May 7, 2018

Final Exams in the Testing Center

By Marybeth Norcross

Image of a computer keyboard for testing wellThe Testing Center is preparing for final exams.  If you have tested with us before, you know we have limited space. We have 24 regular testing computers, 12 reserved special testing cubicles, and hundreds of students to test. So, here are four tips to make your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Testing Tip 1: Know the Testing Center Protocols

Read the Testing Center Protocols before you come in to test. The Protocols clearly explain the rules relating to the Testing Center’s hours, sign-in procedures, testing room policies, and academic integrity standards.

Testing Tip 2: Test Early

Don’t wait until the last minute to take your test. I can’t stress that enough! If you wait, you can expect to experience delays and waiting time if all spots are filled. The busiest times tend to be the hours between 4:00 pm and closing time. Keep that in mind as you plan for your final exams. Come early and beat the rush and the stress of waiting.

Testing Tip 3: Remember the “Drill”

  • Bring your UAMS Student ID
  • Place all your personal belongings in one of the lockers outside the testing room with cell phones turned off.
  • Sign in at the kiosk and be sure to check with one of the testing coordinators and let them know what test you are there to take. We can’t open your test if we don’t know who you are.

Testing Tip 4: Know the login procedure for your test before arriving.

Is your test in Blackboard?  Lockdown Browser? ExamSoft? ATI? The initial phase of logging in and accessing your exam is your responsibility. Make sure you know what to do.

Keep these things in mind and taking your final exams will be a much smoother experience. Remember, our Learning Specialists will be available to meet with you during this time is you want to talk about test-taking or just to relax in general.