Showing posts with label RioTesting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RioTesting. Show all posts

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rio Salado Downtown Closed due to Power Outage

Attention, we are closing the Rio Salado Downtown location until further notice due to a power outage. We will share updates as soon as possible. 

Please call the Rio Salado College main line at 480-517-8000 for assistance.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Summer Friday Closures Begin May 20!

Image of Rio Salado mascot Splash in summer wear, holding a beach ball.
Summer is right around the corner! In an effort to take advantage of cost-saving, energy benefits during the slower summer months, most Maricopa Community Colleges and Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 20 - Aug. 12.  

The following Rio Salado services will be available during the Friday closures:

We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Students are encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Rio Salado Avondale Power Outage

Attention, Rio Salado Avondale and the surrounding area are experiencing a power outage.  

APS estimates that power will be restored later tonight.

As a result, the Avondale location and Testing Center will be closed for the rest of the day. 

We will provide updates as soon as they're available.

The location cannot field calls. If you have an inquiry that requires immediate attention, please call the Rio Salado main line: 480-517-8000.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spring Break is Near! March 17-18!

Image of college mascot splash in baseball uniform, in a field of wildflowers.

Springtime is here! That means spring training games, spring wildflowers... and Spring Break! WooHoo! 

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed for Spring Break, Thursday - Friday, March 17 - 18. 

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk and Ask a Librarian will remain available. Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.

Please take note that some Rio Salado departments at the Tempe headquarters will have special office hours preceding the break, Monday - Wednesday, March 14-16:


Admissions: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Advisement: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Bookstore: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cashier's Office: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Financial Aid: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Library: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tutoring: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 19 Services Available:
The Rio Salado Testing Centers at Northern and the Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, March 19 for regular business hours. The Tempe Computer Lab and Tutoring centers will be open 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

We hope you'll take this time to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy a seventh-inning stretch before finals! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Access to RioLearn Assessments Restored!

The RioLearn Assessment System is now available. Please note some students may still encounter issues with accessing assessments. 

If you do experience issues, please log out of RioLearn, clear your cache, and log back in. If you still experience issues after this process, please contact the Technology Helpdesk at 480-517-8600 or 1-800-729-1197.
As a reminder, please keep a copy of your work prior to submitting through the system.

We appreciate your patience during this time.

Visit the RioLearn homepage for the latest bulletins.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

RioLearn Assessment System Unavailable

Attention: Please do not submit assessments via RioLearn until further notice.

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the RioLearn Assessment system, which is preventing students from submitting assessments.

We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please do not submit assessments until further notice.

Please note, the system may be down all day Monday, December 7, 2015.

Instructors will allow for extensions as needed. We will post an update as soon as the problem is resolved.

Visit the RioLearn homepage for the latest bulletins.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Working to Resolve RioLearn Access

Dear students, we are working to resolve technical issues with RioLearn that are posing problems with submitting assignments and exams. 

If you have an assignment or exam due today and need an extension, please refer to our Instructional Helpdesk “request an extension" link at: www.riosalado.edu/help/instructional/Pages/default.aspx.  

Go directly to the instruction form now: ow.ly/Vv6kU.  

We will keep you posted on our progress.

We appreciate your patience.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Special Service Hours for Thanksgiving Week!

fall leaves: Happy Thanksgiving

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Thursday – Sunday, November 26-29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Some Rio Salado locations, services and testing centers will be available on Saturday, November 28.

Please also take note of special hours of service for locations Monday - Wednesday, November 23-25. Most offices will be closing at 5 p.m
.

We will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 30.

Please visit this web page for details about closures and special hours of service for each of our locations.

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rio Salado Testing Center Services

Did you know that Rio Salado's testing centers serve thousands of Valley residents including U.S. military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and college students?

Each of Rio Salado’s nine Valley-wide testing centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior coursework, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are also testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success.

All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

Rio Salado testing centers also offer exams that assess English language skills, Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport exams and more!

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details, visit: www.riosalado.edu/testing.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Conquer Your Test-Taking Fears

Image of Rio Salado's testing center in Tempe

Taking tests is a given in college life and for many people, this can strike fear and cause self-doubt. The best way to conquer those fears is by being prepared and by using tried and true test-taking strategies.

This Test Taking Tips video produced by Rio Salado’s Testing Center can help you prepare.

For more study skills and college success strategies, consider taking a Rio Salado College and Career Success class.

If you have an overwhelming fear of taking tests, you may be experiencing test anxiety. Wikipedia defines text anxiety as “a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before taking a test. This anxiety creates significant barriers to learning and performance.” If you think test anxiety maybe an issue for you, please contact our Counseling department at 480-517-8784.

Contributed by Kamela Craig on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Friday and July 4 Holiday Closures

image of Rio Salado College headquarters in Tempe

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, until Aug. 14. We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

Testing Centers at Tempe, Northern, the Communiversity at Surprise and Communiversity at Queen Creek will remain open.  Please visit our locations pages for additional details www.riosalado.edu/Locations.

All locations and Testing Centers will be closed July 2 - 4 in observance of Independence Day, except for the Testing Center at Tempe, which will be open July 2-3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please plan accordingly.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Summer Hours May 18 – Aug. 14

Image of Rio Salado employee wearing a Rio Salado sweatshirt.
Rio Salado College will implement a new summer hour schedule that includes Friday college wide closures, beginning May 18 and ending August 14.

All college locations and services will be closed on Fridays except the following:
  • Testing Centers at Tempe, Northern, the Communiversity at Surprise
    and the Communiversity at Queen Creek
  • RSC Tempe: Technology Helpdesk phone support, KJZZ, KBACH and Sun Sounds
Please note, the Rio Salado Library in Tempe will also be closed on Saturdays during this time.

We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

This new schedule will provide cost-saving, energy benefits during slower summer months. We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you. 

We encourage you to use self-serve options at My.maricopa.edu. 

Please visit our locations pages for additional details about college closures.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ten Ways to Reduce Math Anxiety

Feeling overwhelmed by the math learning curve and anxiety of taking math tests? You're not alone. Here are some great tips from Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

1. Learn to relax when you are nervous and tense. Reduce math anxiety by using meditation and deep breathing techniques in stressful situations.

2. Change negative thoughts like “I can’t do this," "I’ve never been good at math," and "I won’t finish in time” to positive thinking. You can do this!

3. Imagine yourself succeeding. Visualizing is a technique used when preparing for a performance. See yourself relaxed and successfully completing math problems.

4. Tackle the easy problems first. Scan your assignment to see which problems you can easily solve. This will help you build confidence and help you relax in preparation for more challenging problems.

5. Employ physical activities. In addition to deep breathing, try squeezing a stress ball and consider a walk or run

6. Prepare for exams early. When cramming for an exam you are likely to quickly forget. Build a study plan where you practice material over a period of time. This will ensure you have a better mastery of the material and less chance of forgetting when under stress.

7. Be good to yourself. Balancing school, as well as, your personal activities can be challenging. Your body and mind function best when we practice good eating and sleeping habits.

8. Learn the “why” of concepts. Under stress, short-term memory is usually the first to go. Math is not just a set of rules but one where concepts build on what came before. Understanding the “why” behind the rules will help you solve multiple types of problems.

9. Use support services.  Take advantage of tutoring and counseling services. These services are available free of charge to students. Also consider joining a support groups for adults with math anxiety. Don’t try to do it along. Reach out!!

10. Reward yourself when completing a difficult assignment or an exam. This is the time to take a break, stop, relax and pamper yourself.

There many more strategies at your disposal.  Visit our Academic Success Toolbox for more self-help techniques.

Contributed by Dr. Jean Tease on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RSC Northern Testing Closed April 2

image of Rio Salado Testing Center

The Rio Salado Testing Center at Northern will be closed Thursday, April 2 for maintenance. 

Testing services will resume on Friday, April 3.

Please visit our other testing centers if you need to schedule an exam on April 2. 

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rio Testing Centers Serve as CLEP Leader

Photo of Rio Salado Testing Center in Tempe, in front reception is Rio Salado Testing Center staff, Angelina Valenica.
The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credits for what you already know through exams that assess subject matter proficiency-- for a fraction of the cost of a college course.

Rio Salado’s nine Testing Centers offer all 33 CLEP exams. Learn more about ‪#‎CLEP‬ and Rio Salado Testing Centers in this online profile by the College Board, which has recognized Rio Salado since 2002 as a Top 100 CLEP® testing center.

Pictured above is Angie Valencia from our Tempe Testing Center who is ready to help you get started.

Here's another blog post to provide you with additional details about Rio Salado's Testing Centers and how we can be of service to you.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Closures & RioLearn Outage March 20

image of Rio Salado Tower in Tempe

Here’s some news about maintenance work that will affect your access to RioLearn and closures that will limit your access to our offices during Spring Break 2015. Please plan accordingly.

RioLearn Down March 20
RioLearn and our college phone system will not be available Friday, March 20, 7a.m. – 12 p.m. during a scheduled building maintenance. You will still have access to your Student Information System (SIS) and other self-serve options at MyMaricopa.edu during this outage.

College Closures and Hours of Service, March 16-20
All Rio Salado locations and in-person services will be closed during Spring Break, March 19-20. Operators will be on duty to field general Technology Helpdesk and Financial Aid department calls during this time.

Locations normally open Saturdays will have regular business hours on March 21.

Many offices will have adjusted service hours during Spring Break week, March 16-20, including Advisement, Admissions and Records and Financial Aid.

Please visit this page for a full listing of special hours of service and closures during this week

You will still have access to RioLearn, self-serve enrollment options at My.maricopa.edu and Ask a Librarian services during this time, with the exception of the RioLearn outage on March 20.

We hope you have a chance to enjoy a few, well-deserved days off from school. 

Here’s to Spring Break 2015!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Saturday Services for You Jan. 24 & 31

Image of a Rio Salado employee at front reception desk.

Take advantage of Saturday services at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, January 24 and 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

Students Services Available:

We are providing these extra hours of service to help you meet the increased demands that normally occur at the start of a new year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Check Out the Latest Job Opportunities at Rio

Image of Rio Salado Testing Employees

Rio Salado College is looking for a part-time employee to serve as a Testing Technician at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Job duties include administering paperwork and computer-based exams to students, providing general clerical assistance, greeting visitors and directing traffic.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with computers, including a knowledge of spreadsheet and digital data management. A strong detail to attention is a must, as is the ability to follow written and oral directions.

Are you the right fit for the job? We'd love to hear from you.  Apply Today!

Rio Salado College also has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities.

FWS jobs are based on student need and do not have to be repaid. For a list of job openings, visit www.riosalado.edu/jobs and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

For other employment opportunities with Rio Salado College and all Maricopa Community College District locations, visit www.maricopa.edu/hrweb

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Rio's Testing Services Make Valley-wide Impact

photo of Linda Lukey at testing center in Tempe

Tucked away in each of Rio Salado College’s nine locations are testing centers serving thousands of Valley residents and visitors including U.S. Military personnel, U.S. Postal Service workers, FBI agents, GED® test-takers and yes— lots of college students. They also offer IT exams like the one passed by Ayan Qureshi, the five-year-old boy from the UK who recently became the youngest Microsoft certified IT professional in the world.

Rio Salado Testing Centers aren’t getting that kind of international attention-- but they’re getting a share of local and national merit.

“Rio Salado College Testing Centers were the first in Arizona to become Nationally Certified Testing Centers by the National College Testing Association,” said Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

Lukey, who has been instrumental in the development and growth of the testing centers, is proud of that distinction— and the national recognition from the College Board, which has recognized Rio Salado since 2002 as a Top 100 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) testing center. It also recognized Rio Salado as a Top 25 Military Testing Center for CLEP exams in 2013 - 2014.

Each of Rio Salado’s Testing Centers offers 33 CLEP exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.

Students can apply knowledge they’ve gained through prior course work, independent study, internships, job training, professional development and personal pursuits.

There are testing services for IT professionals who need to keep certifications up-to-date, including Pearson Vue CompTIA Certification exams, which are recognized by thousands of companies as a predictor of employee success. All Maricopa students, faculty and staff are eligible for significant discounts on these exams. Students pursuing A+ certification save about 55%. Network+ certification students pay approximately half the normal rate. Rio Salado students may also receive college credit for their certifications.

The Testing Center provides proctoring services for other educational institutions so students can take midterms and finals at a location that’s convenient for them. “We are also part of the Consortium of College Testing Centers, offering proctoring services for students worldwide,” said Lukey.

The Pearson Vue GED® test has become quite popular. More than 10,000 people have taken the exam since the college began offering it in October of 2013.

There are a series of tests you can’t fail. ACCUPLACER exams are free of charge and help new students gauge their current skill levels for Reading, English and Math. Academic advisors use the results of the assessments along with details about students’ academic backgrounds to determine appropriate college courses.

Rio Salado Testing Centers also offer Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist Certiport Exams; exams that assess English language skills and more.

For a comprehensive view of the types of services offered, the locations, hours of service, forms of identification required and other details, visit: www.riosalado.edu/testing. 

Pictured above: Linda Lukey, Rio Salado director of testing and prior learning assessment.

This story can also be found in the December 6 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Testing Services at Northern Resume Saturday

Testing services at Rio Salado College Northern will remain closed today but will be available Saturday morning.

In the meantime, please visit our other Testing Centers if you would like to take an exam today. Visit http://www.riosalado.edu/testing/Pages/default.aspx or call 480-517-8560 for additional details about location hours and services.