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Testing Instructions

Instructions and Guidelines

Preparing for Testing

To ensure your testing experience is positive and successful, please follow these steps.

Before Testing

  1. Learn as much as you can about the test you intend to take by visiting our Test Directory and finding the information about that exam.
  2. Prepare for the assessment by utilizing any available study material found in the Test Directory.
  3. Find the Testing Center closest to you. Call ahead for an appointment, if necessary.
  4. Review our Acceptable ID and Testing Requirements and prepare to bring the appropriate identification and paperwork.

Testing Day

  1. Follow the Dishonesty and Behavioral Guidelines while at the Testing Center.
  2. If your exam requires payment, prepay by registering for the test or come in at your convenience/the time of your appointment with your form of payment.
  3. Check the Prohibited Items Policy to find out what personal belongings you should leave at home.
  4. Please whisper or keep a lowered voice while in the Testing Center. We share an atmosphere similar to a library.

After Testing

  1. Pick up any testing aids given to you during the exam and leave the testing room as quietly as possible.
  2. See the front desk staff to retrieve any personal items from your locker.
  3. You will be asked if you would like to fill out a quick survey telling us about your experience. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Testing Requirements and Acceptable IDs

ALL exams require the test candidate or student to present a current/valid state or government-issued photo ID. Examples of identification accepted:

  • Driver’s license
  • Learner’s permit
  • Official state ID
  • U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, or permanent resident card
  • Military ID

If you do not possess any of the forms of identification listed above, you may have to present two or more forms of secondary identification. Examples of secondary identification include:

  • School ID with photo
  • Notarized statement with picture
  • Social Security card

Students Only: Students at any verifiable institution (secondary or post-secondary) can present a student photo ID (such as the CF ID card), when taking exams for a class. A student ID will also be accepted if taking placement exams. Please see the Test Directory page to ensure that your exam can be taken if you present a student ID.

The Student ID Card MUST have a current photo. If your identity cannot be confirmed by our staff via the student ID card, a second form of identification will be required.

Check-In Procedure and Security Policy

All test takers must check in with the front desk staff. Testing staff will ask for a photo ID and ask if you have tested at the site before. If you have not tested at the CF Testing Center, please indicate that during check-in. If you are unable to register in advance for any reason, Testing Center staff will be happy to assist you.

Once you have been registered for the exam, our staff will request that all prohibited items be placed into the lockers available at each Testing Center; a staff member will help ensure that your items have been locked and will help retrieve items when your exam is completed. Lockers are constantly monitored by CCTV cameras. You also have the option of leaving items in your vehicle.

After you have placed your items in a locker, the staff member will confirm that you do not have any prohibited items left on you. They will request that any pockets be turned inside out, if possible, or that you pat down those pockets or run your hands through them to show that there are no items in the pockets. If you are wearing long sleeves, you will be required to temporarily push up your sleeves so the staff can see that there are no prohibited items under the sleeves. If you are wearing a tie, you will be asked to lift your tie up so that staff may see the other side of it. If you are permitted any test aids, staff is required to examine the aid. Any prohibited item that is allowed in the Testing Center, after approval, must be examined.

Once Testing Center staff has determined that there are no unauthorized or prohibited items available to you, they will use a battery-operated, hand-held metal detection device to locate any sources of metal. The wand is moved closely around the outline of the candidate’s body. If any metal sources are located such as a belt or metal shoes, they do not have to be taken off. We understand that these clothing items may set off the wand. Wanding is required for all test takers regardless of circumstance.

If your exam permits any test aids, they will be provided to you. You will be assigned a computer in one of our testing rooms and a staff member will escort you there.

Check Out Procedure

When you have completed your test, please come out and see one of the Testing Center staff members. They will print out any test scores, if applicable, and provide you with a copy. Official copies can be provided upon request.

You will need to present your ID to confirm identity and the staff member will unlock your locker to retrieve personal items. A survey is available for you to provide feedback about your testing experience.

Testing Dishonesty and Behavioral Guidelines

Maintaining exam security and integrity is a priority for the CF Testing Center. There are guidelines that all test candidates must uphold if they would like to test at our test site. CF maintains the right of refusal for any candidate that does not follow these guidelines. Computer screens are monitored at all times and testing sessions are video and audio recorded. Other detection devices may also be used.

We take our role of providing a secure test environment seriously. During the check-in process, we inspect any and all eyeglasses, jewelry and other accessories to look for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content.

You will be required to remove your eyeglasses for close visual inspection. These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and again upon return from breaks before you enter the testing room to ensure you do not violate any security protocol.

Jewelry other than wedding and engagement rings is prohibited. Please do not wear other jewelry to the test center. Hair accessories and ties are subject to inspection. Please refrain from using ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, tie clips, cuff links and other hair accessories as you may be prohibited from wearing them into the testing room and asked to store them in your locker. Violation of security protocol may result in the confiscation of prohibited devices and termination of your exam.

  • Communicating with anyone who is not Testing Center staff during an examination is considered misconduct. If communication is perceived by a proctor, the candidate will be asked to immediately cease any suspicious behavior. If the candidate is caught disclosing any information related to exam content, the candidate and the person(s) they communicated with will have their exam materials confiscated and both parties will be asked to leave the Testing Center.
  • Attempting to review or gain access to secure exam material prior to an examination will result in the candidate being unable to take that exam at our site. An irregularity report will be sent to any applicable owner of exam content.
  • Candidates must not remove or attempt to remove any exam material, including but not limited to scrap paper, test books and test aids, from the Testing Center.
  • Submitting another person’s work as your own is strictly prohibited. Any attempt to take a test for another person will be reported to any applicable test vendor or instructor.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, falsify information, forge signatures, and/or present false identification. This includes falsifying official documents, grade reports, authorization letters, transcripts, test scores, or any other type of document.
  • Firearms, weapons and firearm-related materials such as ammunition may not be brought into the Testing Center. These items may be confiscated if brought into the Testing Center, if advised by campus security or the local authorities.
  • Using or possessing any prohibited items in the Testing Center may result in your scores being invalidated. Please view the full list of prohibited items.
  • Candidates may be dismissed if they create a disturbance or engage in disruptive behavior.
  • Attempting to bribe a member of Testing Center staff to obtain any information on a test candidate or test scores is a violation of federal law (FERPA) and will be reported. You can read more about FERPA here.
  • Do not tamper with a computer or any equipment in the Testing Center.
  • Do not open an unauthorized browser during test administration. All computer screens are monitored in the Testing Center.
  • Refusing to adhere to these guidelines or instructions given by a staff member at the Testing Center may result in immediate dismissal.
  • Circulating, reproducing, or otherwise sharing answers to exams is prohibited.

The College of Central Florida maintains the right to refuse any candidate’s request to test at our Testing Center. If a candidate does not follow these guidelines, they may be asked to leave. If any of these behaviors are observed during a vendor exam (example: a Pearson Vue-sponsored exam), the conduct will be reported to the vendor and an investigation will occur that could result in serious consequences. If these behaviors occur during classroom exams, (for the College of Central Florida or outside institutions) a report will be sent to the instructor and any relevant faculty or staff. CF students who are caught being dishonest in any way during an examination will be required to attend an Academic Integrity seminar and may receive a grade of “FF” in their course at the instructor’s discretion.

Remote Testing and Proctoring

The College of Central Florida offers remote testing and proctoring options for students attending other institutions of secondary and post-secondary education.

Remote Testing:

For PERT and Accuplacer exams, the CF Testing Centers can provide other Testing Centers access to our system so they may administer these exams to CF students or community members interested in CF.

If this situation applies to you, please contact us at testing@cf.edu or 352-291-4419, ext. 1564

We can also provide remote testing options for students that attend or plan to attend other institutions. If the outside institution is set up to do remote testing, they can provide us access to their system and we can deliver their tests at our Testing Center.

Outside Proctoring:

If you are a current CF student and you would like to take your proctored exams off campus, you have multiple options.

  • You may be able to use Proctor U to proctor your exam online. Contact your instructor to verify that this is an option for you.
  • If there is a Testing Center closer to you, contact your instructor to verify that you can take your exam at that Testing Center. We can send any required documentation at the request of your instructor.

If you are a student at another institution of higher learning and you would like to take your proctored exam at our Testing Center:

  • Contact your instructor or distance learning/testing center to begin the process. They will need to approve our test site as an eligible testing center to proctor your exam.
  • Once your institution has approved CF as an eligible proctoring location, your instructor will need to send exam information directly by filling out an Outside Proctoring Form and submitting it to testing@cf.edu.
  • Some instructors will require us to fill out forms, as well. Please send any of these forms to Testing@cf.edu and one of our Assessment Specialists will fill it out and send any necessary documentation. (These documents will not be sent to the student under any circumstances. When sending any requests, please include an email address for the institution or individual employed at the institution.)

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Food/snacks
  • Gum and wrapped candy
  • Beverages
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Notes
  • Earplugs
  • Calculators (unless approved)
  • Cell phones
  • Recording devices
  • Cameras
  • Headphones
  • Watches
  • Backpacks and purses
  • Bracelets and chains
  • Hair ties and rubber bands
  • Outerwear that is permitted to be worn in the test room must continue to be worn at all times. Removed clothing must be stored in the locker provided during check-in.
  • Any other electronic devices or reference materials
  • Any hat with a bill or brim unless it is worn for a religious or medical reason that has been
    pre-approved by the College of Central Florida.
  • Any article of clothing, jewelry or accessory containing any information (whether as a design or otherwise) that may be reasonably related to the assessment.

If you require an accommodation as an exception to any of the above items, you must submit a written request to the Institutional Testing Administrator providing the appropriate documentation explaining the need for this accommodation.

You will not have access to any purses, cell phones, or backpacks during the exam. These items must be stored in a designated secure area provided by the Testing Center.

All electronic devices must be turned off while in the secure area. If your cell phone rings or makes any noise while in the secure area, your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded.

If, at the rest break, you must access a personal item, such as an item needed to take a restroom break, this is allowed. However, if you access any other prohibited item from the secure area, your test will be invalidated and your testing fees will not be refunded. If you access, check or turn on your cell phone at any time during your testing session (including during your break), your test will be invalidated and testing fees will not be refunded.

If you are found to have violated the prohibited items policy in any way, your scores will be invalidated, no refunds will be issued, and you will not be allowed to transfer to a different testing center (if you are taking an exam for an applicable vendor or instructor).

Neither the College of Central Florida, its affiliated companies, agents, or contractors assume responsibility for the theft, loss, or damage to any prohibited electronic device nor other personal property brought into the Testing Center or left in your car.

Civic Literacy Requirement Statutes and Rules

For the Florida College System

According to Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes and State Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (effective June 19, 2018), prior to the award of an associate in arts of baccalaureate degree, first-time-in-college students entering a Florida College System institution must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through one of the following options prior to graduation:

Options for FCS Students to Meet the Civic Literacy Requirement

  1. Successfully passing either POSX041 American Government or AMHX020 Introductory Survey Since 1877. Each of the courses must include the following competencies:
    • Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government,
    • An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application,
    • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of >self-government, and
    • An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.
      OR
  2. Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:
    Assessment Standard Score
    AP Government and Politics: United States 3
    AP United States History 4
    CLEP: American National Government 50

For the State University System:

The College of Central Florida is a part of the Florida College System. However, if you plan to transfer your Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree to a State University, you will want to make sure you are meeting SUS Civic Literacy Requirements:

  1. Successfully passing either POSX041 American Government or AMHX020 Introductory Survey Since 1877. Each of the courses must include the following competencies:
    • Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government,
    • An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application,
    • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government, and
    • An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.
      OR
  2. Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:
    Assessment Standard Score
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test-Civics (U.S. history and government) with supplemental questions 60
    AP Government and Politics: United States 3
    AP United States History 4
    CLEP: American National Government 50

NOTE: Dual enrollment courses taken prior to Fall 2018 do not satisfy the civic literacy requirement as those courses did not include the competencies required by statute until Fall 2018.

FTIC

First-Time-in-College freshmen are defined as students who have earned a standard high school diploma from a Florida public or regionally accredited high school, or its equivalent, and who have earned fewer than 12 semester hours of transferable college credit since receiving a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.

  • High school students who earn dual enrollment credits (regardless of the number of credit hours earned) prior to high school graduation who then graduate from high school and are admitted to a State University System institution in Fall 2018 or later are considered FTIC and are subject to the civics literacy requirement.
  • High school students who have been admitted to a State University System institution as a degree-seeking student in Fall 2018 or later and who earn dual enrollment credits prior to graduating from high school are considered Early Admit FTIC and are subject to the civics literacy requirement.
  • High school graduates who earn less than 12 credit hours of college coursework after graduating from high school are considered FTIC at SUS institutions and are subject to the civics literacy requirement.

Do I Need to Take the Test?

First-Time-in-College Students

Without an A.A. degree: Yes
With an A.A. degree: No

CF Students Transferring to State University

Initial enrollment at Florida College System or State University System prior to Fall 2018: No
From out of state: Yes
Began at SUS or FCS Fall 2018 or after: Yes if Requirement Unmet No if Requirement Met

Current or Prior Dual Enrollment Student

Successfully completed AMH2020 or POS 2041 by dual enrollment prior to Fall 2018: Yes

Civic Literacy Resources

Advanced Placement Resources

AP courses are available to high school students only. If you are not currently enrolled in high school, these options will not be suitable.

You must score a 3 or higher on the AP Government and Politics: United States Exam OR score a 4 or higher on the AP United States History Exam to fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement.

CLEP Resources

The CLEP: American Government exam is a great option for high school and prospective/currently enrolled college students who would like to fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement without taking an extra course.

CLEP Exams are offered at all three CF Testing Centers. Cost: $87 to CLEP (CollegeBoard) and $25 to Testing Center — $112 Total

CLEP Official Study Guide: The Ocala Campus Testing Center has several copies of the CLEP Official Study Guide that can be checked out by students to prepare for the exam. This study guide provides practice questions for all 33 CLEP exams (including American Government). Or alternatively, you can purchase a study guide on the CLEP Website.

Modern States: Modern States is a charitable organization that will pay for you to take the CLEP exam. They offer free, CLEP-approved online courses that will help you prepare for the exam. Once you have completed the course, you can request a CLEP voucher and use your voucher code as payment when you register for the exam. Find out more information by visiting the Modern States Website.

CLEP Testing for military personnel, veterans, and families: You may be eligible to have your CLEP registration fees covered by DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support). For more information, visit the CLEP Website for Military Benefits.

Ready to take the test? Register and pay for your test on the CLEP Registration Page. Print out your registration ticket and take it to your local CF Testing Center on test day. Make sure you bring your Photo ID!

You must score a 50 or higher on the CLEP American Government exam to fulfill the Civic Literacy requirement.

College of Central Florida Civic Literacy Courses

  • AMH2020 United States History Since 1877 (3 credits)
  • POS2041 American National Government (3 credits)

State University System Requirements

If you plan to transfer to or plan to enroll in a State University System institution prior to graduation from a Florida College System institution, you can choose to utilize one of the options above or complete the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test. You can take this test at the State University where you wish to transfer.

Information for CF Instructors

If you would like to facilitate an exam for the Testing Center you will need to adhere to the following steps:

  1. Fill out the Instructor Sign-In Sheet available on Inside.CF.edu. The testing staff will utilize this form as a contract between the testing center and the instructor. The form can be used for Testing with or without accommodations on all three campuses (Ocala, Levy and Citrus). If you are doing more than one test for a course with the same proctoring instructions, please include that at the bottom of the form. You can utilize the same form for every test, as long as the proctoring instructions remain the same. If the proctoring instructions differ from one exam to the next, please fill out a form for each exam.
  2. Email the form to Testing@cf.edu or print the completed form and drop it off at your local Testing Center.
  3. Wait for a confirmation email from the Testing staff. We will create a section for your exam in the Testing Center catalog so your students can register to take the test. We will keep the instructor form in a secure location and administer the test according to the proctoring instructions you provided.