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Test Center Procedures and Regulations

Modified Testing Procedures due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, test center rules have changed regarding your arrival at the test center, check-in and testing room regulations, and end-of-test procedures. Review the modified procedures and regulations.

Arrival Time

You should arrive at the test center 30 minutes before your appointment time to allow time for check-in. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted to the test, and your test fees will be forfeited.

On occasion, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test administrator's or ETS's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of your test appointment.

Plan to be at the test center up to an hour longer than the actual duration of your test (see Test Fees for test durations). This includes time for check-in, the collection of background information and the completion of tutorials.

Unscheduled Breaks

For the Praxis® Core combined test (5751 and 5752), the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test (5001) and the Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (5152), you have the option to take a short, unscheduled restroom break after the conclusion of one test, but before completing review of the General Directions for the next test. Your test clock will not start until you return and complete the General Directions. Although you will not lose test time by taking an unscheduled restroom break between tests, it is recommended that you return from the break as quickly as possible (within 5–10 minutes) to avoid running over the scheduled appointment time. Test administrators are required to report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks. You must also adhere to the established policies that relate to leaving the test center vicinity and accessing prohibited personal items or electronic devices during this time.

Security Procedures and Inspections

When you arrive, an administrator or supervisor will check you in and assign your seat. Please be prepared to undergo the following security measures to ensure a fair testing environment. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.

You may be asked to empty your pockets, raise your pant legs above your ankles, and/or pull up your sleeves above your wrists for visual inspection, and you may be scanned with a handheld metal detector wand. Such inspections are routine before each entry into the testing room. You may request that the inspections be performed by a staff member of the same gender and/or in an area sheltered from the view of other people. Test center staff will make every effort to accommodate such requests, but ETS cannot guarantee that all test centers will have the necessary staff and space available.

To ensure unauthorized aids are not brought into the testing room, additional visual inspections of clothing, footwear and ID documents may also be conducted. You may also be required to remove your eyeglasses for close visual inspection. These inspections will be done at check-in and upon return from a break. Unless an inspection is required for use or possession of an unauthorized aid during the test session, removal of footwear is prohibited in the testing room.

You may also be recorded on video, photographed and/or thumb printed by test center staff, and be subject to signature comparison and other forms of electronic biometric ID comparison.

Check-in and Testing Procedures

The following rules are in place to protect the security of the testing process. They begin at sign-in and end at sign-out (including breaks):

  • Complete and sign the Confidentiality and Regulations Agreement provided to you at the test center. If you do not, you cannot test and your fees will NOT be refunded.
  • You may need to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
  • Use only the scratch paper given to you by the test administrator. You may not bring your own scratch paper to the test or remove scratch paper from the testing room. (For paper-delivered tests administered as an accommodation for a disability, you may use the test book for scratch work. Scratch paper is not provided except as an approved accommodation.)
  • Use graphing, scientific and four-function calculators only where allowed or required. For detailed information, see Calculator Use.
  • Raise your hand if you have a problem with your computer or need the administrator's help at any time during the test.
  • Use the allotted 30 minutes of practice time for the tutorial and other untimed sections prior to the test. This allows you to become familiar with the computer functions and will help make your computer-delivered testing experience go smoothly. You may not use scratch paper during this time.

Testing Accommodations Requests

If you have health-related needs requiring you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations in advance. Procedures for requesting accommodations are described in the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.

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