and DANTES examinations are available to students in the armed forces through the Education Center at Fort Hood.


Official credit by examination policies are listed in the Testing Services brochure and can be obtained from the Counseling, Testing & Health Services Center or on-line at The following are some important policies:

  • Credit for any course a student has previously audited, taken for noncredit, received a “D” grade in, or failed may not be earned by examination.
  • Duplicate credit will not be awarded.
  • Grade points are not earned through credit by examination.
  • Residence hours may not be earned through credit by examination.
  • No more than one-fourth of the total semester credit hours required for a degree may be earned through credit by examination.
  • Credit earned by examination will be placed on a student’s transcript after the official score report is received, processed, and the transcription fee is paid.
  • Processing of transcripts is accomplished by the Registrar’s Office.