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ATTENTION: Beginning July 1, 2014, the Testing Center will no longer provide proctoring services to non-Columbia College students. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Testing Services at the main campus in Columbia, Mo.

The Testing Center is located in the Tenth Street Center at 310 N. 10th St. in Columbia, Mo.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
*Exams will be scheduled to end by 4:45 p.m.

Contact information: testingservices@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7485

Mission statement: The primary mission of the Columbia College Testing Center on the main campus is to provide a comfortable, professional, uniform and secure testing environment for all customers ensuring all exams are administered according to National College Testing Association (NCTA) standards and guidelines and those of our exam providers.

Columbia College Testing Services offers a variety of standardized testing and limited ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) testing. Click below to see all applicable information and forms needed for the exams.


ADA testing services

Students with documented disabilities can receive various testing services through our office upon registration and approval through the ADA office. The ADA coordinator may be reached at (573) 875-7626 or at 213 Atkins-Holman Student Commons on the Columbia, Mo., campus. Students must register with an ADA coordinator before contacting Testing Services to receive accommodated testing. All accommodated exams should be scheduled through the Testing Center at least one week in advance. Required forms must be on file with the Testing Center at the time of scheduling.


Math placement

Some students are required to take the math placement exam before being able to register for a math course. To inquire about whether you need to take the math placement exam or not, contact the admissions office or your academic advisor.

The math placement exam is now offered online to all admitted Columbia College students, free of charge. To take the math placement exam, students may access the math placement exam online in CougarTrack. The placement exam link in CougarTrack can be found under the Academics menu that is located immediately underneath the CougarTrack banner. Math placement exams will no longer be given in the Main Campus Testing Center as of July 2, 2012.


English placement

Some Evening Campus students are required to take the English placement exam before being able to register for an English course. To inquire about whether you need to take the English placement exam or not, contact the admissions office or your academic advisor prior to contacting the Testing Center. The English placement exam is offered free of charge to admitted Columbia College students.

The English placement exam is now offered online to all admitted Columbia College students, free of charge. To take the English placement exam, students may access the English placement exam online in CougarTrack. The placement exam link in CougarTrack can be found under the Academics menu that is located immediately underneath the CougarTrack banner English placement exams will no longer be given in the Main Campus Testing Center as of September 17, 2012.

English as a Second Language (ESL) placement

The COMPASS ESL placement exam is an Internet-based exam that helps place students into appropriate ESOL courses at Columbia College and maximizes their chances for success.

The ACT Compass English as a Second Language (ESL) placement exam is offered at scheduled times throughout the year. To inquire about taking the exam, contact the admissions office prior to contacting the Testing Center. The Testing Center will not schedule exams without approval from Admissions or the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) coordinator.

The ACT Compass ESL placement exam has four components: 

  • Grammar/usage - This test assesses a student's ability to recognize and manipulate standard American English in sentence elements, structure and syntax.
  • Reading - This test assesses a student's ability to recognize and manipulate standard American English in referring and reasoning.
  • Listening - This test assesses a student's ability to understand standard American English.
  • Writing - This test assesses a student’s writing skills.

For more information please click on the links below:

Placement results will not be available following the exam. Typically, your counselor or the ESOL coordinator will contact you once the exam has been reviewed. Testing Services personnel may not discuss exam results nor advise on placement.


Residual ACT exam

The Testing Center administers Residual ACT exams to students seeking admission to the college or a particular program with more stringent requirements (i.e. education).

Please review the following information about the Residual ACT exam:

The exam fee is $30, due at the time of registration. No money will be accepted the day of the exam. To schedule a Residual ACT exam, complete the Online Registration and Payment Form for the Residual ACT (below).

  • Exams are given from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the date of the exam at the Tenth Street Center, located at 310 N. 10th St. in Columbia, Mo.
  • Examinees should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to begin paperwork.
  • All examinees are required to show photo identification before taking the exam.
  • All examinees must be on time to the exam.
  • Residual ACT scores are only valid at Columbia College.
  • Scores are available within one week after the exam is completed and are sent to the department indicated on your registration form.
  • See chart below for exam dates and registration deadlines. Your registration must be received by the registration deadline date to be accepted.

Register online

Online Registration and Payment for the Residual ACT exam

ACT exam dates
Date Registration deadline
Saturday, December 6, 2014 Friday, November 21, 2014 
Saturday, July 11, 2015      Friday, June 26, 2015  

Please verify the deadline to register before submitting your registration form.

» Residual ACT Registration FormPDF Icon This should ONLY be used if you are paying with cash and will be dropping your payment off at the Enrollment Service Center.


Missouri Educators Gateway Assessments (MEGA)

The Missouri Educators Gateway Assessments (MEGA) consists of two test packages, the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) and Paraprofessional Tests. 

Beginning September 2013, candidates seeking entry into a Missouri educator preparation program must pass the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). This assessment is composed of five subtests: English, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and writing.

The MoGEA replaces the College BASE assessment that was formerly administered by the University of Missouri.

To learn more, you may wish to review the Missouri Department of Education, MoGEA FAQs.

Beginning September 2013, candidates with fewer than 60 credit hours and seeking Paraprofessional certification to work in Special Education and/or Title I settings in Missouri must achieve a passing score on the Paraprofessional test. The test measures competencies in English language arts and basic mathematics skills for practicing and prospective paraprofessionals.

The Paraprofessional test will replace the ParaPro Assessment.

For more information regarding Missouri educator license requirements, visit the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Please review the following information about the MoGEA/Paraprofessional exam:

  • Students must first create a profile and register for the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) or Paraprofessional test at http://www.mo.nesinc.com.
  • The proctoring fee is $15 and is due immediately following registration through the aforementioned link. The MoGEA/Paraprofessional registration confirmation for the exam will direct you to the appropriate Columbia College web address to pay the proctoring fee. No money will be accepted the day of the exam.
  • You will need to arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. to begin testing at 12:30 p.m.
  • All examinees are required to show government-issued photo identification before taking the exam.
  • All examinees must be on time to the exam.
  • Upon completion of the exam, a receipt of completion will be available to print. Testing Services does not have access to MoGEA/ Paraprofessional test scores after testing is completed.
  • See chart below for exam dates and registration deadlines. Your registration must be received by the registration deadline date to be accepted.

Register online

Online Seat Reservation and Payment for the MoGEA/ Paraprofessional Test 

MoGEA/Paraprofessional exam dates
Testing date Registration deadline
Saturday, November 08, 2014  Thursday, November 06, 2014
Saturday, January 24, 2015 Thursday, January 22, 2014
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Thursday, March 19, 2014
Saturday, June 13, 2015 Thursday, June 11, 2014

 


Online proctored exams

Certain online courses require students to take proctored exams. To determine if your course requires a proctored midterm, final or MFT exam, please refer to your course syllabus PRIOR to contacting the Testing Center. If you need to schedule a proctored exam at the main campus in Columbia, Mo., please access the proctor information listing. If you require ADA accommodations and have registered with Disability Services, DO NOT complete this form. Instead, you should contact the Testing Center directly.

Online proctored exams will be scheduled and administered by the Testing Center, either at the 10th Street Center or in Buchanan Hall. Your confirmation email will provide all the details you need to know about online proctored exams, including the location and identification requirements.

Note: The online proctor information listing will only display available exam dates and times beginning on the first day of online classes. It is strongly recommended that you reserve your exam dates and times early, as popular times often fill fast. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Alternate testing dates and times must be arranged through your instructor and accommodation by the Testing Center may not be guaranteed.

If you have any questions about online proctored exams, you should contact your instructor or the Online Campus.

Proctoring services

The Testing Center at the Main Campus in Columbia, Mo., offers proctoring to active Columbia College students, Columbia College faculty and staff (including spouses and dependents), and alumni, free of charge, provided that our Testing Center's policies and procedures are met by the examinee and the institution providing the exam. Each proctoring service request is reviewed prior to guaranteeing a reservation to ensure we are able to adhere to the NCTA guidelines and standards. This process should be started well in advance of your desired proctoring date. To learn more about the proctoring services we provide, please contact us directly at testingservices@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7485.

Learn more about the National College Testing Association's CCTC or guidelines and standards:

    NCTA Standards and Guidelines