Testing Services

The Testing Center is located in the George Mathis Student Center Building, room 116. Testing is administered for CSCC video, www, ADA accommodations testing, make-up exams and independent study courses. Other testing programs are also administered here and may be in progress throughout the week. Mondays are reserved only for standardized tests such as the High School Equivalency (HSE) test, the nursing admission test, the Graduation Exit Exam and other groups as needed.

Online scheduling is required for all testing as of August 2015. To schedule a test click on the button at the right "Schedule A Test."  If you will be using our testing services please become familiar with guidelines listed below. 

If a disability requires accommodations for testing, required documentation must be submitted and approved by Disability Support Services. Instructors may allow reasonable accommodations and provide instructions to the TC staff to administer approved accommodations for testing. Testing with assistive technology accommodations on Dragon and Kurzweil should be scheduled  by contacting testing staff at least one week prior to testing. The Testing Center does not have individual testing rooms for single student testing.

Testing Center Hours

The Testing Center follows the academic calendar and is open 12 months during the year, excluding holiday closings. Testing appointments for all tests are required as of fall semester 2015. To find available testing opportunities you may click on the button on the right 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 does 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. 

Athens Testing Services

Testing is also available at the Athens site. Standardized tests such as the Graduation Exit Exam, Reading Readiness and Compass testing are also available in Athens. Pearson Vue and HiSet testing are administered in Athens along with academic course testing. 

Student Guidelines

  • A PHOTO ID is required each time you test.
  • No cell phone or other electronic device (may include wrist watch or other jewelry) is allowed in the testing room unless required for a specific test.
  • The only items allowed while testing are indicated on the instructor's administration form.
  • All scratch paper is checked before and after testing and must be turned in with your test when completed.
  • No talking; remain as quiet as possible in the testing room. Enter and exit as quietly as possible.
  • Test must be completed in one sitting. Students cannot leave and return to finish the same exam unless noted on the administration form from the instructor.
  • Honesty is best! Students may be questioned about suspicious or disruptive behavior. Undesirable behavior will be reported to your instructor.
  • No children are allowed in the TC.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may result in inability to test in the TC and/or restricted TC privileges.
  • It is the students' responsibility to contact your instructor to request make-up testing accommodations and to ensure the test is available.


The Testing Center proctors exams for students enrolled in Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) (ROCC) courses. RODP proctored exams are scheduled in the online scheduling system. Go to this link to schedule your testing date and time. To schedule in Athens call (423) 745-8486.


Compass testing is scheduled by clicking on the "Schedule a Test" link. Three categories of Compass testing are available. Compass test takers will schedule the New Student Compass, the High School Dual Enrollment Compass or the Challenge Compass. 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 COMPASS (Computer-adaptive Placement, Assessment and Support System):

  • 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 Admissions and Records Office determines if students require COMPASS 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 how to schedule an appointment for testing.  Avoid rushing through the test and allow yourself enough time to be completed before closing times listed. 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.

COMPASS is also available as a challenge option for an opportunity to improve initial placement. Students under 21 years of age may challenge the ACT scores to improve placement. Students 21 years of age and older may also challenge the first set of COMPASS scores. Because this is not a requirement and is only an option, 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/English and math.

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 are available within the test software for the math test. Scores are available immediately after the test is completed.

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

Nursing Admission Exam

Students will need to study to prepare for the nursing admission exam. The exam will consist of reading, math, writing and science. A few study books will be placed in the library and they may be purchased in book stores or online with Amazon at 


Click on the link for additional information and sample questions:  https://drive.google.com/a/clevelandstatecc.edu/file/d/0B90dgHEqhHSpMUo0cW9GNDFWanc/view?usp=sharing

Testing dates will be listed in the scheduling system once a schedule is determined. The testing fee is not yet determined. You may check the scheduling system for the Nursing Admission Test dates by clicking on the Schedule a Test button at the top right of this page. Dates will be listed as soon as they are determined.


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 $80 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&navoid=500#Credit_for_Non-Traditional_Learning.

To purchase a CLEP exam go to https://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam. Contact the Testing Center when you are ready to schedule your test. 423-473-2452 or email jnye@clevelandstatecc.edu

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 jnye@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 is 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


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.

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. Examinees must first contact the Adult Education office to prepare for testing, take an official practice test and register for the official test. Examinees will need an account in HiSET to schedule and pay for testing. The Adult Education office will assist with this in preparation for the 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 was updated as of January 2014. It 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. Examinees will need an account in Pearson Vue GED to schedule and pay for testing. For more detailed information and to register for a GED test go to https://ged.com

Beware of websites soliciting GED diploma programs. These are usually expensive, are not accredited and are not approved as an official diploma.

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

  • 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

Requesting GED or HSE Transcripts and Diplomas

For additional information regarding Adult Education in the State of Tennessee  http://www.tn.gov/workforce/article/about-ae

As of July 22, 2015,  testing centers in the state of Tennessee no longer have access to GED or High School Equivalency transcripts. Copies of transcripts and diplomas must be requested  through Diploma Sender. The website for information and for ordering GED/HSE documents is: www.DiplomaSender.com  or call 855-313-5799. For additional questions you may email Support@DiplomaSender.com. Online chat is available M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM central time.