CEA Test Center Information

Location:

  Room 305, 3rd Level Stadium Parking Garage 

Phone Number:

  479-575-2695

Fax Number:

  479-575-7795

Email address for tests:

  ceatest@uark.edu

Hours:

  

Fall and Spring Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*Tests may begin no earlier than 8:30am and must be completed by 7:00pm, Monday-Thursday, and by 4:30pm, Friday.

Summer 2018 Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*Tests may begin no earlier than 8:30am and must be completed by 4:30pm.



EACH SEMESTER

Faculty members should be familiar with test accommodations as listed on a student’s official faculty notification letters (i.e. accommodation letters) from the Center for Educational Access (CEA). Faculty members are required to provide test accommodations only to students for whom they have received a faculty notification letter. If the requested test accommodation is unclear, faculty members should contact the CEA for clarification on how to facilitate the needed accommodation. Students without letters should be referred to the CEA.

Once faculty notification letters have been emailed, students and faculty should meet to discuss how the student’s accommodations will be implemented. Per Academic Policy 1520.20, faculty members should strive to accommodate students who require extra time on tests and/or a relatively distraction-free testing environment in a space within the department or building in which the other students are taking the test, so as to give the students with disabilities access to the faculty member for questions.

Please note that the CEA Test Center’s proctoring services are optional. Thus, academic departments who have the resources to provide accommodated tests for students requiring a distraction-reduced test environment, additional time, and/or brief breaks are strongly encouraged to do so.

Faculty who choose to utilize the CEA Test Center must complete one testing agreement for their course(s) each semester. If you teach more than one section of the same course, CEA Test Center staff can “copy” the agreement to your other course sections on your behalf. The testing agreement is simply a questionnaire with a two-fold purpose:

  1. To confirm if you will be utilizing the CEA Test Center’s proctoring services for your course(s).
  2. To provide instructions important to the administration of your tests (i.e. test format, authorized materials, time allotted to complete tests, etc…). 

Students’ test appointment requests CANNOT be processed and scheduled with the CEA Test Center until a testing agreement is completed. Please see “Testing Agreement Information & Instructions” tab for additional information.  

  • Complete the testing agreement for each unique course to confirm if the CEA Test Center’s proctoring services will be needed for your course.
    • The CEA Test Center administers tests for courses that require all students take the test at a centralized location and do NOT utilize a third-party proctoring service (i.e. ProctorU).
  • Review students’ test appointment details (date, time, test type) and communicate any scheduling concerns with both the CEA Test Center and student. Students are responsible for scheduling tests at date/times that are both acceptable to their professor and do not conflict with other courses.
  • Review testing agreement details and inform CEA Test Center staff via e-mail (ceatest@uark.edu) of any needed modifications before the students’ test appointment.
  • Provide all testing materials to CEA Test Center at least 48 hours* prior to the test time.
    •  ****Additional time will be required during midterms and finals.
  • Please refer to Academic Policy 1520.20 for additional information regarding faculty's responsibility to provide test accommodations for students with disabilities.

WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TESTING AGREEMENT?

Faculty who choose to utilize the CEA Test Center must complete one testing agreement for their course(s) each semester. The Testing Agreement is simply a questionnaire with a two-fold purpose:

  1. To confirm if you will be utilizing the CEA Test Center’s proctoring services for your course(s)
  2. To provide instructions important to the administration of your tests (i.e. test format, authorized materials, time allotted to complete tests, etc…)

TESTING AGREEMENT NEED TO KNOW ITEMS:

  • Students’ test appointment requests CANNOT be processed and scheduled with the CEA Test Center until a testing agreement is completed.
    • If a testing agreement is not completed before the student’s requested test appointment date/time, the request will be cancelled & the CEA will construe your non-responsiveness as an affirmation that you will be providing the student’s test accommodations outside of the CEA Test Center.
  • Faculty must complete one testing agreement for each course. If you teach more than one section of the same course, CEA Test Center staff will “copy” the completed agreement to other sections.
    • If instructions are the same for multiple courses, an agreement can be copied by CEA Test Center staff upon faculty request.
  • Instructions provided in the course’s testing agreement will be followed for all tests administered at the CEA Test Center that semester unless instructed otherwise. If modifications need to be made to your course’s testing agreement, you must inform the CEA Test Center of the necessary changes via e-mail (ceatest@uark.edu) before the student’s test appointment.

HOW TO COMPLETE THE TESTING AGREEMENT?

Faculty can complete the testing agreement in one of the three ways listed below:

  1. Using the link provided in the Faculty Notification of Academic Accommodations email.
  2. Using your UARK credentials to access the Faculty Log-In page & selecting “Alternative Testing/Quizzes” section on the left side.
  3. Using the link provided in the Student Test Appointment Pending email notification.

Step-by-step instructions for how to access the Faculty portal and complete the Testing Agreement are offered in PDF form via the How To Manual-Faculty Login, which is also available on the CEA’s Faculty Resources Page.

Per Academic Policy Series 1520.20, faculty must provide test(s) at least 48 hours in advance. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation or rescheduling of the students’ test appointments.

*Tests will be required to be submitted further in advance during midterms and finals.

Faculty can provide tests to the CEA Test Center using one of the following methods:

  • Secure upload to student’s test appointment using link in courtesy reminder email, or the Faculty Login
  • E-Mailed to CEA Test Center at ceatest@uark.edu
  • Hard copies can be dropped off to the CEA Test Center located in room 305 of the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. (Note: Campus mail does NOT deliver to this location.)

**If you will be providing multiple versions of a test, or need to submit a revised/updated version of an test, please let us know via email (ceatest@uark.edu), or in the “test upload notes” section when using the link, so that we may distribute the correct test(s) per your specifications.

Students should speak with faculty to discuss details of the implementation of testing accommodations before scheduling tests at the CEA Test Center.

Scheduling Your Tests:

  • Test requests must be submitted online via CEA Online Student Services for a date/time that has been discussed with and approved by the instructor and does not conflict with any other courses. No Walk-Ins!
  • Test requests must be submitted 7 days in advance via CEA Online Student Services. Instructions for how to schedule your test, can be found on the CEA’s Informational Video’s page (Alternative Testing: Schedule an Test).
    • Test requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • If maximum capacity is reached in the CEA Test Center, students may have to test in an alternative location or reschedule their test appointment.
  • Requests NOT submitted 7 days in advance may be declined.
    • Students with assistive technology who do NOT schedule their test requests in advance, may not be able to access those accommodations.
  • Tests must be scheduled to begin no earlier than 8:30am and end no later than 7:00pm Monday-Thursday and 4:30pm on Fridays. (CEA Test Center hours are subject to change during Finals Week and Summer Session)
    • If your requested appointment time goes past the CEA Test Center’s hours of operation, you will be informed via e-mail that your appointment has been rescheduled to an earlier time so that you can receive your full-extended time before the Test Center closes.

Rescheduling Your Test Appointment(s):

  • Students must request a modification of the original test request via the CEA Online Student Services at least 2 days in advance. Instructions for how to reschedule your test, can be found on the CEA’s Informational Video’s page Alternative Testing: Modify or Cancel an Exam.
    • Reschedule requests NOT submitted 2 days in advance, or outside test administration hours, may be declined.
    • If your request to reschedule your test is denied, you will be informed via e-mail & your original test appointment will remain.
  • Repeated late test and/or reschedule requests may result in the suspension of the Test Center proctoring services until the student meets with a senior CEA Staff member to discuss the issue.

Arriving to Your Test:

  • Tests begin at the scheduled appointment time, whether the student has arrived or not. No additional time will be granted to make-up for late arrival.
    • Students are encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes before their scheduled testing appointment time.
  • A university issued student ID is REQUIRED to test in the CEA Test Center. Students arriving without a university issued student ID will be directed to the Campus Card Office and no additional testing time will be granted.
  • Students must bring all necessary testing materials as directed by their instructor (i.e. scantron, pencil, bluebook, calculator, etc…) The CEA Test Center does NOT have scantrons or bluebooks.
  • Backpacks and other bags are NOT allowed in the testing area. Please do not bring any possessions that you do not wish to leave in the test center lobby to your test appointment.
  • For pop/unannounced quizzes – faulty must inform CEA Test Center of the upcoming quiz via e-mail (ceatest@uark.edu). Faculty should also communicate with both the CEA Test Center and students to determine the appropriate times for students to complete the quiz, with consideration to the students’ schedules.
    • Students should make a standing appointment with the CEA Test Center for pop quizzes, so that a spot can be reserved for them in the event that there is a quiz.
  • Online Tests: The CEA Test Center only proctors online tests for classes that require all students to test at a centralized location (i.e. classroom, computer lab, etc…) and do not utilize a third-party proctoring service (i.e. ProctorU). For additional information about online tests, see Online Test Policy.
  • Students must have a university-issued student ID to test in the CEA Test Center.
  • Backpacks and other bags will not be allowed in the testing area. Please do not bring any possessions that you do not wish to leave in the test center lobby to your test appointment.
  • If maximum capacity is reached in the CEA Test Center, students may have to test in an alternative location or reschedule their test appointment.
  • Students are not permitted to leave the testing area for any reason once a test has begun, with exceptions given to those with applicable accommodations.
    • Students with accommodations for movement or brief breaks will be limited to 15 minutes and are not allowed to leave the building area.
  • Students who wear clothing with pockets may be asked to empty those pockets in front of a CEA staff member before test administration will begin.
  • Both human proctors and closed-circuit video surveillance are used to monitor the test center. If students are caught in violation of the Academic Policy Series 1520.20, the CEA will immediately notify the faculty member for instructions on how to proceed.
  • CEA staff will not attempt to answer any content-related questions on tests but will attempt to contact the instructor directly with the student’s question.
  • Tests begin at the scheduled appointment time, whether the student has arrived or not. No additional time will be granted to make-up for late arrival.
  • Students are responsible for bringing all necessary testing materials (i.e. scantron, bluebook, calculator, etc….)

Items Not Allowed in Testing Area:

  • Books, notes, calculators, or any class-related material - unless CEA has received express written permission from the instructor.
  • Cell phones, laptops, tablets, and all forms of wearable technology.
  • Hats, sunglasses, backpacks, purses, etc…
  • Food & Drinks
    • **Drinks in clear containers with no labels are permitted

 

The CEA Test Center proctors online tests for classes that meet the following criteria:

  • All students are required to test at a centralized location (i.e. classroom, computer lab, etc…) & do not utilize a third-party proctoring service (i.e. ProctorU).
    • Students are able to schedule their tests with ProctorU and generally still receive their accommodations as long as faculty or Instructional Designer has informed ProctorU. This is because the student can be in charge of creating a distraction-reduced testing environment for the test, extra time & breaks can be offered via ProctorU, and test questions and any other permitted material can be accessed using the appropriate assistive technology (such as reading or word processing software) accommodation.

ProctorU Test + Assistive Technology Accommodations

  • Most assistive technology accommodations (i.e. assistive software for reading & word processor) are still accessible with ProctorU. Faculty simply need to contact ProctorU or the Instructional Designer that communicates student accommodations to ProctorU to inform them that the student will be utilizing an Assistive Technology (such as reading or word processing software).
    • It is important that the ProctorU proctor knows that the student will have access to the appropriate assistive technology as the proctor may hear talking from the computer as the questions are being read to the student by reading software

 

Respondus Lockdown Browser + Assistive Technology Accommodations

 

  • Students cannot access many of the assistive software programs when Respondus Lockdown Browser is required. Faculty and/or the instructional designer must have the test available without a lock-down browser so that students with assistive technology accommodations can utilize their assistive software.

Online Test Accommodation Questions/Concerns

Online test policy exemptions may apply to students with accommodations not accessible outside of the CEA Test Center. Students & Faculty may contact the Test Center via phone (479-575-2695) or email (ceatest@uark.edu) for questions regarding online tests.