7 Things You Need in a Professional Testing Center
Almost every industry has some level of professional testing, licensure or certification. If you’ve been charged with planning the logistics to deliver a testing or certification event, there are some necessary requirements that must be met to ensure it meets approved criteria for your industry.
First, check to see if your company or industry has a set of standards or criteria for testing facilities. When searching for a room rental provider, you’ll want to ensure they are able to meet all of your requirements for a professional testing center.
We’ve put together a list of common things you might find on a professional testing facilities requirements document:
1. Proctors to Administer Test
Although not part of the space per se, a proctor is necessary to administer and oversee the exam. There are often a set of specific requirements for proctors, so check with your company or governing body for established criteria.
2. Distraction-Free and Comfortable Testing Environment
In a testing environment, it’s important the room be enclosed, clean, comfortable (especially in temperature) and distraction-free. Classrooms should have comfortable seating and not have distracting posters or other decorations on the walls.
3. Allow Adequate Space Between Test-Takers
Inside the classroom, the physical space should accommodate students with sufficient space between them for test-taking. A distance of three feet or more should be adequate to separate two test-takers.
4. Provide Break Areas and Snacks for Test-Takers
Food is not something that you’re likely to see on an official testing venue requirements document, but it’s a consideration you should factor in. Especially for long testing sessions, it’s important you seek a venue that offers a comfortable break area where test-takers can re-group and re-energize with healthy snacks and beverages. Available food for breaks also keeps test-takers onsite—helping maintain a secure testing environment.
5. Event and Tech Support for Testing Event
One of the challenges of testing events is the need for a proctor to remain in the room at all times. This means that if assistance is needed, the proctor can’t do it themselves. Your testing space should have onsite support to assist the proctor with any technical needs or room issues.
6. Computer Security During Testing
If test-takers are using computers, you’ll want to ensure the computers are in use solely for test-taking. This may require internet blocks or removing certain programs to ensure the integrity of the test.
7. Accessibility of Testing Facility
It’s ideal if the testing center is centrally located to the students and has adequate parking. U.S. sites should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for accessibility. Facilities outside of the U.S. should comply with specific accessibility requirements as specified by the country where the facility is located.
Testing may just be one component of your event. For more tips on planning a successful training event, read this popular blog post.