The ETS Profile Proficiency Test

All ACTC students receiving an Associate degree or diploma are required to take a nationally recognized exam. ACTC has chosen the ETS® Proficiency Profile to evaluate the level of general education competencies attained. This exam will not affect an individual student’s grades however; failure to take the exam may result in the graduation process being stopped until the exam is taken.

Please note: Close all open applications except Internet Explorer before accessing the site. Turn off or disable all pop-up blockers. If a pop-up blocker is on it will interfere with the “Help” button on the assessment. (Also, you will want to download and print the PDF file of these instructions before you get started.)

The process takes about one hour to complete online.

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Run ETS Proficiency Profile System Check”. There will be 4 questions; put in home as location and your name and run the system check. Once completed look in the upper right hand corner and click on Home. This will take you back to the screen where you can download the browser.
  3. Select “Download ETS Proficiency Profile Browser” to install
  4. Select “Download ETS Proficiency Profile Browser” once again
  5. Select Save . Select SAVE AS and then choose your desktop. (Once you’ve completed the exam you can delete the icon from your desktop.) Or you may try the RUN and RUN again option; however this tends not to work with on-site computer lab equipment at ACTC.
  6. Enter the numeric Session Number: 54545-8454409 (include the “-“)
  7. The Deadline for graduates to complete the exit exam is June 15, 2014.
  8. If you are logging in for the first time, enter your e-mail address on the Login screen. Click on the radio button next to “No, I have not logged in before” and then click Submit.
  9. Complete your personal profile. All required fields are highlighted in Yellow. This section asks for your ID number. USE YOUR KCTCS STUDENT ID NUMBER. This number is 9 digits long and usually begins with 00. (It can be found on your schedule and student ID badge). Complete the profile using your best judgment.
  10. As part of your personal profile you will be asked to create a password. It can be any combination of letters and numbers. Please be sure to remember your password. If you forget your password, DO NOT create a new exam. Contact Ella Smith, Institutional Effectiveness at or at 606-326-2031 for assistance. If you have taken the ETS Proficiency Profile in the last two years, you may not have to repeat the exam, please contact Mrs. Smith.
  11. Click Start Online after completing the personal profile section. You will then be given the opportunity to read directions and complete a sample assessment to better familiarize yourself with the format of the ETS Proficiency Profile. Click End/Exit once you have completed the sample assessment. Click OK on the dialog box that appears to confirm that you are finished with the sample assessment.
  12. Click Next to begin the timed assessment. You will see the time remaining in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You now have 40 minutes to complete the 36 question exam. You must complete the exam without interruption; you cannot stop the countdown clock once you’ve clicked Next and begun the actual exam.
  13. Ending the exam early: If you attempt to exit before completing all of the questions you will be given two options:
    1. Return to the test – you may have time remaining and unanswered questions. If time is remaining you are permitted to continue working on the exam. Click Cancel to continue the exam
    2. Exit – if you click OK to Exit, you will exit the exam and the exam will be scored. Once you do this you will not be permitted to return to the exam so make sure you have finished the exam before clicking OK to exit. Neither ACTC nor the Helpdesk will be able to help you re-start the exam once you have exited and the exam is scored.
  14. Completing Exit Evaluation Questions. After completing the exam, you will be directed to a few Exit Evaluation Questions. The evaluation questions are optional and do not affect your score. However, we appreciate your taking the time to complete these questions which help us improve the testing experience.
  15. Click Exit once you have completed the assessment. PLEASE PRINT THE SCORE SHEET FOR INCLUSION WITH YOUR GRADUATION PACKET.
  16. Click Logout to exit the administration window and conclude the assessment. You’re all done!

Good luck and congratulations on reaching this milestone in your educational career!

Additional Help:

If you encounter any problems, please contact ETS Technical Support by sending an email to: 

You should receive a response within one (1) hour during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm EST. If your e-mail is received outside of these hours, ETS will respond immediately the next business day.

Local support for issues such as forgotten passwords, clarification of instructions, etc., is available from Ella Smith in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness on the Technology Drive Campus in room 103. Mrs. Smith may be contacted via phone - 606-326-2031, or email –

Next take the Exit Survey