Testing Services

student in testing booth

The Testing Center offers various services to those who utilize the center. Whether you are qualified to receive accommodations such as a low distraction testing environment, need to take a proctored exam for a distance learning course through another institution, or would like more information on our scoring practices, read below for more details on our services.

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Learning Accommodations Testing - Instructors

(Policies for students scheduling a test with the Testing Center can be found by clicking the "Learning Accommodations Testing - Students" link on this page.)

The Center for Testing provides testing services for students with disabilities who need specific testing accommodations such as extended testing time, low distraction testing environment, and the use of assistive technology. To qualify for these services, students must have been determined eligible by the Student Disability Resource Center. In order to receive further information about the process for accommodating students with disabilities, please contact David Anderson, Director of  the Student Disability Resource Center, at 478-445-5931 in 109 Russell Library.

To request testing services professors should complete the Learning Accommodations Test Summary form and submit it to the Center for Testing. The student must contact the Center for Testing for an appointment within the date range set by the professor.

The test may be sent to the Center for Testing by email, or campus mail, or it may be delivered by the professor/staff or the student in a sealed envelope. The test will be returned to the professor by the method indicated on the accommodations form.

Please have all tests, test summary forms, and testing materials to our office at least 24 hours before the test. 

Tips for filling out the form:

Indicate the length of time you will allow the class to take the test. We will determine the appropriate amount of extended time the student should receive based upon his or her accommodations letter.   
Accommodations allowed for the test must be based on the student's accommodations letter from the director of the Student Disability Resource Center.

Any test materials/resources that all class members are permitted to use during the test, such as notes or calculators, should be indicated. Otherwise students will not be allowed to use such materials on the test.

Learning Accommodations Testing - Students

Note: Fall 2020 final exams will be given remotely, and will not be scheduled with the Testing Center. 

If you are a student who receives testing accommodations, as approved by the Student Disability Resource Center, you may make an appointment with the Testing Center by clicking the Student Accommodations Testing Request FormPlease read the information below very carefully before submitting your form. Make sure you have included all information asked for on the form. We will then email your professor to let him/her know that you have scheduled a test with us.

*****How to Schedule a REGULAR or MID-TERM Exam:

1.  Your testing request must be submitted at least 5 days in advance of your test.  For example, a test on October 10 must be submitted by 11:59 pm on October 5. 

2.  Do not schedule any tests more than 4 weeks in advance of the test.

3.  Our hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.  WE CLOSE AT 5:00 PM.  Make sure to schedule your start time so that you are finished by 5:00 pm.

4.  If you are unsure of the date a professor may schedule a test, go ahead and schedule it for the day you think it might be.  We can always reschedule if you find it will be a different date, but we cannot schedule you if it is sooner than 5 days.

5.  Rescheduling: If you need to reschedule a test, submit a new Testing Request form and, in the box at the bottom, state that you are rescheduling a test and the date is was previously scheduled for.

*****How to Schedule FINAL Exams:

Final exams will be given remotely during Fall 2020 and will not be taken in the Testing Center.  Please let your professors know if you will need to use your time accommodations.         

SUMMER CLASSES: For students taking summer classes, please request a testing appointment as soon as you know about your tests.

Please contact the Testing Center at (478) 445-5016 or 109 Russell Library if you have questions.

Test-Taking Tips and Test Anxiety

Taking tests can often create anxiety in the test-taker.  Below are some test-taking tips as well as information on how to manage test anxiety.

First of all, if you have any anxiety about taking tests, there is a great article about managing anxiety on the Brown University website.  It is written by Cecelia Downs and can be accessed here.

You can also click here to read some great test-taking tips.

Also, if you are a GCSU student, check out the Counseling Center's website as they offer help for testing anxiety and other personal issues: www.gcsu.edu/counseling.

Test Scoring Service

The Center for Testing offers scoring services for multiple choice classroom tests for the faculty and staff of Georgia College. Two scanners are available in 109 Russell Library, offering different reporting options.

A small stand-alone scanner  will score the scanner sheets and print the number and percent of answers correct on each sheet. It can also mark the correct answer or a √ mark for questions missed. An Item Analysis form can be run after scanning a group of answer sheets, indicating the number of incorrect responses to each question. Scantron form 19641, a 5.5" x 11" form with spaces for 50 questions per side with five possible responses, and form 95677, an 8.5" x 11" with 100 multiple choice questions on the front and lines on the back for short answer/ essay questions are available in the bookstore. Faculty or staff may use this scanner themselves (with assistance available as needed) or leave the scanner sheets to be scored by testing staff.

A computer-linked scanner, which uses Scantron scanner form 4521, can provide more detailed information testing reports. Options include:

  • Group Detail report - Lists student ID, student name, raw test points and percent test scores. Available in print form or as a merge file that can be used with a word processor or spreadsheet. The merge file may include student responses if desired.
  • Individual Score report - Prints individual report for each  student indicating raw score, percent correct, student responses and the correct answer for items missed.
  • Test Statistics - Displays a student/score histogram graph with either points or percent unit of measurement. Various test statistics, including highest score, lowest score, median, mean, standard deviation, test reliability and standard error of measurement, are calculated and reported.
  • Item Statistics - Prints detailed item analysis indicating item type (matching, multiple choice, true/false), item point value, response distribution, p-value (item difficulty), average overall test score (in percent) of those who correctly marked the item and point biserial correlation (how well a particular item predicted overall test success).

Scantron form 4521, an 8.5" x 11" form with space for 200 questions with five possible responses, must be used for this scanner. Students must enter their names and a unique ID number and darken the corresponding circles. In scoring no marks are made on the scanner sheets and unique identifying information is necessary for reporting.

For the computer-linked scanner, faculty must complete the Scoring Request form for each test scored, giving us information about the course, instructor and reports requested. Test files will be identified by the course CRN and a sequence number indicating the number of tests scored for that course (i.e., 80904_1 for the first test scored for a course, 80904_2 for the second, etc.). You should indicate both the CRN and sequence number on the Scoring Request Sheet. An answer key marked on the 4521 answer sheet must also be provided. Test files will be deleted at the end of each semester unless you request that they be saved for a longer period of time. 

Please allow one working day for processing, although in most cases, processing will be completed on the same day. Scanner forms must be delivered to the Center for Testing, 109 Russell Library during office hours which are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Tests are processed in the order received. You will be notified by phone or email when your materials (scanner sheets and a print copy of requested reports) are ready to be picked up.

For questions about the scoring service, call Evita Shinholster at 478-445-5016 or email  evita.shinholster@gcsu.edu.