Beginning August 10, the ADS Testing Services Center will reopen on campus Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, with a limited number of staff and a reduced number of testing spaces. Staff in the Testing Center will be answering the Testing Center line at 410-704-2304.
Students who are approved for testing accommodations should continue to receive these accommodations in an online environment, as appropriate. Given the different class formats offered this fall, it is particularly important that you reach out and communicate with your instructors about how your accommodations will be implemented in each of your courses.
For fully online courses, the expectation is that you will take your tests online as administered by your instructor. Timed online exams will require your instructor to adjust your testing time prior to the test date. We recommend that you send your professor a friendly reminder 2-3 days prior to your exam to make this adjustment.
If you are enrolled in a course with an in-person component and students have the opportunity to take tests in the classroom, you may request to take your test with accommodations in the Testing Center. The Testing Center will be available to administer and proctor exams but at a significantly reduced capacity. Social distancing requires us to seat fewer test takers at any one time. Students should submit an Online Test Accommodation Request Form to schedule a test with the Testing Center at least five business days in advance of the test date.
In an effort to reduce the number of students in the Testing Center at one time, please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your testing appointment. Additionally, we ask that you bring with you only the materials you will need for testing whenever possible. We have removed smaller items from the Testing Center such as pencils and erasers so be sure to bring your own. Digital clocks, calculators, disposable earplugs, noise-cancelling headsets are still available. You will be asked to wipe down your testing space after using it.
Please contact Patrick Chachulski, the ADS Testing Coordinator, if you have general questions about testing accommodations or if you have a unique testing circumstance at pchachulski AT_TOWSON. Please contact your ADS specialist is you are experiencing a specific problem regarding your test accommodations.
Note that the Testing Center will close on November 24, when students leave campus, and will not be available to administer tests on site for the remainder of the semester.
The Testing Services Center, located in the Administration Building, Room 228, provides testing accommodations for students registered with Accessibility & Disability Services. The center offers extended time, reduced distraction testing spaces, computers and other assistive technology, as well as readers and scribes, as appropriate. All tests are proctored to ensure academic honesty.
It is the Testing Services Center policy that students take exams at the scheduled time of the course unless the instructor approves an alternate time.
To request test accommodations, students must first give their instructors their ADS memo authorizing testing accommodations. This should be done as early as possible each term.
Students should complete the Online Test Accommodation Request Form at least five (5) business days in advance of the test date. Your instructor and the Testing Center will be alerted automatically when the form is submitted. If you are unable to meet the 5 business day deadline for a test, please email adstesting AT_TOWSON as soon as possible. If students do not make their request for test accommodations according to the procedures and in a timely manner they may not have the opportunity to be accommodated.
On Test Day
Students must arrive on time and be prepared to show their student ID. Students should bring all needed testing materials with them, including a Scantron, blue book, and any other approved test aids (e.g., calculator, textbook, notes). If a student arrives later than 15 minutes after the testing appointment time, the professor will be contacted before administering the exam. Study time is not allowed past the scheduled appointment time.
Before accepting any test accommodation request, each term instructors should have in their possession the ADS memo authorizing test accommodations for the student.
At least five (5) business days before the test date, the instructor should expect the student to make the request. ADS informs students that they must make their request for test accommodations in a timely manner or they may not have the opportunity to be accommodated.
Instructors should check their e-mail daily from adstesting AT_TOWSON. Upon receipt of the e-mail, the instructor should review the request, approve it (if appropriate) and submit the form electronically. A message will be sent automatically to the student and the Testing Center to schedule the test.
Instructors should send tests to the Testing Center at least 1 business day in advance of test date, During finals, we ask that instructors send tests 3 business days in advance of the test date due to the high volume of tests.
Tests can be submitted by fax (410-704-4699), e-mail (adstesting AT_TOWSON) or delivered to the Testing Center (Administration Building, Room 228).
Completed tests are returned by Testing Center courier to the designated department in a sealed envelope (or, if instructors prefer, they can indicate on the form that they will pick up the test). Delivery will be confirmed by the signature of a department representative who ensures the instructor will receive it.
The Testing Services Center is committed to providing a secure testing environment. All tests are proctored. Tests are secured in a locked office. All students are required to adhere to the Towson University Student Academic Integrity Policy.