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Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree
ETS Proficiency Profile Graduation Requirement

All students preparing to graduate with an Associate of Science (A.S.), an Associate of Arts (A.A) degree, or an Associate of Arts Teaching (A.A.T) degree are required to take the ETS Proficiency Profile prior to graduation.

Why must I take this exam? LSCO is required by its accrediting agency to assess the extent to which students have attained core curriculum objectives in order to make data-driven decision regarding continuous improvement in student learning.

What is the ETS Proficiency Profile? The ETS is a standardized test that will measure general education skills obtained from core curriculum objectives at LSCO and enable LSCO to calculate and evaluate student learning and general education outcomes. The exam will be administered on computer, and it will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

How will this test impact me? Scores on the ETS Proficiency Profile will not affect graduation status and will not be used in GPA computation. Scores are available upon completion of exam. Students may be eligible to receive an ETS Proficiency Profile Certificate of Achievement, which can be noted on your resume and highlighted during job interviews.

Where and when will this test be administered? The LSCO Testing Center, Room 107 of the Ron E. Lewis Library on the dates listed below:

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m.

How do I register? You have two options:

  1. Fill out the ETS Proficiency Profile Registration Form (included in this packet). This form MUST be completed and signed by a Testing Center staff member BEFORE the test is taken.
  2. You may also call the Testing Center at (409) 882-3330 and register over the phone; however, the ETS Proficiency Profile Registration Form must also be completed and signed by a Testing Center staff member BEFORE the test is taken.

NOTE: Registration is required. In order for the Testing Center to order enough exam packets, please register as soon as possible.

What do I do the day of the test? You should arrive at the Testing Center at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session. Bring photo identification and two number two pencils. You may also want to bring a light jacket.

Which test modules will I be taking? The ETS Proficiency Profile assess four core skill areas; Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Critical Thinking

How can I prepare for the ETS Proficiency Profile? There is an online study guide: http://www.ets.org/s/proficiencyprofile/pdf/sampleques.pdf

You can also visit the LSCO Learning Center to review study guide questions. The Learning Center is located in room 113 of the Ron E. Lewis Library building.

When will I receive my results? Scores are available upon completion.