Exams/Tests Offered

Please note that some tests may not be available at all campuses. 


  • The ACCUPLACER test is administered to degree-seeking students who are at least 21 years of age and have never attended college or are transfer students who do not have college credit which exempts them from placement testing.
  • The test may also be administered to non-degree-seeking students who are seeking to enroll in courses that have reading, writing and/or math pre-requisites.
  • The ACCUPLACER test consists of three sections: Reading, Writing, and Math.
  • The ACCUPLACER test is administered online and is untimed.   
  • Students receive their test scores immediately following testing, and are then referred to an academic advisor for interpretation of the results.
  • Free online practice

American College Testing (ACT)

  • The ACT is required for all degree-seeking students under 21 years of age as of the first day of the semester of enrollment.
  • The ACT is administered at Vol State’s Gallatin campus six (6) times per year (February, April, June, September, October, and December).
  • Students may obtain ACT test information and register online at www.actstudent.org.

CCE (Computer Competency Exam)

  • Demonstration of computer literacy is a graduation requirement for all degree-seeking students.
  • Students whose program of study does not require completion of INFS 1010 (Computer Applications) may take the CCE in order to demonstrate computer literacy, instead of taking INFS 1010.  
  • There is no charge to take the CCE.
  • The exam is 60 minutes in length, and students will receive their scores immediately after completion. 
  • A passing score on the CCE does not award college credit for INFS 1010.
  • Additional information is available on the Computer Competency Requirement website.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

  • CLEP testing is used to obtain credit by exam for certain college-level courses.
  • Students should confirm the CLEP credit policies at the receiving institution before taking a CLEP exam. Information about which CLEP exams Vol State accepts for college credit can be found in the Vol State catalog in the “Transfer and External Credit“ section.
  • A student must first register at https://clep.collegeboard.org/, and then purchase the desired CLEP exam(s).
  • The CLEP exam fee is currently $87 per exam, and the exam fee must be paid online by credit or debit card when purchasing a CLEP exam. An additional $25 institution fee will be paid directly to the Vol State Testing Center on or before the test date.
  • After purchasing a CLEP exam, a student must print the CLEP Registration Ticket, which must be presented at the Testing Center on test day.
  • To schedule a CLEP testing appointment, go to www.volstate.edu/testing and follow the directions to schedule an appointment at the Gallatin or Cookeville (CHEC) testing center.

Correspondence or Remote Exams

  • The Testing Center proctors exams for students taking courses through other colleges or universities.
  • Students must call the Testing Center at (615) 230-3482 or email testing@volstate.edu to make special testing arrangements.
  • There is a charge of $25 per test administered.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Placement Testing

  • The Michigan English Placement Test is given to students who indicate that English is not their native language.
  • ESOL students must speak with an ESOL advisor before testing.
  • If the results of the Michigan test indicate proficiency, an advisor may advise the student may be advised to take the ACCUPLACER placement test and be placed accordingly.

Foreign Language Placement Testing

  • The Foreign Language Placement Test determines a student’s level of proficiency in Spanish or French, and may be used to place a student into intermediate-level Spanish or French courses.
  • The test may also be administered to students who are currently enrolled in French or Spanish classes to confirm accurate placement.
  • The test is multiple-choice and is administered online.


Graduate Exit Exams

ALL students graduating with a 2-year associate degree must complete one or more exit exams during their final semester.

  • Exit exams are not pass/fail exams, and are designed to assess what knowledge has been retained from the beginning and through the end of a student's program of study.  Students are encouraged to do their best because the College will use this information to assess program effectiveness, strengths, and areas for improvement.  In addition, their performance will affect funding for resources and services for future Vol State students.
  • Business AAS graduates must ALSO take the Business Exit Exam in addition to the ETSP, but must complete the Business Review before scheduling the exam.
  • Computer Information Technology (CIT) AAS graduates must also take the CIT Exit Exam in addition to the ETSP.
  • Criminal Justice AAS graduates must ALSO take the Criminal Justice Exit Exam in addition to the ETSP.
  • Entertainment Media Production AAS graduates must ALSO take the Entertainment Media Production Exit Exam in addition to the ETSP.
  • Paralegal Studies AAS graduates must ALSO take the Paralegal Exit Exam in addition to the ETSP, but must complete the Paralegal Studies Review before scheduling the exam.

HiSET (High School Equivalency Test)

  • The HiSET exam is only offered at the Testing Center on the Gallatin campus. 
  • For information about preparing for the HiSET and the Official Practice Test, please contact the Sumner County American Job Center, located at 1598 Greenlea Blvd., in Gallatin. Their telephone number is (615) 452-1964.
  • The Vol State Testing Center does not have access to GED or HiSET transcripts.
  • The State of Tennessee has contracted with DiplomaSender to receive and process all GED or HiSET transcript requests online at www.diplomasender.com


Proctored Exams for Vol State Faculty

The Testing Centers at all four campuses are happy to assist faculty members by proctoring exams for their online students or students who missed tests in on-ground classes.

  • A “Proctored Exam Instructions” form will be provided for faculty to submit detailed exam instructions to the Testing Center, including time limit and any approved resources that students may utilize during testing.
  • Students approved to take faculty exams in the Testing Center must schedule testing appointments online at least 24 hours in advance using the campus links on the Testing Center website.


TN eCampus Proctored Exams

Many TN eCampus courses require that mid-term and final exams be proctored in a college or university Testing Center. Students should check each course syllabus carefully the first day of the semester to determine if their midterm and/or final exams must be proctored. As with all other testing in the Testing Center, TN eCampus testing is by appointment only via the campus links on the Testing Center website.