Mission

The mission of the New Student Advising Office, Testing and Career Services at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is to provide an open-door information center for students and alumni that provides academic advising, career services and / or testing services leading toward a successful degree completion.

The New Student Advising Office, Testing and Career Services is a multi-functional office of the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College. We offer assistance in Academic Advising, Career Services and Testing Services.

Academic Advising 

Offers assistance to new incoming freshmen, students who have not yet declared a major, transfer students from other institutions, Nursing Technology Applicants (Pre-Nursing) and College Credit Plus students (CCP).

Career Services

Offers assistance in resume building, mock interviews, career choices, employment information boards, internships and annual events to assist the student in their endeavors to gain employment upon completion of their degree.

Testing Services

Offers secure testing facilities for a variety of exams for the student and for the public.

Academic Advising

The New Student Advising Office provides a centralized campus location to assist freshmen students who have not yet decided on a major, transfer students from other institutions, and College Credit Plus students (CCP) with the scheduling of appropriate classes and leading to the declaration of a major.

Academic Advising focuses on assisting students in scheduling courses to fulfill general education requirements and / or lead to the students preferred area of study by:

  • Appropriate referrals to campus and community services.
  • Career and program decisions.
  • Developing an educational plan leading to retention and success for degree completion.
  • Scheduling and course selection.

A variety of services provided by Academic Advising include:

  • Academic Advising for General Studies (Undecided Major)
  • Academic Advising for Nursing Technology Applicants (Pre-Nursing)
  • Placement Testing and ACT Support

The New Student Advising Office also facilitates advisor training for new full-time and part-time faculty.

Career Services

Career Services offers assistance in making decisions regarding a course of study, the declaration of a major or continuing educational goals in pursuance of the student’s career objectives; provides direction for the student who wishes to learn more about a particular career area such as employment outlook, salary ranges and / or skills required; provides information regarding personal abilities, interests and values and how these factors mesh with specific jobs.

A variety of career activities and services are offered to assist the students on their road to employment

Activities and services offered include:

  • Annual Rio Career Fair
  • Annual Teacher Recruitment Consortium (TRC)
  • Assistance in Career Choices
  • Employment Opportunity and Internship information boards
  • Mock Interviews
  • Postings for summer and part-time employment opportunities
  • Resume Assistance
  • TypeFocus – www.typefocus.com
TypeFocus - Success Through Self Awareness

Go to www.typefocus.com

One of the first things to do when looking for work is to decide what kind of work to look for. You know that everyone is different to some degree or other.

Once you discover what makes you unique, you can use that information to select jobs that will honor your strengths. This website will help you do that through career assessment.

Testing Services

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College Testing Service’s Mission is to accurately administer and provide quality services in a secure, comfortable testing environment for students, faculty and the community while maintaining NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. Normal testing hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Please check with www.rio.edu for the university’s status during inclement weather. The New Student Advising Office, Testing and Career Services will be open if the university is open.

The administration of proctored exams by the testing center require scheduled appointments 24 hours in advance.

Testing Services offered:

Placement Exam (Math / English)

Currently, the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College uses Accuplacer for math placement and Writeplacer for English placement. Individuals who would like to review their math skills prior to testing, may visit the following site for practice: https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org These tests help ensure the proper skill level at which a student is placed into his or her courses.

Placement Exams take approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete and are administered Monday – Thursdays at 9a.m., 11a.m. and 1p.m. To schedule an appointment for a Placement Exam please contact the New Student Advising Office, Testing and Career Services at 740.245.7279.

Comira - www.comiratesting.com

Comira is a full service testing company for licensure, certification, assessment and educational testing programs and one of the most trusted computer-based testing providers in the industry.

Faculty Make-Up/Proctored Exams

This make-up/proctored testing service is offered to assist both the student and instructor with regular make up exams and special accommodation testing. The administration of make-up and or proctored exams require scheduled appointments 24 hours in advance.

GED - gedtestingservice.com

The GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. To register and schedule for a “GED” exam please log in at their website. gedtestingservice.com

GMAT - www.mba.com

A standardized test that helps business schools assess the applicants for advanced study in business and management. To register and schedule for a “GMAT” exam please log in at their website: www.mba.com

On-Line Proctoring

Proctoring of exams from other institutions can be done by contacting:

ParaPro

The ParaPro Assessment is a test developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) to test the knowledge and skills of education paraprofessionals. For information and exam registration please visit their website: https://www.ets.org/parapro

Pearson Vue Certification Exams - www.pearsonvue.com

Computer-based testing for IT, academic, government and professional testing programs. To register and schedule for a “Pearson Vue” exam please log in at their web site: www.pearsonvue.com

The American College Test (ACT) - www.act.org

This is a national test that measures academic aptitude and readiness to enter college. The National ACT results are applicable to any institution of higher education. To register and schedule for a “National ACT Test” please log in at their web site: www.act.org

National ACT 2018-2019 Testing Dates:

Test Dates Deadline
July 13, 2019June 14, 2019
June 8, 2019May 3, 2019
April 13, 2019March 8, 2019
Feb. 19, 2019Jan. 11, 2019
Residual ACT - www.act.org

An ACT Test whereas the scores are only reported to the examines’ institution. Scores cannot be used for scholarship purposes or athletic eligibility.

A 60-day period between residual tests is mandatory. Students can register and pay for the “Residual ACT” by visiting the New Student Advising Office, Testing and Career Services in Room 115 of the James A. Rhodes Student Center.

Test Dates
July 19, 2019
March 15, 2019
The College Level Examination Program - www.collegeboard.com/clep (CLEP)

This test allows one to choose any of the 33 exams offered. Please visit the college board website listed above for a list of exams offered.

To Register for a CLEP exam: Please visit their website, create your account, register and pay for your exam. To Schedule the exam at the University of Rio Grande, please contact:

National Health Care Association

Castle

Kryterian

Testing Fees

TestFee
CLEP Exam$87.00 (CLEP) + $20.00 (Proctor Fee)
Placement Retake Exam$10.00
National ACT (with writing)$62.50
National ACT (without writing) $46.00
Proctoring for other Institutions$20.00 (Proctor Fee)
Residual ACT $50.00

Payments accepted by check, money order or cash only with the exception of National ACT. Please check the appropriate web site for scheduling and fee criteria for National ACT.

Fees effective July 1, 2018 *Exam fees are subject to change.

Please check with www.rio.edu for the university’s status during inclement weather. The New Student Advising Office, Testing and Career Services will be open if the university is open.

Guidelines

  • The testing center is open Monday – Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m. (Mon-Thur during Summer)
  • A valid photo I.D. is required.
  • Tests must be scheduled at least 24 hours prior and completed during hours of availability.
  • Allow adequate time to complete test prior to the testing centers closing hours.
  • Tests may not be started at one time and completed later.
  • Tests must be turned in to the testing staff at the end of the allotted test time.
  • Exams and all testing materials or tools must be returned at the finish of your exam.
  • Cell phones must be put on silent or turned off and placed with stored belongings.
  • Personal items are to be stored in an area designated by the testing staff.
  • No food or drink products are allowed in the testing rooms.
  • No children are permitted in the testing center.
  • Payment is accepted by check, money order or cash. (Credit/Debit cards are not accepted)

The testing center is located in the James A. Rhodes Student Center, Room 115.

Please check www.rio.edu for the university’s status during inclement weather. The New Student Advising Office, Testing and Career Services will be open if the university is open.

Services and Testing Policy

Upon acceptance to the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College, and prior to registering for classes, all full-time and/or degree-seeking undergraduate students without sufficient ACT sub-scores are required to take placement exams in Algebra and/or Reading.

Part-time students may be required to test depending upon their desired coursework.

Students participating in the College Credit Plus (CCP) Program are also subject to this policy.

To arrange for placement testing, or to determine if placement testing is needed, the student may call the New Student Advising Office, Testing & Career Services at 740.245.7004, or 1.800.282.7201 ext. 7004.

Should a student wish to take a placement exam at another institution and have the results sent to Rio Grande, original test results must bear the official stamp of the testing institution or the signature and phone number of the testing administrator, and must be mailed to Rio Grande in an official college envelope by the testing institution. Results may be sent to: New Student Advising Office, Testing & Career Services, Attn: Susan Haft, University of Rio Grande, PO Box 500, Rio Grande, OH 45674.

Placement results from other institutions will not be accepted via Fax

Staff

The New Student Advising Office staff is friendly and knowledgeable and looks forward to identifying ways to support, assist and encourage students throughout their time at Rio Grande.

Location

New Student Advising located in the James A Rhodes Student Center on the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College campus.

Business hours: 8-5 Monday – Friday
Closed each day from 12-1 for lunch

Primary Contact: advising@rio.edu

James A. Rhodes Student Center

 

 

 

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