Cochise College Testing Centers Earn National Recognition


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Testing staff with recognition award

For students considering college, one of the first steps to become a college student is to take a placement test. The testing centers at Cochise College offer students and instructors a secure, quiet and trustworthy environment for academic exams, placement tests and other certification tests. Recently, the testing centers at the Sierra Vista Campus and Douglas Campus earned national recognition from the National College Testing Association (NCTA).

“Obtaining NCTA certification was a team effort with a shared goal of excellence.  Both centers were required to submit extensive documentation and reports covering everything from our mission statement and annual report to our physical layout and security protocols. Then the evaluators rigorously reviewed our contracts, staff training procedures, and commitment to testing with integrity and confidentiality,” explained Tammy Brewer, Director of Testing Services.

After seven months, site visitors completed the final inspection at each center. Criteria for certification are rigorous and based on the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. “Access to a nationally certified test center is important for students because they can utilize our centers fully confident that they will receive consistent, quality service in an optimal testing environment. Certification demonstrates to students, educators, distance learners, and community members that we operate under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing,” continued Brewer.

In addition to the traditional academic and placement testing, Cochise College NCTA certified Testing Centers offer a range of professional and career development exam services, including ASE automotive exams, NES educator exams, ServSafe and NRFSM Food Safety exams, Microsoft, Comp TIA and Linux exams, information technology exams, and many more.

Congratulations are extended to Tammy Brewer and the entire Cochise College staff for maintaining high test administration standards and for providing excellent service to a wide variety of students and community members in the performance of their duties,” stated NCTA officials.

“We are thrilled to have achieved this certification and proud to reflect the culture of excellence that is such an integral part of the Cochise College Community,” said Brewer. To learn more about scheduling a test or what services are provided visit www.cochise.edu/testing or call (520) 515-5447.