The ODS Testing Center serves as a resource to UA students and faculty, to assist in the provision of testing accommodations.  With 50 individual testing rooms equipped with computers, the ODS Testing Center proctors an average of 10,000 exams each academic year.  The testing center is integral to proctoring the almost 90% of accommodated students who receive testing accommodations.

Accommodated students use the ODS Online Portal to request testing space at the ODS Testing Center.  Faculty use the ODS Online Portal to send and retrieve exam files, complete the testing agreement, and see a list of students who have requested accommodations.  Tutorials are available to demonstrate these functions.

Entrance to ODS Testing Center

The entrance to the ODS Testing Center is located just inside the Houser Hall first floor lobby, past the elevators.

Testing Room Example

The above picture is an example of a testing room at the ODS Testing Center.

Current operations plan:

The following changes have been made to testing center procedures due to COVID-19.

  • The ODS Testing Center will only be available to proctor tests for face-to-face courses. ODS will not proctor exams for courses with virtual proctoring requirements.
  • The ODS Testing Center will remain locked at all times.  Students will visit www.iamhere.ua.edu when they have arrived to check in for an exam.  A video tutorial is available.  Faculty will also need to visit this link if they come to the testing center to pick up exams.
  • Lockers will not be used. Please leave your belongings at home or be prepared to take them with you into your testing room. Phones and watches will be held by testing staff and cannot be accessed by students while testing. Please turn your phone off. Academic integrity expectations remain in place.

Students who experience limitations or barriers related to tests or the testing environment may be eligible for testing accommodations. Students who need to request testing accommodations should communicate with their assigned Accommodations Specialist.

A Note to Faculty:

ODS Testing Coordinators and staff are available to assist faculty with test pickup inside the ODS Testing Center.  The ODS Testing Center is located on the first floor of Houser Hall, off the main lobby, left of the elevator.

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 10:00pm
  • Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

Contact Us:

  • Email: odstesting@ua.edu
  • Phone: (205) 348-2716
  • Fax: (205) 348-4285
  • Mailing Address:
    1000 Houser Hall
    Box 870185
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

A Note to Students:

The ODS Testing Center is available as a convenience location for accommodated testing. It is not required that students take their exams at ODS. In fact, some departments may require students to test within the department and will have a plan for providing accommodations.

ODS is unable to proctor every student who receives exam accommodations and scheduling occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should promptly communicate with instructors to determine how exam accommodations will be provided, and should proactively schedule exams with ODS if necessary.

Please review the Fall 2021 orientation to the ODS Testing Center: