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The ANC Testing Center is located in Room S146 of the Statehouse Hall.  The Testing Center makes every effort to accommodate the needs of our students and the community and offers a variety of testing options.



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Proper ID:  Make sure you know what to bring to the Testing Center on the day of the exam.  Be especially aware of identification requirements.  All tests require a picture ID.  Testing candidates who arrive at the Testing Center with no photo ID or improper ID will not be allowed to test.


Dress comfortably:  Wear layered clothing.  Temperatures that are comfortable to some examinees may not be comfortable for you.  You do not want to be distracted by the temperature in the testing room.


Inclement weather:  If ANC is closed due to inclement weather, testing will be canceled or postponed.  If you are scheduled for an exam on a date when inclement weather is predicted or has occurred, please check the ANC website or Facebook page for closing information.  If we must postpone or are unable to test, we will contact you the next working day to reschedule your appointment.


Availability:  Each test session has limited seating; therefore, students are encouraged to register early and not wait until the last minute.  This provides optimal testing conditions and a distraction-free, secure testing environment.


Prohibited materials:  Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned OFF (not placed on silent) during testing.  Using or answering phones during testing is grounds for immediate dismissal from the testing center and your test score will be invalid.


Accuplacer & Calculators:  The Accuplacer Exam prohibits the use of any calculator (including the Windows calculator) for its exam other than the built-in calculator provided on its exam, unless it is recommended accommodation by ANC Disability Services.  Violators of this will have their test scores invalid (including their Reading and Writing scores).







ANC offers the CLEP exam to anyone looking to earn college credit through the exam.  Anyone needing to take the CLEP exam must:

  1. Call the Testing Center at 870-762-3104 and make an appointment.  ANC asks that CLEP testers try to schedule their test about a week or so in advance, as during high testing periods (for example, registration) CLEP testing may be difficult to schedule on short notice.

  2. After scheduling their appointment, students must pay a fee online to the College Board website to receive an exam ticket.  The ticket must then be presented to the Testing and Academic Success Coordinator in Statehouse Hall room S146 of the Blytheville campus where the test will be administered online.

Anyone interested in any additional information about the CLEP exams, should go to College Board website..  Current and potential ANC students are encouraged to read the most up-to-date version of the ANC course catalog as well as the information on the CLEP website before scheduling an exam.






In accordance with Section 19 of Act 1052 of 1987, all degree seeking, entering students must demonstrate mastery of basic skills in writing, reading, and mathematics.  ANC will accept ACT, SAT, COMPASS, and Accuplacer scores for placement in these subjects.  All scores are valid for 5 years from the testing date.  The Arkansas Department of Higher Education followed guidelines and issued cut-off scores for student placement in college level or preparatory level courses in math, English composition, and reading skills.  For a copy of the score placement sheet used by Arkansas Northeastern College, contact the Admissions Office or your advisor.


Beginning January 1, 2017, COMPASS has come to an end and Arkansas Northeastern College currently gives the Classic Accuplacer exam as its new placement test.


►  Study Questions for the Classic Accuplacer

►  Free web-based study app sign-up for students (Students will need to get the Classic Accuplacer version of the Study App)





ANC offers ACCUPLACER placement testing on the Main campus in Blytheville.  There is currently no set walk-in schedule for the Blytheville campus.  Students looking to take the ACCUPLACER at the ANC Campus in Blytheville can use the button below to schedule an appointment.


Do not use the Button below to register for the PAX exam, please read the information about the PAX exam and how to register for it.


Register for an exam today



If you have any questions about scheduling an exam at the ANC Blytheville campus, please contact the Testing Center at 870-762-3104 or email the Testing and Academic Success Coordinator at


ACCUPLACER placement testing is available at the other ANC campuses as follows:

Osceola Center - Placement testing is given once per month.  For information on the next scheduled testing date, contact 870-563-3236.

Leachville Center - By appointment only.  Contact 870-539-2393 to schedule an appointment.



Requesting Placement Test Scores


To request a copy of your placement test scores, please fill out the Placement Score Request Form.  If you are requesting COMPASS scores, please read the following before requesting your scores from Arkansas Northeastern College.


Beginning January 1, 2017, COMPASS removed college's access to student placement scores.  Before that, ANC managed to archive scores that were less than 5 years old, as of November 2016.  This was done due to COMPASS test scores only being valid for five years, and we wanted to make sure that students with valid scores were able to have access to those scores.  Thus, if the college is unable to find your COMPASS score, that score if five years old or older or it was not in the section of score in the COMPASS at the time that ANC archived test scores.






The National League of Nursing (NLN) changed its PAX exam is the pre-admission nursing exam required for students applying to either the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Program or Practical Nursing (LPN) Program at Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC).  The NLN PAX exams are scheduled during the Spring and Fall semesters.  Students are allowed to take the PAX exam twice in an application year - once in the Fall and once in the Spring - but no more than once per semester prior to the March 31st application deadline.  This and other important information are outlined in the Information packets for the RN Program and the LPN Program.


It is HIGHLY recommended that you speak to the Arkansas Northeastern College Nursing Advisor, read, and understand the guidelines written in the packet for the desired program before registering for a PAX Exam.


PAX Testing takes place in the Testing Center at the Arkansas Northeastern College main campus in Blytheville.  PAX dates are posted on this site once they are available (see dates below).  Dates may be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances such as campus closure due to inclement weather.




Before Registering for an Exam

Please read the following sections very carefully.  Failure to complete this process or follow the guidelines properly will leave you without a seat whether you have paid for it for not.

PAX Registration Process and Guidelines

Registering for the exam:

Students must register for a PAX seat using the following process.  Registering any other way does not grant them a seat to the exam even if they pay for a seat.

  1. First, click on the button below and complete the Google Form.

    1. Please use a valid email address that you check daily when completing the form because information about your exam registration and next steps will be sent there.

    2. Seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  So, if you access the Google form and there are no exam dates, it means that all of the seats have been reserved; however, you should check the form often because seats may become available as persons cancel or lose their exam seats.

  2. After completing an the exam form, you will receive a confirmation email stating that you have saved your seat and must pay a $55 exam fee within 4 business days to the ANC Business Office to keep your seat for requested exam.  If you do not pay for your exam by 4:30pm on the 4th business day, you will lose your seat and will need to reserve a seat again.

    1. The Testing and Academic Success Coordinator will check daily (except Saturdays and Sundays) for payments; however, examinees can speed the process along by bringing, emailing, or faxing a copy of your receipt for the exam to the Testing Center.

    2. It is the examinee's responsibility to notify the Testing Center Coordinator as soon as possible if they are getting a third-party (for example: TAA, their job, etc.) to pay for their PAX exam.  This will ensure that the company or program has paid or notified the Testing and Academic Success Coordinator within the 4 business days allotted to keep your seat for exam day.

    3. The $55 testing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.  If you cancel, do not submit a receipt, or do not attend your exam.  There is no refund.  If you have paid for your exam and need to reschedule the exam, please contact the Testing Center as soon as possible.

  3. Once you have paid for your exam seat and the Testing and Academic Success Coordinator confirms that you have paid, you will receive an email with instructions on how to finalize your exam slot.

    1. Students should register for an exam using the form below before paying for the exam.  Paying before your reserved seat will not guarantee that you will test on that day.  Please follow the registration process for your exam before paying.

Register for PAX Blytheville

Registration Guidelines

  • Students can only reserve one exam seat at a time.  Those who reserve more than one seat (including reserving 1 seat at both locations) will lose their seat reservation and will need to reserve their seat again, even if they have paid for an exam.

  • Test dates and times are subject to change.  Registration opens the day that it is posted, unless otherwise noted, and closes at 4:30pm a week before the exam date (e.g. if the exam is on Friday 14th, the last time you can register for the exam would be Thursday the 6th at 4:30pm).

  • Students should check their email regularly for updates and reminders about their exam date.  (Note: these emails will be sent to the email address you used to register).

If you need assistance, call the Testing Center at 870-762-3104.

On Test Day

Arrive AT LEAST 15 MINUTES before the scheduled test time.  This will give you time to check your login information for the testing platform.

Testing is expected to start on time.  Once the test begins, you cannot get into the test.

If you are running late for your exam, please contact the proctor at 870-762-3104 before the exam starts to notify the proctor that you will be later and the proctor may make an exception at his or her discretion.

You MUST provide a government issued or Arkansas Northeastern College PHOTO ID for identification in order to take the exam.

You MUST bring the receipt to the Testing Center (Room S146).  Without record of your payment on your student account or a receipt on file with the ANC Business Office, you WILL NOT be allowed to test.

Dress comfortably:  Wear layered clothing.  Temperatures that are comfortable to some examinees may not be comfortable to you.  You do not want to be distracted by the temperature in the testing room.

Prohibited materials:  Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned OFF (not placed on silent) during testing.  Using or answering phones during testing is grounds for immediate dismissal from the testing center and your test score will be invalid.

Calculators:  Students are not allowed to bring their own calculator to the PAX exam; your exam proctor will provide you with a calculator for the exam.





The following section provides resources to help student prepare for the NLN PAX exam.


PAX Test Blueprint

Students can read the NLN Blueprint to gain an understanding of how the exam works.

PAX Test Blueprint


Official NLN Study Aids

The official NLN PAX Study Aid is available for purchase online at the NLN Store.  To Access the store, you must have an NLN Account on the PAX platform.  Once you have an account on the NLN Platform, you can access the NLN Store by clicking the Store link.  NLN offers two options for PAX Exam Study:

  1. NLN PAX PREP Online Publication - 60 days access $15.00 per subject area includes:

    1. PAX study strategies

    2. Content-specific review guide

    3. Practice questions for purchased PAX subject area

  2. NLN PAX Bonus Product - 30 days access $10.00 per subject area

    1. Timed practice test for the purchased PAX subject area





The following are the PAX exam dates.  Before registering for a date, students need to be familiar with the guidelines for testing, as well as, follow the registration process above to ensure that they register for an exam correctly.


Fall 2019 PAX Dates

Registration for the Fall 2019 exams opens on September 3, 2019.


Blytheville Campus - Statehouse Hall Building - Room S146

Please Note: All exam dates close 1 week before the exam date whether the exam seating is full or not






Proctoring ANC Tests

ANC Faculty looking to have their tests proctored by the ANC Testing Center should contact the Testing Center to make an appointment and must complete the Exam Proctoring Cover Sheet, regardless if the exam is computer based or paper and pencil.  If you intend to test your entire class with the Testing Center, you will need to attach a copy of your student roster with the Exam Proctoring Cover Sheet.  In filling ou the form, be sure that you will it out completely and include any specific instructions that the Test Proctor will need to administer th test, the materials a student may be allowed to use during th exam, etc.


Testing for Other Colleges

ANC will proctor tests for students taking correspondence courses from other accredited colleges and universities.  Call in advance to set an appointment.  Students are responsible for making sure that their instructor contacts the Testing and Academic Success Coordinator and provides all the necessary information to administer your exam before your test date.  You may also be asked ot fill out a form for the Testing Center's records.






Students who require special accommodations for physical and/or learning disabilities must:

  1. Visit Admissions & Student Services in Statehouse Hall to discuss any an all paperwork needed to identify the accommodations needed for testing.

  2. The student will need to make an appointment to take their exam a few days to a week in advance, as most exams require special arrangements such as a separate quiet room for the student to test, and the Testing Center will need some time to make the proper accommodations to fit those required arrangements.





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