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Testing Services Center

The Testing Services Center, located in the Administration Building, Room 228, provides testing accommodations for students registered with Disability Support 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.

Test Accommodation Process

Student Responsibilities:

To request test accommodations, the student must first give his or her instructor the DSS memo authorizing testing accommodations.  This should be done as early as possible each term.

Students using the Testing Services Center should follow the procedures for testing accommodations.

Students are encouraged to use the Online Test Accommodation Request Form available on this site and submit it to their instructor at least five (5) days in advance of the test date.  The Testing Center will be alerted automatically when the form is submitted electronically. 

Students may also use the paper version of the Test Accommodation Request Form by completing the student portion of the form and then giving it to the instructor at least five (5) days in advance of the test date.  The form can be printed from this site and is also available from the Testing Services Center.  The student should call the Testing Center for an appointment at 410-704-2304 no later than 24 hours in advance of the test if the paper form is used.

On test day, students must arrive on time and be prepared to show a photo ID.  Students should also bring an appropriate writing instrument, scantron and/or blue book (if required) and any other approved test aids (e.g., calculator, textbook, notes) to the center.

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.

Faculty Responsibilities:

Before accepting any test accommodation request, each term instructors should have in their possession the DSS memo authorizing test accommodations for the student. 

At least five (5) days before the test date, the instructor should expect the student to make the request by either: (1) submitting an on-line request or (2) providing a paper version of the Test Accommodation Request Form.  DSS 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 scheduling_system@towson.edu.  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.

If the paper Test Accommodation Request Form is used, the instructor should complete the faculty portion of the form and attach it to the test.

Instructors should send tests to the Testing Center at least 24 hours in advance of test time.  Tests can be submitted by fax (410-704-4699), or by e-mail to dsstesting@towson.edu, or hand delivered to the 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 delivery receipt will be kept on file in theTesting Center for one year after the test administration date. 

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.







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