The Testing Center is one of the key operational units of the University, which handles activities related to standardized university-wide tests across disciplines. The Center is led by a Director who reports to the Executive V/President. The Testing Center is entrusted with following duties and responsibilities:
- Prepare standardized term assignments, projects and exam items for CODL, SMU.
- Assist in the preparation of standardized semester exam items for the Regular Division of SMU.
- Prepare and administer Comprehensive Degree Exit Exams (CDEEs) and give training on measurement and evaluation to the academic staff of SMU.
- Establish and maintain a standardized and digitized exam item bank for use by the Regular Division and CODL of SMU.
- Prepare and administer special purpose (screening) tests used for such purposes as employment and placement to outside customers (organizations, institutions, government bodies, etc) and
- Initiate the introduction of new tests and administer international tests.
To date, the Testing Center has carried out a wide array of activities. Year after year, it trains the university’s instructors in test preparation and assessment techniques that would help the institution fill the gaps in its assessment practices. Since 2010, it has been administering the internationally acclaimed Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT-TOEFL) and starting from 2014, in agreement made with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), based in the USA, the Testing Center has become the only Center in the country that offers the Internet-Based Graduate Record Examination (iBT-GRE), which enables candidates get admission to the US and Canadian graduate schools.
The Testing Center also prepares and administers recruitment tests to the business and industry, governmental and non-governmental institutions. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has also prepared and administered recruitment tests to teachers destined for the Ethiopian Community School based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The banking industry is the most prominent beneficiary of the services of the Testing Center. This service has increasingly attracted diverse customers and has been recognized by stakeholders who have benefited from its services. As part of its community services, it also gives training on test preparation to teachers in public schools. To enable stakeholders increase their awareness on assessment practices, the Center publishes a bi-annual newsletter.