Is there space in the Testing Center?

TESTING CENTER | Courtesy Photo

The testing center may have a shortage of computers for electronic exams in the coming weeks.

16 percent of exams were computer-based last semester. This semester, it is anticipated that 35 percent of exams will be computer-based.

“This semester we’re looking at something in the neighborhood of 3,500 computer-based exams on the week of finals,” said Nathan Borsella, an online testing assistant in the Testing Center. “To put that in perspective, on an average day we never exceed 400 to 500 exams.”

Testing Center records show that 13,000 computer-based exams were taken during the first 10 weeks of the

semester — on average about 215 tests per day.

The testing center anticipates another 17,000 computer-based exams during the final four weeks —  about 700 tests per day.

“On a truthful level, we don’t have enough space,” Borsella said. “We’ve come up with ways to be able to mitigate that ­­— scheduled testing, there’s a lot that we can do.”

Waiting time is expected to increase during the end of the semester if current trends continue.

The testing center has coordinated opening and closing times for computer-based tests in order to spread out the tests.

“What we’ve run into is that even that has not been particularly effective,” Borsella said. The testing center is looking into other creative ways to mitigate the problem.

Borsella and Andersen said if more students can come in at the less busy times, there will be more space available and shorter waiting times.

Testing center records also reported that the busiest time to take an online test is after 3 p.m.

The least busy time is from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We tend to be busy right after devotional maybe because students don’t have a class then,” said Lynne Anderson, assessment services manager for the testing center. “We’re also busy on Monday and Friday evenings.”

Borsella said that frequently there are long lines after 3 p.m.

The usual wait time is around 10 minutes.

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