General Rules

  • Instructors planning to use the Online Testing Center for in-term exams, quizzes, and or final exams must make their request to the Test Center by no later than the Friday before classes start each semester.
  • For final exams, instructors of courses with enrollment larger than 50 students are encouraged to limit number of attempts to two; there is a maximum of three attempts.
  • Dates for mid-term exams must be coordinated with the Online Testing Center to avoid multiple large exams on the same dates.
  • Some course exams may be required to utilize a specific testing location to facilitate load balancing of all testing centers.
  • Dead Week – No midterm/unit exams or quizzes may open later than noon on Wednesday of Dead Week, and must end by 5pm on the Friday of Dead Week.
  • Finals Week – Final exams may not open prior to the Saturday after Dead Week, and should not end prior to the day and time as is listed in the Final Exam Schedule.

Time allowed to complete an exam:

  • Midterm and/or unit exams and quizzes shall not exceed 75 minutes. In Canvas-based exams:
  • Set the test option “Set Timer” to 75 minutes or fewer.
  • Set “Auto Submit” option to “On”.
  • Final exams are not to exceed 120 minutes.
  • Set the test option “Set Timer” to 120 minutes or fewer.
  • Set “Auto Submit” option to “On”.
  • Faculty using the Testing Center to administer written (pencil and paper) exams for distance/off-campus education sections (XW, XE, etc.) must adhere to the time restrictions noted above.

Time window allowed for exam availability:

Exams must be available to students for a period of time not less than three business days and not to exceed 8 business days (except as noted below).

  • Three to five business days of availability is recommended.
  • Exam availability should not end on a Saturday or Sunday.

Courses with enrollments of 400 to 600 students should divide the course into “sections” of 200-300 students. Courses with enrollment in excess of 600 should divide the course into “sections” of 300 to 400 students.

  • Each section should be assigned a two- to three-day window of time to complete the exam.
  • Windows of time for sections may overlap provided that each section starts and ends on a different day and as noted:
  • Two-day window -> one day overlap
  • Three-day window -> one or two day overlap

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Students needing additional time as verified by SAS staff should be accommodated through the SDR office by using the Exam Accommodation Referral Form.

  • The Canvas test options allow for the inclusion of “Test Availability Exceptions” that make it possible to provide these students with additional time.)