Student Success Center

The Student Success Center, located in Rooms H2086, H2087, H2088 on the Shawnee Community College main campus, is available to all students currently enrolled in programs at the College or its extension centers. The Center offers word processing facilities and tutorial services to supplement a wide variety of classes offered by the College. It also offers testing and assessment services, including: 

  • Administration of tests for admission
  • Placement
  • Instructional make-up
  • Online courses
  • Testing arrangements
  • Distance Learning exams for other institutions

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

From placement exams to high-stakes & global computer based testing programs, the Testing Center is responsible for the administration and integrity of exams that include:

  • Certification of Surgical Technologists (CST)
  • CLEP
  • Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Exame (INACE)
  • Pearson VUE
  • Psychological Services Bureau (PSB)
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • WorkKeys

The Testing Center is located in Room H2086.

A Government Issued ID must be presented to the Testing Center staff before an individual will be permitted to test; However, SCC students may present their SCC IDs in place of a Government ID.

You will not be allowed to take a test without proper identification. There are no exceptions!

You may not use or display any of the following items: (These items must be left at the front desk or stored out of view)

  • Tablet PCs
  • Laptops
  • Cell phones
  • Digital Cameras
  • Headsets/Ear buds
  • Hats
  • Keys
  • Wallets
  • Smartwatches
  • Backpacks
  • Notebooks

Please contact the Testing Center if you have any questions, concerns, or problems. You should also be in contact with your instructor to ensure clear communication and test-taking success.

After the examination, all testing materials including scratch paper must be turned in with your test before you leave the testing location.

College credit may be awarded through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Shawnee Community College administers CLEP examinations to current or prospective students. All high school graduates (or the equivalent) are eligible to participate in the College Level Examination Program.

CLEP examination credit will not be awarded for any course in which the student is presently enrolled. CLEP credit will also not be awarded for any equivalent course in which the student has previously received a grade or which he/she has audited.

Information on fees and testing dates and locations may be obtained from the Student Success Center.

Students seeking CLEP credit must request that an original score report be sent to the Registrar.

Scheduling

You will need to schedule these tests in advance so please stop by the Student Success Center (Room H2086) or call (618) 634-3316.

Cost

The fee for each test is $89.00.

CLEP Information

CLEP Practice

Policy Manual: Section 8210

If you need a test proctored from another college or university, please call and request this in advance. Next, have the institution send authorization forms with specific instructions for the Student Success Center to administer the exam. They will send the exam along with a document for you and our department to sign. After the materials have arrived, please make an appointment with us to take the exam. The exam, along with the authorization form, will be sent back to the institution after completion.

Credit by examination is subject to the following:

  • Credit by examination may not duplicate credit earned at Shawnee Community College or received in transfer.
  • Credit by examination may not be given for a lower level course by students who have received credit in the subject area beyond the course in which the examination is requested.
  • A student currently enrolled in a course but desiring to earn credit by examination must apply for and complete the examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.
  • A student cannot receive credit by examination and subsequently enroll in the course and earn a grade.
  • A proficiency examination may not be attempted more than twice in a given course.
  • Course credit earned by examination will be recorded as “Proficiency Credit” or “CLEP Credit.” No transcript record is entered unless the examination is completed successfully. No grade is recorded, nor can a prior grade be changed or removed by credit by examination. Credit earned by examination is not included in the computation of a student’s grade point average (GPA).
  • A maximum of 30 credit hours toward an associate degree or one-half of the credit hours for a certificate may be credited.
  • A person seeking credit by examination must have previously completed courses in which credits have been earned at Shawnee Community College.

Proficiency Credit

A student who has acquired knowledge and competency applicable to an educational goal through informal means may earn credit and/or exemption from certain course requirements through proficiency examination. A student seeking to take a proficiency examination must first see an on campus advisor to obtain an Application for Proficiency Examination. The student should then pay the $20 Proficiency Examinatioin Fee at the Bursar’s Office. The Division Chair responsible for the course should then be contacted by the student. Proficiency examinations are offered at the discretion of the Division Chair responsible for the course subject to the approval of the Vice President for nstructional Services based on the degree to which competency or ability in a given area can be adequately evaluated by a proficiency exam. The Division Chair will assign a full time faculty member to administer and score the exam. Credit received from Proficiency Examination will appear on the student’s transcript.

Advanced Placement

Shawnee Community College accepts credit from Advanced Placement Examinations based on the Amercian Council on Education guidelines. This program allows high school students to earn college credit by successfully completing the Advanced Placement Examination. Students seeking Advanced Placement credit must request that an original score report be sent to the Registrar. Credit received from Advanced Placement Examinations will not count in the current semester hours and therefore does not calculate in part-time/full-time status and/or toward financial aid. Credit granted for Advanced Placement will appear on the student’s transcript.

Partnerships for College and Career Success

The Shawnee Community College Partnership for College and Career Success is a cooperative agreement with the Five County Regional Vocational System and the 12 area public high schools. This partnership enables high school students to begin earning college credit while simultaneously earning high school credit while staying in thier own high school environment. Students take high school career/technical classes in an approved program area and earn dual credit. The student will be fulfilling high school requirements as well as earning college credit towards a degree or certificate at the same time. (Students should contact the counseling department for articulation information.)

Certified Nurse Assistant Proficiency Examination (Illinois Department of Public Health)

The college serves as an official testing center for the Illinois Department of Public Health for administration of the Certified Nurse Assistant Proficiency Examination. Individuals interested in taking this examination should contact the Illinois Department of Public Health in Springfield.

Visit the Student Success Center (Room H2086) or call (618) 634-3316 at least one day in advance.

Same-day scheduling is accepted, but walk-in visitors will not be accepted. Your instructor will need to bring the test to the Student Success Center, so it is important that you tell him or her that you have made the appointment with the Testing Center.

Grading

The Student Success Center serves as a proctored area for students to test. Your test will be scored by your instructor.

Disclaimer

We act as a proctor for exams, and as such, exercise no control over the availability of your test. Your instructor will give us information as to how the test will be administered. They will inform us of any special needs of the student and what material the student will be allowed to have present during the test.

Day of the Make-Up

Please bring only the necessary items for testing: pen, pencil etc. if possible. You will not be allowed to use any unauthorized materials by your instructor. If you are caught doing such, testing will stop immediately and all testing materials will be collected at that time. You will be asked to sign and date the proctor form that your instructor has completed before and after the test. This has specific instructions from your instructor for us to follow.

For Students

If you are interested in making up an exam you missed during a regularly scheduled class, please contact your teacher to see if you are permitted to make-up the exam. Request that the exam be sent to the Testing Center or check if your instructor has already delivered the exam to us. Your exam will be filed under the instructors name, so bring your SCC ID card; you will need your ID# to sign into the Testing Center. Your instructor may place an expiration date on your exam, so please make sure you are aware of your deadline(s).

If you must miss a test in class, your instructor will ask you to make an appointment in the Student Success Center in order to complete the missed exam.

Scheduling

Tests need to scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Please call (618) 634-3316 or email testing@shawneecc.edu.

Cost

There are no fees at this time for make-up tests.

Grading

The Student Success Center serves as a proctored area for students to test. Your test will be scored by your instructor.

Disclaimer

We act as a proctor for exams, and as such, exercise no control over the availability of your test. Your instructor will give us information as to how the test will be administered. They will inform us of any special needs of the student and what material the student will be allowed to have present during the test.

Day of the Make-Up

Please bring only the necessary items for testing: pen, pencil etc. if possible. You will not be allowed to use any unauthorized materials by your instructor. If you are caught doing such, testing will stop immediately and all testing materials will be collected at that time. You will be asked to sign and date the proctor form that your instructor has completed before and after the test. This has specific instructions from your instructor for us to follow.

For Instructors

If you are interested in using the Testing Center for student make-up exams, please submit the Make Up Test Request Form to the Testing Center with the exam at least 24 hours in advance.

Students who would like to obtain the services of a tutor may receive tutorial assistance through the Tutoring Center. The Tutoring Center is located in Room H2087 on Main Campus, and tutorial services are also available at the Anna Center, the Cairo Center, and the Metro Center. Both professional tutors and peer tutors are available, as well as individual and group tutoring services .

tutoring exampleAll peer tutors must complete the classes they want to tutor with a grade of “B” or higher, complete the Tutor Training Program, and submit written recommendations from their instructors. Additional information may be required as needed, and all tutoring arrangements are subject to approval by the Student Success Center Coordinator.

There are “Request for Tutor” forms located in the Tutoring Center. Once completed, students may make an appointment with the appropriate tutor. Tutoring at Extension Centers must be made by appointment through the Student Success Center Coordinator.

The Tutorial Program promises renewed hope for students who are having difficulty completing their college course work. In most cases, peer tutors either work individually or in group study sessions with their tutees. The Tutorial Program offers this service free of charge to registered students of Shawnee Community College.

What is a tutee?

S/he is a registered SCC student in need of academic assistance.

Individual Tutoring

Student and tutor tackle problem solving and understanding of subject matter together.

Group Tutoring

Tutors, with their group of students (usually no more than eight) work in sessions with each student being accountable for obtaining information and input into the subject. Each individual in the group works for the good of the whole. Group tutoring sessions usually meet a minimum of once per week.

Learn How To Learn

There are special “tricks of the trade” in studying. Study skills that work well for your tutor will usually work well for you. One of the many benefits of having a good private or group tutor is the study skills they can pass on to you.

Research Tutors

Most tutors can credit their success in school to their fine research skills. One of the many benefits of having a tutor with this ability is that they can aid their student(s) in learning how to use the Learning Resource Center and access needed research materials.

Non-Traditional Tutoring

The Tutorial Program offers a support system for students re-entering college after an extended absence. The Tutorial Program offers assistance with study skills and techniques for re-entering the academic environment.

Tutors for the Physically and Learning Challenged

Tutors are available as note-takers, for those students who are in need of special assistance, and have necessary documentation.

Requesting Tutorial Assistance

Request for Tutor applications are available at the Student Success Center, and at the SCC extension centers.

What is a peer tutor?

A peer tutor is a registered student charged with aiding fellow students in the comprehension of their coursework.

Tutors are needed every semester on all campuses

The entire Tutorial Program is based upon the quality and quantity of its peer and professional tutors. However, all tutors must be registered SCC students.

How does a student become a peer tutor?

Students who are interested in tutoring must have completed the coursework in that specific subject and received a minimum of a 3.0 or “B” as their grade. An instructor recommendation is required and official transcripts are needed to complete this process. Tutorial in-service training is also required for ALL peer tutor candidates.

How much does the position pay?

After students complete the tutor training process and complete all necessary paperwork, qualifying students receive $8.25 per hour and may work up to 10 hours per week.

Are taxes due for this kind of work?

Yes. Every new peer tutor must complete the Federal and State forms as supplied by the Tutorial Program. These forms are then delivered by the peer tutor to the Business Office on the main campus.

How many hours can a peer tutor work a week?

Ten hours per week, with exceptions made by the coordinator.

Is tutoring allowed off-campus?

No. All tutoring must be done at the Main Campus in H2087 or at an extension center in the presence of a college employee.

Is tutoring over the telephone allowed?

No. In order to be paid for tutoring, tutors must CLOCK IN at a time clock located either at the main campus or at the extension centers. Permission is expressly required to have hand-written time cards. In the case of extension campus tutoring, or where no time clock is present, hand-written time cards must be fully signed by appropriate SCC staff.

Is it the tutor’s responsibility to contact the student(s)?

Yes. The tutor coordinator will notify both tutor and student to see if they are able to begin working together. If there is a problem, it is up to the peer tutor to let the Tutorial Program know about the difficulty so that a reasonable solution can be found. It is the peer tutor’s responsibility to treat his/her business as a franchise operation and contact tutees accordingly.

7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Monday through Friday

e-Tutoring

The Student Success Center also offers online tutoring services. Students can receive assistance in numerous subjects including accounting, anatomy, biology, chemistry, math, physiology, research methods, and writing by accessing the online tutoring website, which will give them a variety of options from which to choose. Students may upload documents for writing feedback, chat with available tutors in a chat room, or post a question for an online tutor to address. The site also includes a resource library, which contains an extensive collection go links for information in many subject areas.

Available Subjects

  • Writing (all subject areas)
  • Math (Developmental to Calculus)
  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Information Literacy
  • Research Methods

Read more about etutoring.org

The Writing Lab is available to students to work with word processing software and to do Internet research. The Writing Lab may also be reserved to hold classes and workshops and has Smart Board technology for presentations. The Writing Lab is located in Room H2086.

 

For more Information Contact:

Mindy Ashby
Student Success
Center Coordinator
(618) 634-3316
mindya@shawneecc.edu

Kaylyn Meyers
Testing Center
Technician
(618) 634-3420
kaylynm@shawneecc.edu

To schedule a test, contact testing@shawneecc.edu.