CSM Test­ing Cen­ter earns na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

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The Test­ing Cen­ter at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata Cam­pus has com­pleted a two-year process to be­come cer­ti­fied by the Na­tional Col­lege Test­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (NCTA).

The Test­ing Cen­ter at the La Plata Cam­pus ad­min­is­ters more than 12,000 tests in a year, in­clud­ing tests for CSM stu­dents as well as those for area busi­nesses, lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­ams and place­ment and aca­demic en­trance ex­ams.

Sal­man Za­farul­lah, the La Plata Cam­pus Test­ing Cen­ter co­or­di­na­tor, who pro­vided the bulk of the doc­u­men­ta­tion and stan­dard­iza­tion of pro­cesses re­quired for NCTA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, said the cen­ter’s new sta­tus makes the cen­ter more valu­able to the col­lege and to the com­mu­nity. He es­ti­mates that the NCTA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion could increase de­mand for the cen­ter’s ser­vices by 15 to 20 per­cent.

There are also Test­ing Cen­ters at both the CSM Prince Frederick and Leonard­town cam­puses, and both are also com­plet­ing the NCTA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process, Za­farul­lah said in the press re­lease.

The three CSM Test­ing Cen­ters are ded­i­cated to en­hanc­ing stu­dent learn­ing by pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive, ac­ces­si­ble, aca­demic and pro­fes­sional test­ing and as­sess­ment ser­vices. The cen­ters ad­here to test­ing stan­dards and prac­tices, safe­guard con­fi­den­tial­ity of stu­dent records, and en­sure an op­ti­mal test­ing en­vi­ron­ment in or­der to meet the in­creas­ing needs of CSM stu­dents, fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tors and com­mu­nity.

The NCTA is set up to pro­mote pro­fes­sion­al­ism and qual­ity in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of test­ing ser­vices and pro­grams. The NCTA Test Cen­ter Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is the process whereby a test­ing cen­ter un­der­goes a sig­nif­i­cant self-as­sess­ment to show that it meets the cri­te­ria to be iden­ti­fied by NCTA as a cer­ti­fied test cen­ter. Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is con­sid­ered an ac­knowl­edg­ment of a test­ing cen­ter’s ad­her­ence to best prac­tices in the test­ing in­dus­try.

The CSM Test­ing Cen­ter ser­vices are part of a com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem of Stu­dent Suc­cess Ser­vices pro­vided at the col­lege. In ad­di­tion to test­ing, the of­fice pro­vides peer and on­line tu­tor­ing, skills im­prove­ment soft­ware, work­shops on skills that con­trib­ute to suc­cess­ful learn­ing.

For more on NCTA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, see www.ncta-test­ing.org/tcc/. For more on CSM’s test­ing cen­ters, see www.csmd.edu/Test­ingSer­vices. For more on Stu­dent Suc­cess Ser vices, see www.csmd/edu/stu­dent-ser­vices/stu­dent-suc­cess-ser-vices/. The La Plata Cam­pus Test­ing Cen­ter and the Stu­dent Suc­cess of­fices are lo­cated in the lower level of the Learn­ing Re­sources (LR) Build­ing.

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