To be an approved test
site, facilities must meet all CCO criteria
for hosting a Written Exam.
If the facility meets the stated criteria, NCCCO
will provide all necessary information to allow
tests to be scheduled. A facility’s status
as an CCO Written Exam test site lapses
after one year from the date of approval if no
tests are administered.
The examination room must provide adequate separation
of candidates, as well as sufficient space for
taking the examination. In addition, administration
sites must meet the following requirements:
- There should be only
one point of entry and exit — Candidates
must enter and exit through the same door.
- The testing room
must be an indoor facility suitable for the
exam candidates, to include:
— Quiet, well-lit, properly ventilated with a comfortable
temperature and free from distractions to candidates.
— Accessible to candidates with special needs.
— A head table or podium at the front of the room.
— A registration table.
— Easy access to unlocked rest rooms stocked with
— Easy access to water fountain.
— Large signs prominently posted making candidates
aware of the location of the test.
— A clock visible to all candidates, preferably
at the front of the room so that candidates can
see it without turning their heads.
- There should
be sufficient tables and space for the number
of candidates registered.
Make certain that the number of candidates
can be seated according to the following requirements:
— 6-foot tables: No more than two candidates per
— 8-foot tables: No more than three candidates
— Round tables: No more than one candidate per
table. These may be used, but are inefficient
due to the requirement of only one candidate
— Desks: No more than one candidate per desk. Desks
may be used only if their surface area is large
enough to hold both the test booklet and answer
sheet. They should accommodate both left-handed
and right-handed candidates with equal comfort.
- The tables should have smooth writing surfaces
and adequate space
to accommodate examination
booklets and answer sheets without crowding.
- There must be an adequate supply of sharpened
for candidates to use on
- The chairs should
be comfortable, with an appropriate height
in relation to the tables
used. Chairs with backs are preferable to stools
or benches without backs.
- Rest rooms should
be located near examination rooms and should
be easy to find. Post directional
signs if necessary.
- Room acoustics
must be good. If the room is large, make
sure that a microphone is
available and that it works well. Candidates
in the back of the room must be able to hear
verbal instructions clearly.
- There must be
adequate space for proctors to observe candidates
- Parking should
be sufficient to accommodate the number of