The Alexandria Testing Center is now conveniently locating on the first floor of

the Bisdorf Bldg. Our location puts you just steps away from the Finance and

Business Offices,  Student Services and the Student Life Center.  We’re excited

to be apart of the team and welcome you to pop in and tour our location.

Room 156 in the Bisdorf Bldg


Thanks for your patience during our move.

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Testing Center room 332

The Testing Center is moving effective 28 July.

We are still providing testing services in room 332 until Monday, 27 July, 8:00 p.m.

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Updated Website and Addresses

If you’ve been on the Northern Virginia Community College website lately, you should have seen a few changes.  With the new designs has come a few other changes as well.  Our website has changed and the links to our hours and blogs aren’t present.  While these items are being worked on we’d like to provide this information for your convenience.















Enjoy your summer and keep learning!


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Summer Testing Hours

Monday -Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 pm

Friday  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


ELI/Faculty Make-Up exams must start 1 hour before closing.

Placement Exams must start 2 hours before closing.

All testing ends 15 minutes prior to closing.

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ELI Exam Requirements


An ELI exam pass is required when taking test at all NOVA testing centers.


Log into your blackboard account.

Select the COURSE by title (right margin)

Look for the EXAM tab (left margin)

Click on which number of the exam you wish to take (midterm, 1, 2 etc)

Wait for the proctor to put in the password



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Winter Break

December 24, 2014 – January 4, 2015

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Correspondence Testing

Contact us


Did you know the Alexandria Testing Center offers proctoring services for some 26 community colleges that make up the Virginia Community College System?  We have many students that take classes online or actually in the classroom environment from other schools.  Oftentimes these students aren’t able to travel to their host school for exams, this is  where we step in and assist.  Visit our webpage and review the guidelines for having an exam proctored at the Alexandria Testing Center.  We could save you time, gas and $$$!

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New Parking Information!!!



Need to take a test?  Here’s the parking info you need to know…

Avoid lines by buying a permit online and get a $10 discount! Student “B” permits can be purchased online for $80.

STUDENT PARKING ON CAMPUS IN “B” LOTS IS NOW FREE AFTER 4 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends at any time!

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AL CAMPUS 9/11 DAY of Remembrance and Service


Please join us tomorrow morning in observance of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

At 9:37 a.m., a moment of silence will be held and a peace pole will be dedicated.

Sponsored by SGA, the theme of “I will” will be voiced throughout the day.

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Still Time to Register for an Upcoming Session!

The 3rd- 12 Week Session for Extended Learning Institute classes start September 17th     Placement Test

and 2nd – 8 Week Session for Campus Classes  start on October 14th, so there is still time to take your Math and English Placement  test.

Visit the Testing webpage for requirements and procedures for the Placement test



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Closed: Relax this Labor Day Weekend



No Testing:

Saturday, Aug. 30

Monday, Sept. 1


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To support the college wide Extended Hours starting

August 11th, the Testing Center will be open as follow:


August 11-14th     8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

August 18-21st    8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

August 16 & 23       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


 Our Saturday hours will remain the same 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Visit our website for specific details regarding each test you wish to take.  All exams are collected 15 minutes prior to closing.




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Time 4 FUN ‘N THE SUN!

In 9 short days summer session will be over and you’ll be off to enjoy beaches, vacations, friends and family.  Our focus at the testing center is to ensure you have the best testing experience possible when you visit us.  To that end, please come prepared.  We URGE you not to wait until August 9th to visit a testing center.  As  December 24th is to Christmas; August 9th is to the summer session, the  busiest and most frustrating day in the Testing Center.

So our hats are off to your success. Plan ahead, study, test on the 7th or 8th of August.  There’s a beach awaits!!!




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Closed: 9am-11am

The Testing Center will be temporarily closed for a Department Meeting.


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Temporary Closure, July 15th

The testing will close from 3:00-4:00 for staff meeting on Tuesday, July 15th.

 Testing will resume promptly at 4:00 pm.




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First 6 Weeks Ending

Congratulations your First 6-weeks session is coming to an end.  Take this time to organize your notes, contact instructors to ensure you haven’t missed any assignments, and form your study groups.



On test taking day:

  • Multiple-choice: Don’t rush. On multiple-choice items, force yourself to read each possible choice carefully before selecting an answer. Remember, some choices appear correct at first glance but tum out to be wrong when you take a closer look. When in doubLguess! If the test does not penalize guessing, be sure that you write in a response for each test item, even if you don’t know the answer.
  • Skip difficult items until last. On timed tests, you should avoid getting bogged down on difficult items that can cause you to use up all of your time. Instead, when you find yourself stumped on a tough test item, skip it and go on to other problems. After you have finished all of the easiest test items, you can return to any skipped questions and try to answer them. 14. Use leftover time to check answers.
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Six New Policy Changes for Fall 2014


Are you aware that there are Six New Policy Changes for Fall 2014?


The Testing Center staff is here to assist you in meeting 1 of those requirements.  We administer the Virginia Math and English Placement Test daily.  Visit our testing website for times and guidelines before testing.  You may also want to take the practice test which has proven to be helpful.


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What’s New?

Attention Bullhorn Megaphone Sends Warning Message          We’ve increased our Saturday hours just for YOU!


8:30- 4:30 pm



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Intercession May 12-17th Hours

Hours of Operations


Monday – Thursday

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday – Saturday

9:00 am – 4:00 pm


We will be closed May 24-26, 2014                                                                                                           Testing hours



Please visit the website for specific details before coming to the Testing Center.

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Finals’ Success Story

Have a current photo I.D

Bring your completed exam pass

Arrive early

Don’t wait until the last day




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Test Center Temporarily Closing 11:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

The Testing Center is closed today until 5:00 p.m.


We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Due to relocation and construction

concerns Testing Center is CLOSED and will reopen

on Monday, July 20th @ 9:00 a.m.

in room 332.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Special Hours July 3-4

Images-of-Fourth-of-July-Fire-Works-In-United-States         The Testing Center will close 3 & 4 July in observance of Independence Day!

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Close June 4, 2015. LTR Cross-Campus Day


We will be closed Thursday, 4 June 2015 as we participated in LTR Cross-Campus Day!



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During the Test–Test Taking Stategies


There are also some things to keep in mind when you are TAKING the test.

  1. First, read the directions carefully!! Many points have been lost because students didn’t follow the directions.
  2. Remember to preview the test to see how much time you need to allot for each section. If the test is all multiple choice questions, it is good to know that immediately.
  3. Work on the “easiest” parts first. If your strength is essay questions, answer those first to get the maximum points. Pace yourself to allow time for the more difficult parts.
  4. Find out if you are penalized for incorrect responses. (This is probably covered in the directions. If not, make educated guesses. If there is a penalty, avoid guessing.
  5. When answering essay questions, try to make an outline in the margin before you begin writing. Organization, clear thinking, and good writing is important, but so is neatness. Be sure to make your writing legible.
  6. Save time at the end of the exam to review your test and make sure you haven’t left out any answers.

Good Luck!

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Intercession Hours, May 2015

spread the word    The Testing Center will have modified testing hours during the period 11-16 May.

Monday – Thursday       9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday                               9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday                           8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Visit the campus website for other details such as cut off times and items to bring to the testing center:



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