Testing Center

February 23, 2015 will be the last TEAS testing date for the Fall 2015/2016 Nursing program.

The Southern State Testing Center offers a variety of testing services for Southern State students and for the general public. We provide a secure environment for candidates to complete proctored exams.

The center is located in room 403.03 on Central Campus. Most of our testing services are offered by appointment only. Contact us to schedule your certification testing today!

Testing Certifications

Southern State understands that employers are looking for employees who are up-to-date with current technologies. Make your personal brand stand out in a crowded job market by validating your skills—and building your confidence—with professional certifications of in-demand skills that make you marketable to employers.


Southern State is a Certiport Authorized Test Center and offers Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) testing. We are currently offering:

Microsoft Office Specialist on Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office Specialist on Microsoft Office 2013

MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013

Required Exam: 77-418

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the OFIT 1130 – Word Processing course.

MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2013

Required Exam: 77-420

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2218 – Excel course.

MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013

Required Exam: 77-422

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2217 – PowerPoint course.

MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2013

Required Exam: 77-423

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2216 – Outlook course.

MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2013

Required Exam: 77-424

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2213 – Access course.

Microsoft Office Specialist Authorized Testing Center

Microsoft Office Specialist certification is now available to members of the community. Register for your test at certiport.com and Contact the Testing Center to schedule your appointment.

Pearson VUE

Southern State is a Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center. We provide on-site, on-demand testing for certification and professional licensure exams. Pearson VUE offers testing for hundreds of certifications and qualifications including (but not limited to):

  • Adobe
  • C++ Institute
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • CompTIA Testing (see below)
  • And many more!
Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center

CompTIA Testing

CompTIA A+ Certification

Required Exams: 220-801 and 220-802

The CompTIA A+ Certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 1150 – Operating Systems and CSCI 2246 – PC Troubleshooting & Repair courses.

CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+ Certification

Required Exam: N10-005

The exam covers network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer.

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2235 – Network Management & Administration course.

CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+ Certification

Required Exam: SY0-401

The exam covers the most important foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk. Access control, identity management and cryptography are important topics on the exam, as well as selection of appropriate mitigation and deterrent techniques to address network attacks and vulnerabilities. Candidate job roles include Security Engineer, Security Consultant, Network Administrator, IA Technician or IA Manager.

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CYBR 2210 – CompTIA Security + course.

CompTIA Security+

GED Testing

The Testing Center offers a convenient online GED certification for adult learners. The exam lets the candidate work independently and, by completing a section early, the candidate can move onto the next section without having to wait.

Register for your test at ged.com.

Earning high school credentials and developing basic technology skills are cornerstones for success in today’s world and Southern State wishes to support the enterprising individuals looking to achieve these goals. Southern State’s Adult Opportunity Center offers GED preparation classes to assist a candidate in getting ready for the exam. Participants in the AOC’s program receive discount vouchers to take the online GED exam.

GED Testing Service

American Medical Technologists Testing

Registered Medical Assistant certification is now offered at the Testing Center. Upon completion of the Southern State Medical Assisting program, students can take their certification test conveniently located at our on-campus Testing Center.

Register for your test at pearsonvue.com/amt.

American Medical Technologists

Contact us to schedule your certification testing today!

Program Entrance Exams

Some academic programs at Southern State require an entrance exam and the Testing Center is here to offer those needed exams to students.

Test of Essential Academic Skills™

February 23, 2015 will be the last TEAS testing date for the Fall 2015/2016 Nursing program.

Interested in Southern State’s Nursing, Practical Nursing or Respiratory Care programs? The online Test of Essential Academic Skills™ (TEAS) is used as an entrance exam to evaluate the applicant’s preparation for these programs. Tests are offered several times a month during the week and on weekends for your convenience. Check the Testing Schedule for available dates and times.

Contact us to schedule your exam today!

Testing FAQs

How early should I arrive on the day of my test?

You should plan on arriving 15 to 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. This will give you an opportunity to check-in and relax prior to beginning your test.

What happens when I arrive to take a test?

When candidates arrive for an exam, they go through a standard admissions process. They are asked to provide identification, to agree in writing to a set of exam rules and to sign a log sheet. In most cases, your photo and signature will be digitally captured as they will appear on your results report.

What ID do I need to bring to the test?

Identification requirements vary between exam sponsors, so please check with the Southern State Testing Proctor to see what your specific test requires. However, all test takers are required to provide AT LEAST one form of identification. This identification must be valid, which means it is not expired, and must be an original document (it cannot be a photocopy or a fax).

Acceptable forms of primary identification must be government-issued and not expired. It must also include the test taker’s photograph, name, address, date of birth and signature. Some examples include:

  • Government Issued Driver’s License
  • Government Issued Driver’s Permit
  • U.S. Department of State Driver’s License
  • Government Issued National/State/Country Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Military Identification Card
  • Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)

Policies & Procedures

Please arrive promptly at your appointment time and be sure to sign-in. If you need to look over your notes, this must be done before you arrive. You must begin your test within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.

Testers must understand and follow these policies and procedures*:

  • Identification is required for testing (identification must be valid, which means it is not expired and must be an original document [it cannot be a photocopy or a fax]).
  • Phones must be set on vibrate, silent or turned off.
  • No personal belongings may be taken into the Testing Room (including cell phones, PDA’s, pagers, iPods, calculators, books, notes, book bags, purses, wallets, coats, etc.).
  • A locker will be provided for you in the hallway outside of the Testing Room.
  • No leaving the room without authorization while testing.
  • Exams and all test materials/tools must be returned to the Testing Center Procter.
  • No food or drink is permitted inside the Testing Room.
  • No children are permitted inside the Testing Room.
  • No talking during testing.

Please note: If you cannot keep a testing appointment, the Testing Center must be notified as soon as possible. If you fail to notify the Testing Center, the Testing Center reserves the right to request that candidates make alternate arrangements to test at another testing center.

*Exceptions to these policies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Contact / Schedule a Test

Please complete and submit this form or contact the Testing Center Proctor, Lisa Tilton, to schedule a test or if you have any questions.

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