Sneak Preview: Academic Testing Center Opening Soon in Sage Hall

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Director - Academic Computing Technical Services

Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, faculty will have a 136-station academic testing center available for courses needing computerized testing in support of distance, blended, or face to face classes.The facility is located in Sage Hall Suite 331, directly across from the new offices of Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS) and is managed by this division of University Information Technology (UIT).

check in desk of testing center

Curry Searle, technical manager of the Sage Hall Testing Center greets students coming in to take entrance exams.

The testing facility is already being utilized on a limited basis this summer by some faculty and also various orientation services. Freshman participating in orientation activities seem to be enjoying the large, quiet rooms where they are registering for classes and taking entrance exams. Faculty interested in already utilizing the testing center for Summer II courses are encouraged to look at the ever-expanding facility website located at it.unt.edu/test, inquiry about policies and procedures for center utilization, and check out the reservation calendar for available times.

students lining up for testing

Students line up to take freshmen entrance exams in the new Sage Hall Testing Center

ACUS will formally "open" the reservation site for fall testing scheduling during the week of July 9 and faculty are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and determine what times they may need the facility for their Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 classes. Further questions about the center may be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner at ehinkle@unt.edu or 940-565-4808.

students taking tests

Incoming freshmen take their entrance exams in the new Sage Hall Testing Center

A future second 100+ seat testing facility is under negotiation and tentative planning for the first floor of Sage Hall as well. Details for this second facility will be announced as they become available. This is a an exciting step forward for student success at UNT!