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Testing Policies

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The Testing Center adheres to the College's Student Code and Academic Misconduct Policies. If misconduct occurs in the Testing Center, an Incident Report detailing the situation will be submitted to the student's instructor.

Testing Center Policies and Procedures


Everyone is required to present valid photo identification when reporting to the Testing Center: Cougar (Student) ID card, state issued ID, passport, work/school ID, or other legitimate ID with a photo and full name. If an individual does not have identification or if the name on the ID does not match the name in the system, an exam will not be administered.

Academic Testing: An ID with a name that does not match what's in the system must be accompanied by a certificated document (i.e. Marriage License, Name Change Verification Form, etc.) with both the name in the system and the name on the ID provided.

Vendor/Professional Testing: Test vendors often have additional identification requirements. Many require state-issued ID with a signature, as well as a secondary form of ID with signature. Be sure to follow the policies and procedures outlined by each vendor.

Cougar ID

CSCC students and applicants must give their Cougar (Student) ID number when coming to take an academic exam or a Placement Test. Cougar ID numbers may be found on student's schedule accessed through CougarWeb, or by going to

Reporting for Testing

Students must report for testing in the Center at least one hour prior to closing for academic testing. Anyone reporting later than one hour prior to closing will not be allowed to take an exam that day. In order to take the Placement Test, an individual must report two hours prior to the Center's closing time.

Candidates with scheduled test times should report at least fifteen minutes prior to their scheduled time. Candidates who arrive after the scheduled time are subject to vendor regulations and may not be eligible to test.

Students/Candidates are responsible for knowing all requirements for their exams including any fee payment, ID requirements, length of exam, allowed testing aides, score report, cancellation, etc.

Personal Belongings

Students/Candidates are encouraged to bring only the items required for testing (ID, pencil, pen, etc.). Personal belongings not permitted while testing must be locked up in provided lockers. In centers where lockers are not available, personal belongings must go underneath the testing station, and are not to be accessed while testing. Only required exam materials are allowed on the desk in the testing area.

Cell Phones & Electronic Devices

Cell phones and electronic devices (including photo/video capturing devices, calculator watches, smart watches, Googles glasses) are not permitted when taking an exam. Test administration will be discontinued if a device is used while testing, or if a device makes any noise. Candidates/Students may not use cell phones in CTS lobbies, but should take calls outside of our offices.

For academic exams permitting the use of a calculator: All programmable calculators must be cleared BEFORE and AFTER testing. Review the course syllabus for specifications on which calculators are permitted.


Students/Candidates are constantly monitored by proctoring staff while taking any exam. Where available, video/audio surveillance is in effect as well.

Children 14 and Under

No children are allowed in any CSCC campus office. Children may attend with a parent/guardian for instances of inquiry only. As a matter of safety and proper testing environment, children may not wait in waiting areas for a candidate or student to take an exam, even with a parent/guardian. If an unattended child is discovered while testing is in progress, the examinee will be required to discontinue testing and leave the Testing Center immediately.


No food or beverages are allowed in any CTS Center. Exceptions are made only in documented medical situations.


Break policy varies depending on the type of exam a candidate/student is taking. Students taking any CSCC academic test or Placement Test is prohibited from leaving the testing arena once the test has been started.

Be sure to follow the policies and procedures regarding breaks as outlined in each vendor's policies manual.

Distraction Free Environment

College Testing Services does it's best to maintain the best possible conditions for testing. It is our goal to provide a quiet, distraction-free testing experience in a comfortable environment. Please communicate with Testing Services staff if you have any concerns about the testing environment.