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Mission Statement and Testing Center Policy

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

As a member of the National College Testing Association (NCTA), the Academic Placement and Testing Center adheres to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. Northern Essex Community College provides a high-quality, professional testing environment for NECC students and residents of the greater Merrimack Valley and surrounding area. The Testing Center is committed to maintaining the integrity of high-stakes testing for academic placement, for the provision of academic credit, and for professional licensures and certifications. Testing Center services align with NECC’s mission statement, strategic plan, and academic master plan by recognizing and appreciating the diversity of the student population and community. The Academic Placement and Testing Center is dedicated to providing the tools and services that enable each individual to achieve his or her academic and professional goals.

Academic Placement & Testing Center Policy

Academic Placement & Testing Center Policy

The Academic Placement & Testing Center adheres to the general policies, ethical practices and guidelines issued by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, as outlined below:

  1. Develop and implement a mission statement consistent with the policies and standards set forth in this document as well as their institutional mission.
  2. Operate with adequate financial resources to support the mission of the test center.
  3. Maintain adequate physical facilities in a location suitable to the requirements of the test center and the needs of examinees, which includes compliance with minimum legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  4. Operate in a diligent manner to promote honesty, integrity, and fairness in all procedures.
  5. Operate under the guidelines of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and the ADA, as well as other local, state, and federal regulations.
  6. Protect the integrity of the test by following appropriate exam handling and storage procedures and by ensuring vigilant proctoring.
  7. Protect the confidentiality and rights of privacy of examinees and staff, defined by FERPA and other regulations.
  8. Adhere to program requirements of test companies in the administration of specific tests.
  9. Adhere to requirements and policies of their institutions in the administration of classroom exams and other assessments.
  10. Treat examinees in a fair, courteous, professional, and nondiscriminatory manner.
  11. Respond to examinee concerns with respect while maintaining the integrity of the administration.
  12. Make referrals to other campus offices and testing resources, as needed, to provide students and clients with the most appropriate services of the institution and community.
  13. Develop and implement site-specific guidelines for test center operations and staff training.
  14. Evaluate the programs of the test center in an on-going, systematic, and comprehensive manner.

The Academic Placement & Testing Center adheres to specific regulations outlined by individual test companies, including prohibited items.

For test companies that may not list prohibited items, the Academic Placement & Testing Center has determined prohibited items will include, but not limited to cell phones, digital watches, smart watches, internet, textbooks, dictionaries and calculators. Note: Exceptions will be made for students with documented accommodations.

Prohibited items must be stored in an area where they cannot be accessed or visible while the test session is in process. They may be stored in a locker, provided by the test center or in a personal item where the prohibited item is not accessible or visible.

References

Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education

(2004, Washington, DC: Joint Committee on Testing Practices)

National Certification Testing Association

(https://www.ncta-testing.org/)

Contacts & Hours

Academic Placement & Testing

Email: testing@necc.mass.edu

Website: www.necc.mass.edu/engage/aptc

Main number: 978-556-3872

Office Hours

The Academic Placement & Testing Center student service hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Wednesday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM in-person and/or virtually.

The Academic Placement & Testing Center  is offering in-person services at the Haverhill Campus and the Lawrence Campus and will continue to offer virtual (remote) testing, on an as needed basis.

  • Academic Assessment (ACCUPLACER) is being offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus and the Lawrence Campus on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary and is offered virtually (remote) through Zoom, by appointment only.   Prior to testing, check our list of waiver options to determine if you may be waived from testing on the Academic Assessment web page. If you need to test, go to the Accuplacer Test Dates page.
  • ATI TEAS and RN Fundamentals Testing is being offered in-person and virtually via institutional proctors through Proctorio for NECC students, by appointment only.  Go to the Health Profession Testing page for registration information.
  • HiSET and GED Testing is being offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus, by appointment only.  Go to the HSE Testing  Registration Information page for more information.
  • CLEP and DSST Testing is being offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus, by appointment only. Go to CLEP & DSST Exam Registration for more information.
  • Pearson VUE Testing is being offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus, by appointment only.  Go to Pearson VUE Testing for more information.
  • Kryterion Testing is being offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus, by appointment only. Go to Kryterion Testing  for more information.
  • Proctored Testing is being offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus, by appointment only. Go to our Proctored Testing Services page for registration information.
  • Credit for Prior Learning services are offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus and Lawrence Campus and virtually, on a limited basis.  Go to our Credit for Prior Learning page to Get Started.

Students may contact us via email at the Academic Placement & Testing Center. In your message, please include your name, email address, phone number and the reason for contacting us.

Donna Bertolino

Dean of Enrollment Services
Phone: 978-556-3431
Email: dbertolino@necc.mass.edu

Donna Felisberto

Coordinator, Academic Placement & Testing Center
Phone: 978-556-3410
Email: dfelisberto@necc.mass.edu

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