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Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a listing of frequently asked questions concerning the Core Competency assessments. Click on the question to see the response.
Frequently Asked Questions

* Are the Core Competency assessments mandatory?
* Will the Core Competency assessments affect my grades or graduation?
* What is the purpose of the Core Competency assessments?
* Is there a study guide to help prepare for the Core Competency assessments?
* How long are the Core Competency assessments?
* Is there a make up exam?
* What are the testing dates?
* Where can I assessments?
* What time can I take the Core Competency assessments?
* Is there an incentive to participate?
* How will I know if I’ve won?

(Q) Are the Core Competency assessments mandatory?
(A) The assessments are voluntary.
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(Q) Will the Core Competecny assessments affect my grades or graduation?
(A) The assessments will not affect students' grades or graduation status.
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(Q) What is the purpose of the Core Competency assessments?
(A) The assessments allow TCC to evaluate the types of courses and programs that have an impact on student learning.
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(Q) Is there a study guide to help prepare for the Core Competency assessments?
(A) There is no study guide to prepare students for the assessments.
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(Q) How long are the Core Competency assessments?
(A) Students will need to allow between 45 - 60 minutes to complete each assessment.
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(Q) Is there a make up exam?
(A) There is no make up exam.
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(Q) What are the testing dates?
(A) The testing dates for 2008-09 are to be determined.
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(Q) Where can I test?
(A) The assessments will be available at any of the TCC testing centers. Information about the testing centers locations are available at: http://www.tcc.edu/students/testingcenters/.
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(Q) What time can I take the tests?
(A) The assessments will be available during the normal hours of operation at any of the testing centers. Information about the testing centers hours of operation are available at: http://www.tcc.edu/students/testingcenters/#hours.
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(Q) Is there an incentive to participate?
(A) Yes, by participating in the assessment each student's name is automatically entered in a drawing for one (1) of four (4) $50 gift certificates. Winners will be drawn and announced shortly after the conclusion of the testing window.
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(Q) How will I know if I’ve won?
(A) The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will contact the winners by phone and/or email to verify a mailing address.
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