Testing Services


The Testing Center is located in the George Mathis Student Center Building in room 116. Testing is administered in collaboration with faculty for the following course options: CSCC online, TN eCampus, independent study, make-up exams, correspondence exams, and ADA accommodation testing. In addition, CSCC Testing Services also administers and proctors Accuplacer Placement Exams, Graduation Exit Exams, TEAS Nursing Entrance Exams, CLEP tests (prior learning assessments), and Pearson VUE (offering hundreds of certification exams). Both on-site and online exam delivery options are available. 

Due to Covid-19 we are operating at a reduced capacity. Students may only take a CSCC course exam if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Poor internet service off campus or those experiencing technical difficulties
  • A make-up exam with permission from the instructor
  • Approved accommodations from Disability Services

* Instructors who have a student who needs to test in the Testing Center must submit a Test Administration form (link available under Faculty Resources in CougarNet’s Teach/Advise section) to testing@clevelandstatecc.edu.

If a disability requires accommodations for testing, required documentation must be submitted to and approved by Disability Support Services. Instructors may allow reasonable accommodations and provide instructions to the TC staff to administer approved accommodations for testing. 

* You must schedule your exam 24 hours in advance (Cleveland campus) and 12 hours in advance (Athens Center). Schedule Your Test Here. Please review the guidelines listed below. 

Testing Center Hours

The Testing Center follows the academic calendar and is open 12 months during the year, excluding holiday closings. Testing hours may vary during the week. Appointments are required for all tests. To find available testing opportunities you may click on the "Schedule a Test" link on the side of this page. Choose the test category to view the calendar of availability. Testing Services are not available during holidays listed on the academic calendar and do not offer evening hours when classes aren't in session (i.e. spring break, fall break and between semesters). Hours may change due to unplanned events and may vary per semester. If you experience difficulty securing an appointment please contact the Testing Center. Emails sent to testing@clevelandstatecc.edu go to testing staff in both Cleveland and Athens.

* Testing Center Hours – Spring 2021 - Cleveland campus  423-473-2477 

  • Monday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m. [Online services available & remote office hours] 

* Testing Center Hours - Spring 2021 - Athens Center  423-473-2462 

  • Monday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Guidelines

  • To schedule your test and view seat availability please visit: http://mycs.cc/testing
    ALL tests must be scheduled and have to be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Contact your isntructor for course exam delivery options. If you are interested in taking the Accuplacer or Graduation Ext exam online please contact the Coordinator of Testing Services (elambdin@clevelandstatecc.edu).
  • A photo ID is required for testing.
  • Cell phones, smart watches, books, notes, or other personal items will NOT be permitted inside the Testing Center unless required for a specific test or special accommodation.
  • Your scratch paper is checked before you start the test and must be returned to the Proctor prior to leaving the Testing Center.
  • Your test must be completed in one sitting. You may not leave and return at a later time to finish the same exam unless permitted by your instructor.
  • NO talking while taking an exam.
  • Please speak softly as you enter and exit the Testing Center.
  • You may be questioned about suspicious or disruptive behavior and testing staff may end your exam. An incident report is given to the instructor for disciplinary action if deemed appropriate. The Testing Center is monitored by surveillance cameras.
  • NO food or drinks are permitted in the Testing Center.
  • NO children allowed in the Testing Center.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may result in restricted or denial of Testing Center privileges.
  • It is your responsibility to know the exam time limit when scheduling your exam so that you have ample time to finish before closing.
  • It is your responsibility to contact your instructor regarding make-up testing.

TN eCampus

The Testing Center proctors exams for students enrolled in TN eCampus courses. TN eCampus proctored exams are scheduled in the online scheduling system. Go to this link to schedule your testing date and time.

Placement Exams (Accuplacer)

Placement testing is scheduled by clicking on the "Schedule a Test" link. Four (4) categories of placement testing are available. Test takers will schedule the New Student Placement Test, High School Dual Enrollment Placement Test, the Challenge Placement Test, or the Dual Challenge Placement Test. It is important to select the correct category when scheduling. Students must have the testing permit and a photo ID when coming to test. 

What to do before taking the placement test:

  • Submit the Cleveland State Community College Admissions Application
  • Apply for Financial Aid at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • View the practice test and review links

Cleveland State's Records Office determines if students require placement testing. Placement tests determine college readiness in reading, writing and math. No fee is required for students taking the placement test for the first time as an initial admission assessment.

A placement test is also available as a challenge option for an opportunity to improve initial placement from ACT scores or previous placement testing. Because this is not a requirement, a fee is required for challenge testing. Challenge testing is only offered one time and only to new students and must be completed prior to registering for a class schedule. A student may choose to challenge only one subject or all three subjects, reading, writing and math.

Please explore the link below for study and preparation prior to placement testing.

*FREE practice tests for the Accuplacer exam are

available at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org 

Nursing Admission Exam (TEAS) 

Specific documents and prerequisites are required for application to the Nursing Program. Due to limited resources the TEAS test will only be given to CSCC students. Students need to be familiar with all requirements prior to scheduling/paying for the Nursing Admission Test. This information can be found on the CSCC Nursing Program webpage. Students should study to prepare for the Nursing Admission Test. Study materials can be found at www.atitesting.com

The following study materials may be purchased from ATI:

  • ATI TEAS SmartPrep
  • TEAS Basic Package
  • TEAS Study Guide
  • Online TEAS Practice Test

    The TEAS test is computerized and timed. The time allowed for the test is 209 minutes
    (3 hours, 29 minutes). The test is composed of 170 questions (20 of the 170 are unscored
    pretest questions). The TEAS test is comprised of four sections: Reading, Mathematics,
    Science, and English and Language Usage.
  • Students MUST create an account with ATI prior to arriving at the Testing Center.
  • Students must schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance and pay a $75 fee using the Cleveland State Community College Testing Center: http://mysc.cc/testing

 CLEP Exams

CLEP is one Prior Learning Assessment available as an option to earn college credit outside the classroom. The most popular assessment to demonstrate your knowledge in a specific subject is the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). There are over 30 CLEP exams available in multiple subject areas such as Business, Composition and Literature, Science and Math, Foreign Languages, and History and Social Sciences. For a list of available CLEP exams you my go to this website https://clep.collegeboard.org/exams/offered.

CLEP exams are purchased from the Collegeboard for $89 and the test is administered in our Cleveland Testing Center for $25. So, that’s a great savings when you receive credit on your transcript as if you completed the course. You may receive 3, 6 or even 12 credits depending on the exam you successfully complete. The list of CLEP exam equivalent courses are in our catalog under Admissions and Records http://catalog.clevelandstatecc.edu/content.php?catoid=9&avoid=500#Credit_for_Non-Traditional_Learning.

To purchase a CLEP exam go to https://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam. Contact the Testing Center by phone at 423-473-2477 or 423-473-2457 if you do not see a CLEP exam on the schedule. 

Pearson VUE Test Delivery

Cleveland State is an approved Pearson VUE delivery testing center. Hundreds of exams and certifications are available in the Pearson delivery system. Common exams and certifications available at our site include National Registry NREMT, CompTIA, Microsoft, IBM, C++, Excelsior College and many more. To inquire if your desired certification or exam is available at Cleveland State Community College go to the website http://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker.aspx. Each test owner determines the locations for offering the exams so all exams are not available at all centers. We are happy to assist citizens of our community and around the area to obtain credentials for advancing in the job market and a chosen career field.

Correspondence Exams 

If you are enrolled in a distance education course at another college it may be possible to have your exam/s proctored at CSCC for a fee. A proctoring fee of $28.50 applies to any student not currently enrolled at Cleveland State.  First priority is given to current Cleveland State students and faculty. For additional information and to request arrangements for testing, please make your request via email to elambdin@clevelandstatecc.edu.

Graduation Exit Exam

The graduation exit exam is administered each semester as part of the graduation requirements. Once students submit the intent to graduate form to the records office, a number of steps will follow to verify completion of graduation requirements. Completing the graduation exit exam is one of the final steps in the process to earn graduation status. The exit exam is a proctored 40 minute exam administered in both the Cleveland and Athens testing centers and is called the ETS Proficiency Profile.

What is the ETS Proficiency Profile?

The ETS Proficiency Profile assesses critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics skills. Institutions use this assessment to demonstrate program effectiveness for accreditation and funding purposes. Cleveland State administers the abbreviated version that includes 37 multiple choice questions. You may use a four function calculator on the math portion of the test.

Where can I find test preparation materials?

The ETS Proficiency Profile is intended to measure academic skills developed in general education courses. The test does not measure specific subject knowledge. A quick review of the test content description and sample questions will help you get familiar with test content and the types of questions you can expect. You may review information about the test at http://www.ets.org/proficiencyprofile/about/content/ and http://www.ets.org/proficiencyprofile/about/sample_questions/

When will my scores be available?

Your score report will display on-screen upon completion of the test. You will have the opportunity to view and print your score report at the end of the test. Your institution will receive your scores as soon as you have completed testing.

Register to take the graduation exit exam You may choose to schedule this exam in Cleveland or Athens.


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