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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:

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

ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Dates*
Date/Day Check-In Time Location
April 17/Thursday
Full capacity
6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
April 23/Wednesday
Full capacity
6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
April 26/Saturday
Full capacity
8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Fulton Building, Room 400 (Auditorium)
May 1/Thursday
Makeup Date
Full capacity
8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
May 6/Tuesday
Makeup Date
Full capacity
6 p.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
May 9/Friday
Makeup Date
8:30 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Fulton Building, Room 400 (Auditorium)

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

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), requires Adobe Reader, and answers are for reference only. They are not actual questions currently used on the test.