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 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

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 and Deer Valley 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

Deer Valley Campus
2931 West Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85053

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: 8 a.m. to 12 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: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Summer (Mid-May through July)
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 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 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 (602) 254-0265 or (480) 517-8110 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)*

This is a computer-based nurse entrance test; allow for 4 hours. The cost is $40.

*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.

 

HESI A2 Test FAQ
HESI A2 and PN Testing Locations
myMaricopa Assessment and Testing
Maricopa Course Placement Chart


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.

*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.

HESI A2 Test FAQ
HESI A2 and PN Testing Locations
myMaricopa Assessment and Testing
Maricopa Course Placement Chart


Instructor & Make-Up Exams

Exams are offered on a walk-in basis.

By appointment ONLY.

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.


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