Northern Illinois University Registration Instructions

NIU Testing Services

NIU Testing Services
Northern Illinois University
Adams Hall 128
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

Phone: (815) 753-1203
Fax: (815) 753-3701

Regular Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exam Scheduling and Registration


New students are strongly urged to take required and/or optional exams as early as possible, before they attend new student orientation.  Students cannot test on their orientation date. 

How to Schedule an Exam

  1. Review the New Student Testing Brochure to determine what exams you may need. Click here.

  2. Students with disabilities should immediately contact the Disability Resource Center at (815) 753-1303 to see what documentation they need from you.  Students with disabilities should work directly with the Disability Resource Center to set up placement exams with accommodations so you do NOT register for testing here.

  3. On the Choose Exam page, choose the date upon which you wish to test.

  4. The available tests will appear on the following page.

  5. Click the name of the test you wish to take.

  6. A calendar will appear. The days of the month that are bolded are the days the test is administered. Click on a bolded date.

  7. At the bottom of the calendar the specific times the test is administered will appear. Click the time you want to take the test.

  8. If you need to take more than one test click the "ADD ADDITIONAL EXAM" button and follow the above steps.  If you only need one exam, enter the requested information on the exam summary page.

  9. The Exam Summary page appears. Complete the following fields:

    1. Email

    2. First Name

    3. Last Name

    4. Note: Complete any other fields listed that are required by the university

  10. Read the “Requested Information” in the scroll box. Acknowledge the information by clicking the check box underneath the scroll box.

  11. Click Register.

  12. Once you click Register, your email confirmation receipt will appear on the next page. Print the receipt for your records.

For online registration technical support, click here.