Testing Services: Information for Faculty

ACC Testing Centers provide a comfortable and secure environment for administering tests. Testing centers are located at each campus.

Review the Getting Started Guide for Faculty and the ACC Testing Center Procedures for Faculty for more details about Testing Center policies.

Types of Testing Available

Initial testing: Testing Centers administer tests for Distance Education (DE) courses and approved lecture courses. DE 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 testing. 

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 or any combination of the three formats. Instructors must submit a Test Transmittal Form to testctr-transmittals@austincc.edu.

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 100-200 questions per test with objective answers A-E.

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.

Instructors using secure online testing should 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.

Testing for Students Requiring Accommodations

Students requiring special testing accommodations should contact the Student Accessibility Services.

Test Transmittal

Go to Forms Inventory to complete Test Transmittal and submit to testctr-transmittals@austincc.edu.