Testing Center Guidelines

The following guidelines are provided for students taking tests in the Testing Center at Southwestern Illinois College. Due to the wide variety of tests administered in the Testing Center, students and candidates should be advised that specific guidelines may vary from test to test.

Instructional Testing

1. A valid photo ID is required for all testing. 

2. Appointments for instructional testing MUST be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Appointments are given on first-come, first-served basis. See Testing Center hours of service for specific campus information. 

3. Appointments may be made online, in person or by phone. 

4. When making an appointment for an instructional test, be prepared to provide your name, student ID number, course name and section, instructor's name and test number. 

5. Arrive on time for your appointment. Plan ahead for traffic, weather, etc. Late arrivals may forfeit their seat and/or be required to reschedule their test-especially during high-volume testing periods. 

6. The last instructional test is given 1½ hours prior to the closing hours of the Testing Center. If your instructor allows more than 1½ hours for your test, you must schedule your test appointment accordingly to allow for that additional time.

COMPASS Placement Testing

1. A valid photo ID and SWIC student ID number are required for all COMPASS placement testing. 

2. COMPASS placement testing at the Belleville, Red Bud and Sam Wolf Granite City Campuses are on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis. See Testing Center hours of service for specific campus information. 

3. Some COMPASS placement testing services are also available by appointment at the East St. Louis Community College Center and Scott Air Force Base. 

4. The full COMPASS placement test takes approximately 3 hours to complete. 

5. The COMPASS placement test is not timed. 

6. The last full COMPASS placement test is given 3 hours prior to the closing hours of the Testing Center. The last COMPASS retest is given 1½ hours prior to closing hours of the Testing Center. It is recommended that you plan ahead and arrive early to allow yourself sufficient time to take the test and obtain other college services (i.e., counseling, registration, financial aid, etc.) after completing the placement test.

General Guidelines

1. Items not required for your test are not permitted in the testing room (i.e., books, calculators, phones, hats, coats, gloves, back packs, purses, pencil cases, personal accessories, etc.). Students taking an instructional test may bring only approved items for testing as designated by their instructor (i.e., note cards, scratch paper, calculators, pencil, pen, etc.). Students taking the COMPASS placement test may only use approved aids that are supplied by the Testing Center. 

2. Cellphones and all electronic devices are not permitted in the testing room. All cellphones and electronic devices brought to the Testing Center must be turned off and placed in a secured locker in the Testing Center. 

3. Lockers are available for your convenience. 

4. The Testing Center is not responsible for personal belongings or lost items. 

5. Only students taking tests are permitted in the Testing Center. (Please make prior arrangements for childcare, as children are not permitted in the Testing Center. In addition, no pets, family or friends may accompany you in the testing area.) 

6. Prior to taking a test, all students must read and sign off on the Testing Center guidelines. 

7. You may be assigned a designated seat in the testing area, at the discretion of the proctor. 

8. No food, gum or drinks are permitted in the Testing Center. 

9. Some tests have a time limit. Test takers should manage their own time during testing. 

10. Talking is not permitted in the testing room. You should respect others by remaining quiet and not distracting others while testing. 

11. You are expected to test independently. You may not look at another examinee's computer screen, paper test, scratch paper, etc., or receive assistance from another examinee. 

12. Tampering with the operation of a Testing Center computer or attempting to use it for any function other than taking your test will be reported to your instructor and/or administration. 

13. The testing area is under continuous observation by proctors. The Testing Center may be equipped with cameras and surveillance devices. Test administrators and proctors may walk around the testing room to monitor examinees. 

14. After you begin an instructional test, you must complete it in one sitting unless pre-authorized by your instructor. If you leave the testing room during a test, your instructor will be notified. 

15. All tests are stopped and/or collected 15 minutes prior to the closing hours of the Testing Center. Students should plan ahead so they arrive at the Testing Center in adequate time to complete their test. 

16. After completing a test, all test materials, including scratch paper, must be returned to the Testing Center staff. 

17. Testing Center staff will notify your instructor and/or administration if you attempt to remove any test materials (including questions and answers) from the testing room by any means. 

18. Testing Center staff will notify the instructor and/or administration of any discrepancies during testing. An instructor has the right to reject any instructional test completed by a student who violates the instructor's directions or the Testing Center guidelines. Students taking the COMPASS placement test must adhere to the guidelines or risk an invalid or terminated assessment. Acts of dishonesty may be subject to disciplinary action. 

19. Test takers should communicate with the Testing Center staff if they have extenuating circumstances. Test takers with special needs who require testing accommodations should first contact the Disability & Access Center

20. The Testing Center staff may excuse a test taker, terminate a test and/or contact campus Public Safety if a test taker exhibits behavior that is disruptive, confrontational, unruly, threatening and/or does not comply with the Testing Center guidelines, directives or Board Policy.