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Testing Information

Some tests have minimum time requirements. You will not be allowed to begin a test if you do not arrive in sufficient time before the office closes. Please check the sample test / instructions for time limits.

Photo ID and your Student ID number are mandatory. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver's license, student ID card, passport, greencard, etc.

The following items are not allowed in the testing rooms: 
food or drinks, purses or bookbags, cell phones, pagers, personal computers and PDAs.

These items can only be used with specific authorization:
Web resources, books, notes, calculators and software.

  • Children cannot be accommodated in the testing center.
  • You may be electronically monitored while testing.  
  • Documentation of cheating will be submitted to the instructor.
Type of Test Sample Test / Instructions Minimum Time Required
Placement Tests English/Math/ESL 2 hours: English
2 hours: Math
3 hours: ESL
On-Campus Courses Makeup testing, ADA testing, Semi-independent course testing. 90 minutes
Extended Learning Institute (ELI) (Not offered at Reston) NOVA Distance Learning Exams - Please note that ELI exams are not offered at the Reston Center. 90 minutes
SDV 100 ABLE (to test out of the course)* SDV 100 ABLE 90 minutes (timed test)
Non-NOVA Tests
For other Virginia Community Colleges, out of state schools, CLEP exams (credit by examination) 90 minutes

* NOTE: If you are already enrolled in a course that has an ABLE exam option, and you pass the exam, it is your responsibility to drop the course prior to the Census Date if you wish to qualify for a refund.