Testing Services

Cleveland State Community College’s Testing Center (TC) is located in the George Mathis Student Center Building. A convenient location for administering a variety of standardized and course-related tests, the TC provides walk-in testing services for CSCC make-up exams, video, www and independent study courses Tuesday through Friday. Several CSCC college courses require you to take exams in the TC, and your professor may send you to TC for make-up exams. Additionally, standardized tests are administered on Mondays by appointment.

To SCHEDULE testing for the nursing admission HESI exam, RODP proctored exams, the Graduation Exit Exam and Correspondence testing for non public Tennessee institutions, go to the link http://www.registerblast.com/clevelandstate/Exam. You will pay any required testing fees at the time of scheduling in the online system.

Our guidelines and business hours are listed below. Before coming to the TC, please read “Guidelines for Students” to understand the rules and procedures for taking an exam.

If a disability requires accommodation testing, your disability must be registered with the Coordinator of Disability Services in the ACCESS Center. Instructors may allow reasonable accommodations and provide directions and instructions to the TC staff for administering accommodation testing.

Testing Center Hours

Student Center Building, Room 116 – (423) 473-2372
The Testing Center allows walk-in testing on the main campus during the college’s Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters as listed below. All exams must be completed before the indicated closing time. The TC is closed for the holidays listed on the academic calendar and does not offer evening hours when classes aren’t in session (i.e. spring break, fall break and between semesters). Testing may be arranged by appointment when classes are not in session. Hours may change due to unplanned events and may vary with additional hours per semester. Specific semester hours will be posted on the Testing Center door each semester.

Monday Standardized Testing Only
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Off-Campus Testing
Testing is available at the Athens site. If class is in Athens or if your instructor agrees to send your test off-campus, you must call the Athens site at (423) 745-8486 for an appointment.

Student Guidelines

  • You must present a photo ID each time you request a test.
  • No cell phone or other electronic device may be used during an exam, unless required for a specific test or special accommodations.
  • Your test, answer sheet and scratch paper are the only items allowed while testing. Staff will follow your instructor’s directions for your specific test and let you know if there is an exception for your particular test.
  • All scratch paper is checked before you start the test and must be turned in with your test and handed to a staff person when the test is finished.
  • No talking allowed while taking an exam.
  • Your test must be completed in one sitting. You may not leave and return to finish the same exam unless permitted by your instructor on the administration form.
  • Honesty is best! You may be questioned about suspicious or disruptive behavior and will be reported to your instructor for disciplinary action if deemed appropriate by staff. The Testing Center is monitored by video cameras.
  • No children are allowed in the TC.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may result in restricted TC privileges.
  • It is your responsibility to contact your instructor to request make-up testing accommodations and to ensure the test is available.


The Testing Center also proctors exams for students enrolled in Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) (ROCC) courses. If your RODP course requires a proctored exam you will need to schedule your testing date and time. If you prefer to test at our Athens site you may call (423) 745-8486.


What to do before taking the COMPASS (Computer-adaptive Placement, Assessment and Support System):

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

Cleveland State’s Admissions and Records Office determines if students require COMPASS placement testing. COMPASS is a computerized placement test that determines college readiness in reading, English and math/algebra for entering students 21 years of age and older. Students required to take the COMPASS are issued a testing notice that includes information about when and where to take the test. Generally, COMPASS testing is administered on Mondays prior to the beginning of a new registration term. No fee is required for students taking the COMPASS placement test for the first time as an initial admission assessment. COMPASS testing must be completed prior to registering for classes.

The COMPASS includes testing in three subject areas: reading, English and math/algebra. Sample questions can be downloaded from http://www.act.org/compass/sample. Though not timed, the test usually takes approximately two hours to finish all three parts. Calculators (subject to ACT guidelines) are permitted for the math/algebra portion of the test, and scores are available immediately after the test is completed.

Please explore the links below for study and preparation prior to COMPASS testing.


The HESI is administered in the TC for students applying to the Associate of Applied Science Nursing Degree program at CSCC. The test is specific for the CSCC nursing program and includes the math and reading portions only. Your Cleveland State ID and scheduling confirmation is required for this test. Register for the HESI. This exam is not available in Athens. The admission program HESI is timed at 2 hours and 30 minutes. No calculator is allowed during testing. A waiting period is required before a second attempt is allowed. You may find helpful study aids at http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests

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. The fee is waived for all Tennessee state public institutions. For additional information and to make arrangements for testing please make your request via email to jnye@clevelandstatecc.edu

Graduation Exit Exam

The graduation exit exam is administered each semester as part of the graduation requirements. The exam is a 45 minute multiple choice exam evaluating critical thinking skills. Register to take the graduation exit exam. You may also schedule this exam in Athens by calling (423) 745-8486.

HSE - High School Equivalency Testing Available at Cleveland State


The HiSET and the GED are two options for earning a high school equivalency credential, the HSE, in Tennessee. These tests can only be administered in an approved testing facility.  The HiSET is available on paper and on the computer and must be administered by certified testing staff. The test is not available over the internet. You must first contact the Adult Education office near you to prepare for testing, take an official practice test and register for the official test. You will need an account in HiSET to schedule and pay for testing. The Adult Education office will assist you with this as you prepare for your official test. Additional fees are required at the testing site when taking the HiSET. Information about the HiSET test is available at http://hiset.ets.org/requirements/tn

The GED test is new for 2014 and continues to offers the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Beginning January 2014, the GED test is available only as a computer based test. A computer based test does not mean it is available on the internet. The GED is not available in the paper format and is not available on the internet. The GED test can only be taken at an approved testing site by certified testing staff. You will need an account in GED to schedule and pay for testing. For more detailed information and to register for a GED test go to http://ged.pearsoncred.com

The State of Tennessee Division of Adult Education requires individuals to take an Official Practice Test before scheduling your official HSE test. Contact information is listed here for your Adult Education office.

  • Bradley County Adult Education: (423) 473-8473  
  • Meigs/Rhea County Adult Education: 423-365-5020      
  • Polk County Adult Education: 423-464-3248
  • McMinn/Athens Adult Education: (423) 745-5111
  • Monroe County: 423-420-1009

To request a copy of GED scores for testing prior to 2014, you may complete the following form and bring it to the main campus Testing Center or mail it to the State of Tennessee Department of Workforce Development, Adult Education Division.

GED Transcript Request Form