PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle who want to take important tests to solidify their careers can do so without adding extra mileage to their vehicles.
Officials at the Presque Isle college on Tuesday afternoon celebrated the opening of UMPI’s new Prometric Testing Center, located on the main floor of South Hall.
UMPI President Don Zillman, UMPI officials, representatives from Prometric and members of the business community attended the ceremony.
“It was very exciting seeing the center open,” Zillman said Wednesday. “This is a project we have been working on for seven months or so, and it will meet so many needs for both the campus and the community.”
This past December, the university signed a contract with Prometric, a global provider in testing services, to open a five-seat testing site in South Hall.
Renovation work was completed during the fall and winter, and the space has been outfitted with computer stations and other necessary testing equipment.
The center will allow university students and community members to take important computer-based exams such as the GRE, Praxis and MCAT at UMPI, as opposed to having to drive to Bangor or Portland as in past years. The center will offer tests, examinations, continuing education, practical exams and assessments on a scheduled basis.
Zillman said that being able to take the test locally is one of the most significant benefits of the center. He said that students in the past who have had to take such tests in Bangor have had to worry about inclement weather and whether to drive down the night before or on the day of the test.
The center will put an end to that, he said.
College officials found money in the budget to construct the center and 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.
Students already have begun taking tests at the new center, Zillman said Wednesday.