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Testing Information

The Student Resource Center is primarily responsible for the majority of students' testing and assessment needs.

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COMPASS placement testing is used to help you and your academic advisor determine which reading, writing and math courses you are ready to register for.  This placement test is typically taken shortly after your admissions appointment and before you meet with an advisor to sign up for classes.  Because information from this test is used to make important course selection decisions, it is highly recommended that you take the time to review and prepare for it adequately. 

A Technologies Skills Test will also be given at the time you take COMPASS.  This assessment is used to determine computer course selection.

ACT score key to college funding and access ACT intensive prep workshop available for central/north central Ohio area students.

To help students achieve higher ACT scores, the I CAN Center of Excellence, a regional non-profit college access organization, is conducting a six hour workshop on Saturday, December 1, February 2, April 6, and June 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., (1 hour for lunch) on the campus of The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College, 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, in Morrill Hall, Room 160.

The workshop will help better prepare high school juniors and seniors who are preparing to take their college entrance exam. As students achieve higher ACT scores, they can expect to receive higher financial aid packages from colleges where they apply and also improve their opportunities for being accepted by their first-choice colleges. Total cost to attend the six hour workshop is $75 in advance or $85 at the door.

Instructing the ACT programs for the I CAN Center of Excellence is Michael Short. Short is a Master Tutor in a number of subjects including the ACT and SAT. He scores in the 99th percentile on these tests. He is currently employed at the University of Louisville as a college coach for a new college access program, GO College--Louisville. He has worked in higher education since graduating from Campbellsville University in 1980. Short was employed by The Ohio State University at Marion between 2001 and 2011. During his tenure at Ohio State Marion, he was instrumental in expanding Marion’s local college access network I CAN Go to College into the current regional college access program the I CAN Center of Excellence.

Applications for the workshop are available through high school guidance counselors or online at Those who have yet to register should send the registration fee along with their name, address, phone number and e-mail address to:

The I CAN Center of Excellence, 1465 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302, or call 740-725-6174 for more information. The I CAN Center of Excellence is a regional college access network that serves, Crawford, Delaware, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot Counties.  

PDF icon ACT Residual Testing: Although ACT scores are not required in order to be enrolled as a student at Marion Technical College,  ACT scores are required or highly recommended as part of the application process into certain degree programs (RN, PTA, MLT, H&SS, Occupational Therapy Assisting, etc). 

Although many students took the ACT while in high school, ACT Residual Testing is for those students still needing the test or those trying to improve their scores.  The biggest differences between National ACT (the test you took in high school) and Residual ACT (the test MTC offers), is that residual ACT scores can only be used by the Marion Campus.  These scores might not be accepted by other colleges and universities, which may be problematic if you have plans to transfer to another school. 

Make-Up Testing:  Occasionally, life circumstances or weather may prevent you from making it to a class exam.  Depending on the circumstances and how quickly you communicate the problem, your instructor may give you permission to make-up the test.  These make-up tests are typically proctored in the Student Resource Center.  You will want to refer to your instructor and the course syllabus regarding the class's policy for make-up exams.

ACT National Testing:   In addition to local Residual ACT Testing for MTC students, the Marion Campus is also a NATIONAL ACT TESTING SITE, which means anyone, including high school students and adults can sign up to take the ACT on one of these Saturday dates.

Why take the National ACT?

    The National ACT is best for area high school students who want to have their scores posted in the National ACT database to be available for sending to many colleges.  Anyone can take the National ACT and it is also administered though OSUM on campus, but you must plan well ahead, and be prepared to pay and pre-register online.

ACT Preparation: There are a number of ways to prepare for the ACT, whether you are taking it though Residual or National Testing.  Visit the ACT Website for various options.

On-Line Classes and Independent Studies:  If you are taking an online course or an independent study, your course facilitator may have you take exams in the Student Resource Center.  It is always important to know the name of your instructor and course number when arriving at the SRC to take a test.  All test are alphabetized under the instructor's last name. All testing done in the SRC requires that you bring some form of identification, preferably your driver's license.  No cell phones will be permitted in the testing room.


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1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, Oh. 43302


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