Accessibility Resources Testing Center
The Testing Center in Accessibility Resources for Students provides a proctored testing space for the administration of written and electronic tests for students who have approved alternative testing accommodations. Please review the Testing Center Guide for more information.
If you are enrolled in an on-campus class and the exam is scheduled in person, you have access to take the exam at the Testing Center's physical location. If you are enrolled in a remote class, your exam will be proctored remotely.
The Testing Center is located inside the Student Success Center on the second floor of 939 Boylston Street (access is through 921 Boylston Street, third floor). All remote exams are administered via Zoom.
The Testing Center is open weekly Monday though Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours for midterm and finals weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Exams that are scheduled beyond the daily operations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
Please review the FAQs to ensure a smooth testing experience. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional information or assistance.
How do I submit a Testing Center request?
Watch a short tutorial to learn how to request an exam in the Testing Center
Please visit the Testing Center Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to request an exam.
- Log in to your My Accessibility Portal (MAP) (login required) and navigate to “Alternative Testing,” found under “My Accommodations.” Complete the prompted steps to request an exam.
- MAP will automatically contact your faculty member(s) for a copy of the exam.
- Once the Testing Center approves your request, you will receive an email and Google Calendar invite from the Testing Center confirming that your exam has been scheduled.
- For all remote exams, a Zoom link will be included in the calendar invitation.
Students who have established testing accommodations can request accommodations for proficiency assessment and exams (ESPA). Please contact email@example.com for any additional information or assistance.
Students who have established testing accommodations can request accommodations on credit by exam (CBX) (login required). To schedule your CBX, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior to the CBX exam day.
Can I take my exams with the Testing Center?
- In order to take your exams with the Testing Center, you must be registered with Accessibility Resources for Students and have testing accommodations established for the current semester.
- For more information on how to request and renew your accommodations, please visit the Accommodation Request Guide or watch the video How to Request Accommodations.
- You must also discuss your Testing Center exam requests with your faculty member(s). Your faculty members will need to complete an Alternative Testing Agreement (instruction form) for your course section in order for you to take exams in the Testing Center.
- Faculty members receive a link to complete the Alternative Testing Agreement in your Course Access Letter. You can still submit a Testing Center request in My Accessibility Portal if the agreement is not completed. Once you submit the request, a faculty notification email is sent that also contains the link to the agreement.
When should I request to take my exam with the Testing Center?
- All Testing Center exam requests should be submitted at least one week in advance. Testing Center requests should be submitted via your My Accessibility Portal as soon as possible. We recommend scheduling your exam once your faculty has given you a date and time of the exam. You can request an exam such as a quiz, midterm, or final as early as the first week of class and throughout the semester!
- Late requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis based on capacity and delivery of materials. We can not guarantee that your late request can be proctored in the Testing Center at the requested time and may need to be rescheduled.
Am I required to take the exam at the same time as my class?
- You should schedule your exam at the same time as the exam is scheduled in class. However, if your testing accommodations create a conflict with another class or you have coordinated an alternative time with your faculty member, you can request to take the exam at a different time. Please include this information in the “Additional Note” section of your Testing Center exam request in My Accessibility Portal. We encourage you not to schedule an exam during another class.
- If you need to schedule an exam outside of regular testing hours, please email email@example.com.
What if I submit my request late?
- If you submit your Testing Center exam request late, it is not guaranteed that your request can be accommodated at that specific time and a reschedule might need to happen. Please check your My Accessibility Portal to view the status of your request.
- If you submit your Testing Center exam request late, the request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis based on capacity and timely delivery of materials from your faculty member(s). Although we will try to accommodate you at the requested date and time, we cannot guarantee that your late request can be proctored with the Testing Center. If we cannot proctor the exam at the requested time, we will work with you to reschedule.
What happens If I am late to the Testing Center?
- Similar to being in class, if you arrive after your scheduled start time, you will not be able to make up the time you have missed.
- If you arrive 30 or more minutes late, you will be marked as a “no-show” for your scheduled exam. You will need to work with your faculty member to determine test make-up eligibility.
What happens once I’m at the Testing Center?
- For in-person exams, check in at the Navigation Desk outside of the Accessibility Resources for Students office.
- Every time you check in for an exam at the physical Testing Center location or a remote exam via Zoom, please have your Berklee ID available to complete the check-in process.
- No personal items are permitted at your testing desk, and you will be asked to put your backpack, cell phone, and other personal items into lockers within the Testing Center. The only items allowed for use are those indicated by the faculty member and/or materials that have been approved as a reasonable accommodation.
- At the completion of testing, students must leave the entire exam, including any papers used during the test, with the Testing Center proctor.
- All testing is monitored. The faculty member will be notified of any instances of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is a violation of the Student Code of Community Standards and will be processed according to the code.
- We want to make sure that you have a smooth and accessible testing experience. Please immediately notify the Testing Center proctor or any ARS staff member of any issues or concerns during testing.
How do my testing accommodations work?
Testing accommodations include, but are not limited to, distraction reduced testing environment and extended time testing.
Distraction Reduced Environment:
A quiet place to take a test, with fewer distractions than in the regular classroom setting. There may be more than one student in a distraction reduced setting, and there will be a Testing Center proctor. Earplugs and noise cancellation headphones are available for use during testing.
Extra time for testing is not unlimited time. For example, if you have Extra Time 1.5x accommodation and have a 50-minute test in class, you would have 75 minutes to complete your exam (unless other accommodations are approved by ARS).
Frequent Breaks for Testing:
Three- to seven-minute break(s) provided during an exam, and the total break time does not count towards testing time during timed exams. Within the Testing Center, the trained proctor records the break time used for students who have this approved accommodation and adds the time back at the end. In class, you will need to coordinate with your faculty to ensure that you are receiving your full testing time.
Assistive Technology for Testing:
Includes all types of assistive technology (computer for testing, C-pen reader, iPad for testing, music notation software, Read&Write). The Testing Center provides various forms of assistive technology for students with approved assistive technology accommodations to use while taking their exams.
Information for Faculty
To allow faculty to supply the Testing Center with the needed testing materials, we encourage students to submit their Testing Center request five business days in advance of their scheduled testing date.
- Alternative Testing Agreement: For each student with approved testing accommodations, faculty receive a course access letter including a link to the Alternative Testing Agreement, a short one-time form. The agreement must be completed in order for the Testing Center to approve students' exam requests.
- Student Testing Center Exam Request: Students submit a Testing Center request through My Accessibility Portal (MAP) for each exam they would like to take.
- Testing Material: Faculty receive an automated email for each exam request which includes the Testing Center request information and a unique link to MAP. The MAP link is customized to each request and will direct faculty to upload the exam materials to the secure portal. To help ensure a smooth testing experience, faculty should provide the Testing Center with a copy of the exam at least 24 hours in advance of the approved testing date.
- Please email any exam materials larger than 45 mb.
For more information about this process, refer to the Testing Center Faculty Information guide. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional information or assistance.