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University Testing Center

About Us

Welcome to the University Testing Center at N. C. Central University. The University Testing Center (UTC) was established in 1987 under the Division of Academic Affairs. The Testing Center is nationally certified by the National College Testing Association and the first HBCU in North Carolina to receive such a distinction. In addition, we are the second, four-year, public institution in NC to become certified. The NCCU Testing Center is a premier facility that ensures integrity and exam security in the proctoring and examination processes. The Testing Center is a Distance Education Proctoring Center certified by the UNC Online Proctoring Network to proctor exams for all students (e.g., on-campus, off-campus, undergraduate, professional, graduate, and others) who take courses through the UNC Online System. Among the many services provided are the planning, coordination and administration of placement tests in the modern foreign languages (e.g., French, German and Spanish). The Center is a nationally certified test center for four nationwide tests: College-level Examination Program (CLEP) offered to university and community candidates, the GRE, the TOEFL, the PRAXIS series. The center administers the DANTE Subject Standardized Test and the Computerized Placement Tests (ACCUPLACER) along with other instructor-designed assessment instruments that also require proctoring by trained personnel in recognized centers. The University Testing Center also provides the facilities, personnel, and testing resources as a satellite test site for several national and international testing agencies including Prometric, PearsonVUE, the UNC Proctoring Network, graduate and occupation related testing. The Computer-Based Testing Center plans, coordinates, and administers standardized computerized tests according to guidelines provided by the testing entity that specify the physical and environmental conditions for test administration. The CBT operates outside of the regular hours, running three sessions daily, and on weekends. The NCCU Center was a 2016 and 2017 Grant Recipient by the National College Testing Association.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University Testing Center is to support student retention and success by providing computer/internet-based, paper-pencil, and remote testing services for faculty, students, staff, and the community at large in a secure and monitored environment.  Our services consist of proctoring exams for distance education classes, scanning services, placement exams, employment certifications, and professional graduate exams.  The Testing Center provides a facility conductive to a quality testing environment while maintaining high testing standards and practices.



ACCUPLACER is an assessment which can help students identify their academic strengths and needs to assist in planning an appropriate schedule of coursework at North Carolina Central University.

ACCUPLACER was developed, standardized, and validated by the College Board, a division of the Educational Testing Service (which also administers the SATs, GREs, and TOEFL tests). ACCUPLACER is used at more than 1,000 colleges nationwide, in an On-line format.

Each ACCUPLACER test is designed using adaptive techniques. Meaning that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on responses to prior questions. This technique "zeroes-in" on just the right questions to ask you without being too easy or too difficult. Because the test is adaptive, students will only have to answer 17 to 22 questions in each section. All questions are multiple choice and answers are selected using easy "point and click" methods. The test is also un-timed so students are able to do their very best.

Tips for Taking ACCUPLACER

  1. Relax! ACCUPLACER was designed to facilitate your success in college. Your score helps you and your advisor to determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once your academic strengths and needs are identified, we can find the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they interfere with your learning.
  2. You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. Plan on arriving a few minutes early so you can acquaint yourself with the environment and gather your thoughts before the test begins. If you wear glasses, remember to bring them!
  3. Make sure you understand all administrative and test directions before you begin the Accuplacer. The testing administrators present will be able to address any of your questions or concerns.
  4. Because this is an "adaptive test," questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. You must answer every question when it is first given and there is no returning to previous questions.
  5. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to logically eliminate one or more of the choices then pick one of the remaining choices.
  6. You are not allowed to use dictionaries, calculators, notebooks, or textbooks of any kind on the test. Scratch paper for solving math problems will be provided by the test administrator. Any student who gives or receives help during the test, or uses notes or books of any kind will not be allowed to continue the test.
  7. No test materials or notes may be removed from the room.
  8. Remember to bring your social security number and some form of picture I.D. with you to the testing session.
  9. Good luck!!

Weather and Operating Status

Weather-Related NCCU Closings or Delayed Openings: During severe weather or natural disasters, people may be prevented from entering or leaving campus facilities for hours or days. Notice of a decision to close or delay opening NCCU will be communicated as quickly as possible by e-mail, phone trees, local radio and television stations. Call (919) 530-7220 to hear a recorded message about University closings or delayed openings. Do not call University Police, Facilities Services, radio and television stations. When severe winter weather conditions are predicted, monitor weather reports closely. Information will be made available from NCCU's Information Line (919) 530-7220.

The University Testing Centers follows the guidelines of the University with the exception of week-end testing.  If you are scheduled for SAT testing on the week-end you should contact College Board for instructions.  Please remember that the University Testing Center does not have personal contact information for most week-end testers.  All information will be relayed through your Testing Administrator.

Scanning Services

The University Testing Center offers exam scoring services to NCCU faculty.  The test must be either multiple-choice or true-false.  To utilize this service, the student answers must be recorded on an NCS General Purpose Answer Sheet (Scantron sheet).  The University Testing Center does not supply the answer sheets/Scantron sheets.  These materials must be obtained through your department.

Create an Answer Key

  • Please complete one Scantron sheet with the correct answers and label this sheet as the “Answer Key.”
  • Make sure the answer key is placed on top of the Scantron sheets to be scored.
  • Make sure that all responses to be scored have been bubbled in on the “Answer Key.” If you decide to drop a question, leave the corresponding answer blank on the answer key.

Administering the Test

  • Please make sure the student marks their answers on the Scantron Answer Sheet.
  • The student should be advised to use only a No. 2 pencil when marking the answers for the test.
  • When filling out the answer sheet, make sure all fields are “left justified” when bubbling in the corresponding ovals.
  • The answer sheets must be kept undamaged, no stray marks and when erasing make sure to use a good, clean eraser.
  • If the forms are damaged in any way, the scanning equipment will not score the affected answer sheet, causing the document to not be scored.
  • Please make sure the answer sheets are all stacked in the same direction when submitted for scoring.

Submitting the Test for Scoring

  • The Answer Key and Answer sheets must be bought to room 112 Taylor Education Building for scanning services (Drop-off and Pick up hours are 9:00am through 3:30pm).
  • The instructor must complete the Request for Test Scan Reports Form completely.
  • Please Note: All answer sheets must be submitted in a secure folder. You must provide your own secure folder.
  • Test results will be available for pick-up 48hours after the request is submitted.
  • Request for services should be submitted by Faculty/Staff or Graduate students ONLY.
  • No request will be accepted from undergraduate students.

NCS General Purpose Answer Sheet Order Information

Reorder Form No. 4521
Telephone 800-367-6627
Fax 507-451-4513
Prometric Based Testing

Computer Based Testing CBT

In 1999, the University Testing Center opened its nationally accredited Prometric Testing Center. The center offers computer based testing for several different education and certification entities. The Center plans, coordinates, and administers standardized computer based tests according to guidelines provided by the testing entity and specifies the physical and environmental conditions under which the test is to be administered.  Prior registration is required for all tests.

The CBT Center plans, coordinates, and administers standardized computer based tests according to guidelines provided by the testing entity and specifies the physical and environmental conditions under which the test is to be administered. During the busiest testing period from September to January, the CBT operates outside of the regular hours, running three sessions daily, and on weekends.

NCCU's testing center is a certified Prometric testing center, our center offers the following graduate admissions and professional licensure/certification exams in a computer-based testing format:

  • GRE
    (Graduate Record Examinations General Test)
    (Pre-Professional Skills Test)
    (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Appointments for testing can be made Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays, between the hours of 8:00am and 10:00pm. Appointment times will vary based on availability and length of exam taken.

Test Prep Program

Since the Testing Center administers most requested tests we are not allowed to offer test prep services.

Testing Services Offered

University Testing Services offers many programs and services to the North Carolina Central University and local communities, including:

  • Computerized Placement Tests [ACCUPLACER]
  • Computer-based interest and personality assessments
  • Web-based testing
  • Scanning and scoring test documents, surveys, and questionnaires for faculty and regional secondary and postsecondary institutions.

Online /Distance Education Proctoring Services

Students taking classes or training through other colleges and institutions by correspondence or other long-distance methods often are required to take exams. The University Testing Center agrees to provide supervision and a secure testing environment for those exams. Usually this involves a correspondence or online class through a university, but various types of organizations make use of this service. The Testing Office has proctored exams for institutions around the country, and welcomes international organizations as well.

Exams Proctored

Paper-pencil exams and online exams are the most common exams proctored, but with advance notice almost any type exam can be accommodated.

The fee for proctoring services is $30 per test. The Testing Center accepts checks, credit and debit card payments.

Babies and children are not permitted into the exam rooms at any time. They must be supervised outside the Testing Office. Testing staff will not provide child supervision for any reason.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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