Professional Assessment and Certification Center

After employees have been properly trained, a proficiency assessment is the ideal tool to measure competencies and help them acquire certifications. Certifications are quickly becoming a requirement for those entering the workforce.  A certification shows an employer that you have the knowledge and skills required to perform a job successfully.  Certifications are also a way to demonstrate and separate your qualifications from, and above, other job candidates.  To meet this demand, Atlanta Technical College provides a professional testing and certification center for students, businesses and members of the community.

Many of the common exams are administered by the Atlanta Technical College Professional Assessment and Certification Center, located in the new library complex on the main campus of Atlanta Technical College. Companies can now send current and potential employees to the Center to be tested in this secure, monitored environment. Common assessments offered through the center are listed below. Companies and individuals who wish to inquire about specific exams not shown here should contact Professional Assessment and Certification Center, at 404-225-4764 or 

The PAC Center currently provides assessment services through the following vendors:

  • ACT (American College Testing)
  • ATI Allied Health (HOBET)
  • Georgia Pest Control Commission
  • Comira
  • Elsevier Science (HESI)
  • iNARTE (FCC)
  • ISO-Quality Testing, Inc.
  • Kryterion
  • PSI (FAA)
  • Pearson Vue (GED Exam)
  • POST
  • Independent Testing for Distant Learning & Others
  • Others – To Be Announced

American College Testing (ACT)

The Professional Assessment and Certification Center currently offers two computer-based exams through ACT.  They are:

  • COMPASS – candidates who desire to take a remote COMPASS exam for another college or institution other than Atlanta Technical College can do so by visiting or calling the PAC Center.  COMPASS is a computer-adaptive college placement test that allows educators  to better (1) evaluate potential incoming students’ skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and English as a Second Language; (2) Place students in appropriate courses and (3) Connect students to the resources they need to achieve academic success.  For more information, visit, click on the appropriate exam for test taking tips and sample test questions.
  • WorkKeys or NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate) – formerly referred to as Georgia Work Ready Exam.  WorkKeys assessments measure "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.This is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.  Individuals who take this exam can successfully earn the National Career Readiness Certificate.  For more information visit
ATI Allied Health (HOBET)

HOBET (Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test) V is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. Colleges use this assessment to determine readiness for an allied health program and to ensure one will be successful in the career area.  The objectives assessed on the HOBET V exam are those which allied health educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of allied health students.  To learn more, visit


The PAC Center is a test site for Comira, a full service testing company for licensure, certification, assessment and educational testing programs. For a list of the various professional exams provided through Comira, visit

Elsevier Science (HESI)

The HESI exam is a computer-based exam that is normally required of applicants who are entering Allied Health programs. There are several components of this exam which usually include these:   Anatomy / Physiology, grammar, math, and reading comprehension. For additional information regarding this exam, visit

Georgia Pest Control

The Georgia Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Technical Colleges System of Georgia has implemented computerized administration of the Structural Pest Control Examinations.  Interested persons may go online at and schedule to take this exam at the Professional Assessment Center in the following areas:

  • Employee Registration Examination
  • Certification Examination
  • Commercial Examination

iNARTE administers all FCC commercial license exams to include the General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) and the Marine Radio Operator Permit (MROP). To find out which exam you will need and to obtain study materials, you may call iNARTE at 1 800 89-NARTE or visit them at

ISO-Quality Testing, Inc.

The PAC Center is a test site for ISO Quality Testing, Inc.  ISO is full-service testing company serving the needs of licensing boards and credentialing agencies with a wide range of test development and administration services. Registration and additional information regarding the exams offered are available at


Kryterion is a full-service test development and delivery company providing computer-based exams for a variety of professions and certifications.    For a list of all the exams and services available through Kryterion to customers, visit them at

PSI (FAA Exam – Federal Aviation Administration)

PSI now operates the Lasergrade test sites, all FAA test sites are now operated by PSI.  To find out more information, visit PSI at


The P.O.S.T. Council adopted the ASSET and/or COMPASS exam as the official POST Entrance Exam for law enforcement candidates.  Interested customers may contact the PAC Center to arrange to take the computer version, the COMPASS exam.  Immediate results are available to customers.  For more information regarding the COMPASS exam, visit, click on appropriate exam (Math, Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay and/or English as a Second Language) for test taking tips and sample test questions.


Individuals, who are required to take a proctored exam at an approved location, may contact the PAC Center for this service.  We provide testing in a professional setting, with trained and certified staff as well as state-of-the art computers and equipment. 

Placement Testing/Admissions Testing

Applicants must take the required COMPASS or ASSET placement test or submit satisfactory SAT I or ACT test scores. Test scores will be considered valid for a period of five years.

Satisfactory scores on the SAT I, ACT, ASSET, or COMPASS placement test or a grade of C or better from an accredited postsecondary institution in English and math level 100 or higher. Algebra placement test scores are required for certain diploma programs and all degree programs. Test scores are considered valid for placement for a period of 5 years.

Applicants will be admitted with regular status to an associate degree program with the following SAT I and ACT scores:



Verbal: 450

Composite: 20

Math: 430

Applicants will be admitted with regular status to a diploma or technical certificate of credit program with the following SAT I and ACT scores:



Verbal: 410

Composite: 18

Math: 410

ASSET or COMPASS scores for all degree, diploma, and certificate programs are available upon request in the admissions office.


OTHERS – Look for additional exams and services to be added to our offerings soon.