New Beginnings!

The future is one HUGE test.

More specific information and details




Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Countdown to Summer!

32 Days …

until  graduation for some and start of the summer for others.  Whatever category you find yourself in, the Testing Center Staff is here to help you achieve your goals.

Visit the site below for test strategies and tips on preparing for your finals.

Good luck,

Class of 2014

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




9:00-5:00 p.m.



10:00-5:00 p.m.



  9:00-5:00 p.m.




Special hours for Testing Center during Spring Break week.  As usual we recommend you visit our webpage before coming to the testing center.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mary Jane Patterson

Mary Patterson  Mary J. Patterson was the first African American woman to receive a bachelor’s degree when she graduated from Oberlin College in 1862. Miss Patterson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was brought to Oberlin in her early youth by her parents, probably fugitive slaves. She studied one year in the Preparatory Department and four years in the College before graduation. Upon receiving her degree she went to Philadelphia where she taught in the “Institute for Colored Youths” for seven years. In 1869 she went to Washington to teach and in 1871 became the first colored principal of the newly-established Preparatory High School for Negroes. She held the position until 1884, except for one year, and did much to build up the institution… After the appointment of a Negro man as her successor she continued as a teacher in the school until her death in 1894.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

February 15, 2014

      Special Notice

OFFICE HOURS: Fri- Sat, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Due to SIS System Outage, the testing center WILL NOT administer ESL, VPT, or SDV exams today.

9:00AM – 3:00 PM for ELI/Faculty Referred

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Testing Center – February 11th!

The testing center will close tomorrow from 3:00-4:00 pm for training, February 11th!Closed

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pass the Test

In order to ensure that you are prepared for “test taking” we’ve included a few tips that will lead to your success:

Hours of Operation: Check the testing website to informed yourself to the hours of operation.  Arrive early to give yourself time to prepare for any unforeseen occurrences, i.e. long lines.

Identification: To take an exam you must present some form of  a valid government issued identification , i.e.  passport, driver’s license, NOVA card

Extended Learning Institute (ELI):   If you are taking an Extended Learning Exam, print your pass ahead of time; complete with course, form number and your emplid number.

Faculty Make up Exam: If you are taking a faculty make up exam, know the faculty member’s name and course number. Also verifying with the testing center ahead of time that the exam has been received might save you a wasted trip to the center.

Correspondence Testing: Complete a proctor request form and submit to the host testing center. Coordinate with your college  testing center to ensure that your test has indeed been sent to NOVA Alexandria campus testing center.



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is Your YEAR — 2014!

Welcome Back Students and Faculty!


The staff at the Alexandria Testing Center are ready to assist you in making this your best year ever when requiring testing services.  Our goal is to assure that every visit you make to our center is met with accurate information and professional service.

We recommend  that you to visit our website for updated information before coming to the testing center.

Again, best wishes and here’s to 2014!

Class of 2014

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Finals are over now what?

Examover   Yes, exams are over and we are ready for a much needed break.  Congratulations on all of your hard work.  Take time to reflect on things that went well, things that didn’t, and how you can reset your compass for next year if needed.

Happy New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Test Taking Strategies!

Test taking strategies                                                    Before the Test

  1. Be sure to find out ahead of time.
    • what material the test will cover
    • what type of test it will be (multiple choice, true false, short answer, essay)
    • how the test will be graded
    • how much the test will count toward the final grade
  2. Study in a place that is free of distractions.  Have ready all the things you will need, such as paper, pens, or a calculator.
  3. Study at a time when you are alert and not hungry or sleepy.
  4. Don’t wait until the last minute to study!  Short daily study sessions are better than one long session the night before the test.
  5. Set a goal for each study period.  If you are being tested on three chapters, set up four study sessions, one for each chapter and one for a review of the main ideas in all three chapters.
  6. Repetition is key!  Read and reread your class notes and the relevant chapters in the textbook.
  7. While you are reviewing your notes, cover them up periodically and summarize them out loud.  Pretend that you are explaining the material to someone else.
  8. Create your own study aids.
    • Make an outline from your notes of just the main ideas.
    • Make a timeline of important dates or the order of events.
    • Make flashcards for studying vocabulary or events and important dates.
    • Make up your own quiz or test based on your notes and have a friend, parent or sibling test you.
  9. Do any practice exams or study sheets provided by the teacher. These will help you focus your study session and give you confidence.
  10. Get help from the teacher if you do not understand something.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Test Taking Tips– Finals 2014

Tip of the Day:


Be Prepared!

Start by gathering all your notes, quizzes and other material related to the class.  Set aside time daily to review and memorize material.  Once you’ve dedicated time and effort to the task at hand, you can approach the exam with extreme confidence.  Preparation is a key component to test taking.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment