Testing Center

Provides a secure and quiet testing environment for assessment and offers testing for placement, certification, and accommodated exams.
ACCUPLACER for Cincinnati State

The ACCUPLACER may be used for advising and course placement. Examinees must have permission to test from an academic advisor unless they are either a middle-school College Credit Plus (CCP) participant or an international student who needs to demonstrate English proficiency for admission.

Delivery Options and Registration

The assessment tool may be completed at the Clifton or Middletown Campus locations, in addition to online or at an approved proctored location. Results will be forwarded to the student’s record for advising use.

Examinees must be a Cincinnati State CCP applicant with no previous test scores, an international student who needs to demonstrate English proficiency for admission, or a current student who has received advisor’s consent to test. 

In-Person: REGISTER– (Address and Parking information below). 

Online:  REQUEST a remote test – Note that fees will apply and testing must be completed within 90 days from the date of issuance. The online option requires that the examinee has access to a computer, web camera, audio capabilities, and a high-speed internet connection. 

CCP Information and Counselor Resources 

Only current middle-school CCP applicants/students may register for the ACCUPLACER without permission to test.

High School Students

High school CCP participants may not need to test.  You must have your high school send your transcript to determine if testing is necessary for you.  Transcripts can be faxed to 513-569-1562 or emailed to ccpadmission@cincinnatistate.edu.   Once received, please allow up to 5-7 business days for processing.  After that time, you can email ccpadvising@cincinnatistate.edu to confirm if testing will be required for you or not.

Counselor Resources 

Counselors can use the documents below to help assist College Credit Plus students with their placement test needs for Cincinnati State. 

ACCUPLACER Student ID Form
Administering ACCUPLACER on Behalf of Cincinnati State
What to Know When Testing on Campus 

For more information visit the CCP Counselor Resources page.

Group testing must be pre-arranged; please call either the Clifton (513-569-1569) or email testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu, Middletown (513-317-3722) or email csmtest@cincinnatistate.edu

 

Study Resources

To prepare for the ACCUPLACER, please visit the ACCUPLACER website or use the free ACCUPLACER Study App. 

The assessment includes: 

  • WritePlacer: A 60 minute timed written essay based on a given prompt. 
  • Reading: An untimed assessment covering Rhetoric, Synthesis, Vocabulary and meaning of words and phrases. 
  • Math: An untimed assessment covering Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics, and Advanced Algebra Functions.
  • ESL Listening: An untimed assessment measuring your ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. Sample questions available through the ACCUPLACER Study App.
  • ESL Reading: (see Reading Skills on pages 14 & 15) An untimed assessment measuring your ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.
  • WritePlacer ESL : A 60 minute timed written essay based on a given prompt.

 

Testing Accommodations

If you are a student who has disabilities or believe you have disabilities, we encourage you to contact the Office of Disability Services prior to testing to make arrangements for necessary accommodations. 

What to Expect When You Arrive for Testing

Once you arrive at a Cincinnati State testing location, you will be asked for your photo ID. All State ID’s must be current. An approved  Student ID Formmay be used in place of a photo ID. Photos must resemble you on test day.

Acceptable forms of IDs

  • Driver’s license
  • High School ID
  • College ID
  • State or federal ID card
  • Passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • College Board Official ID Form

Next, you will be asked to lock up all personal belongings in a secure locker. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Cell phones or any electronic devices powered off or turned on silent mode (excludes medical related devices). 
  • Personal calculators and Windows system calculators are not permitted for the ACCUPLACER assessment. An online calculator will appear for appropriate math questions. 
  • Book bags, purses, wallets, etc. 
  • Coats, hats, sunglasses, Google Glass, and digital watches 
  • Food and drinks 
  • Any additional items that are not needed/allowed for testing

Plan on at least 2 hours for the full ACCUPLACER assessment. The WritePlacer and WritePlacer ESL portion of the assessment is a timed 60-minute essay. The reading, math, and keyboarding portions are not timed.

Once your items are secured, a Testing Assistant will show you to your assigned seat, where you will find scrap paper and pencils. 

Since ACCUPLACER is computerized, please be aware that once you have gone on to the next question, you may not return to a previous question. However, you may spend as long as you need on each question in the reading and math sections, as there is no time limit.

Please note: If English is not your first language, we encourage you to take the ACCUPLACER ESL, which includes listening, reading, WritePlacer ESL (if required) and math.

Obtaining your Test Results

Results are displayed on your monitor after testing. Hard copies are not distributed after testing. Students may access their ACCUPLACER Score Report on the ACCUPLACER Student Portal. After completing the required information on the Score Report Form, you will receive a link via email to view and print your test results.

Students must enter their 7- digit Cincinnati State Student ID number to retrieve these results. If this number is unknown, use the Password Rest Tool for retrieval.

CLEP

College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers 34 exams that cover introductory level college course material. With a passing score, you could earn three or more college credits at 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities saving you time and money, giving you an opportunity to earn your degree faster. This exam is available to current and visiting students.

CLEP Credit Details

Current students can visit our online Cincinnati State College Catalog to view the list of courses earned through CLEP credit based on the score earned.

Visiting Students can use the CLEP College Credit Policy Search to view your schools credit policy and understand its guidelines.  You can search by school name, school code, and/or exam.

All students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to ensure you are on the correct educational path prior to testing.

Exam Topics and Fees

Learn about each available CLEP Exam prior to testing by visiting https://clep.collegeboard.org/clep-exams.  CLEP Exams cover the following categories:

  • Business
  • Composition and Literature
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Science & Mathematics
  • World Languages

Additional information for Test Takers can be found at: https://clep.collegeboard.org/clep/pdf/information-test-takers-bulletin.pdf

CLEP charges $90 per exam.

Examinees must pay Cincinnati State’s Proctor and Payment Processing fees of $34 per exam.

Fees are non-refundable.  However, examinees are entitled to a one-time courtesy reschedule if they cancel at least 24-hours prior to a scheduled exam.

How to Prepare and ID Requirements

CLEP offers many options to prepare.  There are free resources, such as exam resource guides, sample questions, and online CLEP courses.  In addition, the 2022 CLEP Official Study Guide offers methods of self-assessment, strategies for answering exam questions and is available for purchase at the CLEP online store.

Prepare for the CLEP exam by downloading free material, the free CLEP Study Guide App, or take free online CLEP courses through Modern States Education Alliance.

ID Requirements

Each CLEP test taker must present one form of valid. Identification will be checked by a Test Center Administrator during the check-in process and may be rechecked at any time during an exam administration by test center staff. All photographs must resemble the test-taker on test day.

Acceptable forms of identification must have a name, photograph, and signature and include the following:

  • Government-issued passport
  • Driver’s license
  • State or Province ID issued by the motor vehicle agency
  • Military ID (including electronic signatures)
  • National ID
  • Tribal ID card
  • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • A Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • College Board Student ID Form*

 *The Student ID Form is primarily designed for high school or homeschooled students under the age of 21 who don’t have one of the acceptable forms of government-issued ID listed above. To request permission to use the form for a candidate not in high school/ homeschool, the candidate should contact CLEP Services in advance by email at clep@info.collegeboard.org

 

Arrange for Testing Accommodations in Advance

Current students requesting testing accommodations are advised to contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) well in advance of their proposed test date to discuss their needs.  Testing Center Staff will work with ODS to ensure appropriate accommodation documentation is on file and meet the required College Board guidelines.

Current Cincinnati State Students needing this service need to follow these steps:

  1. Purchase a CLEP Exam voucher directly from College Board (cost is $89 per exam).
  2. Contact the ODS to request testing accommodations.
  3. After testing accommodations have been granted, work with Cincinnati State Testing Center staff to secure a test date.
  4. Schedule to take your CLEP Exam on the designated date and pay the admin and proctor fees online.
  5. Show up on test day with a photo ID and CLEP Exam voucher (Address and Parking information below).

Visiting students must submit documentation to the testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu that follow the College Board’s documentation guidelinesDocumentation should be from an administrator at the school in which the candidate is enrolled or an appropriate healthcare provider, and must be on official letterhead. The test center administrator will determine appropriate accommodations for the candidate based on the documented information given.

Visiting Students who need CLEP Testing accommodations should follow these steps:

  1. Purchase a CLEP Exam voucher directly from College Board (cost is $89 per exam).
  2. Work with your school’s Office of Disabilities Department to get written consent to take CLEP Exam(s) with accommodations using College Board’s documentation guidelines.
  3. Email your documentation to testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu
  4. Work with Cincinnati State Testing Center staff to secure a test date after you have received confirmation that your document has been received and accepted.
  5. Schedule to take your CLEP Exam on the designated date and pay the admin and proctor fees online.
  6. Show up on test day with a photo ID and CLEP Exam voucher (Address and Parking information below).

Steps to Establish Service and Registration

  1. Decide which CLEP Exam(s) to take by consulting your Academic Advisor and reading detailed exam topics and descriptions.
  2. Choose and purchase your CLEP Exams(s) through the My Account registration portal.
  3. Register to test at Cincinnati State’s Testing Center located at the Clifton Campus
  4. Show up on test day with your test voucher(s) and a valid photo ID(Address and Parking information below).

CLEP Retesting Policy

CLEP exams cannot be retaken within a three-month period. This waiting period provides an opportunity to spend additional time preparing for the exam or the option of taking a classroom course. To verify the length of your waiting period, contact CLEP Services at 800-257- 9558, 212-237-1331, or clep@info.collegeboard.org.

The CLEP program will not release scores for an examination of the same title taken within the three-month period after the initial administration under any circumstance. This is an effort to serve both candidates and institutions by ensuring that examination scores for these “retests” are valid. If a candidate retakes the examination within the three-month period, the administration will be considered invalid, the score will be canceled, and fees will be forfeited.

Community Testing

ACCUPLACER for Other Colleges and Universities

Cincinnati State’s Clifton Testing Center is an approved ACCUPLACER Remote Testing site and can proctor your ACCUPLACER Exam for your home institution.  We are affordable and conveniently located in the Clifton area.

Fee

A charge of $34 covers the Proctoring and Payment Processing fees to sit for your exam.

Fees are non-refundable.  However, examinees are entitled to a one-time courtesy reschedule if they cancel at least 24-hours prior to a scheduled exam.

Steps to Establish Service

  1. Contact your home institution and request that they select Cincinnati State: Clifton Campus when creating your ACCUPLACER Remote Testing voucher.
  2. Register and pay your proctor fee after you receive your “Remote Voucher Notification” from your home school.
  3. Show up on test day with a valid current photo ID. Photo must closely resemble your appearance on test day. (Address and Parking information below).

Testing Accommodations

If you are a student who has disabilities and have been approved by your home institution to receive testing accommodations, please forward a copy of your approval letter to testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu prior to scheduling your appointment.  The letter must be on letterhead and include the following information: first and last name, date of birth, approved services/accommodations, contact information for the office of disabilities school official at your home school (email address and phone number), and any special instructions.

Testing Center staff will work with you to secure a test day. Afterwards, you must schedule and pay online to take your ACCUPLACER as a Visiting Student.

What to Expect After Arrival

Once you arrive, you will be asked for your photo ID. All State and Federal ID’s must be current.  An approved  Student ID Form  may be used in place of a photo ID.  Photos must resemble you on test day.

Acceptable forms of IDs

  • Driver’s license
  • High School ID
  • College ID
  • State or federal ID card
  • Passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
  • College Board Official ID Form

Next, you will be asked to lock up all personal belongings in a secure locker. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cell phones or any electronic devices powered off or turned on silent mode (excludes medical related devices).
  • Personal calculators and Windows system calculators are not permitted for the ACCUPLACER assessment. An online calculator will appear for appropriate math questions.
  • Book bags, purses, wallets, etc.
  • Coats, hats, sunglasses, Google Glass, and digital watches
  • Food and drinks
  • Any additional items that are not needed/allowed for testing

Once your items are secured, a Testing Assistant will show you to your assigned seat, where you will find scrap paper and pencils.

Testing times vary. Please consult your home institution for approximate testing times.

GED Testing

The General Educational Development (GED®)Test is one of two approved General Equivalence Diplomas by the State of Ohio and is recognized as the Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalences.

All test takers for the GED® must be an Ohio Resident. The GED Test covers 4 subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning Through Language Arts.

Register to take your GED® Test with us!

  1. Create your online GED® account
  2. Choose how you will prepare for your GED® Test
  3. Select Cincinnati State as your test site
  4. Show up on test date with a valid photo ID (Address and Parking information below).

Prepare for Your GED® Test

GED/High School Equivalency Preparation Centers may be found on the Ohio Department of Education website.

If you took your GED® and need your scores, order online at https://diplomasender.com/

Microsoft Office Specialist Exam

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is for individuals looking to increase their competence, productivity, and credibility with their colleagues and clients in today’s competitive job market by demonstrating proficiency using Microsoft Office software programs.

This test is open to the public and is administered in the Testing Center at the Clifton Campus.

A charge of $34 covers the Proctoring and Payment Processing fees. Fees are non-refundable.  However, examinees are entitled to a one-time courtesy reschedule if they cancel at least 24-hours prior to a scheduled exam.

Microsoft Office Specialist Exam Takers Should Follow These Steps

  1. Create an account and purchase a Microsoft Office Specialist test voucher through Certiport. 
  2. Email testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu to receive a follow up to coordinate a test day/time. After a date is established, you will receive a special link to officially register for proctoring services and to pay your proctor fee. (Address and Parking information below).
  3. Show up on test day with your voucher and a valid photo ID.

Proctoring Services for Distant Learners

The Testing Center is authorized to administer many exams and can serve as a proctor for your college, or university’s distant learning exams.  We are affordable, offer a secure and quiet testing environment, and conveniently located in the Clifton area.

Fees

Proctor fees are charged for each exam and are determined by the maximum length of time your exam is to be completed.

Test Timeframe and Proctor Fee

0-2 hours:   $ 39

3 hours:       $ 44

4 hours:       $ 49

5 Hours:      $ 54

Fees are non-refundable.  However, examinees are entitled to a one-time courtesy reschedule if they cancel at least 24-hours prior to a scheduled exam.

Steps to Establish Service

  1. Contact your school and request that they forward their Proctor Agreement Form and any special instructions to testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu to confirm permission has been granted to have your exam proctored at Cincinnati State. This will notify the Testing Center of your intent to establish Proctoring Services.
  2. Once you have received confirmation from your school, email testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu to receive a follow up to coordinate a test day/time. After a date is established, you will receive a special link to officially register for proctoring services and to pay your proctor fee.
  3. Show up on test day with all the necessities, such as a valid photo ID and paperwork specific to your exam (Address and Parking information below).

Please note registration fees are non-refundable.  However, examinees are entitled to a one-time courtesy reschedule if they cancel at least 24-hours prior to a scheduled exam.

Testing Accommodations

If you are a student who has disabilities and have been approved by your home institution to receive testing accommodations, please forward a copy of your approval letter to testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu at least 5 days prior to your scheduled appointment.  The letter must be on letterhead and include the following information: first and last name, date of birth, approved services/accommodations, contact information for the office of disabilities school official at your home school (email address and phone number), and any special instructions.

Parking

Campus Parking – Cincinnati State

Contact Us

The Cincinnati State, Clifton Testing Center is located in room 176 Main Building
3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Email: testingcenter@cincinnatistate.edu
Phone: 513-569-1569

The Cincinnati State, Middletown Testing Campus is located in room 124
1 North Main Street, Middletown, Ohio 45042
Email: csmtest@cincinnatistate.edu
Phone: 513-217-3722

Please note: Testing is closed on all College holidays. In inclement weather, the Testing Center will close if the College is closed. Please check your local news station or the  website for updates on school closures prior to leaving for your exam. 

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