Testing Center

Testing Center

The Cochise College Testing Center offers a variety of testing services to students, faculty and community members. The main testing center is located on the second floor of the Sierra Vista Campus Student Union, Building 1000. The Douglas Campus Testing Center is located on the east end of the BUS/CIS Building, Building 200. Testing is also provided at Cochise College centers on certain days and times each month.

Douglas Campus | BUS/CIS Building /200 Building/Room 201C
(520) 439-6825 | testingdc@cochise.edu

Sierra Vista Campus | Student Union/1000 Building/Room 1057 
(520) 515-5447 | testing@cochise.edu

Benson Center | (520) 586-1981

Santa Cruz Center | (520) 287-5583

Willcox Center | (520) 384-4502

Schedule a Test

Testing is offered by appointment and all test takers must present a current photo ID – no exceptions. Cell phones, watches, and other electronic devices are not permitted in the testing rooms. Lockers for storing personal items are available at the Douglas and Sierra Vista campuses. Individuals taking tests at other locations should plan to leave personal items/electronics at home or in a vehicle.

Placement Testing

Applicants to Cochise College must complete the ACCUPLACER placement assessment or submit current ACCUPLACER, Compass, ASSET, ACT, or SAT scores before registering for classes with academic skills prerequisites. Transferred scores must come directly from the institution previously attended or the testing agency. Scores will not be accepted from the student.

Students should complete placement assessments in the areas of  Sentence Skills, Reading and Mathematics prior to meeting with an advisor and registering if:

  • Planning to register for a course with an English or mathematics prerequisite, or
  • Seeking a degree and have completed seven or more credits at Cochise

The results of your placement test will be used to determine appropriate course placement.  Placement scores are evaluated using the Placement Cut Score List (PDF) and counselor/advisor recommendations.

Placement testing may be waived if you provide a transcript or diploma showing completion of an accredited associate or higher degree, or if you are a transfer student whose official transcripts show completed coursework in a corresponding subject with a grade of C or better. Contact an advisor if you don’t know whether your placement testing has been waived.

Placement testing is by appointment. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space and time allow. To schedule your placement test on the Sierra Vista or Douglas campus, use the “Schedule a Test” buttons above. Use the contact numbers below to schedule at the Benson, Santa Cruz or Willcox centers.

  • Benson: (520) 586-1981
  • Santa Cruz: (520) 287-5583
  • Willcox: (520) 384-4502

Distance learners (outside Cochise or Santa Cruz counties) may request off-site testing. It is your responsibility to locate and arrange a testing time with a proctor in your area. Submit an online request for off-site placement testing or download a printable off-site placement test request (PDF) to complete and submit. Questions about offsite placement testing may be directed to testing@cochise.edu or (520) 515-5447.

  • Take the placement test seriously. Results are used to place you in an appropriate college course and your success in college depends upon placement in courses best suited to your academic skill level.
  • Take your time. The placement tests are not timed and are set up to assess how much you know, not how quickly you can finish.
  • Plan enough time to take the tests. Allow at least two hours if you are completing the entire battery (Sentence Skills, Reading and Math). Do not schedule testing at a time when you will have children with you or have to leave early for another appointment.
  • Do not bring a calculator or any other testing aids to your appointment.  The ACCUPLACER is a computer based test and a built in calculator will be accessible when it is allowed.
  • Do bring a photo ID and your Cochise student number (C#) to your appointment.
  • When you take the Reading and Sentence Skills, work carefully on both sections as they are used in combination for your English placement. If there is an inconsistency between the two scores, you may be asked to write an essay.
  • After your tests, meet with a counselor or advisor to discuss your questions or concerns about your results.

Preparing for the ACCUPLACER

For sample questions and official test preparation, visit the ACCUPLACER student webpage.  For math placement, review the information provided for the Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College Level Math tests.  For English placement, review the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills exams.

Retaking the ACCUPLACER

Cochise College students may take the ACCUPLACER test at the Testing Centers for no charge once per academic year. Students who retest during the same academic year will be required to pay a testing fee.

Challenging ACCUPLACER Results

If you believe the assessment process has not measured your academic skills accurately, you may repeat the same or alternative college-approved assessment test(s), or submit a written appeal to the Vice President for Instruction/Provost or designee following established guidelines. The decision of the Vice President for Instruction/Provost is final.


Arizona accepts the 2014 GED® exam for individuals seeking to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma. Learn more below or sign up today at the GED website.  Once you create a MyGED™ account it will become your online portal to sign up, study, schedule, check scores, and more.

The GED® test has been designed to measure what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you.  There are four parts to the exam:

  • Science – Life science, physical science, earth and space science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies – Civics and government, U.S. history, economics, geography and the world  (70 minutes)
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts – Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written text  (150 minutes including a 10-minute break)
  • Math – Quantitative & algebraic problem solving(115 minutes)
  • Civics-Based on the United States Immigration & Naturalization civics exam questions (No time limit)

The exam is computer-based and available in both English and Spanish. The civics exam is only available in English.

Registration for the GED is simple. Simply sign up for MyGED™ at GED.com and you will get information about local policies, how to request modified testing conditions (accommodations), and you’ll be able to schedule right away.

Scheduling is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week with MyGED™ at GED.com. Log in and click on “Schedule Test” on the top. Once you complete the scheduling questions you’ll be directed to choose your language, subject, and the day and time that works best for you to test. You can also schedule one test at a time to make sure you feel prepared every time.

Cochise College offers GED preparation classes throughout the year. Visit the Adult Education page for more information or sign up for MyGED™ at the GED.com and click on “Study” to find tools, free practice test questions, and GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test.  There is also a new resource called GED Live. To learn more, please visit GED Testing Service website.

The Arizona Department of Education offers GED preparation tips, sample questions, and transcript information.

For more information please visit the Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Services.

GED Testing Service website has published videos introducing the  2014 GED® program. These and other helpful videos can also be found on the GED You Tube channel.

On the 2014 GED® test you need to earn at least 145 points on each subject to pass.  For more information about your scores and what they mean review the GED Score Change FAQs for Students website.

If you passed the GED during 2013 or earlier you may view GED scores and print or save an official GED transcript (website) online. You will need the access code provided when you scheduled your GED to access your transcript.  If you no longer have your access code, you may request it from the state using the Arizona High School Equivalency Access Code & Test History Request (PDF) or you may request your official GED records using the Arizona High School Equivalency Records Request (PDF).


As of January 1, 2017 any one who takes the GED in the state of Arizona must successfully complete the AZ Civics Test in order to be awarded your High School Equivalency diploma and transcript.

To study for the test, you may review the Civics Test and Administration Manual. It will also help to go over this list of 100 US Civics Questions provided by the US Department of Homeland Security.

• There are 100 questions on the test

• You must get 60 questions correct to pass

• The test is only available in English

• The AZ Civics test costs $9.00 per attempt

Credit by Exam

College Level Examination Program® (CLEP) website and DSST (website) exams offer students an opportunity to earn credit by exam.

CLEP and DSST exams are offered by on an ongoing basis at the Sierra Vista Testing Center. CLEP exams are offered in Douglas and Nogales periodically. All testing is by appointment only.

CLEP candidates must register for CLEP online at the CLEP website before contacting the testing center to schedule an appointment.  After registering and paying for a CLEP exam, candidates are provided a payment receipt and a Ticket ID and then may use the “Schedule an Appointment” button above to schedule a testing date and time.

In addition to the CLEP fee paid during registration, candidates will be required to pay a Cochise College test administration fee. At the scheduled testing time all CLEP candidates must present a valid CLEP exam registration ticket and authorized identification. Candidates should review all additional exam day information (website) before arriving to test.

DSST candidates may use the “Schedule an Appointment” button above to schedule a testing date and time. Examinees are required to present two forms of ID and pay a Cochise College test administration fee in addition to the DSST fee. For current fees and/or to schedule an appointment, contact the Sierra Vista Testing Center.

Cochise College grants credit for CLEP and credit for DSST exams based on institutional policy.  Be sure to check the Cochise College catalog CLEP and DSST section to review current policy before registering for a CLEP or DSST. Meet with an advisor for assistance determining which CLEP or DSST exam correlates with the credit you are trying to earn.

Non-Cochise students must contact their college or university directly to find out which test(s) are accepted for credit. All CLEP and DSST candidates are strongly urged to meet with a counselor or advisor before testing to make sure the selected test meets any degree requirements.

Please visit AZtransfer website for the more information about  credit by exam and credit transfer options in the state of Arizona.

Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE exams are administered at the Sierra Vista Testing Center on most Tuesdays and many Thursdays throughout the year. Registration and scheduling for Pearson VUE exams must be completed though the Pearson VUE website. Schedule your Pearson VUE exam well in advance, as space is limited and seats tend to fill up quickly.

Pearson VUE exams typically have extensive admission and administration requirements. Read all correspondence carefully and contact Pearson VUE or your exam sponsor if you have any questions before registering and scheduling your exam on PearsonVUE.

Other Tests

The Cochise College testing centers in Douglas and Sierra Vista proctor make-up exams for students in Cochise College courses. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment and to notify the instructor of the appointment date, time and location. Use the “Schedule an Appointment” button above to schedule a testing date and time on the Sierra Vista or Douglas campuses.

Cochise College Testing centers have partnered with several test delivery companies to offer numerous certification exams on our Sierra Vista and Douglas campuses.  Certiport, Kryterion, ServSafe, National Registry of Food Safety Managers, ETA International, Kryterion Inc., and National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) exams are all available by appointment.  Please contact the Cochise College Testing Center for more information.

The Cochise College testing staff offers proctoring services for students of non-Cochise institutions when time and resources allow. Appointments are required and there is a fee for this service.  Use the “Schedule an Appointment” button above to schedule a testing date and time on the Sierra Vista or Douglas campuses.

Proctoring of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE®) exams is offered throughout the year during ASE administration months. ASE examinees must first register online with ASE and then use the “Schedule an Appointment” button above to schedule a testing date and time(s). You will need your ASE eligibility number and test code/name when scheduling.

Typing tests, HESI, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Assessment, Strong Interest Inventory Assessment®, and various other exams are offered throughout the year. Please call for details or use the “Schedule an Appointment” button above to schedule a testing date and time

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Cochise College Testing Mission Statement

Cochise College Testing Centers support the institutional mission of Cochise College by providing accessible testing services to students, employees and the members of our communities. Through strict adherence to the National College Testing Association (NCTA) Professional Standards and Guidelines we demonstrate uncompromising integrity, a commitment to security, and consistent professional excellence.  Cochise College Testing Centers:

  • – Support all Cochise College Campuses and centers in providing assessment services to incoming and continuing students
  • – Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, administrators, test sponsors, and community organizations to keep abreast of and adapt to the changing needs of our communities
  • – Provide pathways toward the achievement of educational, professional, and personal goals by offering a variety of higher education, certification, and career advancement exams
  • – Honor our duty to responsibly serve students, exam sponsors, and our employer by safeguarding the confidentiality of personal information, assessment records, and exam content