Exit Exams

ETS® Proficiency Profile (ETSP)

ALL students graduating with an associate's degree (AA, AS, AAS, AST, AFA) must take the ETS Proficiency Profile (ETSP). The ETSP is a test of college-level skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics and is designed to measure the academic skills developed through general education courses, rather than the subject knowledge specifically taught in those courses. All of the subject knowledge required to answer each question is contained in the question itself or the supporting materials that accompany the question. It is not a pass/fail exam and does not affect a student’s GPA; however, it is important that you do your best on your exit exam(s), as your performance reflects upon you, Vol State, and your program of study. For more information on the ETSP, visit ETS® Proficiency Profile.

In addition to the ETSP, students graduating with one of the following degrees must ALSO complete an ADDITIONAL, program-specific exit exam:

  • Business AAS graduates must also take the Business Exit Exam, but must complete the Business Review from the Business and Technology Division before scheduling the exam.
  • Computer Information Technology (CIT) AAS graduates must also take the CIT Exit Exam.
  • Criminal Justice AAS graduates must also take the Criminal Justice Exit Exam.
  • Entertainment Media Production AAS graduates must also take the Entertainment Media Production Exit Exam.
  • Paralegal Studies graduates must also take the Paralegal Exit Exam, but must complete the Paralegal Studies Review from the Social Science Division before scheduling the exam.

Scheduling a Testing Appointment

  • All exit exams must be scheduled during a student’s last semester – the same semester the student is scheduled to graduate.
  • Go to volstate.edu/testing for information on scheduling testing appointments at Vol State’s campuses in Gallatin, Cookeville, and Livingston. Exit exams are not currently offered at the Highland Crest location in Springfield.

Note: The exit exam is not currently offered at the Highland Crest location.

It is important that you do your best on your exit exam(s), as your performance reflects upon you, Volunteer State, and your program major.

Graduates' Student Loan Exit Counseling

All graduates who received a student loan at Vol State must complete the exit counseling online before receiving a diploma or transcript. The instructions for using the on-line exit counseling are listed below:

  • Visit https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
  • Click the Blue Log In box
  • Login with your FSA ID Username or E-Mail Address and Click the Log In Button
  • Click on Complete Loan Counseling
  • Click the Start button for Exit Counseling (fourth box)
  • Select School
  • Read the following information and answer all questions in each section
  • After all sections are complete and submitted correctly, you will receive a confirmation page which you will keep for your records.

When you have finished, the results will be sent to the Financial Aid Office within 24 hours to let us know you have completed exit counseling. If you have any questions, please call (615) 230-3456.

A.A.S. Business Applicants

All Business applicants must take the Business Exit Exam. This exam does not apply to CIT A.A.S., Accounting A.S. TTP, Business Administration A.S. TTP, or Information Systems A.S. TTP students.

Before taking the Business Exit Exam you must complete the Business review through the Business & Technology Division. Please contact their office at (615) 230 - 3301 or stop by the Mattox Building room 101-B for more information on the review.

After you have completed the Business review, you will need to schedule the Business Exit Exam through the Testing Center by phone at (615) 230 - 3484, by email at testing@volstate.edu, or in person in the Warf Building, room 126. You will be cleared to take the exam only after you complete the Business review.

A.A.S. Computer Information Technology (CIT) Applicants

All Computer Information Technology (CIT) applicants must take the CIT Exit Exam.

You will need to schedule the CIT Exit Exam through the Testing Center by phone at (615) 230 - 3484, by email at testing@volstate.edu, or in person in the Warf Building, room 126. You will be cleared to take the exam only after you complete the CIT review.

A.A.S. Criminal Justice Applicants

All Criminal Justice AAS applicants must take the Criminal Justice Exit Exam. This exam does not apply to the A.A., A.S. or Technical Certificate Criminal Justice students.

You will need to schedule the Criminal Justice Exit Exam through the Testing Center by phone at (615) 230 - 3484, by email at testing@volstate.edu, or in person in the Warf Building, room 126.

A.A.S. Entertainment Media Production Applicants

All Entertainment Media Production (EMP) AAS applicants must take the Entertainment Media Production Exit Exam.

You will need to schedule the Entertainment Media Production Exit Exam through the Testing Center by phone at (615) 230 - 3484, by email at testing@volstate.edu, or in person in the Warf Building, room 126.

Paralegal Applicants

All Paralegal applicants, including certificate and degree, must take the Paralegal Exit Exam given at the College.

A video is available for check out from the Social Science & Education Division office located in Caudill Hall, Room 222. Once you have watched and reviewed the video, return the DVD to the Social Science & Education Division Secretary and then you will be cleared from the division to take the exam.

You will need to schedule this exam through the Testing Center by phone at (615) 230 - 3484, by email at testing@volstate.edu, or in person in the Warf Building, room 126. You will be cleared to take the test only after you return the Paralegal Exit Exam Review DVD.

You may call the Social Science & Education Division with any questions. We look forward to helping you move toward graduation.