Policies for Taking Exams

Testing Center Hours

Please check our home page for our current operating hours. 

All exams must be completed by the posted closing time for that day, no exceptions.  As a general rule, exams will not be permitted to start within ONE HOUR prior to the posted closing time; later start times may be permitted at the discretion of Testing Center staff.  Under no circumstances will an exam be permitted to begin within 30 minutes of the posted closing time. 

Testing Center Closure

The Testing Center will be closed in accordance with the University/Meyer Library schedule.  Testing will not take place when Meyer Library is closed. In addition, testing will not take place during posted University holidays.   In the event of University closure due to inclement weather, a determination as to cancellation of exams will be made on a case by case basis. Every effort will be made to provide adequate notice of exam cancellation.

The Testing Center may occasionally be closed for software/hardware upgrades, testing events, or other situations.  Every effort will be made to post these changes in schedule on our website. 

Scheduled appointments and/or advance registration is required for all exams administered through the Testing Center, with the exception of drop-in hours for Missouri State Online exams.

Testing Center Reception and Check-In Hours

The Testing Center Reception and Check-In area is staffed during all testing hours.  Voice mails left after these hours will be answered the next business day. 

Exams Available

Computer-based and individual paper/pencil exams are given in the Testing Center itself; some group computer-based and paper-based exams may also be administered through the Center. Some group paper-and-pencil exams may be administered in other locations on campus.  Test candidates should confirm the location of a specific exam before any given test date. Many of these tests may or may not be offered at other institutions on the same dates.  Please see the navigation bar on the left side of the page for a list of many of the exams available. 

Disability Accommodations

The Testing Center has three private accommodation testing rooms available by reservation only.  Candidates who need disability accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center for Missouri State University, at 417-836-4192. Non-Missouri State University candidates may contact the Testing Center directly, and we will work with the DRC to accommodate their needs.

Accommodations available in the accessible testing rooms include but are not limited to:

  • Height-adjustable tables

  • JAWS or another appropriate screen reader

  • Closed-circuit television

Fees

Exams administered by the Testing Center may require a “sitting fee” as well as any fees required by the testing company.  Sitting fees for exams offered via the Testing Center are listed on the individual exam page.  All Testing Center sitting fees are paid through our online payment system; links are posted on our website.  Please click on the exam name on the navigation bar to the left for fee information about that specific exam. 

Academic Integrity

All candidates are expected to adhere to the Missouri State University Academic Integrity Policy.  This policy can be found at http://www.missouristate.edu/academicintegrity/

Candidates should be aware that the Testing Center is under electronic as well as physical surveillance at all times.  Candidates should expect to be visually inspected, turn out pockets, be restricted to Center-issued scratch paper and pencils, submit calculators for inspection, allow staff to inspect items such as glasses with heavy frames for possible hidden cameras, and other academic integrity enforcment activities. Candidates who violate the University's academic integrity policy may be subject to penalties, including a ban from the Testing Center. 

Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy

All candidates are expected to adhere to the Missouri State University Information Technology Acceptable Use policy, found at http://www.missouristate.edu/policy/op12_02_1_acceptableuse.htm.  Candidates who violate the University's acceptable use policy may be subject to penalties, including a ban from the Testing Center.

Food/Drink Policy

Food and drink are strictly prohibited within the Testing Center.  "Comfort aids", such as cough drops, may be permitted, depending on the requirements of a specific exam. As a rule, if "comfort aids" such as cough drops are permitted, they must be unwrapped prior to entering the testing lab. 

Parking

Test candidates who do not have a Missouri State University parking permit should utilize the Visitors parking lot (Lot 13) located at the corner of National Avenue and Bear Boulevard, and allow sufficient time on the meter for the exam being taken.  Test candidates are responsible for knowing how much time is required for their exam.  The Visitors parking area at Lot 13 accepts debit and credit cards.  Additional metered parking is available elsewhere on campus, on a cash-only basis. 

Requirements for Taking an Exam

  • Candidates must register in advance for any exams. Some exams require payment for the test as well as a sitting fee.  Candidates are responsible for determining what payments are required and ensuring appropriate payments have been made prior to appearing for an exam.
  • Candidates may have to provide proof of registration and/or sitting fee payment when appearing for an exam. 
  • Candidates must present documents as required by the specific exam in question.
  • Candidates must present a photo ID and any additional identification required by the specific exam at the time of check-in. Candidates are responsible for knowing what identification is required for their specific exam.  If a candidate's appearance has significantly altered since the photo on the ID was taken,  the candidate may be required to provide a second form of photo ID.  
  • No personal belongings are permitted in the test room.  Lockers with combination locks are provided in the waiting area for examinee use.  candidates will be provided with a locker number upon check in.  Candidates are responsible for removing personal belongings after an exam is completed.
  • We cannot permit candidates to sit for an exam outside of an exam window provided by the instructor.  

Calculators/Other Resources

Calculators or other resources such as scratch paper are determined by the requirements for a given exam.  As a general rule, calculators which are capable of sending or receiving wireless signals are not permitted.  Candidates should be prepared to allow Testing Center staff to inspect calculators for potential attempts to violate academic integrity policies.  Please refer to the test owner or your professor for additional information. 

Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy

Cell phones and other electronic devices, other than those specifically designated as medically necessary, are universally prohibited from the Testing Center. Lockers with combination locks are provided in the check-in area for candidates to leave such devices and other personal belongings.  Other than the previously mentioned medically-necessary devices, any device which can receive or transmit a wireless signal is not permitted in the testing facility.  

CDs, CD-ROMs, USB drives, and other storage media are strictly prohibited in the testing facility.

Medically necessary devices include, but are not limited to, hearing aids, electro-larynxes or computer-based speech generating devices, Epi-pens, etc.

Children/Non-Candidates

In consideration of all test candidates, children and non-candidates are prohibited from the Testing Center.

Test Day

Candidates have rights and responsibilities when taking an exam at the University Testing Center. Candidates have the right to:

  • Have a quiet and distraction-minimized environment respected by both the University Testing Center staff and other candidates.
  • Secure personal belongings in a locker with a combination that is user-selected.  Candidates may be required to remove and store watches or other similar items. 

Candidates will also:

  • Be under electronic and/or physical surveillance during all examinations.
  • Present government-issued identification as specified by a given examination; generally, exams require a government-issued photo ID for admittance to an exam. Additional identification materials may be required by individual exams.
  • Maintain a quiet examination environment, which includes but is not limited to:
    • Refrain from creating a distraction for other candidates.
    • Refrain from visually or verbally communicating with other candidates.
    • Leave all personal belongings, other than those permitted by an individual exam, in the lockers provided.
      • No bags, purses, cases, or backpacks are allowed in the testing room.
      • No mobile phones, tablets, calculators, external devices, or any device which can receive or transmit a wireless signal is permitted in the testing room, with the exception of those devices which are documented as medically necessary.
      • No DVDs, CD-ROMs, USB drives or other storage media are permitted in the testing room.
      • Food or drinks are specifically prohibited from the testing room. This includes candy and gum.
      • Children and guests are prohibited from the testing room.
      • Be prepared to remain in the testing room, other than permitted breaks, for the entirety of the exam period.
        • If using a metered parking space, it is the candidate's responsibility to ensure sufficient time is allowed for the duration of the exam. Candidates will not be permitted to leave the testing room to add money to a parking meter.
        • Use of the restroom outside of designated breaks may require an escort to and from the testing room, dependent on exam requirements. 
    • Violation of any of the above policies may result in penalties, up to and including a ban from the Testing center. 

Test Services

The testing function of the Testing Center is coordinated by the Testing Center Coordinator in conjunction with the Testing Technician.  A wide range of tests is available to University students, faculty, staff and individuals within the community for a variety of purposes.

Many of the tests administered are standardized tests (administered at the national, state, and local levels) and include college admission (undergraduate and graduate), proficiency certification and aptitude examinations.  These tests are administered under the direction of the Testing Center Coordinator, the Testing Technician, or other designees.  The Testing Center Coordinator and the Testing Technician are responsible for making certain that the policies and procedures of the various testing companies are followed, and may set and enforce testing-related rules as needed.  The Testing Center Coordinator, in conjunction with the Testing Technician, shall be responsible for setting a schedule for testing in the Testing Center.  

The staff of the Testing Center will not directly collect fees related to testing from candidates – all sitting or testing fees must be paid via the Testing Center website or the website of the specific exam.  If an examinee fails to pay his or her testing or sitting fee prior to appearing for an exam, he or she may be required to pay via the website prior to being allowed to sit for the desired exam.