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Testing Center

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test administration and proctoring for Chattanooga State students, distance learners, placement testing,credentialing exams and serves as an official High School Equivalency Exam Testing site for this region.

General Testing Requirements

Required Items

  • Students (anyone taking a course from Chattanooga State): Chattanooga State ID
  • Non-Students: Driver's License
  • Cash or Check for testing fees
  • View specific test information to the right for additional requirements

What is Prohibited

  • Cell phones
  • Digital watches
  • Alarm watches
  • Wristwatch cameras
  • Photographic or copying devices
  • Hats/scarves, etc.
    (unless worn as a religious requirement or for medical reasons)
  • Hodies
  • Listening devices such as radios, media players with headphones or recorders
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Children
  • Pets
  • Sunglasses
  • Visitors

ACT Residual Test

This test is given to prospective students under 21 years of age who have enrolled at Chattanooga State. The scores from this test are not transferable to other universities and colleges. The residual test consists of 4 parts: English, Math, Reading and Science.

  • When? Tuesdays at 9:00 A.M
  • Cost: $45
  • Scheduling: no appointment necessary

Additional Requirements

  • Dual-Enrollment and Collegiate High students must bring their admissions ticket.
  • Gov't issued picture I.D. is required
  • You may take the test every 60 days
  • Calculators are permitted, excluded are TI89 and TI92
  • This test takes 4 hours to complete.

Scores will be received at the conclusion of the exam.

Career Planning Inventory

The Testing Center administers several different career interest tests based on recommendations from your advisors and counselors in the Career Planning area.

  • When? Any day of the week but Wednesday
  • Cost: None if approved by Career Planning
  • Scheduling: visit the Student Center, room S235 or call 423.697.4421

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP tests are used to grant credit for college level courses. Go to for information on courses available. Then print a copy of the CLEP registration form off this website and bring or mail to the testing center. An appointment to take the test will then be set up.  Pay for the test at prior to the scheduled date of testing and bring the receipt with you to the test.

  • When? Fridays at 9:30 A.M.
  • Cost: $30 administration fee due with application (check or cash), $80 exam fee due prior to the day of the test
  • Scheduling: return completed registration form with the $30 fee to the IMC Building, Room 122

COMPASS Placement Test

This placement exam is required for all students 21 years of age or older who do not have transfer credit in college English or Mathematics after you are admitted to Chattanooga State.

  • When? Mondays at 9:00 A.M. and 1:30 P.M., Tuesdays at 1:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M., Thursdays at 9:00 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. and Friday at 12:30 P.M.
  • Cost: Free the first time you take the test, $10 for each test that is challenged
  • Scheduling: First come, first serve, no appointment is necessary

Additional Requirements

  • Must bring admissions ticket (pick it up at the Enrollment Services Center in the Student Enrollment Center, S119) and Gov’t issue picture I.D.
  • The test takes approximately 2 hours for all three parts: Reading, Writing and Math
  • To challenge your original placement score visit the IMC Building, Room 128A or call 423.697.3259
  • Study Guide/Sample: go to

Distance Education Exam

Chattanooga State courses that are fully online that must have exams proctored.

  • When? Schedule online through eLearn
  • Cost: None
  • Scheduling: Follow the directions provided in eLearn
  • Required:  Chattanooga State Student I.D.  No other ID will be accepted. Call 697-2482 in student life for operation hours or go to the gym HPF 104.

Faculty Make-Up Exam

Chattanooga State instructors that bring Make-Up exams to the testing center for proctoring.

  • When?  When seats are available
  • Cost: $10 for each test taken
  • Scheduling:  Exams may be taken during regular scheduled hours.  [8 A.M.-7 P.M. ON Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 8 a.m.-3:30 on Wednesday and Friday during the school  year]

Additional Requirements

  • Must show a Chattanooga State student I.D.
  • Instructor must provide us with the exam dates and restrictions
  • No make-up exams are given during final exams.

High School Equivalency Exams

Beginning January 1, 2014, individuals seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma will have the option of two exams: HiSet (High School Equivalency Test) or GED ® (General Educational Development) exam.

Individuals who have earned a GED prior to 2014, complete the GED transcript request form and mail with a check for $10 or come to the testing center in IMC 122. Please allow 24 hours to receive the transcript.

Only individuals who have not earned a high school diploma may take these exams. The choice is yours.

HSE Comparison


  • When  Wednesday -Computer Based will be given 3 times per month - Pencil/Paper will be given once per month
  • Cost: $75 Payment for registration by bank or credit card, gift card or voucher
  • Scheduling: Online registration or by phone to ETS
  • OPT required

These tests are based on competence in reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. For more information go to:


  • When  Monday - Computer based will be given 4 times per month
  • Cost: $120 Payment for registration by credit card or voucher
  • Scheduling: Online registration or by phone to Pearson Vue
  • OPT required

These tests are based on competence in reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. For more information go to:

Day of Test

  • Must bring a government issued picture I.D.
  • Must bring your official practice test or you will not be allowed to test.

RODP Exams

View the RODP help site for RODP exam information. All tests are given in IMC 122. A Chattanooga State college ID is required of all students who are taking the tests through Chattanooga State. Students enrolled in other colleges, must show their college ID.

Special Proctored Exams

This accommodation allows students enrolled in online courses at other colleges and universities to take their test or exam at Chattanooga State.

Additional Requirements

  • If you do not receive a response in 48 hours, please call 423.697.3367 for guidance.
  • In your email: list name, university, course, test dates (if scheduled), type of test (paper or computer), proctor sign-up form, etc.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

TEAS is the exam given for entrance into the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Health Information Mgt, LPN to RN transition, Paramedic to RN transition, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Registered Nursing, Respiratory Care and Veterinary Technology. The test consists of 85 scored multiple‐choice questions divided into two subsections: Mathematics and Reading. The test used is Version 5 Form A and we do not give the Science and English sections of the test.  Note:  There are program deadlines for each of the above programs.


  • Reading – paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension and inferences/conclusions (42 items)
  • Math – whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages and ratio/proportion (30 items)
  • When? View registration form
  • Cost: $55 until June 30, 2014
  • Scheduling: Return completed registration form with the $55 fee to the IMC Building, Room 122 to confirm registration. No change of date will be allowed without documentation/note from a doctor, hospital or  legal notice.

Additional Requirements

  • Test may be taken only once every six months
  • Photo I.D. is required to take the test
  • No calculators are allowed
  • Deadlines for each program must be adhered to
  • Study guides may be found at the Campus Bookstore, at the library or at


Chattanooga State offers the TOEFL iBT test to individuals who would like to pursue their studies here at Chattanooga State. We give the paper-based test. The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

  • When? Regularly scheduled through the office of Multicultural Services
  • Cost: $45
  • Scheduling: Contact the office of Multicultural Services at 423/697-3371

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