Graduation Exit Exams

ETS® Proficiency Profile (ETSP)

  • ALL students graduating with an associate's degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.S.T., A.F.A.) must take the 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.
  • All of the subject knowledge required to answer each question is contained in the question itself or the supporting materials that accompany the question.
  • Although the ETSP is not a pass/fail exam and does not affect GPA, it is important that you do your best on the exam, as your performance reflects upon you, Vol State, and your program of study.
  • Although individual student scores are confidential, for the past two years, Vol State students were ranked #1 overall among all public colleges and universities in Tennessee, based in part upon performance on exit exams.
  • For more information on the ETSP, visit ETS® Proficiency Profile.

Program-Specific Exit Exams

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

Business A.A.S. Applicants

  • Business A.A.S. graduates must also take the Business Exit Exam.
  • This exam does not apply to Accounting A.S. TTP, Business Administration A.S. TTP, CIT A.A.S., Finance A.S. TTP, Information Systems A.S. TTP, Management A.S. TTP, or Marketing 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.
  • You will not be cleared to take the Business Exit Exam until after you have completed the Business Review.

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

  • Computer Information Technology (CIT) A.A.S. graduates must also take the CIT Exit Exam. 
  • This exam is not required of Information Systems A.S. TTP students.
  • No review is required for this exam.
  • The CIT Exit Exam is NOT the Computer Competency Exam (CCE), which students take in order to meet the computer literacy requirement for graduation.

Criminal Justice A.A.S. Applicants

  • Criminal Justice A.A.S. graduates must also take the Criminal Justice Exit Exam.
  • This exam is not required of A.A., A.S. or Technical Certificate Criminal Justice students.
  • No review is required for this exam.

Entertainment Media Production A.A.S. Applicants

  • Entertainment Media Production A.A.S. graduates must also take the Entertainment Media Production Exit Exam.
  • No review is required for this exam.

Paralegal Studies A.A.S. and Certificate Applicants

  • All Paralegal Studies graduates (including certificate and degree programs) must take the Paralegal Exit Exam.
  • Students must contact the Social Science and Education Division obtain a DVD for the Paralegal Studies Video Review, which must be completed and returned to the Social Science and Education Division before scheduling the exit exam.

Scheduling a Testing Appointment

  • All exit exams must be scheduled during the semester the student is scheduled to graduate.
  • All testing is by appointment only. To schedule a testing appointment at any Vol State campus, click the link to your campus below:

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 Exit Counseling
  • 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.