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TESTING SERVICES - General Information

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

WALLACE DRIVE CAMPUS-GADSDEN

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11th

COMPASS TESTING AT 1:30PM ONLY, BY APPOINTMENT - 256-549-8497.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TESTING SCHEDULE FOR OTHER DAYS/TIMES.

 

 

COMPASS PLACEMENT TEST - FOUR STEPS TO TEST

                    (incoming new, transferring, or dual-enrolling students)

 

  1.  APPLY FOR ADMISSIONS -

YOU MUST HAVE A STUDENT G# TO TEST. APPLY ONLINE

 

  2.  VERIFY YOU’RE REQUIRED TO TEST / REVIEW FAQs -

ARE YOU EXEMPT FROM TESTING? REVIEW TESTING CRITERIA and REVIEW TESTING FAQs

 

  3.  COMPLETE PRACTICE TESTS -

TEST SCORES DETERMINE CLASS PLACEMENT. PRACTICE HERE

 

  4.  SCHEDULE A TEST APPOINTMENT -

ONCE YOU COMPLETE STEPS 1-3, SCHEDULE A PLACEMENT TEST

 

 

TEST CENTER LOCATIONS

 

             

 

 

TESTING SERVICES CURRENTLY OFFERED 

 

GENERAL TESTING REQUIREMENTS

 

Required Upon Arrival for Testing:

 

  • Unexpired photo ID, such as Driver's License or other Government ID
  • Registration ticket for ASE, CLEP
  • Gadsden State Student G# (required for Compass placement testing)
  • Testing fee payment receipt, if applicable

 

Prohibited While Testing:

       

  • Cell phones/Bluetooth devices
  • Sunglasses
  • Digital, Alarm or Calculator watches
  • Food
  • Wristwatch smartphones
  • Drinks
  • Non-approved calculators
  • Unattended Children
  • Photographic or copying devices
  • Visitors
  • Listening or recording devices such as media players with headphones/earbuds
  • Hats/Hoodies/Head Scarves (unless worn for religious or medical reasons)

 

 

TYPES OF TESTING

 

Gadsden State test centers provide test administration and proctoring for Compass placement testing, CLEP, distance learners enrolled with other colleges, community members in the public sector, ACT, TEAS-V nursing entrance exam, and credentialing exams such as, ASE. We also serve as an alternate testing environment for current students requiring a make-up test or for those who do not have a webcam available for use in testing with the Respondus Monitoring program.

 

 

                                                              

 

 

TEAS-V AND ACT:

Test administration dates, times and locations are preset; therefore, appointments are not scheduled through our various campus test centers. Students interested in taking ACT at Gadsden State or another area test site should refer to the ACT website. Nursing program applicants should refer to the TEAS-V website for further information.

 

 

                                                             

 

 

 

COMPASS TESTING:

Alabama State Board of Education requires Compass placement testing for all entering students enrolling in associate degree or certificate programs, and those who enroll for more than seven credit hours.

 

You may be exempt from all or part of the Compass placement test based on recent ACT and/or SAT scores, prior math and English credits, or other factors. If you are uncertain whether you are required to take the placement test, please Click Here to review testing criteria.

 

Practice testing is highly recommended prior to sitting for the Compass placement test, which includes multiple-choice questions in subject areas Math, Reading and Writing. Our webpage, Practice Test Recommendations provides a variety of links to websites with practice tests.

 

Please be aware that Alabama State Board of Education guidelines only allow for ONE placement retest within a three-year period with a one-time fee of $8.00. Preparing well for your initial Compass placement test often results in better scores which can save you both time and money.

 

Students may view Compass testing schedules based on test center campus location on the Schedule A Placement Test webpage.

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

PROCTORED TESTING:

Other test administration and proctoring services are offered mainly at the Wallace Drive campus and are by appointment onlyThese include CLEP, distance learning exams (Gadsden State students and those enrolled with other colleges), and ASE certification tests (Wallace Drive and Ayers campus appointments available). CLEP and ASE test registration must be completed through the respective website prior to scheduling a test center appointment. Once registered, please call the Wallace Drive Test Center at 256-549-8497 to schedule an appointment, or for additional information.

 

                                               

 

 

ACCOMMODATIVE TESTING:

Each Gadsden State test center strives to provide a comfortable and accommodative testing environment. Students who wish to request testing accommodations based on a documented disability must contact the campus ADA Coordinator prior to arrival for testing. Click Here to review the Gadsden State ADA brochure which also includes coordinator contact information for each Gadsden State campus. Test center staff will work in good faith to meet the needs of all students, employees, and community members requiring accommodative testing services.

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The mission of Gadsden State’s Testing Services division is to provide students and members of the community access to a technologically up-to-date, secure, comfortable, and distraction-free testing facility while maintaining test integrity protocols. Testing center staff consistently strive to adhere not only to the mission of the college, but also to the highest professional standards and guidelines set forth by the National College Testing Association (NCTA). We are dedicated to offering a testing environment that encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to contact us for assistance with their test proctoring needs.