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Calhoun Community College Testing Center earns National Recognition

July 15, 2015

Decatur, AL -- With millions of educational, certification, and licensure tests administered in the U.S. every year, the need for secure testing environments and trained testing staff has never been greater.  One local test center has set the bar high for other post-secondary test centers and achieved national status as a leader in excellent testing practices. 

The Testing and Assessment Center at Calhoun Community College was recently awarded Test Center Certification by the National College Testing Association (NCTA).  According to the NCTA, criteria for certification are rigorous and are based on NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines, which were developed to guide post-secondary test centers in the delivery of quality testing programs.

The Calhoun Testing and Assessment Center is one of the few test centers in the U.S. and Canada to have completed this intensive certification process and is the only such designated center in the entire state of Alabama. This certification will be in place for five years and can be renewed by demonstrating continued compliance to national standards.

“We are extremely pleased at having received this national recognition,” commented Center Director Dr. Denny Smith.  “This award is one that would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire staff of Calhoun’s Testing and Assessment Center.  This was definitely a team effort,” added Smith. 

“Congratulations are extended to Denny Smith and the entire staff of the Calhoun Community College Testing and Assessment Center for maintaining high test administration standards and for providing excellent service to a wide variety of students and community members in the performance of their duties,” said NCTA President Francesca B. Taylor.

For more information on Calhoun’s Testing and Assessment Center, call 256-306-2637 or visit the Calhoun website at

The National College Testing Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and high quality service in the administration of testing programs, offers certification to college and university test centers that demonstrate exemplary practices.  NCTA membership numbers more than 2100 testing professionals from 615 colleges and universities as well as 42 test companies and organizations offering test-related products and services.