Faculty Guidelines

NOTICE: Starting with Spring semester 2018, the testing center will be using a testing roster in place of the previous tracking form system.  The information needed and provided remains unchanged but the roster requires less preparation time for instructors and uses significantly less paper for larger classes:

- Link to Roster Instructions 
- Link to The Roster* Itself (for typed entries) 
- Link to The Roster* Itself (for handwritten entries)  
*Other than entering course and student information, please do not make changes to the roster form.  Additional information or instructions should be attached on a separate sheet.


The Testing Center provides proctored testing support for course make-up tests and Internet course testing. Due to limited space and personnel, entire class testing cannot be administered at this time.  If you have a special need please contact (208) 676-7203 to see if the Testing Center can accommodate it.

At the beginning of each semester please provide us with a schedule of your tests that will be taken at the Testing Center. Tests and/or passwords must be received at least 24 hours prior to the opening date.

Basic procedures for every test:

  • The Students must show photo ID.
  • Personal belongings are not permitted in the testing rooms, and only items listed on the test tracking form will be
           allowed.  Cell phones are never allowed in the testing area.
  • Lockers are provided.
  • Scratch paper is provided by the Testing Center and, when used, will accompany the returned test.
  • If tests are past their due date, we will not allow students to complete the test without the instructor's written or verbal permission. It is the student's responsibility (not the Testing Center's) to contact their instructor in this event.
  • If there is a time restriction on the test, we tell the student when his or her time is up. We do not wrestle the test from the student if he or she does not immediately turn it in. We tell the student that there may be consequences for taking more than the allowed time. The actual time will be documented on the roster.    

Calculator Policy

Calculators are permitted only when listed in the allowed items. If a graphing calculator is permitted it must be noted on the tracking form. We assume simple or scientific calculators unless otherwise specified.  

Arranging for Paper/Pencil Tests

  • Each paper exam should be accompanied by a roster form (please see the links above)
  • Tests may be dropped off at the Testing Center at any time during office hours, left in the drop box at the northwest end of the Molstead building next to the service doors during off hours, or sent through campus mail to Testing Center, Molstead Library (MOL). Tests will be returned to you according to your directions on the Test Tracking Form.
  • Tests may not be emailed or faxed to us. You have the option of sending an electronic version of the test and tracking form to the Copy Center Portal available in the Bookmark section of the Staff Constituency. It will be printed and delivered to the Testing Center.
  • Reduced Distraction testing will be provided, but we cannot guarantee every student a private room. We will do what we can for as long as space is available, especially for students with accommodations, but if a student requires guaranteed isolation they must reserve space ahead of time.
  • After an exam deadline has passed or the semester has ended and there are still exams in your file, we will return or shred them unless we hear differently from you.    

E-Learning and Hybrid Tests

  • Availability is limited when specialized testing occurs and, as always, we have many instructors using the center.  Please consult our schedule to make sure that test deadlines fall on days the Testing Center is open and stagger testing to avoid scheduling overloads.
  • Passwords to exams are usually emailed or delivered to the Testing Center and are kept in a locked file.
  • If your exam requires Respondus Lockdown Browser, please let us know.

Finals Week

ONLY Finals are given during Finals Week. NO MAKE-UP TESTS will be given. During the last week of classes (week before Finals Week), only make-ups from tests being given in class THAT WEEK will be given at the Testing Center. If any of your students need to take make up tests during the last week of classes or during Finals Week, they must make arrangements with you. Before the last week of classes and Finals Week, we will give make up tests from any time during the semester.

Please encourage your students to make an appointment with the Testing Center for any exam by going to the main webpage    www.nic.edu/testingcenter . Walk-ins are no longer allowed .

The Testing Center extends an open invitation to visit at any time for a tour of our facilities. Hope to see you soon.