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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 Summer 2016 and Fall 2016.

Summer 2016 ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Dates*
Date/Day Check-In Time Location
August 9/Tuesday 9 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Rooms A, B, and C
Note: This is the final makeup test for the Summer 2016 semester.

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

Fall 2016 ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Dates*
Date/Day Check-In Time Location
August 26/Friday 8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium/Theater)
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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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.