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Faculty Information

Please explore the following information to learn more about what's required from faculty members.

Except in cases of specialized testing (i.e., HESI, CLEP, CS150 exams), only the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (ARA) can offer alternative testing for students with disabilities.  Please contact ARA at 989-964-7000 or at accessibility@svsu.edu for questions regarding alternative testing for standard classroom exams.  Please note that, though the Testing Center is not affiliated with or connected to the ARA Office, any student with a documented accommodation that needs to take a specialized test will still receive their accommodation in the Center.

The Testing Center, at no charge to either the student or the instructor, offers proctoring services for students in need of make-up exams.  These tests are only given at the discretion of their instructor and all instructions provided are strictly adhered to.  Faculty are in no way obligated to use the Center for this purpose; we are simply at their service if they do.  At this time, the Center is unable to proctor classroom-wide or in-class exams.

 

Submitting a Make-Up Exam

Exams may be emailed to the Center (testing@svsu.edu), dropped off in person, or they may be submitted by utilizing the Dynamic Forms link below (please note that the form will prompt users to sign in).  The form may also be accessed by visiting Dynamic Forms under "Saginaw Valley State University - Testing Center".

If the Center is closed and an instructor wishes to drop off a hard copy of their exam, the test may be put into the locked drop box next to the Center’s door.  Only authorized testing personnel have access to the contents of the lockbox.  All Make-Up Exams must be attached to a Make-Up Exam form.  Hard copies of the form are available at the Testing Center.  Please note that the Testing Center is not open Friday through Sunday, so the final day for an exam to be completed must fall on Monday through Thursday.

 

Submit an Exam

 

Proctoring Practices

The Testing Center is an NCTA certified testing location and adheres to all NCTA policies and practices.  Before taking an exam, students are required verify their identity and then store all personal items – including books, electronics, and notes – in a secure storage location.  The only items allowed in the testing rooms are those permitted by their instructor.  Students are monitored by a trained proctor and all testing sessions are recorded via audio/video equipment.  All materials are collected at the end of the exam unless otherwise instructed by the professor.

The Center can proctor both paper/pencil and computerized make-up tests.  Staff are able to monitor all computers and control what features testers may access at all times; additionally, Respondus LockDown has been installed on each workstation.  However, for security purposes, there are no webcams in the Testing Center and, therefore, Respondus Monitor should not be enabled if a student is to test in the Center.

Student must schedule for an appointment no less than 24 hours prior to the faculty's desired completion date.  This ensures Center staff can obtain the exam from the instructor in time.  The Center does not give class-wide or in-class exams.  There is no charge to take a make-up exam in the Center.

 

Completed Exams

When a student has completed their exam, an email will be sent to notify the instructor of its completion.  The instructor may collect the test from the Testing Center or they may request that it be scanned and emailed to them.  Tests will not be released to any other faculty, student, or staff member unless written permission is given by the instructor.

Upon confirmation of receipt, the original exam will be destroyed, unless otherwise instructed by the faculty member.  It should be noted that scantrons can be scanned to the instructor but the scantron machine will not be able to read them.

 

Exam Cancellations, Rescheduling, or Incomplete Exams

If an exam has not been completed by the allotted date, the instructor will be contacted to ascertain their wishes regarding the test. Exam dates may be extended at the instructor’s discretion.  To extend an exam date, please contact the Testing Center at (989) 964-2820 or testing@svsu.edu.

Expired exams that are not picked up will be destroyed two weeks after the expiration date unless otherwise directed by the instructor.  In cases of inclement weather, instructors will be contacted by the Center regarding date extensions.  Once a date has been verified, instructors should confirm this date with their students who will need to reschedule their appointment.

Students needing online course testing may take their exams at the Testing Center or they may utilize an online testing service at their instructor's discretion.  Students are responsible for any fees charged for exam proctoring services.  Students should work with their instructor within the first two weeks of the semester to decide which option would work best for both parties.

 

Testing in the Testing Center

The Testing Center provides a controlled environment for examination proctoring. Testers are monitored at all times via audio/visual equipment. If an instructor wishes to allow their students the option of using the Testing Center as a location to take their exams, instructors may submit their exam and all their materials via email (testing@svsu.edu).  Please note that the Testing Center is not open Friday through Sunday, so the final day for an exam to be completed must fall on Monday through Thursday.

Instructors must include all materials needed for the test, such as formula sheets or tables.  All directions should be submitted with the exam as well, including but not limited to time limits, the need for scrap paper and/or a list of permissible items such as calculators.

If the exam is online, passwords must be submitted as well. The Testing Center does not have access to the instructor’s course on Canvas and cannot view, alter, change or add any content to the page.  If the student has a documented accommodation, the instructor should increase the time limit of the Canvas exam.

 

Testing at an Off-Campus Facility

Students wishing to take their exams at an off-campus facility will notify their instructor within the first two weeks of the semester. To view a list of approved, NCTA certified testing locations, students and faculty should visit the NCTA website.

 

 

CONTACT US.






The Testing Center @ SVSU
Zahnow 308
testing@svsu.edu
(989) 964-2820