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ABOUT US


The Testing Center, located in the Office of Student Services in Holton Hall, coordinates testing services for new and continuing students which include administering the Virginia Placement Test (VPT); proctoring program assessments and make-up tests; and proctoring tests for web and video courses that require a proctor but do not offer on-campus or in-person class meetings.

 

We provide outstanding customer service by being courteous, responsible, and helpful. Tests are administered following appropriate testing protocol in a clean, comfortable, quiet, and secure testing environment.

 

CONTACT


MECC Testing Center:

testing@mecc.edu

 

Academic Testing Coordinator:

Susan Kennedy

skennedy@mecc.edu

276/523-7488

 

Placement Testing (VPT) Coordinator:

Samantha Counts

scounts@mecc.edu

276//523-7472

 

HOURS


Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Hours of operation are subject to change and fluctuate during the time period between semesters, holidays, college-wide faculty and staff events, and inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. Students should contact the Testing Center to confirm the hours of operation prior to testing.

 

POLICIES & PROCEDURES


Faculty

Responsibilities & Best Practices

  • Become familiar with the Testing Center’s best practices, guidelines, policies, and procedures for students posted on our webpage www.mecc.edu/testing.
  • Address testing hours, best practices, policies, procedures, contact information, and the Testing Center webpage www.mecc.edu/testing in your course syllabi.
  • Understand that proctored course tests are administered on a walk-in, first-come/first-serve basis and seating is limited.
  • Refrain from referring a large group of students to test at the same time, as seating is limited.
  • Be mindful that testing stations have space limitations for open book/open note tests, and instructors allowing these materials for their proctored test should encourage students to limit the volume of materials to a reasonable amount.
  • Understand that e-books cannot be used in conjunction with the Lockdown Browser. As a result, students accessing an e-book for an open book test will also have access to and could potentially use internet browsers as well as other applications and programs while testing.
  • Be aware that students with questions regarding the content or results of their proctored test or program assessment will be referred to the appropriate personnel or department.

Policies & Procedures

  • The Testing Center proctors tests for web and video courses that require a proctor but do not offer on-campus or in-person class meetings. The Testing Center also proctors make-up tests when necessary.
  • Instructors requesting to have their test(s) proctored by the Testing Center must complete all sections of the Instructor Transmittal Form for each request.
  • For proctored course tests, the class roster must be attached to the Instructor Transmittal Form.
  • Students will be permitted to use only the authorized materials, if any, specified on the Instructor Transmittal Form. The Testing Center will provide only blank paper and pencil. Any other authorized materials must be provided by the instructor or student.
  • Paper tests must be labeled with the course name, number, and section; test number; version (if applicable); and Instructor’s name. The instructor must also complete the Instructor Transmittal Form and provide a copy of the paper test for each student being proctored.
  • Requests for make-up tests must include each student’s name and student ID number. The instructor may write the student’s name and ID on the student’s test or in the “Special Instructions” section of the Instructor Transmittal Form.
  • Instructor Transmittal Forms must be received in the Testing Center within 24 business hours prior to the test date provided.
  • Students in need of testing accommodations due to a disability must contact Disability Services in advance to make arrangements for testing, as official documentation identifying the disability and any necessary accommodations is required.
  • Testing Services staff will abide by the test deadline noted by the instructor on the Instructor Transmittal Form.
  • Instructors requesting deadline extensions for their proctored test(s) or revisions to their Instructor Transmittal Form must submit such revisions in writing via e-mail or via submission of a new or revised Instructor Transmittal Form.
  • Tests that have not been administered within two weeks after the stated testing deadline will be discarded (or returned to the instructor if specified on the Instructor Transmittal Form)
  • Completed course tests will be returned via the method selected on the Instructor Transmittal Form.
  • The Testing Center reserves the right to deny any testing request that we are unable to accommodate, as well as any testing request that conflicts with our testing guidelines, policies, and procedures.

 

Students/Test Takers

Responsibilities & Best Practices

  • Know your student account information (username and password)
  • Know your course name, course number, test number (Ex: Test 1, Exam 1, Unit 1, Chapter 1, etc.), and instructor’s name.
  • Be aware of your course requirements. Some web and video course tests do not require a proctor; your course syllabus or instructor will communicate any proctored test requirements.
  • Be considerate of others:
    • Enter and exit the testing room quietly.
    • Avoid behavior that others may find distracting.
    • Ask questions and discuss any testing issues with the proctor as quietly as possible when in the testing room.
    • Avoid wearing strong perfumes or colognes.
    • Be courteous and respectful at all times. Disrespectful behavior toward staff or other students will not be tolerated.
  • Plan to take your tests well in advance before you need them.
  • Be aware that seating is limited and sometimes there are waiting lists to get into the testing room. If you wait until last minute, you may not get to take your test. Our staff makes every effort to seat students promptly for their test; however, students may encounter wait times due to limited seating, staff availability, or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Arrive early enough to allow ample time to complete your test(s) within the Testing Center’s operating hours. You are strongly advised to arrive at least 2 hours prior to closing to take a course test, and at least 3 hours prior to closing to begin the placement test. If you are not finished with your test within the Testing Center’s business hours, you may be required to submit your test as is (without finishing).
  • If you need to take the placement test, you are encouraged to arrive between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to begin.
  • Arrive at the Testing Center early enough to finish your test within 15 minutes prior to closing.

Policies & Procedures

  • Proctored course tests and placement tests are administered on a walk-in, first-come/first-serve basis (seating is limited).
  • A photo Student ID or Government-issued ID (driver’s license, military ID, passport) is required to take a test. Without proper ID, the student will not be allowed to test.
  • Students are required to sign-in prior to testing.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the testing room.
  • All personal items, including but not limited to the following, are prohibited in the Testing Center and must be secured in a locker (provided) or in your vehicle prior to testing:
    • Electronic devices (cell phones, Fitbits, laptops, pagers, smartwatches, etc.)
    • Outerwear (caps, hats, coats, jackets, pullovers, hoodies, scarves, etc.)
    • Accessories (bracelets, gloves, sunglasses, etc.)
    • Other personal items (backpacks, food, drinks, keys, purses, wallets, etc.)
    • Unauthorized supplemental materials
  • The Testing Center is not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items.
  • Access to personal items is not permitted during testing.
  • Staff will not take messages for students who are testing.
  • Persons not taking a test (family members, friends, children) are not allowed in the testing room and are not permitted to interrupt the student’s test session.
  • Children under 10 cannot be left unsupervised in the waiting area. Testing Center staff are not responsible for supervising children of any age.
  • In accordance with FERPA law and to protect the privacy of all testers, the staff can neither confirm nor deny if any particular individual is present or scheduled at the Testing Center.
  • Students will be monitored by proctors, security cameras, audio monitors, and computer software (to view your desktop) while testing. Any cheating or disruptive behavior will be investigated and reported.
  • Talking in the testing room is prohibited with the exception of any necessary discussions between the proctor and the student.
  • Students may take only two exams per course per day.
  • Only one test will be administered at a time. Students requiring multiple tests must go to the end line after each test and sign-in again for their next test.
  • All exam materials and used scrap paper must be given to the Testing Center staff after you finish your test. You may not leave with any notes or any portion of the test.
  • Tests are not graded by the Testing Center. Students should contact their referring instructor or advisor with any questions regarding their grade status for a course test or program assessment.
  • Testing Center staff reserve the right to deny testing services (or end a test session that is in progress) for students whose behavior is disruptive, disrespectful, or non-compliant with testing directions, policies, and procedures.

 

SERVICES


Academic Testing

We offer the following proctored testing services for academic-related testing:

 

Proctored Testing for MECC Courses

The Testing Center proctors tests for web and video courses that require proctored tests but do not offer on-campus or in-person class meetings. The Testing Center also proctors make-up tests.  Some web and video course tests do not require a proctor; the student’s course syllabus or course instructor will communicate any proctored test requirements. Students must check-in to the Testing Center early enough to finish their test within our business hours.

 

Proctored Testing Requests for an Off-Campus Proctor

Students who need to take a test for a MECC course at a testing site other than the MECC Testing Center, including the MECC Wampler Library, must submit a request to Susan Kennedy, Academic Testing Coordinator, at testing@mecc.edu for consideration. The official test proctor agreeing to administer the test must complete an official Proctor Request Form and return it to the Academic Testing Coordinator for consideration. This service requires an advance notice of at least two (2) business days.

 

Off-campus proctors must be a staff member at a college or university testing center, or a college or public Librarian. The proctor cannot be a family member, neighbor, friend, adjunct faculty, teacher, employer, or co-worker. Requests for proctors must be approved by the MECC Academic Testing Coordinator. The Academic Testing Coordinator reserves the right to deny requests for off-campus proctors for any reason.

 

Proctored Testing Services for Other Institutions

Students enrolled in distance education classes at other VCCS institutions may request arrangements for their test(s) to be proctored at the MECC Testing Center. Individuals who need tests proctored for institutions other than MECC must submit a request to Susan Kennedy, Academic Testing Coordinator, at testing@mecc.edu for consideration. This service requires an advance notice of at least two (2) business days.

 

TEAS for LPN and RN Programs

The TEAS is a proctored assessment for Pre-LPN and Pre-RN students. To register for a date and time to take the TEAS at MECC, please complete the TEAS Registration Form. Within 48 business hours after you complete and submit the form, you will receive an Outlook Calendar Invitation confirming your appointment.

 

TEAS Study Materials & Resources:

ATI TEAS Prep Products 

Mometrix TEAS Test Prep (Free)

If you have any questions about the TEAS study materials and resources, please contact your Health Sciences advisor.

 

TEAS AH  (Allied Health)  for MLT, OTA, PTA, and RAD Programs

The TEAS AH is a proctored assessment for Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Radiography students. To register for a date and time to take the TEAS AH at MECC, please complete the TEAS AH Registration Form. Within 48 business hours after you complete and submit the form, you will receive an Outlook Calendar Invitation confirming your appointment.

 

TEAS Study Materials & Resources:

ATI TEAS Prep Products 

Mometrix TEAS Test Prep (Free)

If you have any questions about the TEAS study materials and resources, please contact your Health Sciences advisor.

 

 

Pearson VUE Testing

We are an authorized Pearson VUE testing site. To schedule an exam, visit the Pearson VUE website at www.pearsonvue.com

 

Placement Testing

The Virginia Placement Test (VPT) is used by all colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to assess prospective students in English and Math. The MECC Testing Center administers the VPT for prospective students who plan to enroll at MECC. Students who intend to enroll at another VCCS institution are welcome to take the VPT at MECC and forward their results to the other VCCS institution.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Virginia Placement Test?

The VPT is used by all colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to determine readiness for college-level courses. The VPT places students in English and Math courses that match their abilities and allows them to develop the skills necessary for optimal performance in all courses. Your placement results will determine which classes you are eligible to take.
The VPT is an adaptive, computerized test that takes an average of four (4) hours to complete, but it is not timed. The English portion requires an essay and contains a variety of question types. The Math portion contains a variety of question types.

When is the Virginia Placement Test Administered?

The VPT is administered Monday through Friday. We encourage you to arrive at any time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to begin this assessment. If you are unable to arrive by 10 a.m., you are strongly advised to arrive at least 3 hours prior to closing to begin this assessment. This assessment is not timed and we recommend these arrival times in an effort to create a time frame that may allow you to complete the assessment at a comfortable pace within our business hours.

When should I test?

The test is available year-round and students can test up to the last day to register for classes. However, we strongly encourage students to plan ahead and avoid waiting until the last day to register, as classes may fill.

How long will it take me to complete the Virginia Placement Test?

This test takes an average of four (4) hours to complete, but it is not timed. You can spend as much time as you need on each question; please refer to our recommended arrival times and plan accordingly to allow yourself ample time to complete the assessment within our business hours.

Should I review for this test?

All students are strongly advised to study for this test! Reviewing is an excellent way to refresh basic reading, writing, and math skills. Reviewing will also prepare you for the types of questions you will be asked when you complete the assessment. 

What should I bring with me to take the Virginia Placement Test?

You must have an active MECC Application for Admission on file and know your Student ID number or SSN. This information will be used to locate and review your student record prior to testing. Blank paper, pencils, and a basic four-function calculator will be provided. Personal calculators, supplemental materials, cell phones and any other personal electronic devices are not allowed in the Testing Center. In addition, you will not be allowed to conduct online research or use any supplemental resources during the test. Please refer to the Testing Center’s Policies & Procedures for details.

What can I expect when I take this assessment?

This is a computerized test that you should allow yourself approximately four (4) hours to complete. However, the test is not timed and you are encouraged to arrive at a time that will allow you to take as long as you need to complete the test comfortably within our business hours.

  • The English portion is a two-part test designed to assess your reading comprehension and writing skills; you are required to type an essay and answer a variety of question types.
  • The Math portion is a diagnostic assessment of nine (9) content areas. The system draws from a pool of test questions and contains a variety of question types.

Who should I contact if I have a disability and need testing accommodations for the Virginia Placement Test?

Students whose disabilities may require special accommodations when taking the VPT should contact the Disability Services Counselor at (276) 523-2400, ext. 343. Requests for accommodations should be made in advance. Students requesting accommodations will be required to provide documentation.

Do any other assessments take the place of the Virginia Placement Test?

The English and/or Math portion of the VPT may be waived for students who meet certain criteria. To determine if you qualify for an exemption, please contact the Testing Center at 276/523-7472 or testing@mecc.edu 

 

Study Materials & Resources

 

Why prepare for the Virginia Placement Test?

Online Practice Test Instructions (English and Math)

Online Resources for Virginia Placement Test (English) 

Grammar Guide (English)

Online Resources for Virginia Placement Test (Math)

 

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR ACADEMIC & PLACEMENT TESTING


Students in need of academic or placement testing accommodations due to a disability must contact Disability Services in advance to make arrangements for testing. Documentation identifying the disability and necessary accommodations will be required.

 

RESOURCES


Regional Adult Education

The Learning Center

 

 

*The information provided on this webpage is subject to change.*