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Testing Information

NVCC testing centers are located on each campus. You can take placement tests at any campus location. If you are enrolled in ELI (Extended Learning Institute) distance learning courses, you may take your examinations at any NVCC testing center location. However, students enrolled in campus-based distance courses may take exams only on that campus. Be sure to check with your instructor for specific information regarding examinations in your course.


 

How do I take Placement Tests to enroll in a Math or English course?

Registration for ENG 111, MTH 120, MTH 126, MTH 151, MTH 163, MTH 166, MTH 173 and MTH 271 requires placement testing. You may take the English and Math Placement exams at any campus testing center after you have been admitted to the college.

If you are enrolled in an ELI (Extended Learning Institute) distance learning course and cannot travel to an NVCC campus testing center because you are located outside the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC, metropolitan area, you have a disability which prevents you from traveling to a campus, or you are incarcerated, you may request to have your exams proctored.  If none of these reasons applies to you, you will need to take your exams in an NVCC testing center.  You are responsible for your own transportation, childcare and work schedule adjustments.

ELI requires that a proctor be a staff member at a college or university testing center, a full-time faculty member, or a professional librarian. Proctors cannot be a family member, employer, or someone with whom the student works. Proctors also cannot be an adjunct faculty member, teaching assistant, athletic coach, or student worker.   Military students may use an educational or test control officer as their proctor. Disabled and other students should suggest an alternative proctor, preferably an educator, or contact ELI for help in identifying an appropriate proctor.  Incarcerated students should suggest an educator or counselor.  As the student, it is your responsibility to secure a proctor and to pay any fees charged by the proctor. Requests for proctored exams and proctors must be approved by ELI. ELI reserves the right to reject requests for proctors for any reason.

Complete the ELI Proctor Request Form and submit it with your proctor's statement on letterhead to ELI (see the Proctor Request Form for details.). Please note on the form that you are requesting to take the English or Math Placement Exam.

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How do I take the exams for my distance learning course?

If you are enrolled in ELI (Extended Learning Institute) distance learning courses, you may take your examinations at any NVCC campus testing center location. However, students enrolled in campus-based distance courses may take exams only on that campus. Be sure to check with your instructor for specific information regarding examinations in your course.

Exams for ELI distance learning courses can be taken at any NVCC campus testing center during open testing center hours, but must be started at least 60 minutes before closing. Children are not allowed in the testing centers. Students are responsible for their own transportation, childcare, and work schedule adjustments. (Note: No ELI exams may be taken at the Arlington or the Reston Center.)

To take an ELI Exam:

  1. Print an ELI Exam Pass to take with you to the testing center. ELI Exam Passes are obtained from your course Syllabus or printed from the ELI Website at http://eli.nvcc.edu/courses and then select the Semester, Subject, and the Course. You will not be allowed to take an exam without an exam pass, and students cannot print exam passes at the Testing Center. (Note: No ELI exams may be taken at the Arlington or the Reston Center.)
  2. Each NOVA testing center has different hours and different holiday or other closings. We strongly recommend that you visit the website of the testing center you wish to visit to check its hours before you go there for a test. You should also be aware that occasionally, unforeseen events like power failures or flooding require a testing center to close unexpectedly. If you have questions about the posted hours, you may call the testing center to verify that they are open. Finally, please remember that ELI exams must be started at least 60 minutes before closing time, and all exams are stopped and collected 15 minutes prior to closing.
  3. Gather the following materials to take with you: (a) ELI Exam Pass; (b) valid photo ID; (c) your NovaConnect ID (also called your Student Number or EmplID). Look up your NovaConnect ID before you go to the testing center and note the number on your Exam Pass.
  4. Go to the NVCC campus testing center and present the Exam Pass for the exam you will be taking.
  5. Your instructor will receive the exam and provide feedback at a later date.

ELI (Extended Learning Institute) students who are located outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, who have a disability which prevents them from traveling to a campus, or who are incarcerated may request to have their exams Proctored. For instructions, refer to How do I secure an exam proctor?

Important: Students taking tests requiring extensive calculations, such as math, chemistry and engineering, and exams with essays should allow two to three hours to complete these exams. Once a test is given to a student it is considered taken whether finished or not.

Important: Only one test will be administered at a time. Students requiring multiple tests must go to the end of the line after each test.

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How do I secure an exam proctor if I'm outside the area?

If you are enrolled in an ELI (Extended Learning Institute) distance learning course and cannot travel to an NVCC campus testing center because you are located outside the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC, metropolitan area, you have a disability which prevents you from traveling to a campus, or you are incarcerated, you may request to have your exams proctored.  If none of these reasons applies to you, you will need to take your exams in an NVCC testing center.  You are responsible for your own transportation, childcare and work schedule adjustments.

ELI requires that a proctor be a staff member at a college or university testing center, a full-time faculty member, or a professional librarian. Proctors cannot be a family member, employer, or someone with whom the student works. Proctors also cannot be an adjunct faculty member, teaching assistant, athletic coach, or student worker.   Military students may use an educational or test control officer as their proctor. Disabled and other students should suggest an alternative proctor, preferably an educator, or contact ELI for help in identifying an appropriate proctor.  Incarcerated students should suggest an educator or counselor.  As the student, it is your responsibility to secure a proctor and to pay any fees charged by the proctor. Requests for proctored exams and proctors must be approved by ELI. ELI reserves the right to reject requests for proctors for any reason.

To request a proctor, complete the ELI Proctor Request Form and submit it with your proctor's statement on letterhead to ELI (see the Proctor Request Form for details.) Request your exams early so you can successfully meet any required deadlines in your course. Please allow at least 5 business days for processing your request.  All students will receive an email confirmation when the exams have been sent to the proctor.

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How do I find an Exam Pass to take my ELI exams?

ELI Exam Passes are obtained from your course Syllabus or printed from the ELI Website at http://eli.nvcc.edu/courses.htm and then select the Semester, Subject, and the Course. You will not be allowed to take an ELI exam without an exam pass, and students cannot print exam passes at the Testing Center.

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Using eBooks

Some publishers are making textbooks available in an electronic format. You can purchase access to these electronic versions through the ELI Bookstore website or the publisher’s site. If you are considering purchasing an electronic version of a textbook rather than a hardback textbook, be aware of the following information:

  • If your course allows open-book exams, you will not be able to use your electronic text, printouts of the electronic text or copies of the pages of a hardback textbook during the exam. If you will want to use your book on these open-book exams, you should opt to buy a physical book rather than an eBook.
  • Unlike a hardback textbook, eBooks cannot be returned.
  • Access to an eBook may expire after a period of time. If you need the text for a second semester or get an extension to complete the course, you need to make sure you have enough time to complete the course(s).
  • Some publishers block printing from electronic textbooks.
  • Some publishers block the use of screen readers when accessing the electronic textbooks.

To determine what restrictions the publisher has placed on the eBook you are considering purchasing, after you have searched for the book in the Digital Textbooks site, click the book title and then click “eContent Details” on the ELI Bookstore website.

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