Testing Center Procedures

The Disability Services Testing Center provides proctoring services for students registered with the Office of Disability Services at Georgia Tech. The Testing Center staff is dedicated to providing an excellent experience for students and faculty.

Students who desire disability-related testing accommodations must be registered with the Office of Disability Services. Once registered, students who are approved for testing accommodations must follow the procedures below.

Testing Center Procedures
Last Updated: 12/19/19

The provision of accommodations is a shared responsibility between the student, faculty members, and the Office of Disability Services. The student is responsible for meeting with their instructors to discuss their accommodations as early in the semester as possible (or as soon as they are registered) to explore solutions to scheduling conflicts or other logistical problems. Remember, faculty members are not obligated to provide accommodations until receiving a student’s Accommodation Letter.


Options for Testing with Accommodations

Students have several options for testing with accommodations, including:

  1. In the Disability Services Testing Center, scheduled at a professor-approved time. It is expected that tests will be scheduled at the usual class time, unless this would interfere with class attendance, other academic demands, or occur outside of regular Testing Center hours.
  2. With the rest of the class, at the regularly scheduled test time and location. (Student and instructor should have met beforehand to discuss and agree on the provision of testing accommodations in the classroom.)
  3. With professor or professor-designated proctor at a mutually agreed upon time/location (e.g. the instructor’s office or a reserved space)


Guidelines for Testing at the Testing Center

Testing Center Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

  1. Students wishing to use their testing accommodations for any approved course must deliver their Accommodation Letter and discuss their accommodations with their instructor. Students should go to the instructor’s office hours or determine a time when they can meet one-on-one with the instructor. The discussion can also occur over email or phone if an in-person meeting is not possible.
  2. Students who choose to test in the Testing Center should schedule appointments for each test as early as possible. We encourage students to schedule all exams within the first two weeks of the semester. If this is not possible, students must schedule testing appointments three (3) business days in advance, up to the minute. Students must schedule appointments through AIM. Students are expected to adhere to this policy in order for the testing process to proceed smoothly and efficiently.
  3. Notification of cancellations should be made as soon as the student is aware that they will not be testing.
  4. Students are permitted one late sign-up per semester. A late sign-up must occur within two business days of the exam date and are granted on a case-by-case basis and subject to the availability of staff and space. Requests should be emailed to dstesting@gatech.edu. Requests made after 5:00pm will be processed the next business day. Requests to schedule a test the day before a test will not be approved, even with a late pass. Late sign-ups are not given for final exams.
  5. Students are expected to test at the same time as the class, unless doing so impacts course attendance for another class or would fall outside of the Testing Center's operating hours. If a conflict exists, students must discuss this with their instructor prior to scheduling a test with the Testing Center. For alternatives, refer to the section above, Options for Testing with Accommodations.
  6. Students must arrive within twenty (20) minutes of their scheduled start time. Tardiness, up to 20 minutes, will result in reduction of testing time. Students who arrive more than 20 minutes after their scheduled start time will only be permitted to take the test at the Testing Center with the approval of the instructor.
  7. Only the items listed on the instructions provided by the instructor may be in the test area with a test taker. If a student is found to have a prohibited item with them, such as a cell phone, the incident will be reported to the instructor. If the instructor permits scratch paper, it must be provided by either the instructor or the Testing Center. Students will not be permitted to use their own scratch paper. The need for specialty paper will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  8. All violations of academic integrity will be reported to the Office of Student Integrity and course instructor.
  9. In addition to the points listed above, students are encouraged to review the Policy Changes to Testing Center Procedures available in the Policy Library.