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Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile

All Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree graduating students are required to take this test. The ETS® Proficiency Profile test is 40 minutes in length and given onsite as a paper-and-pencil test. A photo identification is required to take the test. Please bring a copy of your graduation application to the Testing Center to schedule the ETS® Proficiency Profile test.

The ETS® Proficiency Profile test measures:

  • proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics in the context of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences
  • academic skills developed, as opposed to subject knowledge taught, in general education courses

Questions on the ETS® Proficiency Profile test are multiple-choice and are arranged in blocks of three to eight.

Test Dates

The ETS® Proficiency Profile test dates for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017.

Fall 2016 ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Dates*
Date/Day Check-In Time Location
September 21/Wednesday 10 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
October 12/Wednesday 7 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
October 29/Saturday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
November 14/Monday 9:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
November 17/Thursday 6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
December 1/Thursday 12:30 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C

Seating is limited, please visit the Testing Center to schedule.

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Spring 2017 ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Dates*
Date/Day Check-In Time Location
January 31/Tuesday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)
February 16/Thursday 10:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
February 22/Wednesday 6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
March 17/Friday 9:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
March 31/Friday 12:30 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
April 12/Wednesday 6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
April 17/Monday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
May 1/Monday 10:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
May 10/Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)

Seating is limited, please visit the Testing Center to schedule.

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Summer 2017 ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Dates*
Date/Day Check-In Time Location
May 16/Tuesday 12:30 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
May 31/Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)
June 7/Wednesday 10 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
June 23/Friday 2 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
July 6/Thursday 1 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
July 26/Wednesday 6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
August 3/Thursday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)
August 11/Friday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)

Seating is limited, please visit the Testing Center to schedule.

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Fall 2017 ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Dates*
Date/Day Check-In Time Location
August 31/Thursday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)
September 7/Thursday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
September 13/Wednesday 6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
October 4/Wednesday 10 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
October 19/Thursday 1 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
November 2/Thursday 9 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
November 11/Saturday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
November 15/Wednesday Noon Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
December 5/Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)
December 12/Tuesday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)
December 14/Thursday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)

Seating is limited, please visit the Testing Center to schedule.

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Note: In certain career programs, prospective graduates may also be required to take a Major Field Examination (departmental exam) in their area of study. You will be informed if a Major Field Examination is required when you visit the Testing Center to schedule an appointment.

When you take the ETS® Proficiency Profile test, remember that your efforts count. The ETS® Proficiency Profile test helps both Southwest and Tennessee decide how successful the College has been. Your work affects the College's funding and more importantly, the College's reputation.

The better Southwest's reputation is the more valuable your degree becomes.

You will receive your scores by mail and your performance will be compared to student scores across the country. Please get a good night's sleep before the examination and do your best for your college and yourself!

ETS® Proficiency Profile Sample Questions

The ETS® Proficiency Profile sample questions illustrate the skills measured, contexts covered and the difficulty of the questions. The sample questions (PDF) (opens new window), requires Adobe Reader (opens new window), and answers are for reference only. They are not actual questions currently used on the test.

Remember to check the Graduation/Commencement website for all updates.