Testing Services

Testing Center Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Testing Center's most commonly asked questions.

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Are special testing arrangements available for students with disabilities?

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 Accounting Services 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?

Diploma Sender will mail out transcripts for all HSE in the State of Nevada. The first transcript will be free of charge. Students will need to contact Diploma Sender to verify their mailing address before transcripts mailed. Students who seek additional transcripts and/or verifications may contact Diploma Sender, these requests may be obtained for a fee. Students will be charged $15 if requested online or $21 if requested by phone at 855-313-5799.

How do I sign up to take the HSE test?

For more information regarding HSE testing visit the High School Equivalency Department.

How much does it cost to take a test in Testing Services?

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 Nursing Program.
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 TMCC's 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 College 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.
  • Students are prohibited but not limited to the following items while testing in the Testing Center: food, beverage, books, papers, highlighters, rulers, notes, earplugs, calculators (including watch calculators), cell phones, recording devices, cameras, head-phones, watches, or any other electronic devices or reference materials. You may not wear or take a hat with a bill or brim into the testing room unless it is worn for a religious or medical reason that has been approved by Pearson. To receive approval, submit a request with the appropriate documentation explaining the need for this accommodation to PCAT Customer Relations.

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 and receive their student identification number, prior to testing

For all other exams, please see our Schedule an Exam page for availability, dates and times tests will be offered.

What exams am I able to re-take through TMCC's Testing Services?

Re-tests are permitted for the following:

TestRe-test Policy
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 Academic Advisor, 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 pre-requisite for placement into TMCC English and math classes. ACT or SAT scores that are less than two years old, or grades from pre-requisite classes can be used instead.

When and where can I take a test?

All tests, unless otherwise specified, are proctored on the Dandini Campus, Red Mountain Building, V. James Eardley Student Services Center, room 121 by appointment. Currently, the only walk in test offered in the testing center is for first time students taking their ACCUPLACER placement exam. For all other exams, please view our Schedule an Exam page for availability, dates and times tests will be offered.

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 will pay for their exams when they register. Please view our Schedule an Exam page for availability, dates and times tests will be offered.

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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?

Yes, students who wish to take the CAPE exam must schedule an appointment. Please contact Howard Craig in TMCC's Testing Services at 775-673-7201.

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:

CourseCAPE Placement Cut-off
SPAN 112 179-319
SPAN 211 320-346
SPAN 212 347+
FREN 112 260-366
FREN 211 337-401
FREN 212 402+
GER 112 292-382
GER 211 383-491
GER 212 492+
RUS 112 200-399
RUS 211 400-599
RUS 212 600+
* 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?

If you have more questions regarding language placement at TMCC, please contact the Humanities department, Gabriela Brochu at 775-673-7898.

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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What is HESI?

Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) A2 Admission Assessment is a timed, computerized test that consists of six academic exams: reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, grammar, basic math skills, biology and anatomy, and physiology. The test also has a learning style/personal profile assessment.

What's on the HESI exam?

The test consists of Reading Comprehension (38 questions), Vocabulary and General Knowledge (50 questions), Grammar (50 questions), Math (50 questions), Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) (25 questions), and Biology (25 items). The test also has a learning style/personal profile assessment.

Where can I find the testing dates for HESI Exam?

The TMCC Nursing department's Web page has more information regarding HESI testing dates.

See Also: Testing Services

What do I need to bring for the HESI Exam?

All students registered for the HESI exam will be given a testing ticket and have a detailed e-mail sent to them. This testing ticket and e-mail will outline information regarding testing day procedures and instructions.

What do students need to register for the HESI exam or the Medical Terminology test?

Students will need a valid Government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military id, etc.), and must be a current TMCC student, have a valid email address and have proof of payment for the exam (receipt).

How long is the HESI Exam?

There is a maximum time limit of six (6) hours to complete this exam.

How much does the HESI Exam cost?

The cost of the exam is $70.00

Will there be refunds for either the HESI Exam or the Medical Terminology Test?

There will be no refunds permitted for either the HESI Exam or the Medical Terminology Test.

Do students have to register in person or can they register by email for the HESI exam?

Students must register in person for the HESI exam. The following information is required to schedule the exam:

  • name
  • email address
  • phone number
  • TMCC student ID number
  • receipt number (received from Accounting Services upon payment of the testing fee)

For more information please contact Testing Services.

Is it possible to reschedule a HESI Exam?

Due to the high demand of this exam, there will be no rescheduling of appointments. Please ensure that you select your testing dates carefully. Students who must reschedule will forfeit their testing fee and must pay for a new testing appointment.

Can students transfer their HESI Exam or Medical Terminology Test scores to/from another institution?

No, the TMCC Nursing Program customized the components of the HESI Exam and the Medical Terminology Test specifically for this program. As a result, students who take the exam outside of TMCC have not necessarily tested under the same testing parameters. In addition, other institutions may require different components that TMCC does not use, making test scores invalid for their programs.

What if I need accommodations for taking either the HESI Exam or the Medical Terminology Test?

Qualified, self-identified students with documented disabilities have the right to free accommodations. Call TMCC's Disability Resource Center at 775-673-7277, TTY 775-673-7888 or visit their office in the Red Mountain Building room 315 for more information.

Is there a study guide for the HESI Exam?

Yes, study guides are available for purchase at the TMCC Bookstore. In addition there are also two copies on reserve in the TMCC Library.

Who is eligible to retake the HESI Exam?

You are eligible to retake sections of the HESI if you scored below 75%.

Note that you can only take the HESI exam:

  • twice in a 24-month period, and
  • only those sections in which you scored below 75%.

What do students need to register to retake the HESI exam?

Applicants must show a copy of their HESI V1 results to Testing Services, in addition to a valid Government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military id, etc.). You must also be a current TMCC student, have a valid email address, and have proof of payment for the HESI V2 exam fee (receipt).

If I retake the HESI Exam, do I retake just the section(s) where I scored below 75, or can I retake the entire exam?

You are only allowed to retake those sections where you scored below 75%. If other sections are repeated but a score above 75% was already reported on a previous attempt, the original score in that section will be used.

If I retake the HESI Exam, will the TMCC Nursing Program take the higher score or the average score for each section?

No averages are calculated. New scores will only be reported on sections that were previously below 75%.

What date(s) are open to retake the HESI Exam (V2)?

The HESI Exam V2 will be available on each testing date that has been reserved for HESI V1.