The mission of Student Disability Services (SDS) Testing Center is to provide examinations to students registered with SDS in a professional, secure and accessible environment that supports academic success. SDS Testing subscribes to and maintains all standards set forth by the National College Testing Association’s (NCTA) Professional Standards and Guidelines. To achieve this goal, the SDS Testing Center seeks to:
- Facilitate paper and computer based testing for University of Tennessee students registered Student Disability Services;
- Provide a facility that promotes a positive testing experience for examinees through a clean, comfortable, quiet and user-friendly environment;
- Recruit and retain support staff and proctors for active monitoring of examinees;
- Collaborate with faculty and staff, other institutions of higher education, and the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to stay up to date on the most recent changes and Best Practices in testing and change our procedures accordingly.
Hours of Operations
Monday – Thursday: 8AM – 9PM
Friday: 8AM -5PM
Or by Appointment. (If your exam falls outside of these hours, please contact SDS directly at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Exam Accommodations Options
Students with disabilities attending The University of Tennessee who are registered through Student Disability Services may require testing accommodations. Students needing accommodations have the option of either:
- Arranging with faculty to take the exam in a designated setting or
- Taking exams in the Student Disability Services Testing Center.
Scheduling an Exam
Students must request a faculty accommodation letter for the corresponding semester prior to attempting to schedule an exam with the Testing Center.
- Regular exam requests are scheduled via the Student Portal on the SDS website up to seven days before the date of regular exams and fourteen days prior to study day for final exams with preference being to schedule all exams at the beginning of the semester based on the course syllabus.
- Late exam requests are made if the exam is in less than seven days of the exam date and for all regular exams that will extend beyond the hours of the Testing Center at any time. Students should be prepared to take the exam with the class unless notified by SDS that the late request has been approved.
A video tutorial has been developed to assist students schedule an exam via the Online Student Portal. Student Disability Services arranges acquisition of test materials, scheduling, and proctoring of the exam by NCTA guidelines and professor specifications.
Note: Students are expected to take the exam at the same time as the class. If an alternative time is needed, students must first talk to and receive approval from their professor prior to scheduling an exam.