PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The amount of testing will be the same, but the travel time it takes County residents to get to the test site will be significantly lessened after a Prometric Testing Center opens at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The university has signed a contract with Prometric, a global provider in testing services, to open a five-seat testing site in South Hall.
The center, which is expected to officially open in January, will allow university students and community members to take important computer-based exams such as the GRE, Praxis and MCAT right at UMPI, as opposed to having to drive to Bangor or Portland as they have in past years.
Work is under way to renovate the South Hall space and outfit it with computer stations and other necessary testing equipment. Officials hope to host an official opening in January.
Once completed, UMPI’s Prometric Testing Center will offer tests, examinations, continuing education, practical exams and assessments on a scheduled basis.
“This is really a wonderful opportunity for our students because you hear so many of them say that they have to take tests like PRAXIS or the GRE, and they have to drive all the way to Bangor or Portland to take it,” UMPI President Don Zillman said Tuesday afternoon. “Some of these tests you have to take in several pieces or parts, so this is just an added bonus to keep it so close to campus.”
He said UMPI officials found money in the budget to construct the center and that the university will receive a portion of the cost of each test taken, which will help pay for the center and its upkeep in the long run.
For information on testing services that will be offered at the site, call 768-9589.
Test times are not being scheduled yet.