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Faculty Services

Can my class use the SAS Testing center?

Tests administered by Student Assessment Services for Prince George's Community College faculty must be for courses associated with one of the following academic areas or instructional formats:

Approved Instructional Areas Approved Course Formats (all areas)
Allied Health
Biology
Chemistry
Developmental Studies
Mathematics
Nutrition
Physical Science
Physics
Make-up tests for individual students
Online and Hybrid/Online
Video enhanced Online
Weekend

The SAS Testing Center does not allow blank scratch or essay paper

For exams requiring extensive scratch work, faculty should include scratch space within the body of the text (between questions, on the back of pages, etc.). Loose scratch paper or essay paper is not allowed in the Center. Also, do not append blank pages to the end of tests, as staff cannot determine whether all pages are accounted for when the test is submitted.

As replacements for scratch paper, we suggest including approved worksheets, Blue Books, specialized SCANTRON forms or other tools with your exams that are easily identified and difficult to forge.

Any necessary test aids, such as formulas or notes, MUST be included in the body of the test. Students are not permitted to have any notes, books or any other reference materials. The only materials allowed besides the test (if it is on paper) or the Academic Integrity Affirmation Form, are Math Worksheets, scantrons, and Blue Books. Any exception to this policy must be approved in advance by the SAS Director and a majority of the Student Assessment Services Advisory Committee.

The Test Control Form

The Test Control Form for submitting exams to the center is a PDF with indicated areas for you to type in required information. Simply complete the fields, print two (2) copies, and submit them to the SAS Testing Center with your Academic Integrity Affirmation Forms for your exams. Please verify all information on this form, as it will be used to track your exam and the students who take it. We require the following:

The Academic Integrity Affirmation Form

Students are required to sign an Academic Integrity Affirmation Form for each exam they take in the SAS Testing Center. Faculty giving paper tests must use this form as the cover sheet of their exams, when you submit a test to the center. The form is a PDF with indicated areas for you to type in the required Instructor, Course, and Test Name fields. These required fields must be completed by instructors on the forms before we will accept your paper-based tests. Student Name and Student Signature fields must be left blank for the students to complete.

If the test is on paper, the form must be attached to the exam as its cover sheet. If the test uses an online service, the Testing Center will supply copies of the form for each student. Faculty giving online exams are still required to pick up Academic Integrity Affirmation Forms in a timely manner.

Guidelines for Online Exams

Please understand that the Testing Center cannot guarantee a satisfactory experience for students taking online exams. Please leave updated contact information with the Center and leave a backup plan, in case students encounter computer-related difficulties. While most students are successful, enough aren't that precautions are necessary.

Students are required to use PGCC Photo ID's to enter the Testing Center

Bring your PGCC photo ID

ID with name and picture

Students taking academic tests (any test or exam required by a course in which a student is enrolled at PGCC) are required to have their PGCC Student ID card, which must be presented to SAS Testing Center staff when checking in. Any student who does not present his/her valid PGCC Student ID card will not be allowed to take any academic tests. We encourage students to obtain a PGCC ID card as soon as possible after they have registered for classes and carry it with them on any PGCC campus.

Faculty are expected to pick up all CLOSED exam materials from the center in a timely manner

After tests conclude or close, there are almost always remaining exam materials. For paper tests, this is obvious, but there are materials for online exams as well. Worksheets and Academic Integrity Affirmation forms are often the only physical evidence faculty have of students arriving for online exams. Moreover, students may use the extra space on these materials to leave comments or questions for instructors. Therefore, it is important that faculty (or a faculty representative) retrieve all closed exam materials from the center as soon as reasonably possible.

The Testing Center does not forward or mail exam materials to instructors.

Summary of Other Guidelines for Instructors

Please inform your students of the rules and regulations of the SAS Testing Center before you expect them to take their exams.

Students may NOT begin a test at the posted closing time.

Check our hours

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Please refer to the hours and schedule to find out the latest possible times students may begin an exam. Please advise your students to arrive early enough to successfully complete their exams.

Saturday hours are effective only during Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions. During breaks between semesters, the SAS Testing Center follows Summer Session hours of operation Monday through Friday, but is closed on Saturdays.