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Testing Center

  • The Saint Francis University Testing Center offers year-round paper-pencil and computer-based exams to Saint Francis University students and the general public.

    Mission Statement: The SFU Testing Center is committed to providing high-quality test administration and exceptional customer service to SFU students, faculty, staff and the community. We provide a professional, secure, and accessible environment for testing and subscribe to National College Testing Association (NCTA) Professional Standards and Guidelines.

    Located within the Center for Academic Success (Francis Hall, 1st Floor), the Testing Center includes four distraction-reduced, camera-monitored testing rooms, as well as a larger testing room for administering standardized exams. First priority for the distraction-reduced testing rooms is given to students with approved, documented disabilities. Other students may make up missed exams upon instructor approval only. Lockers are provided for storing personal belongings during testing. A valid ID is required for all exams.

    The Center provides the following testing services:

    • Proctoring for SFU students
      • Testing rooms are available by reservation for students with approved testing accommodations and for makeup exams as approved by the instructor. Accommodation students must have their documentation approved by April Fry (afry@francis.edu), Accessibility Services Coordinator, prior to testing in the Testing Center. Approved accommodation students may then take their exams and quizzes in the Testing Center and receive such accommodations as extended time on tests, reader, scribe, and a distraction-reduced environment. A student may also be approved to test in the Testing Center due to a short-term disability, such as a concussion. Any instructor with a student in his/her course who is approved for disability services will be asked to sign a form listing the permitted accommodations. Any SFU student missing a regularly scheduled exam due to a family emergency, serious illness, class trip, or sporting event also may test in the Center at the approval of the instructor. All testing should be scheduled at least two business days in advance; otherwise, space cannot be guaranteed. All students testing in the Testing Center must sign a testing waiver and abide by all Testing Center policies and procedures.
    • Proctoring for students from other institutions
      • Proctoring of Exams for Other Institutions - The Saint Francis University Testing Center is pleased to offer exam proctoring for students attending other institutions. Proctoring can be arranged by contacting Terri Kirby (tkirby@francis.edu, 814-472-3024). Cost is $20 per exam. Fees must be submitted prior to each test. It is the examinee’s responsibility to notify the college/company to send the exam and all necessary guidelines and instructions to the Testing Center. All exams must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Proctoring is not available on holidays or weekends. The student is required to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon check-in for each exam. The Testing Center will submit completed exams online, via email or regular mail. If any special mailing service is necessary (Next Day Air), the examinee will be responsible for the expense.
      • Proctoring of SFU Exams at Other Institutions - At times a student may be unable to take an exam on campus, perhaps due to returning home and needing to satisfy an Incomplete course grade. The Saint Francis University Testing Center will be happy to assist the student in securing a test proctor at another institution. Fees for such testing will be the responsibility of the student. The exam will be obtained from the instructor, submitted to the outside institution, administered off-site, and returned to the instructor for grading. For assistance in making arrangements to test elsewhere, contact Terri Kirby (tkirby@francis.edu).
    • Standardized testing for the following exams:

    Contact Terri Kirby at 814-472-3287 or tkirby@francis.edu for  additional information.

  • Testing Resource Library

    The Center for Academic Success has study materials available for SFU students and faculty to borrow on a 3-week basis for the following national standardized exams:

    • ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)
    • CLEP (College Level Examination Program – credit-by-exam)
    • CSCS – NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
    • DAT (Dental Admission Test)
    • FE (Fundamentals of Engineering)
    • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
    • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
    • LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
    • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
    • NPTE (National Physical Therapy Examination)
    • OAT (Optometry Admission Test)
    • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

    SFU photo ID must be presented. Stop by the Testing Center (Francis 101) to check on availability or borrow these materials.

    Testing Center Location

    Temporary parking is available in front of Saint Francis Hall. Candidates do not need to be SFU students in order to take these standardized tests at SFU. Saint Francis Hall is located on Franciscan Way, between Torvian Dining Hall and the Chapel. The physical address is 132 Franciscan Way. You may park on Franciscan Way during your testing. We will have a visitors parking permit here for you when you arrive. Please display it on your dashboard.

    Testing Center Procedures

    The procedures for scheduling exams in the Testing Center are as follows:

    • If a student has a documented disability, documentation must be submitted to and approved by the Academic Support and Accessibility Services Coordinator, St. Francis Hall, (814) 472-3176, afry@francis.edu. Accommodation needs must be reviewed each semester.
    • Student and instructor will discuss the required exam accommodations prior to each exam.
    • Instructor will approve and inform the student of the date/time to take the exam in the Center.
    • Instructor should submit test and instructions at least two weekdays prior to exam (or sooner, if possible). Tests & instructions may be submitted in person (Francis 101) or by email (tkirby@francis.edu or cas@francis.edu). The Instructor Test Room Request form gives the Testing Center the instructions for the exam and can be completed online at my.francis.edu (under the Academics tab and under Academic Forms & Policies) or in the office if the exam is hand-delivered.
    • The student is to schedule with the Testing Center at least two weekdays prior to each exam in one of the following ways: 1. in person, by visiting Francis 101; 2. by email (tkirby@francis.edu or cas@francis.edu); or online at my.francis.edu under the Academics tab and under Student Academic Forms & Policies.
    • Scheduling in advance by the instructor and student will guarantee that a Testing Center proctor will be available at the designated time. Having the exam in advance will allow time to scan it into adaptive software prior to the test, if such software is permitted for that student.

    Testing Center Policies
    • Students are expected to arrive on time to their testing appointment, much as they would in a regular classroom. If a student arrives more than 15 minutes late, the instructor will be notified and the student may not be able to take the exam. 
    •  When a student is unable to report for an exam as scheduled, the student must notify the instructor and the Testing Center as soon as possible. The exam may only be rescheduled upon permission from the instructor.
    •  Students must present a valid photo ID (driver’s license or SFU student ID) at the time of check-in. Exams will not be administered without proper identification.
    • Each student signs a waiver acknowledging that he/she is aware of testing policies and procedures, such as camera surveillance in the testing rooms and cell phones and other devices prohibited during testing.
    • Cell phones and other electronic devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, etc.) are not allowed in the testing room. They are to be stored in a Testing Center locker until completion of the exam. Cell phones should be turned off.
    • Only those materials designated by the instructor on the Testing Information Sheet will be permitted in the testing room.
    • Student may not access any of his/her belongings at any time during testing (from the time he/she receives the test until it is returned to Test Center staff).
    • The student is responsible for following all instructions on the exam and will assume any penalties that may result from misunderstandings and misinterpretations.
    • Upon completion of the exam, student must immediately report directly to the front desk.
    • The student must return all materials at the end of the test (test, scantron, scrap papers whether used or not, and anything else designated by the instructor).
    • Students may not talk with other students about questions on the test, since they are not always scheduled to take tests on the same date/time as the rest of the class.
    • All suspected or obvious cases of academic honesty, including the use of unauthorized devices, will be reported to the instructor, who will then make the decision on how the situation will be handled. If the student is receiving accommodations, the Accessibility Services Coordinator will also be notified.
    • Unless specified by instructor or outlined in the student’s approved accommodations, each exam must be completed in one sitting.
    • Violations of these policies may result in forfeiture of test or additional disciplinary actions. 

    *Violation of these policies may result in forfeit of test or additional disciplinary actions.