Thanksgiving Break Schedule

November 20, 2017

8:30- 8:00 p.m.

November 21, 2017

8:30 – 8:00 p.m.

November 22, 2017

8:30-12:00 p.m.

November 23- 25th



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How to Survive Final Exams

Developing a positive mindset can act as motivational boosters and fight exam stress. There are ways you can encourage your brain to adopt this attitude to help you produce outstanding exam results:

1. Plan your Success Strategy

The final examinations are condensed into a few weeks. Once you start, it’s difficult to structure your preparation time. It’s crucial that you have a study schedule planned previously, bearing in mind the time you have available as well as the subjects you need to study.

2. Actively Review your Study Notes

Don’t just study the topics you have covered most recently. Finals exams include questions related to the entire subject and the exam questions will assess the overall ability of the student.

It’s important to master the foundation of the subject by covering introductory theory before advancing to deeper topics. Flashcards can help you understand key definitions and terms to build your base knowledge. Using these study aids will also allow you to quickly review your notes before the exams.

3. Reduce the Clutter

If you have to study previous topics again as well as cover new areas, you will start to wonder where you will get the time. The key is to reduce. Yes, you read that correctly, reduce. This does not mean that you should remove topics or paragraphs at random. You should find a way to reduce the volume of what you have to study without harming your level of knowledge.

The key is to use Mind Maps. The trick with mind mapping is to use keywords and logically relate them in a way that your brain is capable of filling in the gaps. Your brain should be capable of developing a paragraph with sense for every node or keyword outlined in the map. Create Mind Maps with the free GoConqr tool, it’s free!

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Early Closing 11/02

Hello NOVA Students,

Due to unexpected staffing issues, we will close tonight, 11/02, at 7:30pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will reopen tomorrow morning at 8:30am.

Testing Center Staff

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World Teacher Day!


Thank a teacher.

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Closed, Monday, October 9th

 The Testing Center will be closed today for the ACE Conference.  We will reopen on Tuesday @ 8:30.

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Testing Center New Hours –21 August 2017

New Hours Effective August 21, 2017


Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m-8:00 p.m

Placement Test Cutoff will be 6:00pm, ELI Cutoff will be 7:00pm

Friday    8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m

Friday hours are unchanged

Saturday 8:30 a.m-3:30 p.m

Placement Test Cutoff will be 1:30pm, ELI Cutoff will be 2:30pm

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Campus Convocation – August 17

The Testing Center will open late on Thursday August, 17 due to the Alexandria Campus Convocation.


We will open at 12:00pm, NOON, on THURSDAY AUGUST, 17 rather than the usual 8:30am.


We will be open from 12pm-9pm that Thursday. Placement test cutoff is still 7pm, and ELI exam cutoff is still 8pm.

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Final Exams Online Students

Take advantage of late evening  hours.

Do not wait until August 5th to take your final. Avoid long lines.


Monday-Thursday    8:30-8:00 p.m.

Friday                         8:30-3:00 p.m.

Saturday                   8:30-3:30 p.m.

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Happy 4th of July

The Story of the Fourth of July

The Declaration of Independence

We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).

It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).

And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).


So what did happen on July 4, 1776?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

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Welcome to the Summer of 2017

Things to do on the first day of summer:

  • Make a “Welcome to Summer” Fun Box. …
  • Write a Summertime Activity List. …
  • Spoon Up Some Ice Cream. …
  • Freshen Up Your Home. …
  • Have a Picnic. …
  • Set up a Lemonade and Cookies Stand. …
  • Play Ball. …
  • Throw a First Day of Summer Party.
Be safe this summer…….Alexandria Testing Center Staff!
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