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 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

  • 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 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

 

ACCUPLACER Test

For information about who is required to take the ACCUPLACER Test, visit https://my.maricopa.edu/services/assessment-testing.

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. 

You can prepare for the math portion of the ACCUPLACER 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 My.maricopa.edu student account. Please take your original test scores with you to your Advising appointment.

This test is available at the Washington, Central City campuses and the Southwest Skill Center. 

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

Central City Campus
1245 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Southwest Skill Center
3000 North Dysart Road
Avondale, AZ 85392

Fall and Spring (August through Mid-May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


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
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building. 

Fall and Spring (August through Mid-May)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


GED Test

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 untimed so that you may 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).
  • 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 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433) for additional information.

This test is available at the Washington and Central City campuses. 

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

Central City Campus
1245 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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


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
Test held on the first floor of the IE Building. 

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

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


HESI A2 (Entrance Test)*

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 two retests are permitted within one year from the date of the first valid test. 

Testing Fees:

$40 for students testing for the MCCCD Nursing program. $65 for students testing for a school outside the Maricopa County Community College District.

This includes an additional $25 Proctor Test fee.

ALL sections are available. Know which sections are required for your school. Tell us you are testing for an outside college or you may take the wrong exam. No refunds and costs are subject to change. Payment must be made in person the day of testing. Students must come to Testing Services first to verify eligibility before payment.
 

*This test is available at the Washington and Central City campuses.

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

Central City Campus
1245 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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

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

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

 

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HESI PN Exam*

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.

Testing fees:

$50 for students testing for the MCCCD Nursing program.

$75 for students testing for an outside college. This includes an additional $25 proctor fee.

No refunds and costs are subject to change. Payment must be made in person the day of testing. Students must come to Testing Services first to verify eligibility before payment.

*This test is available at the Washington and Central City campuses.

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

Central City Campus
1245 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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

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

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

 

myMaricopa Assessment and Testing
Maricopa Course Placement Chart


Instructor & Make-Up Exams

Exams are offered on a walk-in basis.

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 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


Proctored Tests

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.

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

Central City Campus
1245 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034