Becoming a Student

Testing & Essential Skills Center

The Student Testing and Essential Skills Center provides academic and vocational testing to help students accomplish their educational goals. If you do not have a high school diploma or GED and you are planning on applying for financial aid, you must take the Reading, Writing and Math assessments in the same testing session. The Testing Center at the Washington Campus is an Authorized Pearson VUE Testing Site and is an Authorized Kryterion Testing Site

Assessment Policies & Procedures

  • Tests are not administered within three hours of closing.
  • Referrals to the Assessment Center are made by program advisors, counselors or faculty members.
  • Complete and submit a Student Information Form prior to testing. Forms are available at Admissions and Records.
  • A current picture ID is required.
  • No children may be left unattended while a student is testing.
  • testing@gatewaycc.edu or call us at (602) 286-8160 for further information. 
  • Submit the optional Customer Satisfaction Evaluation by the end of the semester.

Test & Exam Schedules

 

ACCUPLACER Test

ACCUPLACER is a computer based adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level.

You must answer every question when it is first given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.

Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. This testing is available on a walk-in basis.

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Fall and Spring (August - Mid May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Summer (Mid May - July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please note: WritePlacer test scores can score 'Pending'. Test scores can take up to 48 hours to post to your My.maricopa.edu student account. Please take your original test scores with you to your Advising appointment.


English as a Second Language (ESL or CELSA) Test

This test applies to English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and is provided on a walk-in basis.

CELSA is a written test, used for course placement into the English as a Second Language Program for both English and reading. This test takes 45 minutes to complete and consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. The test does not include a listening or spoken portion. The scores and recommended course placement are given to the student immediately upon test completion.

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Fall and Spring (August - Mid May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Summer (Mid May - July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


GED Test

Cost per section is $30. Payment must be made online at the time of scheduling. Cost to retest is $30 per section.

To register for the online GED exam or for more information please visit ged.com

Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. This testing is available on a walk-in basis.

  • Two forms of identification are required. One must be state issued with a photograph; the second must be original and official (i.e., Social Security or birth card - no photo necessary).
  • Must complete all five sections of the exam by Dec. 16, 2013. 
  • Those 16 - 17 years old must also submit a notarized letter from a parent or legal guardian, giving permission to take the exam and an official withdrawal from the last school attended.

Learn more about free GED testing online. Call (602) 254-0265 or (480) 517-8110 for additional information.

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Fall and Spring (August - Mid May)
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The computerized version can taken one section at a time or all sections in one 8-hour day.


HCC Exam

This is the Healthcare Competency test, with credit given by exam.

  • Admissions & Records must first verify student eligibility and authorization before testing can be scheduled.
  • Once authorized, pay the appropriate fee at the Cashier's Office.
  • After payment, proceed to the Student Assessment Center for testing & scoring.

Fees vary and eligibility must be verified by A&R. Testing is offered on a walk-in basis.

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Fall and Spring (August - Mid May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Summer (Mid May - July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


HESI A2 (Entrance Test)

This is a computer-based nurse entrance test; allow for 4 hours. The cost is $40.00.

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Fall and Spring (August - Mid May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Summer (Mid May - July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.


HESI PN Exam

This computer-based advanced placement test is timed and applies to block 3 and block 4 students. The cost is $50.00.

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Fall and Spring (August - Mid May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Summer (Mid May - July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Instructor & Make-Up Exams

Exams are offered on a walk-in basis.

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Fall and Spring (August - Mid May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Summer (Mid May - July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Proctored Tests

Proctoring or correspondence testing is available for non GateWay students. The proctoring fee is $20.00 PER test, an additional $20 for exams longer than four hours. For more information and additional testing times, contact the Student Assessment Center at (602) 286-8160 or email testing@gatewaycc.edu.