Testing center accommodations are provided to students previously registered with and approved for accommodations by Saint Louis University’s Office of Disability Services. Students must get approval for reasonable exam accommodations from Disability Services prior to requesting accommodated exam services at the testing center.
The testing centers are available to course instructors and students who need to coordinate equal access exam accommodations, including quiet testing space, computer use for essay exams, and a reader or writer upon request.
Services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because the testing centers are optional support resources, exams cannot be scheduled earlier or later than the hours of operation. For exams that need to occur earlier or later than testing center hours, course instructors should either proctor the exam themselves or adjust the time of the exam to fit within the hours of operation. Proctors are only present during times when exams are scheduled.
Remember to turn in your out-of-class testing forms at least one week in advance.
Testing Center Rules and Regulations
The North and South campus testing centers provide services to students and faculty under the direction and leadership of the Student Success Center and are coordinated by professional staff members within Disability Services. In order to effectively serve individuals utilizing the testing centers, we ask that all students and faculty review the following rules and regulations:
- OCT Form Submission. Out of class testing forms should be submitted 7 days prior to the exam date. For mid-terms and finals, due to the high volume of student requests and needs regarding staffing and resources, the testing centers ask that forms be submitted 10 days prior to the exam date. For extenuating circumstances, the testing center will maintain reasonable flexibility, providing that students communicate in advance that the form will be late. Please note that we will not accept forms that are submitted one business day prior to the exam date. If a student is habitually late when scheduling exams, the student will be asked to meet with the Director or the Coordinator of Disability Services within a reasonable timeframe. Completed forms should be emailed to the North Campus Testing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or the South Campus Testing Center at email@example.com.
- Confirmation of Exams. Students will receive email confirmation of their scheduled exams. If no confirmation is received, you should contact the correct testing center to verify the exam time.
- Exam Time Adjustment. Any change in a test time must be verified by the faculty member to a Testing Center staff member. This notification should be through direct email from the faculty member. Adjustments requested less than 3 days prior to an exam will be approved on a case-by-case basis and will depend upon the availability of space and personnel.
- Delivery of Exam to Testing Center. Faculty are asked to deliver their exams to the testing center 24 business hours prior to the start of the scheduled exam. During Finals and Midterms, due to high volume of testers, instructors are asked to submit exams 48 business hours prior to the scheduled exam.
- Timeliness. Students must arrive on time for their exams. Similar to the classroom environment, the testing centers are only able to facilitate exams within the approved timeframes outlined within the Out of Class Testing form. Please make sure to review exam scheduling confirmation emails for approved start and end times. If a student anticipates that they will be late for an exam they must inform the testing center at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the exam either via email or phone call. Please note that, aside from extenuating circumstances, end times for exams will not change if the student is tardy, and the instructor will be notified if the student is greater than 15 minutes late. If a student is habitually late for their exams, the student will be asked to meet with the Director or the Coordinator of Disability Services within a reasonable timeframe.
- Academic Integrity. The testing centers regularly check in with students to ensure that the academic integrity of facilitated exams is upheld. Students should be aware that there are video cameras within all testing locations monitoring any suspicious activity. If student is caught cheating, the exam will be ended and the instructor contacted.
- Identification. Testing Center staff may request students show their SLU ID prior to testing for verification purposes.
- Personal Belongings and Cell Phones/Smart Watches. Students must leave all personal belongings in a locker or cubby (this includes backpacks, purses, computers, coats, hats, etc.). In addition, all cellular devices will be collected (independently of other devices), as they are not allowed in the testing area.
- Previously Approved Materials. Only materials specified on the Out of Class Testing (OCT) form are allowed in the testing area. Cell phones, smart watches, and other electronic devices are not permitted unless specifically indicated by the instructor. Please come prepared to the testing center, making sure that you have writing utensils and other allowed materials with you when you arrive.
- Use of Technology and Assigned Seating. Any student using approved technology (e.g., Blackboard, Excel) will be closely monitored by staff; and, unless specified by the instructor on the OCT form, Internet use is strictly prohibited.
- Restroom Use. Use of the restroom before the test begins is encouraged. Bathroom breaks should be kept to a minimum and should be taken within a reasonable amount of time.
- Time Warnings. Students will be given their end time when the exam begins and should monitor their time carefully. Staff will remind a student one time that their time has come to an end. When the test time is up the student must turn in their test immediately.
- Delivery of Exams/Materials to Instructor. Testing Center staff will ensure the material and exam are returned to your instructor within 48 hours of test completion. If instructors require express delivery, notice should be provided to the testing center. Instructor can also elect to pick up the materials from the testing center.
- Student Conduct. Upon arrival to the testing center please be respectful to staff and other students. Please keep the volume low and be respectful of testing center property. Students may be removed for disruptive behavior.
Request for Alternate Format Materials
The testing centers allow for use of alternate format course materials by students who need print materials, including textbooks, in alternative formats as a means of support for a documented condition.
For those who have been provide the accommodation for alternative format texts, there are a couple of steps that you will need to take:
- Compile your receipts/proof of purchases.
- Complete the alternate format course materials request form.
- Submit the form and proof of purchases to the north campus testing center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have completed these steps, you should receive a confirmation email once the alternate format materials are ready. If you have any changes in course texts after you have submitted your request form, please information Disability Services of those adjustments.
Reschedule an Exam
The North Campus Testing Center in 105 Des Peres Hall offers individualized, rescheduled exam proctoring services to instructors when unusual circumstances, such as illness, scheduling conflicts or athletic events, prevent a student from taking an exam in the classroom at the normally scheduled time.
- You and your instructor must agree on a date and time between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for the rescheduled exam to be taken at the north campus testing center in 105 Des Peres Hall.
- Once the process has been arranged, the instructor must fill out a rescheduled exam request form.
- The instructor should email the completed form to email@example.com or drop it off in 105 Des Peres Hall at least 48 hours in advance.
- The instructor will receive email confirmation. Contact the north campus testing center if an email confirmation is not received.
Beginning Fall 2018, the Testing Centers will no longer be able to support rescheduled exams during the weeks of Midterms and Finals.