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ANC Testing Center Information

PAX RN & PN test dates and info are at the bottom of the page


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.



ANC offers the COMPASS placement test by appointment at the main campus in Blytheville. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8am until 4:30pm.  To schedule an appointment, Click here to book your appointment. or contact the Testing Center at 870-762-1020, ext. 1161.

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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, COMPASS, and SAT 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 ANC, please call the Testing Center at 870-762-1020, ext 1161 or contact the Admissions Office or your advisor.

COMPASS placement tests are available at our Burdette, Osceola and Paragould Center locations.  For dates and times, please contact those campuses directly.

ANC Testing Center on the Blytheville Campus offers the following:


  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program)- ANC students may earn up to 30 semester hours through CLEP. Call in advance to set an appointment.

  • COMPASS - COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses.

  • NLN PAX RN - The pre-admissions nursing exam is given in the Spring semester and is required for students who are applying to the RN program.

  • NLN PAX PN - The pre-admissions nursing exam is given in the Spring semester and is required for students who are applying to the Practical Nursing Program.

  • Proctoring Services - ANC will proctor tests for students taking correspondence courses from other accredited colleges and universities.  Call in advance to set an appointment.




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. Improper ID will keep you from testing. 


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 cancelled 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 for information on closings.  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. A list of prohibited calculators can be found at



How to Schedule an Appointment to take the COMPASS Placement Test


How to Schedule an Appointment for the NLN PAX Test


How to Reschedule or Cancel an Appointment


Please note:  To schedule an appointment to have a test proctored, please call the Testing Center at 870-762-1020 ext. 1161, or email the Testing Counselor at  



Request for Placement Test Scores



PAX RN & PN TEST DATES and INFO (Paragould Center)



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