Best Practices

Consider following these recommendations with your course(s).

Getting Started

Things to Know

  • NEW FOR SPRING 2019: all testing will be by appointment only. Students will be required to schedule appointments at least one business day in advance.
  • There are two testing locations on campus:
    • Venture IV Centennial Campus Test Center is open to all courses throughout the semester.
    • Cox Hall Main Campus Test Center is limited in size and only available to certain courses.
        • DELTA Testing will notify faculty should this location be available for your course.
  • Familiarize yourself with our hours of operation.
  • Input sections of our syllabus statement and the guidelines set forth by The Office of Student Conduct when discussing DELTA Testing Services in your course.
  • Faculty, it is imperative that our office has a copy of all Disability Resource Office accommodation letters on file before administering an exam for your student. Please reiterate to students that they forward the letter to deproctor@ncsu.edu.

Helpful Tips

  • Place a link to our official website, go.ncsu.edu/testing, in your LMS.
  • Limit the number of on-site exams to four or fewer per course.
  • Give at least a two-day window for each exam.
  • Give larger courses, 100 students or more, a three- or four-day window for each exam.
    • Group overrides are a great way to manage and stagger student access to exam material. This prevents a majority of students in larger courses from waiting until the last possible day to take an exam.

Foreign Language Tests

  • Please house the file for your listening section in Mediasite and send DELTA Testing Services the URL.

Online and Hybrid Paper Tests

For tests delivered online, follow these additional best practices:

  • Important for local and remote testing, such as ProctorU (if applicable):
    • Within your LMS, exams should be open at 8:00 a.m. the first day of each testing window. Additionally, exams should close at 11:59 p.m. on the last day students are permitted to access them.
  • Verify exam dates, time limits and all passwords submitted to our office. Please contact deproctor@ncsu.edu if any information changes asap.
  • Allow students an opportunity to take a practice exam in the same format as the graded exam.
  • Faculty, If your exams are in Moodle be familiar with the following:
      • understand how to implement a user override for time accommodations and extensions.
      • If you are rolling over course content from a previous semester, exams should be visible in your LMS. The timing and date restrictions should match the current semester.

Paper-Based Tests

Paper-based tests may be uploaded at the time of submitting course information or emailed to DELTA Testing Services at deproctor@ncsu.edu at least two days prior to the exam.

Please note, our office does not administer paper-based multiple choice exams. Instead, we encourage faculty to transition assessments to an LMS of their choice to facilitate the administration of their exams.

Our office will add a cover page to the document, but please include the following information on the first page of your test(s):

  • Course and section numbers (example, BIO 181 610)
  • Test ID (examples: Test 1, Final Exam)
  • Instructor name
  • Time limit
  • Materials permitted

During the Fall and Spring semesters, paper exams may be picked up in Cox Hall Room 205 after 10 a.m. on the day following the end of an exam period.

During final exams and Summer Semesters, the paper exam pickup location may change. Consider emailing deproctor@ncsu.edu to let us know when you are coming so we can prepare the packet before you arrive.

Makeup Exams

To inquire about availability to administer a makeup exam, please contact Sharon Broere, Senior Associate Director of Online and Distance Education Administrative Services, sfergus@ncsu.edu or deproctor@ncsu.edu.

If our team is available to assist, makeup exams should occur outside of the university’s Final Examination period.