Exams/Tests Offered

Please note that some tests may only be available on the Gallatin campus. 

  • 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: Sentence Skills, Reading, and Math.
  • The ACCUPLACER test is administered online and is untimed.   
  • Students receive their test scores immediately following testing, and they are 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 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
Career Assessments
  • The Testing Center administers several different career assessments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII).  
  • Interested students must first contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 to speak with an advisor/counselor to determine which assessments are recommended and receive approval to test.
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.
  • The Highland Crest/Springfield campus does NOT proctor the CCE exam. Students must go to the Gallatin campus.
  • More information is available on the Computer Competency Requirement website.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
  • CLEP testing is used to obtain college credit for college-level courses. Students should confirm the CLEP credit policies at the receiving institution before taking a CLEP test. Information about which CLEP exams Vol State accepts for college credit can be found in the Vol State catalog in the 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 $85 per exam, but will increase to $87 on July 1, 2018. 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 Exams
  • The Testing Center also proctors exams for students taking courses through other colleges or universities.
  • Students must call the Testing Center at (615) 230 - 3484 or email testing@volstate.edu to make testing arrangements.
  • There is a charge of $25 per test administered.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

  • ESOL students must speak with an ESOL advisor before testing.
  • The Michigan English Placement Test is given to students who indicate that English is not their native language. If the results of the Michigan test indicate proficiency, they will then take the COMPASS placement test and be placed accordingly.
Foreign Language Placement Testing
  • The Foreign Language Placement Test determines at which level of a foreign language a student should begin.
  • The test may also be administered to students who are currently enrolled in French or Spanish classes to confirm placement.
  • The test is multiple-choice and is administered online.
  • Students may schedule the exam by calling the Testing Center at (615) 230-3484.

Graduate Exit Exams

ALL students graduating with an Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, or Associate of Applied Science 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.

  • ALL students graduating with any Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, or Associate of Applied Science degree must take the ETS Proficiency Profile (ETSP).  
  • 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 Vol State's Testing Center on the Gallatin campus. 

In order to be eligible to take the HiSET, all applicants must complete the Official Practice Test through an Adult Education Office first. 

For information about the Official Practice Test and HiSET preparation classes, please contact the Sumner County American Job Center, located at 1598 Greenlea Blvd., in Gallatin. Their telephone number is (615) 452-1964.

International Codes Council (ICC) - Building Codes Exam

  • Vol State is an ICC exam site. All registration and scheduling for the exam is processed through ICC, Inc. at (888) 422-7233 or online at www.iccsafe.org.

Makeup Exams for Vol State Faculty

  • Faculty members may contact the Testing Center to make testing arrangements for students who miss in-class exams.
  • Faculty members must complete a Testing Transmittal Form which includes detailed exam instructions, including time limit and any approved resources that students may utilize during testing (calculator, textbook, notes, etc.).
  • Faculty members are responsible for delivering and picking up exams in the Testing Center.
  • All exams will be maintained in a secure location in the Testing Center prior to testing and will be returned to the secure area until retrieved by faculty members.
TN eCampus (formerly RODP) Proctored Exams
Many TN eCampus courses require that mid-term and final exams be proctored. 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. TN eCampus testing is by appointment only.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.