What to Expect on Exam Day
1) The ATC is located just inside the front door of the Coastal Science Center and has a large adjacent parking lot with many unmarked parking spots (to the left when facing the building). We recommend you to not park in spots reserved for faculty/staff, unless appropriate. If a parking pass is needed, you will be given one during check in.
2) Arrive at the ATC at least 20 minutes before your scheduled start time to allow for the check in process. If you arrive after your appointment time, you may not be allowed to test.
3) Check with your test sponsor to make sure you bring the correct ID(s). Confirm that the name on your test registration matches the name on your ID(s). If you fail to meet the specific ID requirements of your test sponsor, you will not be allowed to test. It is your responsibility to understand what types of IDs are required for your test.
4) When you arrive, check in on the computer in the ATC lobby, then have a seat and wait for your name to be called. Have your ID in hand and ready as you approach the check in window. You may have some paperwork to complete, then you’ll be instructed to proceed to the locker room.
5) You are generally not allowed to have ANY items with you in the testing room, unless they are specifically allowed for your test, like scratch paper, calculator, etc. You will need to store all of your personal items in a locker, including cell phones (they must be powered off), watches, large jewelry (varies by test sponsor), items in pockets, handbags, scarves, headwear (except those word for religious purposes), handkerchiefs, etc. Tell the staff member at the check in window if you have medical devices or items that you’d like to take into the testing room. Any items that are permitted will have to be inspected. For food or drink items you brought with you, we have a refrigerator and microwave oven you are allowed to use. You are generally allowed to bring a sweater or light jacket with you into the testing room.
6) After storing your items, you will be allowed to use the restroom and/or water fountain if needed. Then you’ll return to the lobby and listen for your name to be called.
7) Every tester receives a briefing on what to expect in the testing room, and how to ask for help if needed, or a break if allowed. Listen carefully and be sure to ask any questions you have. Following this briefing, you will go through a security check to verify you do not have prohibited items with you. This process is required for all testers, though the exact steps may vary based on your test sponsor. The security check, at a minimum, will include pulling your pockets out and verifying you have no prohibited items.
8) On the way to the testing room, you will be offered sound suppressing headsets. These are not required, but can be helpful if you are very sensitive to the sounds of others around you. Each testing room has white noise machines to help you avoid being distracted. Tissues are also available for you as needed.
9) Once you’re seated, you’re allowed to adjust your chair, monitor height and tilt, mouse and keyboard placement, etc. Make sure to read the test instructions carefully. In most cases, the proctors have no access to these instructions so it is vital that you understand them. Once a test session has begun, you may not leave the ATC or access any stored personal items, except food, liquids, or medication. Use of cell phones or other electronic devices is strictly prohibited until your test is complete. Failure to comply may result in your exam being terminated.
10) All testing sessions are monitored and recorded by cameras, and some have sound recording as well. You will be told at check in what you are allowed to have on your desk during the test. Proctors are required to walk through the testing rooms periodically to monitor testing.
11) If you have problems or questions during your test, simply raise your hand and one of the proctors will come to you. It is better to ask questions as they arise rather than telling us after the test, so that we can try to help you. Be advised, proctors cannot answer questions about test wording or content.
12) If you encounter problems or anomalies during your test, in most cases your test sponsor will be notified. For example, if the internet connection is lost during your test or your computer crashes while you are in the test, a report to your sponsor will be created.
13) Most testers are asked to raise their hand at the end of their test. The proctor will walk you through a short check out process, during which you will return any items issued to you for your test (scratch paper, etc.), return your locker key and complete a brief end of test survey for the University. Some tests have printed receipts or score reports which you’ll receive when you return your locker key.
After reviewing this page, if you have questions about these steps, please email us.