Testing Services: Information for Faculty

ACC Testing Centers provide a comfortable and secure environment for administering tests. Testing centers are located at each campus, at Fredericksburg High School, and at the San Marcos Goodnight Center. Hours of operation vary by location.

Review the Getting Started Guide for Faculty and the Testing Center Faculty Use Guidelines for more details about Testing Center policies.

Types of Testing Available

Initial testing: Testing Centers administer tests for Distance Learning (DL) courses and approved lecture courses. DL exams must be submitted to all Testing Center locations. Exams for lecture courses may be submitted to as many or as few centers as necessary. Distributing tests to as many locations as possible can minimize wait times for students.

Make-up testing: Make-up testing is available for lecture courses not on the approved list for initial/first-time testing. Make-up testing is limited to 25% of students registered in each section.

Retesting: For students who scored low on their initial attempt on an exam.

Testing to remove an Incomplete: Instructors issuing an incomplete must complete the appropriate form documenting the need for the test and include the necessary deadline. To remove a grade of Incomplete, in addition to a valid ID, students also must bring one of the following to the Testing Center:

  • Email verification from instructor's ACC email account.
  • Verification from the Admissions & Records office.

Testing Formats

Exams can be administered as basic written exams, objective or scan-based exams using the Centers’ secure online testing service or any combination of the three formats. Instructors must submit a Test Transmittal Form.

Paper/pencil (written) tests: Instructors may submit tests on which students write answers or tests that require a separate instructor-designed answer sheet or lined paper (i.e., for essays).

Objective (multiple choice or scan-based) tests: Supports 203 questions per test with objective answers A-E.

These exams provide immediate feedback to students and comprehensive reporting mechanisms, including a grade roster for each section and an item analysis for each section or across multiple sections.

Secure online testing: Online testing can be integrated with Blackboard.

Testing Center workstations use the Blackboard Respondus lockdown browser to prevent students from accessing computer resources once a test has been initiated. Download the Secure Online Testing with Respondus Checklist and visit the Blackboard Respondus Support Site.

Instructors using secure online testing must visit a Testing Center to ensure the test is working correctly before it is administered. Instructors should provide a hard copy backup version of the exam in case of network or power outages.

Combination: Testing Centers can administer tests that combine the previous three test types.

Testing for Students Requiring Accommodations

Students requiring special testing accommodations should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities

Batch Scoring Services

ACC Testing Centers offer batch scoring services for multiple choice tests taken in any ACC classroom course. Download the Batch Scoring Transmittal Form.

Scan-based tests graded by the Testing Center must have only one answer choice per question. Instructors can use multiple forms (up to four) for a single test. If multiple forms are submitted, the forms are distributed randomly unless other arrangements are specified (for example, a specific version for retesting).

Submitting Test Forms

Complete the PDF version of a test form and then submit the form via this link.