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CASAS Testing

Applicants seeking admission into the Emergency Medical Science-AAS program must demonstrate Reading Comprehension and Math skills at or above a post-secondary level prior to being eligible for the program. This requirement is based on policies established by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Science.

Southwestern Community College uses the CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems) to test an applicant’s reading comprehension and/or math skills for the EMS program.

Applicants to the program who have not successfully completed a college-level English course prior to the program deadline will need to take the CASAS Reading GOALS assessment.

Applicants to the program who have not successfully completed a college-level math course prior to the program deadline will need to take the CASAS Math GOALS assessment.

Students seeking to enroll in the EMS-110 course who have not graduated from high school or have not received a High School Equivalency Diploma must score at or above an 11th grade reading level on the CASAS Reading GOALS assessment.

Please note that the CASAS is for program eligibility only. Successful scores on the assessment will not waive the need to take the English and math courses required for the program.

General Test Information:
• The Testing Center uses a paper version of the exam. No online testing is available.
• Students are allowed one initial test and one retest per subject per academic year.

CASAS Reading GOALS:
• Total number of questions = 40
• Time limit of 75 minutes

CASAS Math GOALS:
• Total number of questions = 38
• Time limit of 75 minutes
• A calculator and scratch paper are provided. Personal calculators are not allowed.

Please contact the Testing Center for more information or to schedule the CASAS assessment.

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