Testing & Essential Skills Center

Testing & Essential Skills Center

The testing center is currently BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for all in-person exams. However, the Maricopa EdReady site provides an online preparation tool to get you ready to take your placement assessments once we re-open. For additional info about placement during this time, also visit:

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 Centers at the Washington & Central City campuses are Authorized Pearson VUE Testing Sites. The Washington Campus is an Authorized Kryterion Testing Site, and Authorized ISO-Quality Testing Site, as well. 

For special accommodations, contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at (602) 286-8171, disability.services@gatewaycc.edu, or visit the DRS web page.

Assessment Policies & Procedures

  • Policies During Pandemic--Assessment & Placement
  • Tests are not administered within TWO hours of closing.
  • Referrals to the Assessment Center are made by program advisors, counselors or faculty members.
  • Complete and submit a Student Admission Application prior to testing. Forms are available at Enrollment Services.
  • 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

This non-proctored, online testing option can be accessed at maricopa.edready.org (DO NOT use any other EdReady site).

Students will be required to create an EdReady account if they have not done so previously. Students will be asked for their MEID. If unsure of their MEID, students can contact edready.student.communications@memo.maricopa.edu

See the EdReady Student Guide for additional information on how to access EdReady.

ACCUPLACER Next Generation Test*

For information about who is required to take the ACCUPLACER Next Generation Test, visit https://www.maricopa.edu/future-students/assessment-placement.

ACCUPLACER Next Generation 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. 

You can prepare for the math portion of the ACCUPLACER Next Generation using a free review called Power Math Camp. Learn more

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

*This test is available by appointment only

Availability

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building. 

Fall and Spring (August through Mid-May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Summer (Mid-May through July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Test Resources

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Exam* 

ADEQ has a testing agreement with Gateway Community College to proctor Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) operator certification exams for all operator classifications and grade levels.

You may contact ADEQ for practice exams by calling (602) 771-0100 or azopcert@azdeq.gov

You have three hours to complete this multiple-choice, 110 scored question exam. Only one exam may be taken in a three-hour period. You must earn 70 points or greater to successfully pass the exam.

Schedule an exam here.

Find study guides here.

*All ADEQ exams are available by appointment only. 

Availability

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building.

If you have any questions about registering please contact Maggie Wright at operatorcert@gmail.com

This test applies to English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and is by appointment only. 

CELSA (CREDIT) or Ventures (NON-CREDIT) 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.

*All ESL exams are available by appointment only. 

Availability

 

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building. 

Fall and Spring (August through Mid-May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Cost per section is $35. Payment must be made online at the time of scheduling. Cost to retest is $35 per section.

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

Each test is timed.

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • The state of Arizona requires GED testers to also pass the Arizona Civics test with a minimum score of 60%.
  • Mathematical Reasoning is 115 minutes which includes 2 minutes for instruction and 3 minute breaks to grab a calculator for part 2.
  • Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 minutes which includes 3 minutes for instructions and final review. 10 minutes break between parts 2 and 3 and 45 minutes for the written essay.
  • Social Studies is 70 minutes with 2 minutes for instruction and final review. No break.
  • Science is 90 minutes with 2 minutes of instructions and final review. No break.

Learn more information at www.GED.com or call 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433).

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.

Availability

Fall and Spring (August through Mid-May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Summer (Mid-May through July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Evolve Reach (HESI) Admission Assessment Exam (A2) is the Nursing program entrance exam. The HESI A2 is a computer-based test consisting of seven modules: Math Skills, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Grammar, Learning Style, Personality Style, and Critical Thinking. 

All seven modules must be completed within a single four-hour testing session. Personal calculators are not permitted. When allowed, a calculator will appear in the testing program. Scores are available immediately. Results are valid for two years. 

You may retest after a 60-day waiting period. Up to three retests are permitted within one year from the date of the first valid test. 

Request a test here

*This test is available by appointment only and conducted remotely. 

Testing Fees:

$45 for students testing for any Maricopa Community College Nursing program. $70 for students applying for a school not in the Maricopa Community College district.

Availability

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building.

Note: HESI A2 (Entrance Test) is not offered during midterm and finals week. Please
call for more information 602-286-8160.

The Evolve Reach (HESI) Admission Assessment Exam is part of the prerequisite for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. The HESI A2 is a computer-based test consisting of five modules: Math Skills, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Grammar, Anatomy & Physiology.

All five modules must be completed within a single five -hour testing session. Results are valid for two years.

You may retest after a 60-day waiting period. Up to three retests are permitted within one year from the date of the first valid test.

Request a test here

Testing fees:

$45* for students testing for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

*Costs are subject to change without notice.

Availability

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building.

Note: HESI A2 (Entrance Test) is not offered during midterm and finals week. Please
call for more information 602-286-8160.

The HESI PN is the Nursing program entrance exam for students looking to enter block three or block four:

The HESI PN is for students applying for Blocks three or four of the nursing program. The exam is computerized and must be completed within a single four-hour testing session exam designed to assess basic knowledge of practical nursing. Current LPN applicants and transfer applicants seeking admission into block three or block four must achieve a score of 850 or higher to be considered for entrance into the program.

Exam must be completed within a single four-hour testing session. The score is available immediately and is valid for six months. Students may retest after 6 months. 

Request a test here.

Testing fees:

$55 for students testing for the MCCCD Nursing program.

$80 for students testing for an outside college. This includes an additional $25 proctor fee.

No refunds and costs are subject to change. 

*This exam is available by appointment only and conducted remotely. 

Availability

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building.

Note: HESI PN EXAM is not offered during midterm and finals week. Please call for
more information (602) 286-8160.

Exams are by appointment only. Students, please call (602) 286-8160. Faculty, please email testing@gatewaycc.edu

Availability

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building. 

Fall and Spring (August through Mid-May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Summer (Mid-May through July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proctoring or correspondence testing is available for non GateWay students. The proctoring fee is $25 PER test, effective July 1, 2018. For more information and additional testing times, contact the Student Assessment Center at (602) 286-8160 or email testing@gatewaycc.edu.

Availability

Washington Campus
108 North. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building.