Preparing for Final Exams

1. Avoid stressful people.

Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with your super-tense friend, especially if she’s complaining about all the work she has to do and breaking pencils all over the place. Her stress will only add to your stress.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a wonder how many people forget it. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for snacks like granola bars, healthy cereal or fruits and veggies to keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long period of time, eat some protein too. Also, try to get some form of exercise. Even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused.

3. Just say NO.

I don’t mean to drugs, although I’m not recommending them or anything. What you need to say no to are the people who want to take up your time. There will probably be a friend who needs to talk to you for hours about her life, or a keg party the night before your final, and if you say yes, you’ll probably be tempted to blow off studying. Resist the urge. Say no to the distractions and be selfish for a day. You want a good GPA, right?

4. Force yourself to take breaks.

For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 or 15 minute break. Let yourself do whatever you want (check Facebook, check out that guy sitting nearby, stare off into space, call a friend, etc.) for those 10-15 mins, then start working again. This gives your brain a little rest and will help keep you more focused when you are actually doing work.

5. Visualize it all going right.

This is actually my favorite tip of all, even though it sounds kind of nuts. Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the information. Picture getting all of the answers right, and focus on how relaxed you feel. Then picture the A on your test paper. When you imagine a happy ending, that’s often what happens, because you make the decisions that lead to it without even realizing.

6. If you’ve studied all you can, get up your confidence!

When test-time rolls around, it’s time to get yourself into confidence mode. You’ve prepared as much as you could, and now it’s time to ace the test. The tip here is to do whatever works to convince yourself you are going to do really well. Again, I know this tip sounds a little crazy but you just have to try it for yourself. I think you’ll like the results.

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Happy Birthday Marine Corps

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Thank you for your service.

 

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How We Thank our Veterans…

“The best way people can thank us for our service is by engaging the military and veterans communities in meaningful ways. Recognizing their sacrifice and taking meaningful action to ensure that the promises made to us when we entered service are kept.” — U.S. Navy veteran

“Wecome with a handshake is enough for me. Please do not place me on a pedestal.” — U.S. Army veteran

“I think the best way to thank veterans for their service is to earnestly say thanks. We don’t want anything special, after all we did volunteer. The wars of the last decade have been unprecedented in their effect on veterans, and simply knowing that those whom we have served and protected appreciate it really goes a long way.” — U.S. Marine Corps veteran

 

just a few comments from veterans.veterans

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Why We Vote on Tuesday.

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When did all this begin?

1845 — The Tuesday after the first Monday in November was established for presidential elections

1875 — Adopted for electing U.S. House members

1914 — Applied to electing senators when the direct election of them began

Why Tuesday — and in November?

Convenience, believe it or not. In order to understand the day chosen, you need to understand 19th century America. Most Americans were farmers, devoutly Christian and needed time to travel, because roads weren’t paved, and polling locations weren’t widespread like today.

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We Test the Best!

General Testing Procedures

  • Cell phone use is strictly prohibited in the Testing Center. Any use of a cell phone or other electronic communication device will be considered cheating.
  • A current picture ID and Student ID number are required to take any exam in the Testing Center.
  • Examples: Driver’s License, military ID, a passport, a personal identification card from DMV, a NOVACard Photo ID or green card.
  • Use NOVAConnect to find your Student ID number and bring this number with you to the Testing Center. Computers are available in the Campus Libraries, Student Services Centers and Open Computer Lab to look up Student ID numbers and print exam passes.
  • All placement exams must be started at least 2 hours prior to closing.
  • All other exams including ELI tests and instructor referred makeup tests must be started at least 60 minutes prior to closing.
  • Allow adequate time for all exams. All exams must be completed and will be collected 15 minutes before closing.
  • Only one test will be administered at a time. Students requiring multiple tests must go to the end of the line after each test.
  • For liability and safety purposes, do not bring children to the Testing Center.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the testing area.
  • Please take care of parking before coming to the Testing Center. You must have a parking permit or pay to park.
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Final Exam Week

August 1- 6, 2016

Don’t wait until Friday or Saturday or this will be you

 

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Flag Day!

flagA hundred years ago, then-President Woodrow Wilson established June 14 as a chance to “rededicate ourselves to the nation,” as he wrote in his proclamation. He wanted Americans to take Flag Day to leave behind “every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty and right” and instead “stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself.”

If you’re stuck at your desk instead of celebrating in the summer sun, here are 13 facts to share about the American flag, compiled from the History Channel, Mental FlossABC News and PBS:

The version of the flag the U.S. uses today is the 27th.

The 50th star was added in 1960, after Hawaii joined the U.S.

At one point in 1795 the flag had 15 stripes, one for each state.

Vendors often use the Pantone shades 193 C and 281 C for the flag’s red and blue.

The flag is always flying at the White House, Fort McHenry and at the Iwo Jima memorial.

Almost all American flags made today were produced in the U.S.

There’s no evidence Betsy Ross designed the first American flag, but she was paid at one point for creating “ships colours.”

Other people think a man named Francis Hopkinson helped out with the flag’s original look.

The Pledge of Allegiance was penned in 1892.

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Happy Memorial Day!

We remember!

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Veterans

The Alexandria Testing Center will be closed from May 28-30. We will reopen on May 31st.

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Finals Spring 2016 Tips

               Spring has Sprung at the Alexandria Testing Center!

Remember:

  • A valid government-issued photo ID is required for all tests.
  • No cell phones or smart watches are allowed in the testing labs.
  • Testing PCs are only for taking your tests. You may not use them to send email, do quizzes, or check homework/grades.
  • Note the cut-off times for starting tests. All tests are ended/collected 15 minutes prior to closing.
  • We are closed the second Tuesday of each month for one hour for a staff meeting.

For the most up to date hours and information, follow us on:                 Twitter  @AlexTestCtr  or at our ATC Blog  blogs.nvcc.edu/altesting

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Black History is American History!

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Thank you!

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Frederick Douglass

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

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Finals Week @ The Alexandria Testing Center

Computer1December 18th & 19th will be the busiest days at the Testing Center this semester. You’ll want to arrive early.

Due to limited space, we encourage you not to bring large purses and back packs.

On the day of your exam, bring completed Eli (online) exam pass and valid government issued photo ID to include passports, Student ID, or driver’s license

Blog: http://blogs.nvcc.edu/altesting/

Follow us on Twitter: Twitter@AlexTestCtr

Hours of Operation:  Monday-Thursday 9:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday 9:00- 4:00 p.m. and

Saturday 8:30-4:30 p.m.

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Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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Changes to Test at Alexandria Testing Center

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For the most up to date information and other helpful tips,
follow us on Twitter @AlexTestCtr

  • Effective Nov. 13th, you will be asked to leave cell phones and purses in your vehicles, lockers upstairs, or containers provided by the Testing Center.
  • We also encourage you not to bring large bags or bulky coats to the Testing Center as we still haven’t received our lockers.
  • The Testing Center becomes busier at the end of the semester. Even if you don’t see us with students, we may be processing their tests. Please be patient and we will call you up to the desk as soon as we can.

Try not to wait until the last day to test as this increases test anxiety. You want to get your test done so you can relax!

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November 3, 2015

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Testing Center, Room 156 Bisdorf Bldg

Testing Center Hours

Monday -Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Testing Website Changes

For those of you who visit our website or blogs often, you know there have been a few changes.  So continue to follow us on twitter, blogs and visit our website.

Testing Website:        https://www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/testing/index.html

Placement Test Info:  https:// www.nvcc.edu/testing/placement.html

Blogs:                             https://blogs.nvcc.edu/altesting/

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

 

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Test Taking Tips

1. Manage Your Time
Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.

2. I’m Stuck!
Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don’t get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you’re still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don’t lose points for wrong answers.

3.  Multiple-Choice Questions

The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn’t be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.

4. Neatness Counts
If your 4s look like 9s, it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.

5. I’m Done!
Not so fast – when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you’re not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn’t make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.

 

Good LUCK!

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A DAY TO REMEMBER!

AL CAMPUS 9/11 DAY of Remembrance and Service

 

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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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Say Hello to Fall 2014!

computers  Welcome back students and faculty from the Testing Center.  We hope you enjoyed your summer vacations.  As with every semester, I want to ensure that you are aware of all that your Alexandria Testing Center has to offer.

Please visit our website for hours of operations:

http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/services-to-students/testing/calendar/

Visit our blog to find strategies for studying, tips of the day, trivia and more:

http://blogs.nvcc.edu/altesting/

 

 

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Just Say “NO” to Standing in Line

Final exams have begun.  Don’t wait until Saturday to come and take your test.

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Monday-Thursday  8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Starting August 11-24, 2014

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Test Your Knowledge Trivia

Thinking

How many days are left in this year? _______

Today is June 26th, it is the ______ day of 2014.

The U.S began an airlift to what city in Germany  sixty-six years ago today._________

How many colleges are there in the Commonwealth of Virginia? _____________

 

 

 

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New Beginnings!

The future is one HUGE test.

More specific information and details

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness!

Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States

  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. Breast cancer awareness
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Go 4 the GOLD!

USA USA  USA USA

 

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