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Bill J. Priest Assessment Center

The Bill J. Priest Institute Assessment Center offers professional testing services for the community at on-site and approved off-site locations. For a nominal fee, our professional testing staff administers monitors and mails exams to appropriate scoring facilities for individuals, groups or companies. Testing staff follow strict national and state guidelines for testing, while maintaining a professional, relaxed testing environment.

The Assessment Center offerings complement the other programs and services provided by the Bill J. Priest Institute, many of which require assessment of readiness or entry-level ability for training programs.

Funding agency guidelines often require a measure of baseline performance as a means of determining student progress. The Assessment Center employs a variety of tools to access this information.

Performance Testing

The Assessment Center provides performance testing services that include: Correspondence Testing, Credit by Exam, General Equivalency Diploma (GED), DANTE, CLEP, WORKKEYS® and various national certifications, licensing and board exams for professional groups.

Contract Testing

Several national organizations use our professional testing facilities and staff to administer their exams. On an annual basis, we offer the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE).

GED Testing

The Assessment Center is certified to administer GED exams. The four tests offered are: language arts reasoning, social studies, science and math. You must register for the test at

Exam Appointment

You must make an appointment for the following exams by calling, 214 860-5792. 
CLEP, DANTE, WorkKeys® and Credit by Exam

Program Spotlight

WELDING NEWS The Bill J. Priest (BJP) Workforce Training Department is very proud to announce that they have earned the prestigious designation of an Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) through the American Welding Society (AWS). This will allow BJP the ability to offer Welding certifications to students as well as meet the certification needs of business and industries that are served by the Institution.

Until now, San Antonio and McAllen have been the only other areas to offer this service, leaving North Texas industry traveling long distances to gain certifications.

Byron Zarrabi, the director of Welding, states, “This is an important and exciting accomplishment for the Welding program, Bill J. Priest, the Dallas County Community College District, and local industries. Bill J. Priest is also proud to announce that they have a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Pooya Koohbanani, on staff with plans for having all instructors obtain CWI certification.”

Learn more:
Fundamentals of Welding
Fabrication Welding

For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.