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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

Haverhill Fax Number: 978-556-3169

Lawrence Fax Number: 978-738-7116

Office Hours

The Academic Placement & Testing Center remote student service hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Due to COVID-19 and in an effort to keep everyone safe, and with limited college resources, we encourage students to test remotely. The Academic Placement & Testing Center will continue to offer remote testing and will begin to offer in-person services at the Haverhill Campus, on a limited basis, for those who are not able to test remotely. 

  • Academic Assessment (ACCUPLACER) is being offered remotely and in-person at the Haverhill Campus, 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 to request an appointment.
  • ATI TEAS and Fundamentals testing will be offered remotely and in-person at the Haverhill Campus, for NECC students.  Go to the Health Profession Testing page for registration information.
  • HiSET testing is being offered remotely.  Go to the HiSET Testing  Registration Information page for more information.
  • All other testing services (CLEP-DSST, Pearson VUE, GED, Kryterion, and Proctored Testing) are being offered in-person at the Haverhill Campus on a limited basis. Go to our Testing Services page, and select the test you are interested in taking for registration information and updates.
  • Credit for Prior Learning is available remotely and in-person, on a limited basis. Go to our Credit for Prior Learning page to Get Started.

Students may contact us via email at testing@necc.mass.edu. In your message, please include your name, email address, phone number and the reason contacting us.

Haverhill Hartleb Technology Center (TC), TC122

In-person services by appointment only, on a limited basis, beginning in July

Lawrence Dimitry Building (L), 45 Franklin St., L-135

Closed until further notice

Information:

  • Remote Office hours Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, effective 6/4/2020
  • Testing Schedules are available on our website

Donna Bertolino

Dean, Academic Support 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

Louise Michaud

Assessment Officer
Phone: 978-738-7430
Email: lmichaud@necc.mass.edu

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