Author Archives: Wendy Shirey

Are you a member of the Armed Forces?

Have you heard about the new CLEP Military Initiative? This program allows eligible individuals to take CLEP tests for no charge. The catch is you may only take each CLEP test title once; if a retake is needed, it is at your own expense. Better yet, the Bellevue University Test Center has been approved as a CLEP Military Initiative participant.  So if you meet the eligibility requirements, you may take a CLEP for free at the Main Campus or the Lozier Test Centers.

Want more information? Contact the Test Center team at or call 402-557-7428. For additional information about the programs offered by CLEP to military members and veterans, please review this link. You can also watch video testimonials from service members and representatives from military-friendly schools in which they discuss their experiences with CLEP.

So, what is the easiest test you can take?

This question is asked many times every day of the Test Center Team. Of course, the answer is none of the tests are easy; after all, you are taking tests to earn college level credit. But maybe there is a better choice that’s fits with your life experiences and previously gained knowledge.

For example, if you are an avid reader, maybe the CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature would be a good option for you to consider. Perhaps you are a history-buff who thinks finding information about historical events is an interesting endeavor.  Then maybe the DSST Civil War and Reconstruction, DSST History of the Vietnam War, the CLEP History of the United States I (Early Colonization to 1877), the CLEP History of the United States II (1865 to the Present), or DSST Western Europe since 1945 would be ideal choices for you to review. Or maybe you are fluent in several foreign languages; if so, then you should take a look at the New York University Foreign Language Proficiency tests – there are 49 languages offered ranging from Afrikaans to Yoruba.

Do you enjoy looking up into the night sky?  Then consider the DSST Astronomy test. Are you are rock and gem stone collector? How about the DSST Physical Geology test? Do you have a passion for the sciences?  Then review these test titles: CLEP Biology, CLEP Chemistry, DSST Here’s to your Health, CLEP Natural Sciences, and DSST Principles of Physical Science.

So what is the easiest test to take?  The easiest test to take is the test that best fits your hobbies, life experiences, passion, and scholastic background. I am positive that among the numerous test titles available that at least one testing option will look like an opportunity created specifically for you!

So You Speak a Foreign Language

Okay, so most of us have taken a foreign language as it was a requirement in high school. We each selected our language choice for varying reasons- some of us searched out the easiest path, others selected a language rooted in their cultural past, and still others made their decision based on future careers. Then we all attended classes doing our best to learn this new and foreign way of communicating with one another;  this undertaking came easy to some and was very challenging to others. Some of us completed only the number of years required to fulfill this graduation requirement while others embraced and pursued this alternate method of communication to its fullest. When you think back to your experience with learning, speaking, and understanding a new language it will be with either fondness or with disdain.

So now let’s jump ahead and consider some of the students who attend Bellevue University, each with a distinctively different background and cultural environment.  Imagine having to assimilate into a new community facing a diverse population while having to quickly learn, speak, and understand a foreign language. This situation would leave many feeling like a fish out of water, but yet, the students’ desire to learn and create a better life for themselves and their families drives them to overcome their fear.

That’s something to think about the next time you meet a student from other country–maybe considering the communication barriers and the fearlessness of the individual you will be better able to assist and welcome them to the Bellevue University community.

If you are a student with the ability to read, understand, and write a foreign language, you should consider checking out the New York University Foreign Language Proficiency tests to earn college-level credit for what you already know.  Contact the Test Center at or take a look at:

Students in Crisis

Have you ever wondered about what students are facing in today’s school environment?  Students face violence, drug use, an extreme amount of homework, and the push by parents to excel beyond their abilities as well as their age.  A documentary film featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids will be shown on the main campus.  Please take a look at the theatrical trailer. You are invited to an Encore Presentation of the “Race To Nowhere”.

Please join us:

DATE: Tuesday, January 22

TIME: 12:15pm – 1:35pm

PLACE: Humanities Auditorium

Please do not hesitate to attend – Late Arrivals and Early Departures are Welcome!

Start 2013 by Setting Your Goals

The students have returned from their holiday breaks after enjoying some well-deserved relaxation with the family and friends.  Now is the time to refocus on your classes while looking ahead to your goals for the New Year 2013.

Do I hear you saying what goals?  I don’t make goals or New Year resolutions! Well, maybe you do actually make goals – but perhaps you refer to your goals in another way – say you call them decisions or plans for your present and future desires.  Maybe you should consider the hallmark of goal making: SMART goals.

A SMART goal allows you to create a goal that has the potential to drive you to successful completion.  In short, a SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.  This method of goal setting provides you with the opportunity to develop a clear path for success!

You should also consider taking a look at the books available in the library. For example:













There are also books available online through the library. For example:

Now, you are not only prepared to develop your goals, but you are also ready to successfully complete them!  Start your journey today!

Help! How do I make an intelligent decision about who to vote for?

Where can I find impartial information on current issues?

In case you missed Part I of this installment, here it is. In this installment, we’ll cover three more online resources that you may find useful.

Another self-proclaimed nonpartisan site gathers information to help voters and the public make informed decisions about current issues.  “The Table of Contents” and “The Issues” links contain in-depth factual information about a number of political issues. Comprehensive information drawn from a number of sources is displayed in numerous easy-to-understand charts and graphs. The goal of the site is deep understanding of an issue.

This site was developed to present a logical, balanced discussion on a number of issues.  The site tries to provide reasoned, critical, non-partisan analyses of both sides of an issue.  The reader must decide which side has the stronger points.  Looking at both sides of an issue is especially intriguing and calls for thoughtful weighing of the points.  This site would help develop and exercise critical thinking skills.

Is that rumor true or not?    “I just got an email that the new healthcare proposal includes a provision that we will all be required to be implanted with a microchip.  Is this true?” is a sprawling, general fact-checking site. Covering plenty of ground the site includes government topics as well as rumored information about a specific person.  Receivers of forwarded emails which seem to spread myths can check this site for information about those emails.  Snopes covers politics, politicians, and an assortment of many other current topics.


Help! How do I make an intelligent decision about who to vote for?

Where can I find impartial information on current issues?

In these days of  mudslinging ads and articles, finding impartial information about issues and candidates can seem like a search for a needle in a haystack.  The following sites strive  to provide balanced  nonpartisan information to help make those election decisions. Look for Part Two of this blog post later this month!

Picture this: thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations.

That’s Project Vote Smart in a nutshell. The organization provides information on every current or prospective elected official and does what it can to inform the public about the respective person’s entire history. Its research is exhaustive and its accuracy is never put into question. Project Vote Smart seems to be one of the best nonpartisan sites on the Web.

FactCheck is a self-proclaimed nonpartisan site that tries to hold politicians accountable by providing a wealth of research.

Instead of espousing one side’s beliefs, tackles a politician’s record or major issue and sets the record straight. It performs in-depth research to find out if both sides are being truthful in their statements on a subject and allows the reader to formulate their own opinions from the collected facts. It’s a great source for those who want to cut through all the emotional verbal volleys.  Check out the section called “Whoopers of 2012”.

PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on  their “Truth-O-Meter”.

More than 500 of Barack Obama’s campaign promises are tracked and progress is rated on an item called the “Obameter”. They keep a track of Obama’s campaign promises and whether he has delivered on them.

Microsoft Office Computer Proficiency Tests

Are you proficient in MS Office 2007?
Get those 2007 MS Office computer proficiency tests taken soon.
Earn credits to complete your required electives.

Computer Proficiency tests will be MS Office 2010 in the fall.

Thinking about taking Computer Proficiency tests?  These tests are available for all students; whether you are located just around the corner in the Greater Omaha Metro area or in a distant, faraway place.

The process consists of a few easy steps.

student_globeFor students outside of the Greater Omaha Metro area:

As a distant student, you are required to nominate a proctor to supervise the test session.  If a local college or university isn’t available, you can nominate a Civil Service Examiner, City/County Librarian, Human Resources Professional at your place of employment, Education/Training Coordinator, or Armed Forces Education Office Personnel to proctor. Use the Computer Proficiency Proctor Nomination Form to nominate a proctor for approval.

For students inside of the Greater Omaha Metro area: 

Submit a test registration form thru BRUIN and provide your preferred testing session.  Remember a test appointment may not be scheduled earlier than three (3) business days (Monday through Friday) after your test registration is submitted.

Not sure if this option is right for you?

To help you decide if this is an option for you; check out computer proficiency tests.  There are 12 tests consisting of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels of Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.  Each test allows you to earn one credit for the cost of $45 per test.  There are test objectives for you to review for each test to help assist you in your decision.

For additional information, check out the Test Center guide.

For more information, please call the Bellevue University Test Center at 402-557-7428 or send an email to

Do you need to schedule a test?

Test Center Guides Answer Your Testing Questions!

How do you schedule a test? 

How do you submit a test proctor nomination form? 

What is a CLEP, DSST, NYUFLP, or computer proficiency test?

You can find this information and more in the Test Center Guides.

The Test Center Guides can help you with all kinds of information about the services offered at the Test Center.

Interested in taking tests for credits? Just check out the Guides for CLEP, DSST, and Computer Proficiency tests.   Need study resources? Go to the study information for  CLEP, DSST, and Computer Proficiency tests. To schedule these tests, take a look at the test registration process guide.

Did you know the Test Center offers tests in 49 foreign languages including Hindi, Chinese, and Yoruba?  There is a Test Center Guide that explains how to arrange a New York University Foreign Language Proficiency (NYUFLP) test. 

Do you have an online class which requires a test proctor?  Not quite sure what you need to do?  Check out the guides explaining what a test proctor is and how to arrange a test proctor.

Not sure where the Test Centers are located?  Check out the  maps

Need to contact the Test Center? The Test Center Guide lists the phone number and email address.

Have a question for the Test Center?  Use the Test Center chat box

Try the Test Center Guides today. You will find everything you ever wanted to know about the testing services available to help you on your journey to academic success!


Save time and money, take a CLEP or DSST test

Would you like to earn credits for what you already know? Consider taking CLEP or DSST tests.

The Test Center at Bellevue University is a National Testing Center that offers more than seventy (70) CLEP and DSST tests that can be used to obtain college credit. The tests are completed on a computer, and scores are available when the test is finished with the exception of the CLEP College Composition and the DSST Principles of Public Speaking tests.

CLEP Official Study Guide 2011Our CLEP/DSST listing shows the offered tests, the amount of credit you can earn at Bellevue University for specific tests, the required passing scores, and other helpful information. Study guides are available at the Bellevue University Library.

CLEP tests are computer–based and timed for 90 minutes except for the College Composition Exam mentioned above. Exam Descriptions give specific information on knowledge and skills required, as well as study resources. At a glance CLEP fact sheets can be downloaded from the CLEP website for no charge.  For more information consult  the CLEP website:

DSST Official Test Preparation GuideDSST tests are computer–based and are timed for two (2) hours (except for the Principles of Public Speaking Exam mentioned above). Fact sheets give you helpful information on the content of these tests, the number of questions, sample questions, and books recommended for review. For more information consult the DSST site:

Do you want to save time and money by earning college credit for what you already know? 

Contact the Test Center at  Share your CLEP and DSST testing experiences!