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Testing Center - Annandale

Usually, placement testing is one of the first things that a student experiences at NOVA. The results of placement tests determine the math, English, and other classes for which a student is eligible.

Out of an abundance of caution regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention, NOVA has shifted to providing remote services beginning March 18, 2020. NOVA Testing Centers are responding to emails and voicemails but not administering exams until further notice.

NOVA is working to develop solutions for alternate forms of assessment. Students should contact their instructors with questions about examinations that will be taking place before testing centers reopen. Students with documented accommodations may contact their DSS counselors with questions about testing.

Placement testing options are being evaluated at the state level for Virginia community colleges. When plans are in place, all advisors and faculty will be notified to help each of you with placement into classes. Thank you for your patience.

Please refer to NOVA’s COVID-19 webpage for the most recent information regarding campus operations.

As we provide a wide range of testing and proctoring services, students may visit the Center throughout their careers. The staff makes every effort to have tests available for students at all times. However, sometimes emergencies occur like power or server outages or weather problems that close the school without warning. Be prepared and do not wait till the last minute to take a test. Leave enough time to do well, and give us enough time to serve you well.

Special hours may be posted for holidays, semester breaks and summer sessions. Check the Testing Center Hours, as they often change.


Cut-Off Times

Students must be called upon and signed in by the cut-off time. Please arrive early as there are often long lines.

Test Test Must Begin...
English, Math, ESL/Accuplacer and Foreign Language Placement Tests 2 hours prior to closing
Extended Learning Institute (ELI) Tests and Other Tests* 1 hour prior to closing

* Many ELI and other tests have longer time limits. Please allow enough time to complete your exam.

There are no exceptions to these cut-off times.

Occasionally there are changes to posted hours.
Please call the information line at 703.323.3149 for updated hours.

Faculty Resources

Annandale Faculty Guidelines

Make-Up Test Drop-Off Procedures

  • Fill out a Request Form.
  • You must include each student’s name on the form, and your name should be on the test.
  • Provide a separate test for each student.
  • We accept up to six make-up tests per section. Any changes to your test instructions such as changing the end date or adding or deleting a student's name must be done via antesting@nvcc.edu or in person.
  • The Testing Center does not provide in-class proctors or provide make-up testing for an entire class.
  • Students found cheating (using unauthorized materials) will be referred to their instructor for disciplinary action.
  • Testing Centers only administer make-up tests for faculty on the campus where the class meets.
  • Students may not use electronic devices including calculators that can access the Internet.
  • Students with documented accommodations that need a reader/scribe provided through counseling or a private room must make an appointment to take an instructor referred exam. Please inform these students of this requirement. Have these students contact us at antesting@nvcc.edu or 703.323.3833.

Test Pick-Up Procedures

  • Tests need to be brought into the Testing Center or picked up in person by the instructor during open hours up to 30 minutes before closing. Please check our hours.
  • Untaken tests are destroyed or returned to the division at the end of each semester.

Final Exam Week

During final exam week, Testing Centers do not proctor make-up tests except for students with documented disabilities. Faculty must make accommodations for their own students who choose to travel and miss exams.

Instructor Resources

Scantron Machines are available in each division. For special testing requests that do not adhere to the guidelines, please contact a Testing Center staff member at 703.323.3833 or antesting@nvcc.edu.

Reserving Private Rooms

Students must drop off their Memorandum of Accommodations at the testing center, or email it to antesting@nvcc.edu in the beginning of every semester.

  • Students must reserve a room in advance (a week prior is preferred) by either calling us at 703-323-3149, or emailing us at antesting@nvcc.edu.  For students who walk in, the room will be offered based on availability.
  • Students who do not show up within 30 minutes of their scheduled time will lose their appointment.