The first National Test Center is now open at Izmir Air Station

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  • By Tanju Varlıklı

The first National Test Center of the 425th Air Base Squadron opened its doors at the Izmir Collocated Center to its military community with the hopes of enhancing testing services July 20, 2020, at Izmir Air Station, Turkey.

“The National Test Center in the ICC will allow proctored testing for Izmir Airmen and Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Don Salvatore, 425th ABS commander. “This will include DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, College Level Examination Program, and a host of other certification exams that members previously had to fly to Incirlik or Germany to take. It is the first-ever NTC at Izmir Air Station and it will fix an eight-year gap in proctored testing opportunities.”

The Izmir Education Center was only able to offer military test types since 2012 when academic test centers were closed around the Air Force and these services were contracted to the University of Maryland in Europe. Now, the University of Maryland University College-operated NTC will allow Izmir military members the opportunity to take the 38 CLEP and 37 DSST exams for college credit, major certification and credentialing exams; and will bring this service to the doorstep of Izmir military community as well as the Istanbul and Ankara military communities. Istanbul and Ankara service members will easily be able to access the Izmir NTC versus accessing the Incirlik NTC.

“The NTC offers big time convenience and availability of academic testing. It took a lot of coordination to set up the first-ever NTC in Izmir,” said Ali Satıcı, 425th ABS education center specialist. “The school’s European leadership has been extremely considerate and generous in making the decision of standing up a new NTC as well as investing in computer equipment and hiring a test administrator for Izmir.”

The NTC is located on the sixth floor of the ICC adjacent to the base. Days and hours of testing as well as the step-by-step test scheduling guidance will be announced later on.