Testing Services

The Testing Center (TC) is located in the George Mathis Student Center Building, room 116. The TC provides walk-in testing services for CSCC make-up exams, video, www and independent study courses Tuesday through Friday. Several standardized testing programs are administered in the TC and may be in progress throughout the week. Mondays are reserved for standardized tests such as the High School Equivalency (HSE) test, the nursing admission HESI, the Graduation Exit Exam and other groups as needed.

Online scheduling is required for specific testing. 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 Required testing fees are paid 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, required documentation must be submitted and approved in the ACCESS Center with the Coordinator of Disability Support Services. Instructors may allow reasonable accommodations and provide instructions to the TC staff to administer approved accommodated testing. Testing with accommodations should be scheduled at least one week prior to testing.

Testing Center Hours

The Testing Center follows the academic calendar and is open 12 months of the year. We open for walk-in testing on the main campus during 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 Reserved for Standardized Testing
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.

Testing must begin no later than 30 minutes before closing times listed.

Off-Campus Testing
Testing is available at the Athens site. Please call (423) 745-8486 for an appointment in Athens.

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.


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 when and where to take the test. Generally, COMPASS testing is administered on a walk-in basis during regular hours listed. 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.

Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing is required when ACT, SAT or COMPASS scores place a student in Learning Support (LS). Diagnostic testing helps to identify strengths and weaknesses to enhance the completion of learning competencies and move the student forward to college courses.

The English/writing diagnostic test is the ACT COMPASS e-Write test. It is timed at 30 minutes and requires writing an essay from a random prompt. The test is typed on the computer within the testing software. Scores, most often, will print immediately. However, sometimes it may take up to 48 hours for scores to be available.

The reading diagnostic test is the My Readiness Test. It is not timed and takes an average of one to two hours to complete. The test consists of 6 categories including vocabulary development, strategic reading, organization/relationships, main ideas, and supporting details and critical/logic reading. The results are scored immediately.

When the math score is not at college level on the ACT, SAT or COMPASS the student will register for MATH 0800. The math diagnostic testing is completed on the first day of class.


The HESI A-2 nursing pre-admission assessment is administered in the TC for students applying for the Associate of Applied Science Nursing Degree. The test is specific for the CSCC nursing program and includes the math and reading portions only. A Cleveland State ID and scheduling confirmation is required for this test. HESI A-2 testing is scheduled during the fall and spring semesters each year for students applying in March for the daytime scheduling option. The nursing department accepts applications for the evening scheduling option every other year in September. Testing for the September application deadline is in late spring and summer. Testing will be administered in 2015 for the September evening scheduling option and again in September 2017 unless otherwise noted in the nursing program information.

The HESI A-2 pre-admission test will consist of READING COMPREHENSION, A 47-item exam that includes reading scenarios in order to measure reading comprehension, including:  identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical references, etc.
MATHEMATICS, A 50-item exam that focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ration and proportion, household measures, and general math facts that are useful, for example, when calculating drug dosages and solutions.

Study Guides, Practice Tests and resources are available at:

Study guides may also be available at other online stores or local bookstores.

Register for the HESI

This exam is not available in Athens. The pre-admission HESI A-2 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. Additional study resources may be found 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 public institutions. First priority is given to 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. 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. 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

To request a copy of GED scores for testing prior to 2014, examinees 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