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Testing Center Information

All NOVA campus Testing Centers stay open for all posted hours and will make every attempt to have the test you need, when you need it. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to do well and leave us enough time to serve you well.


General Testing Procedures

  • Cell phone use is strictly prohibited in the Testing Center. Any use of a cell phone or other electronic communication device will be considered cheating.
  • A current picture ID and Student ID number are required to take any exam in the Testing Center.
  • Examples: Driver's License, military ID, a passport, a personal identification card from DMV, a NOVACard Photo ID or green card.
  • Use NOVAConnect to find your Student ID number and bring this number with you to the Testing Center. Computers are available in the Campus Libraries, Student Services Centers and Open Computer Lab to look up Student ID numbers and print exam passes.
  • All placement exams must be started at least 2 hours prior to closing.
  • All other exams including ELI tests and instructor referred makeup tests must be started at least 60 minutes prior to closing.
  • Allow adequate time for all exams. All exams must be completed and will be collected 15 minutes before closing.
  • Only one test will be administered at a time. Students requiring multiple tests must go to the end of the line after each test.
  • For liability and safety purposes, do not bring children to the Testing Center.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the testing area.
  • Please take care of parking before coming to the Testing Center. You must have a parking permit or pay to park.

NOTE: ESL Placement Test scores are valid for one year. English and Math Placement Test scores are valid for two years.

Testing Center Handouts


To Find Your Placement Results Using NOVAConnect

NOVAConnect, the student information system, will show any holds, grades, restrictions, etc.

  1. Go to www.nvcc.edu
  2. Click MyNOVA.
  3. Log on to NOVAConnect by entering your username and password. (If you don’t know your log on information, use the links to find it.)
  4. Under My Tools, click on VCCS SIS8.9: Student Information System.
  5. In the Menu box, click Self Service.
  6. In the Main Self Service Menu, click Transfer Credit.
  7. Click View Transfer Credit Report.
  8. To print your results, use the Print-Screen key on the keyboard.
  9. If you have any questions about your placement results, go to any Student Services Center.

Tests

For specific procedures for taking ELI Tests, Instructor Referred Makeup Tests and Proctored Tests for Other Schools, click on the links below:

ELI Tests
  • ELI tests must be started no later than 60 minutes prior to closing.
  • An ELI test pass is required to test.
  • Please plan ahead to ensure there is sufficient time to complete the exam. Due to the volume of online courses, there can be significant wait times to begin an exam during ELI end dates and exam due dates.
Makeup Tests

Instructor Referred Makeup Tests

  • NOVA faculty may have Instructor Referred Makeup Tests available in their campus Testing Center for those students who have missed an exam in class.
  • To avoid computer viruses, instructors must provide any portable memory devices if they are necessary for testing.
  • Instructor Referred Makeup Tests must be started no later than 60 minutes prior to closing.
  • Testing Centers only administer faculty makeup tests for courses taught on their own campus.
  • Testing Centers do not administer makeup exams once the final exam period begins.
  • Campus Testing Centers do not proctor retests or whole class testing.
  • NOVA faculty may place exams for students with documented disabilities in a campus Testing Center.
  • Testing guidelines may vary slightly by campus. Check with your individual campus to obtain a cover sheet for makeup exams. 
Proctored Tests

Proctored Tests for Other Schools

Correspondence Testing Guidelines

Northern Virginia Community College may proctor correspondence exams for schools within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Schools outside the state of Virginia may have exams proctored for a fee through the Alexandria Office of Continuing Education, 703.845.6280.

Guidelines for Students to Follow:

If you are interested in having a NOVA Testing Center proctor an exam for you, please follow the steps below:

  • First, contact the Testing Center of your choice for test authorization with your (SIS) Student ID number. Tests that have not been preapproved will be returned to the school.
  • Contact the center to make sure your correspondence test has arrived before coming to campus.
  • Bring a current photo ID (driver's license, school ID, passport, etc.) to the Testing Center.
  • Arrive at least 90 minutes before closing to start the test and remember that all tests are collected 15 minutes before closing. Please check the individual campus website for current hours.
  • If appropriate, bring stamps and envelopes to mail the completed test to the instructor.
  • Contact the Testing Center for specific policies regarding testing. Some do not allow breaks, etc. Children are not allowed in all Testing Centers.

Guidelines for Faculty to Follow:

  • Testing Centers do not accept exams by Fax.
  • Some campuses may accept exams by email attachments if they are no longer than five pages with no diagrams.
  • Some campuses do not administer tests that allow open book and notes.
  • Tests for other VCCS institutions will only be administered Monday through Friday.
  • Exams are held for the current semester; however, no exams will be given once NOVA's final exam period begins. If the student has failed to take the test prior to the cut-off date, the exams will be discarded.

All tests being proctored by the Testing Center must include:

  • An email or cover sheet from the instructor with the following information for administering the test:
    • The instructor's name and contact information (name & address of school, email address and phone numbers).
    • Student's name, student VCCS ID number and contact information.
  • If the test is a hard copy test:
    • One time limit (e.g., 1 hour to complete), if desired; we do not do multiple timings. Not all campuses accommodate timed tests.
    • Directions for returning completed exam to instructor.
  • If the test is an online (Blackboard) test*:
    • Directions to find the link to the exam, the exam number and password.
    • Contact information in case the test needs to be reset (computer or power failure, etc.).
    • *The NOVA Testing Centers use a program that does not allow students to connect to other Internet sites except Blackboard; therefore, any exam that requires other Internet sites or programs cannot be administered.

Contact your local Campus Testing Center to see what services are available to you.

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