You have the option of taking placement tests off campus, at a location close to home, with a proctor. You will choose the proctor and testing location. Your tests will be administered online.

Important Deadline!

July 24, 2020* is the last day to submit a request for off-campus testing for enrollment in the Fall 2020 semester. No requests will be accepted after this date.

* If you are unable to meet the deadline, you will be required to take placement tests on campus.

Proctor and Location Criteria

Students who are unable to meet all criteria listed below will be required to take placement tests on Penn College's campus.

Proctor Requirement

You will be required to test under the supervision of a proctor. It will be up to you to identify a proctor.

Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our proctor requirements. Your proctor may be . . .

  • A parent or legal guardian
  • Your private tutor

You may also choose one who is affiliated with an educational institution or a testing organization such as the following:

  • High schools and colleges
  • Private learning or testing centers
  • Adult education centers
  • Military education centers

Teachers, principals, counselors, librarians, professors, and testing center officials are all considered suitable proctors. If you have questions about your proctor's qualifications, contact College Transitions & First Year Initiatives.

Testing Location Criteria & Technical Requirements

It is important that you take your tests in a testing compatible environment. The following are acceptable testing locations:

  • High school or college campuses
  • Official testing centers, learning centers, or adult education centers
  • Libraries
  • Home (Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our requirements.)

Your testing location must be equipped with a computer that meets technical requirements. Failure to meet technical requirements may result in an inability to access placement tests.

Materials

All tests are administered online; therefore, other than a computer that meets technical requirements as described above, there are no required testing materials.

Calculators

You are permitted (not required) to use a calculator for the math placement test. Proctors are not responsible for providing calculators. If you choose to use one, you will need to bring it with you to the testing site. See calculator guidelines.

Requesting Off-Campus Testing

Once you have identified a suitable proctor and testing location, go to your applicant dashboard to register for off-campus placement testing.
  • First, you will need to collect some contact information from your proctor.
    • You will use this information to register for off-campus placement testing.
      • Record proctor information accurately, especially proctor's name and email address.
      • If you enter your proctor's email address incorrectly, your proctor will not receive the information needed to administer your test. Without this information, your test session will be delayed or you might be forced to reschedule.
  • Once your request has been received and approved, you will receive a confirmation email.
    • Shortly before your scheduled test date, both you and your proctor will receive instructional emails. Check with your proctor to make sure your proctor received the instructional email. If not, ask your proctor to contact College Transitions & First Year Initiatives right away.

Review Off-Campus Testing Instructions

If you require testing accommodations, register for an accommodated testing date on your applicant dashboard. Contact Disability Services to discuss your needs and eligibility.

Proctor Responsibilities

If you have agreed to be a proctor, you have agreed to administer a prospective student’s placement test in an online environment.

As a proctor, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Administer Penn College's placement test according to the guidelines we provide.
  • Be present with the student for the duration of each test, up to three hours of total test time.
  • Ensure the security of all testing materials.
  • Be sure that the testing location is equipped with a computer that meets technical requirements.

Prior to testing, College Transitions & First Year Initiatives will send you an instructional email. The email will contain the following:

  • A time frame in which placement testing must be completed.
  • A list of tests the students will take.
  • A password that you will need to access the math and English tests.
  • Instructions for accessing the placement tests.

If you do not receive the instructional email, please contact College Transitions & First Year Initiatives.

Accessing the Placement Tests

Students and proctors both play a part in accessing the online placement tests. After you receive your off-campus testing approval and instructions by email, you and your proctor will follow the steps below to access the placements tests.

Student:
  1. Go to the Student Information System (SIS). Log in with your Penn College username and password. You received your username and password in your acceptance packet. If you have trouble logging in, please contact the IT Service Desk at 570.329.4848.
  2. Select “Admissions Information” on the left.
  3. Then select “Placement Testing.”
  4. On the Placement Test page, you will see the list of placement tests you are required to take. Be sure to complete all tests listed, including the Math Placement Information Form (if you have not completed it already).
  5. You will be prompted to run a browser check to make sure the computer meets the placement test technical requirements. This important step will ensure that you do not run into disruptive compatibility issues during the testing process. 
  6. Select the first test from your list of required tests; the test will open to an instructions page. It is important that you carefully read and follow the instructions that are associated with each test to ensure that your answers are accurately recorded.
Proctor:

After the student has read the instructions and is ready to begin, enter the password that you received in the instructional email.
The instructional email contains the password for the placement tests.

Note: You will need to enter the password only one time per testing session. A testing session ends once the student has exited the SIS.

Student:

After the proctor has entered the password, you may begin testing. Each test will conclude automatically once time has run out.

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701