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Preparing for Your Test

What You Should Know Before You Arrive

First, find out from your school or academic program:

  • What test is required?
  • What passing score do I need?
  • By what date does my score have to be received by the school(s) or program(s) to which I am applying?

Second, refer to the official test website and registration bulletin of the specific test to determine the following information

Visit our Computer-Based Testing page for website links.

  • When is the test offered? (Year-round? Only on a few dates per year?)
  • Is there a deadline for registering?
  • How do I register? (Online? Phone?)
  • Where is the test offered? (You will want to make sure that the test is offered at the College Park, MD, testing center location)
  • What material does the test cover?
  • How is it scored, and what is the score range?
  • How long does it take to receive official test scores?
  • How much does the test cost?
  • What is the re-test policy? (Limits on how often or how long between testing sessions?)
  • What is the re-schedule policy? (Are there extra fees?)
  • What is the I.D. policy? (Student university I.D.s are not considered "official" I.D.s, and generally you will need a driver’s license, a passport, or sometimes both. If you don't have the required type of I.D. or if your I.D. is expired, you will NOT be allowed to test!)
  • What is the score reporting policy? (Any extra fees?)
  • What is the calculator policy for my specific test? (No calculator? No graphing calculator?)

Third, familiarize yourself with the regulations and procedures of the University of Maryland, College Park, Testing Office

How do I get to the Testing Office?
Plan your route at least one day ahead of time. Consider making a “dry run” visit to our building ahead of time to make sure you can find your way. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to test. We are located in Suite 2112 of Shoemaker Building (on the 2nd floor of the Counseling Center). Visit the Directions and Parking page for the location of Shoemaker Building.

Where can I park?
Do I need to pay for parking? Visit the Directions and Parking page for the location of Shoemaker Building.

What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable and dress in layers so you can adjust to a cooler or warmer room. You will be able to hang up jackets or sweatshirts on the testing room coat rack if you do not want to wear them.

Can I choose my own computer/seat for testing?
You will be assigned to a room and a seat. You will not be allowed to choose your own.

What can I bring into the testing room with me?
For computer-based testing and for proctored testing, the UMD Testing Office provides scratch paper, pencils, tissues, and hand sanitizer. There is a clock on the wall so that you can keep track of your time You CANNOT bring anything into the testing room other than your ID – no wallets, cell phones, car keys, tissues, watches, pens or pencils, food or drinks, gum or mints. The Testing Office does not provide supplies for large scale paper-based testing such as the LSAT, ACT, and MPRE.

Is there a place to store my belongings?
Yes, but for computer-based and proctored testing only; not for large scale paper-based testing. The UMD Testing Office offers lockers to store belongings, as well as any snacks or drinks you may want during your scheduled break. You may NOT access cell phones or any study materials during your breaks – they must be left in your locker. Most large scale paper-based tests forbid you to bring a cell phone into the building in which the test is being given.

How long will the entire test administration take?
You should arrive 15-30 minutes before the start of your exam so that you can complete check-in and orientation prior to the start of your test. For information on test length and breaks, please check your test’s official website or registration bulletin. Visit our Computer-Based Testing page for web site links.

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