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New Testing Center in Full Swing

September 2010

Sauk Valley Community College’s new testing center is in full swing this fall. The new Center, located in Room 1F2 across from the Fitness Center and Weight Room, opened in June, offering limited services, while gearing up for this fall.

Now providing nearly all testing services for Sauk students, testing center staff proctor and administer a wide variety of different exams including class make-up exams, several different types of placement exams, GED testing, exams from other colleges, universities, and certification exams from different professional sources. The one exception is math. All math exams, quizzes, and make-up exams will be administered in the College’s Learning Assistance Center.

“This new testing center is really a great asset to the College, said Virginia Johnson, director of academic development. Johnson added that more than 600 tests were administered over the summer term with great success. “Students and faculty were very appreciative of the service the center provided,” he said.

“We needed a testing center,” said Charles West, professor of business, whose students used the testing center over the summer. “It provides students with convenient access to an essential service in an environment that’s welcoming and professional.” West added that because of the commitment of Johnson, part-time proctors Tony Fiorini, Sasha Wolfe, and Dean of Information Systems Alan Pfeifer, the center was able to open this summer and introduce a new concept to Sauk students.

The new center offers features 16 computer stations. It offers students the advantage of taking exams for online courses at times that will best accommodate their schedules (keeping, of course, within course deadlines). The same is true for new students that take COMPASS placement tests. Many schools schedule COMPASS testing at specific times that may or may not be workable for the student. Sauk’s testing center s students taking compass exams test as their schedule accommodates providing there is room. Another advantage is the center features carpeting and acoustic ceilings to ensure a quiet environment while students test.

The testing center is open to students 30 hours per week. Fall hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The center is closed Fridays and weekends.

Students can make appointments to test in advance or walk-in to the Center and test on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be three stations for walk in testing; however, students walking in may have to wait until a station is available. For those that don’t schedule appointments in advance, testing is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are currently no fees for Sauk students; however there will be charges in the spring for off-campus students that take exams for credits awarded by another college, university, or professional certification. Charges will range from $5 to $25 depending on the test. Industry proficiency exams are also offered that include WORKKEYS, CLEP, and DANTES (DSST).

Students may schedule an appointment to test by calling 815/835-6530, stopping in the testing center personally or filling out a form online, which is on the web in FAST located in Academic Documents and can be completed prior to arriving at the center. Johnson stressed that students must have a valid photo ID in order to be admitted to take a test. Testing center rules are posted in the center and on SVCC’s website at

For more information about Sauk’s new testing center, call 815/835-6530.