Testing Policies and Proctor Agreement for the Career Essentials: Assessments

Prepare students and proctors for testing.

Testing Policies

  • License expiration date: Assessment enrollment keys are valid for one year from purchase date. Unused assessments are nonrefundable and will be void if not used by the one-year expiration date. The assessments can be scheduled any day or time that a proctor is available for supervision.
  • Time it takes to complete: There are 50 questions per assessment and each assessment will take approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours to complete. The assessment is not timed. Once the student begins the assessment they must finish without interruption.
  • Accommodations are available for students with special needs. Students with special needs (i.e. students with Individual Education Plans) may receive reasonable accommodations for their special needs provided that those accommodations do not compromise assessment integrity. Accommodations should align with those specified within a respective student’s IEP. A reader is permitted if the reader is not an instructor in the assessment area being administered.  Computer programs such as Reader Client are permitted. The assessments are not timed. Students may take as long as the school permits to complete the assessment.
  • Reassessments: Students who are unsuccessful in achieving a passing score, or those who wish to improve their score are permitted to purchase a second assessment. Testing a student at the beginning of a course curriculum and again at the end is permitted by purchasing both a pre-assessment and a standard post-assessment. SkillsUSA recommends you check with your Department of Education before purchasing a second assessment to verify that retesting the same student is permitted in your state.
  • Assign a proctor: A proctor can be an administrator, or another professional within the school/organization system. The proctor can be an instructor but should not be an instructor in the same area of study as the assessment area. A student cannot proctor the assessment. The proctor is a volunteer position. The school/organization is responsible for ensuring compliance to state education privacy laws when selecting a proctor.
  • Instructors are not permitted to take an assessment. Instructor resources are available to prepare students for testing at:https://www.careeressentials.org/measure/assessment-areas/ or they may add a demo assessment to their shopping cart (free of charge) post-login at : https://mycareeressentials.org/#/login >log-on>catalog>Assessments>Demo Assessments.