Schedule a Test/Exam

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Testing offers the following assessments on predetermined test days.

American College Test (ACT): Residual

Southwest is a Residual testing center for the ACT®. The results of this test will only be reported to Southwest. Students who want to have ACT® results sent to other colleges, institutions or agencies must take the National ACT® on one of the five national test dates. In addition, the Union Avenue Campus administers the National ACT® in April, June, and December of each year.

Residual ACT®

Follow the steps below to register for the Residual ACT®.

  1. An Online Admissions Application to Southwest must be completed prior to taking the ACT®.
  2. You may also practice online at the ACT®Test Prep website.

Note: The ACT® will take approximately four hours to complete.

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ACT®: National

To register for the National ACT®, please visit The National ACT website (opens in a new window).

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ACCUPLACER

ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students' skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. For over 30 years, ACCUPLACER has been used successfully to assess student preparedness for introductory credit-bearing college courses. ACCUPLACER delivers immediate and precise results, offering both placement and diagnostic tests, to support intervention and help answer the challenges of accurate placement and remediation.

Sample Questions

Sample questions can be found at the ACCUPLACER sample question page.

ACCUPLACER Retest Policy

Retesting is allowed one time, five (5) days prior to the first day of class when students do not place college level on any of the three tests. This will allow time for repeat advising should the student place at college level. There is a 48 hour waiting period between the initial test and retest in order to allow for study time. Retesting is not allowed once a student has received a grade (A, B, C, D, F, FA, I, N, P, S, U, or W) in a reading, writing, or math course. If a grade has been earned, the student must pick up where they left off.

ACCUPLACER can be used in one of three ways to challenge (or attempt to improve) previous scores (prior to starting classes).

Using ACCUPLACER to Improve Placement Scores
Initial Placement Exam Taken Ways to Challenge With ACCUPLACER
Initial Test Scores = Southwest ACT Residual ACCUPLACER once for free
Initial Test Scores = ACT National/SAT ACCUPLACER once for $20 fee
Initial Test Scores = ACCUPLACER (free) ACCUPLACER once for $20 fee

Test Cost

Non-Southwest students can take ACCUPLACER for $20, each time.

We accept ACCUPLACER scores from other Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions.

Register for ACCUPLACER

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Testing

A student must be registered with Student Disability Services and approved for special testing arrangements by the Student Disabilities Coordinator each semester. Once approved, the provision of approved special testing arrangements is the responsibility of the Student Disability Services registrant and each of their instructors. Once the disability accommodation form has been received by the instructor, a discussion/agreement of how to best meet the special testing accommodation should take place immediately. Instructors can test in a separate classroom, during office hours, or at a designated, reduced-distraction location provided by each site. Site coordinators and instructors should work out any proctoring requirements and special test instructions.

If the registrant chooses to use either of the main campuses for their special testing needs, Testing on the Macon Cove Campus and Student Disability Services on the Union Avenue Campus can be responsible for proctoring examinations (midterms, finals, and quizzes) to special needs students in a quiet and distraction reduced environment. Students are responsible for scheduling an appointment at the Macon Cove Campus online via the Southwest Testing website. Students wishing to test at the Union Avenue Campus must schedule and appointment by calling 901-333-5116 or 901-333-4223. All students are expected to abide by the regular testing rules.

Please pay close attention to the types of ADA testing offered when scheduling online for the Macon Cove Campus. There are three (3) types of ADA testing accommodations offered:

ADA Testing (Computerized)

Student has a computerized test and can test in regular testing lab with extended testing time.

ADA Testing (Paper & Pencil)

Student has a paper and pencil test and can test in regular lab with extended testing time.

ADA (Private room, Scribe, Reader, etc.)

Student has a paper and pencil test or computerized test and has been approved for a private room, has a reader, scribe, etc. and requires a private room setting.

Please make sure you schedule the correct type of ADA testing needed so the Testing staff can schedule accordingly and accommodate as many students as possible. If you have questions, please call 901-333-4170.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Pass any of the 33 CLEP exams and achieve your college and career goals.

Announcement: The Millington Center will only offer the CLEP and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) on a quarterly basis. The 2016 scheduled date is November 4. The 2017 dates are February 17, May 19, August 4 and November 3. A $25 service fee is required for CLEP and DANTES Testing.

Note: You must purchase a CLEP exam registration ticket (voucher) from College Board for each exam you plan to take.

Purchase a CLEP Voucher

My Account is a self-service feature that enables candidates to create and manage their own personal accounts, register/prepay for CLEP exams and purchase study materials all in one place.

All candidates (with the exception of certain test-takers with disabilities) must register and pay their exam fee via the My Account Registration Portal.

Testing does not create registrations or collect payment for exam fees ($85). Southwest does collect a $25 administrative fee prior to scheduling the CLEP exam.

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Exam Registration Ticket

Once a candidate registers and pays the exam fee via the My Account Registration Portal, he or she will be able to review/print the CLEP Exam Registration Ticket. In addition, the candidate will also receive an automated email confirming the registration and notifying him/her to print the registration ticket, along with other pre/post test day reminders. A CLEP Exam Registration Ticket is valid for six months; the expiration date will be printed on the ticket.

If you have questions regarding My Account or the CLEP Exam Registration Ticket, please contact CLEP Services at 800-257-9558/609-771-7865, or email clep@info.collegeboard.org.

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Please visit the College Board CLEP Exam Day Info page (near the bottom) and review the acceptable forms of ID. Also, please review prohibited items: i.e. hats (unless worn as a religious requirement), hoodies, watches, pencils, etc.

One form of government-issued identification will be acceptable for CLEP test-takers. A secondary form of ID will no longer be required. The primary identification must be valid and current, must bear the test-taker's full name in English language characters, and must contain a photograph and a signature.

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DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

DANTES helps eligible military members and eligible spouses pursue their educational goals by funding DSST exams (first attempts only) at military bases and institutions across the country.

Announcement: The Millington Center will only offer the CLEP and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) on a quarterly basis. The 2016 scheduled dates are February 26, May 20, August 12, and November 4. A $25 service fee is required for CLEP and DANTES testing.

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Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile

All Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree graduating students are required to take this test. The ETS® Proficiency Profile test is 40 minutes in length and given onsite as a paper-and-pencil test. You will need to secure a registration code from Testing prior to registering for an exam, by calling 901-333-4170.

The ETS® Proficiency Profile test measures:

  • proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics in the context of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences
  • academic skills developed, as opposed to subject knowledge taught, in general education courses

Questions on the ETS® Proficiency Profile test are multiple-choice and are arranged in blocks of three to eight.

Note: In certain career programs, prospective graduates may also be required to take a Major Field Examination (departmental exam) in their area of study. You will be informed if a Major Field Examination is required when you contact Testing for a registration code.

When you take the ETS® Proficiency Profile test, remember that your efforts count. The ETS® Proficiency Profile test helps both Southwest and the state of Tennessee decide how successful the College has been. Your work affects the College's funding and more importantly, the College's reputation.

The better Southwest's reputation is, the more valuable your degree becomes.

You will receive your scores by mail and your performance will be compared to student scores across the country. Please get a good night's sleep before the examination and do your best for your college and yourself!

ETS® Proficiency Profile Sample Questions

The ETS® Proficiency Profile sample questions illustrate the skills measured, contexts covered and the difficulty of the questions. The sample questions (PDF) (opens new window), requires Adobe Reader (opens new window), and answers are for reference only. They are not actual questions currently used on the test.

Students with a disability, who need special accomodations should contact Student Disability Services for assistance.

Remember to check the Graduation/Commencement website for all updates.

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FISDAP

FISDAP is a computerized test limited to Southwest EMT and Paramedic students to assess the students' knowledge from material covered in class and in the field.

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Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE)

This test is restricted to applicants seeking admission to the Radiologic Technology Program at Southwest. Students are required to submit results from the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination as a part of the admissions process.

Note: Seating is limited for each date. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Once a date is filled, no additional students will be allowed to register for that date.

Test results are available upon the completion of the examination.

Students must allow six months to elapse before retesting.

To learn more about the HOAE, visit the Psychological Services Bureau, Inc. (PSB) website.

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High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

Only Computer Based Testing (CBT) offered (No Paper)

The HiSET® exam includes five subtests that you can schedule to take in any order:

  • Language Arts – Reading, 65 minutes (40 multiple choice questions)
  • Language Arts – Writing
    • Part 1, 75 minutes (50 multiple choice questions)
    • Part 2, 45 minutes (1 essay)
  • Mathematics, 90 minutes (50 multiple choice questions)
  • Science, 80 minutes (50 multiple choice questions)
  • Social Studies, 70 minutes (50 multiple choice questions)

Days Offered: Mondays Only

How much does it cost to take the test in Tennessee?

Battery (all five subtests):

  • In Tennessee, the total price for the HiSET exam battery is $75.

Individual Subtests

  • If you only need to take an individual subtest initially, the total price is $20 per test.

Official Practice Test (OPT's) are required prior to testing. Test takers need to contact HopeWorks (opens new window) at 901-272-3700 or Collierville Literacy Council (opens new window) at 901-854-0288 to schedule Official Practice Test dates before registering for the actual High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). The completed Practice Test Verification form must be submitted to Testing the day of the exam.

HiSET Testing Requirements/State Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Tennessee, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: You must be at least 18 years of age without a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate to take the HiSET exam. If you are 17 years old you must have an age waiver signed by the Director of Schools before you can test. For information about exceptions to this policy, review the additional policies section below.
  • Residency: You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee to take the HiSET exam.
  • Practice Test: Tennessee requires all test takers to complete an official HiSET Practice Test. You will be required to show proof of completion prior to testing.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government issued (national or foreign) identification that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

How to Register

Once you are ready to take the test, you can schedule your testing appointment in one of two ways:

To reschedule your appointment, you must call an ETS representative 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738). Read the policies on rescheduling, canceling or retaking the test included on this page.

Exceptions:

You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you:

If you are scheduling online, you may pay by:

  • debit card or credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and JCB)
  • PayPal
  • eCheck

Identification Requirements

You will need to bring:

  • Acceptable and valid ID as required by Tennessee. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on your profile you created in your HiSET account when you scheduled your HiSET exam.

Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

ETS is committed to serving test takers with disabilities and health-related needs by providing services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test. Accommodations are available for test takers with diagnosed disabilities that include, but are not limited to

  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Psychological or psychiatric disorders
  • Learning and other cognitive disabilities
  • Physical disorders/chronic health disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Hearing and visual impairment

Below is a table outlining some of the most commonly requested and approved accommodations for paper- and computer-delivered tests. You must request these accommodations prior to scheduling your test appointment. This list includes some, but not all, of the accommodations available to you.

Commonly approved accommodations for paper- and computer-delivered tests
Testing Accommodation Paper Computer
Extended time
Separate room
Audiocassette or other form of recorded audio  
Large print  
Screen magnification  
Calculator/talking calculator
Scribe or keyboard entry aide
Additional supervised break time
Sign language-interpreted instructions for deaf or hard-of-hearing test takers

HiSET Items Not Requiring Approval

The items in these lists do not require prior approval. You can bring them or have access to them on test day without making arrangements with ETS.

Items Provided by ETS or Test Center
On the day of your test, your test center will have the following items available to you:

  • Large print test book (14-point) and answer sheet
  • Scrap paper (to be collected by test center personnel at end of testing session)
  • Wheelchair access

Your test center may also be able to provide preferential seating so you can better hear instructions or cut down on distractions.

Items Provided by Test Taker
If you need one of the following items, you must bring it to your test session. Your test center is not required to have it available for you.

  • Colored transparent overlays (for paper-delivered testing only).
  • Colored scrap paper (to be collected by test center personnel at end of testing session).
  • Earplugs (not attached to any electronic device).
  • Plain, unmarked straightedge to assist with keeping place while reading. You may use a piece of scrap paper for this purpose, but it must be returned at the end of the testing session.
  • Handheld magnifying device (without memory).
  • Seat cushion/back pillow, or footstool. Item will be inspected by test center personnel before and after testing.
  • Prescription medication. Must be in the prescription bottle with a label indicating your name, dosage and directions.
  • Service animals.
  • Medical devices (e.g., asthma inhaler, hearing aid, pacemaker, insulin pump on vibrate or silent, oxygen tank, TENS stimulator).
  • Highlighter or black felt pen for essays and scratch work only.

Any other form of accommodation or modification not listed above, including a separate room, requires approval. You must make your request before scheduling your appointment.

Requesting Accommodations for Test Day

The HiSET® Test-taker Bulletin contains procedures and forms for requesting testing accommodations.

Note: All test takers requesting any accommodations must register by mail through ETS Disability Services and have their accommodations approved before their test can be scheduled. Your request should be submitted as early as possible, especially if you are requesting an alternate test format. Documentation review takes approximately six weeks once your request and complete paperwork have been received. If additional documentation must be submitted, it can be another six weeks from the time the new documentation is received until the review is complete.

Test takers requesting accommodations cannot schedule an appointment through their HiSET account. Once your accommodations have been approved, you must contact ETS Disability Services to schedule your appointment.

If you have a health-related need that requires you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room, or to take extra or extended breaks, you must follow the accommodations request procedures in the HiSET® Test-taker Bulletin.

You may need to document your disability before applying for accommodations. See the Disability Documentation Policy Statements. If you have questions about the documentation process, contact ETS HiSET Disability Services.

Send all completed requests for testing accommodations to:

ETS HiSET Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054

Test Preparation Materials in Accessible Formats

In addition to the screen reader-accessible preparation materials available for download, we also offer materials in other accessible formats. To order preparation materials that cannot be downloaded (such as braille, recorded audio or hard copy large print) or if you require materials in a format not listed here, contact ETS Disability Services Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, using the contact information below.

Contacting ETS HiSET Disability Services

Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Phone: 1-609-359-5615 or 1-855-802-2748 (toll-free)
  • Email: HiSETSSD@ets.org
  • Fax: 1-609-240-0525

Mail:

ETS HiSET Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6054 USA

Courier Service:

ETS HiSET Disability Services
225 Phillips Blvd.
Ewing, NJ 08618-1426 USA

Approved Calculator:
Calculators are provided by test centers. You may not bring your own calculator to the test center.

Prohibited items:

Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs and/or any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording or listening devices are not permitted at the test center at all. See What to Bring for a list of additional items not permitted in the testing session.

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Major Field Examination

All Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree graduating students are required to take an examination in their major field of study. This is a state mandated graduation requirement. Please contact Testing for a code to schedule your Major Field Examination online.

Students with two majors will choose only one major field area for testing.

Students with a disability who need special accommodation for the major field exit exam should contact Student Disability Services for assistance.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Southwest is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Testing Center. Non-Southwest students must pay $80 to take the exam.

We offer the following MOS exams:

2013 and 2016

  • Microsoft Access Version 2013 and 2016
  • Microsoft Excel Version 2013 and 2016
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Version 2013 and 2016
  • Microsoft Word Version 2013 and 2016

To purchase a practice test visit Certiport Store (opens new window).

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National League for Nursing (NLN) Examination

Students desiring entry into the Southwest Tennessee Community College nursing program are required to submit results from the National League for Nursing examination.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Scores will be available after taking the exam the next business day after 10 a.m.. Six (6) months must elapse before retesting. Students scoring between 90 and 99 may contact the Nursing Department for approval to test in three (3) months instead of six (6) months. This approval letter must be received by the Testing Department prior to scheduling a three (3) month retest. Walk-in registration is not allowed. Scores from this examination must be submitted to the Admissions Office, M Building, Room 132 before the deadline date for the fall semester (February 1) or spring semester (October 15).

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Pre-Paramedic/MMPI Examination

Students desiring admission into the Paramedic Program at Southwest must complete the following examinations as part of the departments special admissions process:

  • Pre-Paramedic Entrance Exam
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2)

The Pre-Paramedic Entrance Exam and the MMPI-2 Exam will only be given at the Macon Cove Campus.

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Proctored Exams (Distance Learning)

Testing provides test administration services for students affiliated with out-of-town colleges/universities. The student must contact their home school for all requirements and schedule a testing appointment. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the home school and make all necessary arrangements. Information may be emailed to Testing at testing@southwest.tn.edu or mailed directly to:

Southwest Tennessee Community College
5983 Macon Cove
Farris Building, Room 2182
Memphis, TN 38134

Note: Testing materials must be received at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled test date. If materials are not received 48 hours prior to your scheduled test date, you will not be allowed to test.

Additional Information

  • All tests or access to online tests must be sent to Testing at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled test date. The examinee should call Testing to confirm receipt of testing materials 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment date.
  • All examinees must present a valid picture ID for admittance into the testing room.
  • Materials needing to be returned by mail will be returned via United States Postal System unless otherwise specified. The student must provide postage-paid envelopes.
  • All proctored exams are given at the Macon Cove Campus.
  • All exams requiring computer access, must use Southwest’s computers. No additional software will be added for individual testing purposes. No outside devices will be allowed for any exams. Personal Laptops, Surfaces, and tablets are not allowed in the testing lab. Testing reserves the right to determine what can or cannot be utilized.
  • Failure to comply with Southwest's policies, forfeits your ability to test with Southwest.

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TN-e-Campus Exams

The TN-e-Campus Collaborative provides comprehensive educational programs and courses through a coordinated network of colleges, universities and colleges of applied technology which span the state of Tennessee.  This collaborative arrangement has made TN-e-Campus one of the most unique and successful online facilitators of degree, certificate and diploma programs in the United States.

Be advised all TN-e-Campus exams are given at the Macon Cove Campus. Seats are filled on a first come first serve basis so schedule your exam time early. There is no charge for Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) online degree students.

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Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Test

The TABE test is restricted to applicants seeking admission to the Pharmacy Technician program at Southwest which begins each fall semester. Students are required to submit results from the TABE test as part of the admissions process.

Prospective candidates for the Pharmacy Technician Program can only take the TABE test a maximum of two (2) times per semester. It is recommended that students wait a minimum of fourteen days (14 days) before attempting to retake the test. This will allow the prospective candidate the opportunity to refresh themselves of subject matter covered by the test.

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