Testing Information for Students

Before Scheduling an Exam

  1. Register with the Disability Resource Center.
  2. Contact your access consultant at or before the beginning of each semester.
    • You will need an updated accommodation letter which includes testing accommodations for the semester.
    • You will not be able to schedule exams at the testing center without an active accommodations letter.
  3. Meet with and/or contact your instructors to provide your letter and discuss your accommodations. Ask them if they are able to host your exams in their department.
  4. If an instructor is unable to administer exams in the department, you can schedule your exams in the DRC (see below).

*Please Note*:

  • Exams given online using an e-proctoring application (Proctorio) may not need to happen in the DRC. Before scheduling these exams, consult your instructor and Testing Center staff.
  • FINAL EXAMS: During finals week, many exams will take place at the Graduate Hotel. Our goal of ensuring that all students receive their accommodations necessitates that we seek out additional space during finals. We will continue to communicate changes as we move through the semester. If you have any questions or concerns about the possibility of testing at The Graduate Hotel during finals week, please contact your access consultant to discuss your concerns.

For information on exam scheduling and scheduling expectations, please visit the Schedule Exams page.

Late Arrival Procedures:

  • If you arrive late, we will not extend the end time of your exam. 
  • You are responsible for scheduling your exams at the correct times and arriving before your exam start time.
  • If you arrive late for an exam due to disability related impacts, please discuss the situation with your Access Consultant to determine whether or not it is reasonable to reschedule the exam.
  • You may schedule make-up exams with the DRC. You must coordinate permission, scheduling details, etc. with your instructor.

Waived Accommodations

You may opt to not use an accommodation from your accommodation letter. You can waive an accommodation either during the exam scheduling process (if you know you won’t need the accommodation for the exam) or after you have completed an exam.

CCE/IDL/ODL Exams for College of Continuing Education, Independent Distance Learning, and Online Distance Learning

Taking College of Continuing Education (CCE), Independent Distance Learning (IDL) and Online Distance Learning (ODL) exams in the DRC Testing Center requires two steps. At least one week before the exam:

  1. Please complete the Disability Resource Center Exam Request Form through the ODL website.
  2. Please submit a request to test in the DRC Testing Center via the Student Portal. Please make sure you check the ODL box on the request form.

Language Placement Exams

There are three required parts to Language Placement Exams (LPEs): Writing, Reading and Listening.

The LPE office is able to work with you and provide accommodation for all three sections of the LPE exam. However, if your accommodations include assistive technology, the writing portion is the only portion that can be taken through the DRC Testing Center. If you use assistive technology, schedule the Writing portion of the exam online as you would any other; in the Notes section of the request form please state that the request is for “LPE Writing”.

Schedule the Reading and Listening parts through Joanne Peltonen in the CLA Language Center. Email her your accommodation letter at langtest@umn.edu, along with your preferred exam date and time. She'll check to make sure you can still be accommodated through the CLA office.

Student Conduct

We serve many students with a variety of needs. Please be respectful while testing in or visiting our facility. You are expected to follow the Student Conduct Code. Misconduct may be reported to The Office for Community Standards.

We will treat you with courtesy and respect. We will make every effort to have your exam and materials ready by your scheduled start time. If you have a question during your exam, we will do our best to contact your instructor.

Academic Integrity

Phones, all watches, calculator lids, and materials not explicitly allowed during your exam are not permitted in the testing spaces. All items need to be put away prior to the start of your exam and cannot be accessed during your exam. (We have a limited number of lockers in which to lock your valuables).

Please note, phones cannot be on your person. If we suspect you are in possession of a phone during an exam, we will ask you to remove any items from all pockets. If we find a phone on your person, regardless of use, we will end your exam in the DRC, notify your instructor, and file a report with The Office for Community Standards.

Cameras:
This year we will continue to utilize cameras in many of our private testing spaces in the DRC. The cameras allow us to remotely proctor exams with the purpose of strengthening academic and exam integrity and improving student safety in private spaces. The cameras are visible and mounted to the wall in the testing spaces. The video streams will be accessible only by the DRC. The videos will be monitored by proctors, and stored on a secure server for approximately one month. As always, we encourage you to do what you need to do during your exam in the DRC, such as monitoring your health, standing and stretching, or speaking out loud.

If you have any questions or concerns about the cameras, please contact your Access Consultant.