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Welcome to the Testing Center

Located on the first floor of Pollock Building at the University Park campus, this state-of-the-art facility is designed to provide secure, computer-based classroom testing to Penn State courses. We encourage you to view our video, which takes you on a virtual tour of the Center. If you have questions about how to use our facility, please contact us at (814) 863-8116 or etest@psu.edu.

The eTesting Lab accommodates up to 155 students each testing session. Instructional Consultants at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence are available to discuss test design strategies that will help to minimize concerns about students sharing information between testing sessions.

Using Canvas in the Testing Center

During summer '16, staff started the groundwork to ensure the smooth and successful delivery of exams via Canvas.

Canvas Roll-out and Testing Plan

  • Phase 1: Fall break '16, initial testing of new secure browser and new operations software on computers that manage the eTesting Lab. Identified issues were resolved and retested throughout the semester.
  • Phase 2: First week of spring '17 classes, testing of reworked new systems in a low-stakes pre-test. Minor issues were identified and resolved.
  • Phase 3: February 7-8, a midterm exam was delivered in Canvas.
  • Phase 4: February 8-March 10, increased Canvas testing volume by invitation for courses that have already migrated to Canvas.
  • Phase 5: Concurrent with Phase 4, test of secure-browser capabilities in non-Pollock locations to mimic Final Exam testing scenario.

Pending the successful conclusion of the final phases of testing, all faculty will have the option of eTesting in ANGEL or Canvas beginning March 13.

Learn more about using Canvas at Penn State!

A brand new training session will be offered March 2 to help faculty get Canvas exams ready for the Pollock Testing Center. “Canvas: Preparing Exams for the Pollock Testing Center” will be held from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. via Adobe Connect. The session is offered by ITS Training Services. Registration is limited to 15 attendees. Recordings will be available by request for those unable to attend.

Learn at your own pace: https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1741795

Find live training options: http://canvas.psu.edu/#training

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Fall & Spring: Mon - Fri, 8:00A - 11:00P1
Maymester/Summer: Mon - Thurs, 9:00A - 3:00P2

1Due to low demand, hours are reduced for the first two weeks of the semester

2Open when summer finals fall on a Friday