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Expanded Testing Center Offers More Exams

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Joash Mencias // News Editor

College now proctors credential specific exams in specialized area

The college’s Testing Center touted its recent redesign during an open house last Tuesday. Among the changes include a new area dedicated for specialized testing services located in BIC 2407.

Created earlier this January, the expanded specialized testing area replaced a classroom. Specialized tests, like certification and law school admissions exams, will be proctored in BIC 2407.

According to Sherry Machacek, coordinator of academic testing services, test takers had to complete non-academic tests in BIC 2405 before the space was assigned to serve solely as a place for academic testing.

Jarret Dyer, coordinator of specialized testing services, explained further:

“We really wanted to remove it from the academic side because of the expectations for some of these high stakes tests.”

According to Dyer, the new specialized test center has increased the amount of tests proctored by the college from a variety of test vendors, such as Pearson and Comira. And with new computer exam facilities, the college was chosen as the first place to provide the new computerized GED test in the state.

Extensive work done in the area included a modification in office configuration and electric work to transform an old classroom into an advanced computer center. The new specialized testing area also was modified to mitigate sound issues outside of the space. It is also accessible for persons needing special accommodations.

Overall, the new bells and whistles still maintain the core mission of testing center. “For students, we’re a one stop shop for academic and high stakes testing,” Dyer said. “You can stop by anytime to get questions answered.”

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An office space in the expanded specialized testing area.
Photo by Denton Dooley // Photography Editor

 

Testing Center INFO

WALK-IN HOURS

M, Tu | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

W, Th | 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fr | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sa | 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Other tests or services require an appointment or reservation.

CONTACT

On campus:

BIC 2405

Phone:

630-942-2400

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