Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are special arrangements available for students with disabilities for testing?
Students who need accommodations must have ADA documentation and make prior arrangements with the Disability Resource Center.
Can I bring or use electronic equipment when I test?
No electronic equipment is permitted to be used while testing in the Testing Center. Please do not bring any electronic equipment, such as cell phones, PDAs, notebooks, beepers or calculators with you.
The Testing Center will provide you with scratch paper and pencils, but it will need to be turned in upon completion of the test.
Does the testing center offer study materials?
Detailed information regarding each specific test and reference material may be found on our tests offered page.
How do I arrange payment for testing if I am an out-of-area student?
Out-of-area students need to send a fax to the controller's office at 775 673-7085, requesting to make the payment by credit card. This request will need to have the following information:
- Name of the student
- Credit Card Number
- Expiration date of the card
- Three digit security code
- Brief explanation for what the card is being used to pay for
- Name as it appears of the card
- Signature of the card holder
- Telephone number of the card holder
How do I get a copy of my ACCUPLACER / placement scores?
You can obtain a copy of you placement scores by logging in to MyTMCC. Your scores can be found in the "other academic" drop down menu in the Academics Section of the Student Center. You can also visit the TMCC Testing Services department and paying the $10 transcript fee. You will need your placement scores in order to register for your new student advisement workshop.
How do I get a copy of my GED transcript?
Beginning April 1, 2013, Truckee Meadows Community College will no longer process duplicate GED transcript requests.
All individuals and third-party verification firms will be referred directly to DiplomaSender. Online requests for duplicate GED transcripts will be $15; requests by phone (to 855-313-5799) will be $21.
How do I sign up to take the GED Test?
How much does it cost to take a test in the Testing Center?
Consult the following list to determine the appropriate fees associated, if applicable, with a test:
|ACCUPLACER placement exam||Exam is free of charge for TMCC students taking the any version of the placement exam for first time. If students retake any placement exam, the cost is $20.|
|ACCUPLACER for dental hygiene||There is a $20 fee.|
|Certified Nursing Assistant exam||Please contact the TMCC Health Science department.
See also: CNA Program Information
|College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)||CLEP exam costs $77, and there is also a $20 site administration fee.|
|General Educational Development (GED)||$65 fee is charged if you are taking the exam for the first time. If you want to retake any individual section of the exam, the cost is $10 per section.|
|Health Education System, Inc. (HESI)||There is a $70 registration fee.|
|Medical Terminology Test||There is a $40 registration fee.|
|Non TMCC proctored exams||Proctored test cost $20 per two-hour block of time based on the maximum amount of time allowed for exam.|
|Radiology Technology Program assessment||No fee is associated for TMCC students.|
|Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)||There is a $40 proctoring fee, in addition to the cost of the exam.|
How much time do I need to take the ACCUPLACER exam?
The complete test (Math and English) takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes to complete, but it is not timed. The Testing Center does close at 5 p.m., please be advised if you arrive at 3:30 p.m., you will only have one hour and 30 minutes to complete the test.
Is child care available while I am testing?
Please make arrangements for child care prior to coming to the Testing Center; the Testing Center does not have child care facilities.
Need additional information about testing services?
Contact the Testing Services Office.
What about Academic Integrity on testing?
All members of the Truckee Meadows Community College community are subject to the rules and disciplinary procedures as outlined in appendix L of the TMCC course catalog. For purposes of the testing center, the following behaviors are considered to be academically dishonest.
- Copying from another person's work during an examination
- Allowing someone to copy from your work during an examination
- Using unauthorized materials during an examination
- Taking an examination for another person or permitting another person to take an exam for you
- Obtaining or providing to another person a test or answers to a test
- Removing or attempting to remove a test, its answers or any portion thereof from the Testing Center
Consistent with the expectations of the rules and disciplinary procedures for members of the university community, individuals caught engaging in any of the above-described behavior will be referred to the associate dean of students and/or to their instructor for appropriate disciplinary action.
What do I need to bring for my test?
All individuals must bring their current government or current TMCC issued photo ID.
What do I need to do before I take a test in the testing center?
Individuals who wish to take the ACCUPLACER must first complete the Application for Admission to Truckee Meadows Community College. Once an individual is accepted to TMCC as a student, they are issued a TMCC student ID number, and will need to know this number to take their exam.
Individuals who are planning on taking their General Educational Development (GED), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Health Education System, Inc. (HESI), Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), or a non-TMCC test must schedule their exam prior to testing. You will be required to show a government-issued photo ID or TMCC ID card. Please contact the testing center for more details.
What exams am I able to retake in the testing center?
Re-tests are permitted for the following:
|ACCUPLACER placement exam||
Course placement for TMCC Students will be determined by the highest valid scores within the past twenty-four month period. Students are unable to retake ACCUPLACER placement tests if they have already begun their English class sequence. . Students may retake the English and math ACCUPLACER placement test no sooner than 24 hours after the initial try, any subsequent retakes must be spaced at least two weeks apart. Students will be charged a $20.00 retake fee for each retake attempt.
Note: TMCC reserves the right to change course placement scores.
|ACCUPLACER for dental hygiene||Re-tests are permitted two weeks after your initial test; the cost is $20.|
|Certified Nursing Assistant exam||Please contact the TMCC Health Science department|
|Non TMCC proctored exams||Per instructors approval|
|General Educational Development (GED)||If you want to retake any individual section of the exam, the cost is $14 per section.|
|College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)||Re-tests of CLEP Exam are permitted after six months from your initial test; the cost of the exam is $77, and there is also a $20 site administration fee. If you are retaking a CLEP Exam, please contact the College Board for details for retaking the exam.|
|HESI||Students are only allowed to retake the HESI exam once if they scores below 75 in at least one section of their first HESI exam. Only those scores for the repeat sections that were previously below 75 will be used to calculate the new score. The cost for the HESI V2 is $70.|
|Radiology Technology Program assessment||Per instructors approval|
|Medical Terminology Test||Students are allowed one test and one retest. The cost of the exam is $40 per test session. Applicants who have already taken the Medical Terminology Test and received a score below 75 are eligible to retake this test once.|
What is the ACCUPLACER exam?
Please visit the ACCUPLACER website for more information about this exam.
What types of tests do I need to take before registering for college credit classes at TMCC?
Academic placement testing (ACCUPLACER) is a required enrollment step for new, degree-seeking students. All students are encouraged to take this test to ensure that with the help of an adviser they register for the correct classes. The ACCUPLACER placement test is available to all current TMCC students and who provide valid government issued photo identification. ACCUPLACER is a prerequisite for placement into English and math classes. If you have ACT or SAT scores that are less than two years old, or grades from prerequisite classes can be used instead.
When and where can I take a test?
All tests, unless otherwise specified, can be taken on the Dandini Campus, Red Mountain Building, V. James Eardley Student Services Center, room 121. Please consult the list below to determine if an appointment is needed for a particular test. Students taking test on a walk-in basis must be in the testing center by 3:30 p.m. The testing center will close at 5:00 p.m.
|Exams Schedule for TMCC Testing Services|
|ACCUPLACER placement exam|
|Certified Nursing Assistant exam||College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)|
|Non TMCC proctored exams||General Educational Development (GED)|
|Medical Terminology Test||Health Education System, Inc. (HESI)|
|Radiology Technology Program assessment|
|Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)|
When will I know the results of my testing?
Students will receive a paper copy of their ACCUPLACER placement test scores immediately after completing their exam. These scores will take up to three business days to post to their student account. Please keep your copy of the ACCUPLACER/placement testing transcript. You will need your placement scores in order to register for your new student advisement workshop. If you need additional copies of your transcript there will be a charge of $10 for the copy.
Where can I find more information about taking a proctored test for a TMCC class?
For more information visit the Proctoring Center.
Where do I pay testing fees?
Students must check in at the testing center to pick up a testing service request form PRIOR to paying fees. Bring your receipt and valid government-issued photo identification to the testing center.
|Test||Note on Fees|
|CLEP||Students are responsible to pay for the $12 proctoring fee as well as the $77 CLEP exam fee. Students will need to have a credit card when they visit the testing center to pay online directly to the College Board before taking their CLEP exam.|
Are students allowed to retake the CAPE placement exam?
The test may be repeated, but there is a mandatory 6-week waiting period between testing sessions. There are NO exceptions to this restriction; therefore, students should be prepared to take the test at the time of testing.
Are students allowed to take (or retake) the CAPE placement exam if they have started a foreign language course sequence?
No, the CAPE exam is for initial placement only.
Are students allowed to take the CAPE exam for more than one language?
Yes, but the re-testing restriction applies to all languages.
Are students granted college credit for taking the CAPE exam?
No, the CAPE exam only provides placement information about where students need to start their language study at TMCC. The CAPE exam does not grant college credit for any levels that the student places beyond.
Students should be aware that placement out of a foreign language level does not grant credit, and therefore students may need to take alternative credits to meet graduation requirements.
Do I have to schedule my CAPE exam?
How many questions are in the CAPE exam? Is it a timed test? How long does it take to complete the exam?
The number of questions on the CAPE exam varies, depending on a student's ability.
It is not a timed test.
Taking the test should require between 20-45 minutes, but will depend on how you perform.
How many times is a student allowed to take the CAPE placement exam?
Students may repeat the test as many times as they would like, but there is a mandatory 6-week waiting period between testing sessions. There are NO exceptions to this restriction.
What are the score placement results of the CAPE exam?
The placement scores are different for each language. See below:
|Course||CAPE Placement Cut-off|
|* CHIN 1st year I||0-199|
|* CHIN 1st year II||200-399|
|* CHIN 2nd year I||400-599|
* NOTE: currently TMCC does not offer Chinese, therefore the placement cutoffs shown with ( * ) are only guidelines and do not indicate placement into any TMCC foreign language courses.
What CAPE placement languages are offered?
CAPE exams are offered in Spanish, German, French, Chinese, and Russian. (TMCC students should note that currently TMCC does not offer Chinese.)
What if I have additional questions about my CAPE exam language placement?
What is the score range of the CAPE exam?
The range of scores varies with which language is tested, as do the cut-off levels.
Who can take the CAPE placement exam?
Any student who would like to be placed for their foreign language requirement may take the placement exam. It is recommended that students who are Spanish heritage speakers take SPAN 226 and SPAN 227; however, they may take the placement exam.
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