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Students Take Industry Skills Assessment Exams

Tests discern industry proficiency for entry-level employability

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Every May, Career and Technical Education students at the Long Island Regional Academy of Applied Technology take written and practical industry assessment exams. These tests allow CTE students to demonstrate that they have mastered the required entry-level skills in their respective industries.

Exams consist of both written and hands-on practical tests. Students who score a 70 or better on the written portion are eligible for three transferable college credits. Locally-based industry experts serve as third-party evaluators during the practical assignments, which employs the tools, materials, and equipment of each occupation.

The majority of Academy students take NOCTI brand exams (other nationally recognized standardized tests are also available). The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) is an American certifying body that tests students on their abilities to perform the skills needed in a career.

“A high percentage of our students pass their assessments. In 2019, which was the last year exam results were available due to COVID, 72 percent passed the written exam, 94 percent passed the performance exam, and 45 percent of students scored a 70 or higher,” said Milliken Tech Principal Jennifer Martino. “Our students enter the workforce or begin their post-secondary education with marketable skills, hands-on experience, and a clear career path.”

The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Milliken Tech is located on the Oakdale campus.