Rules and Responsibilities for Students

  • Student Guidelines and Responsibilities

    A PGCC Photo ID is REQUIRED for academic tests

    Students taking academic tests (any test or exam required by a course in which a student is enrolled at PGCC) are required to have their PGCC Student ID card, which must be presented to SAS Testing Center staff when checking in. Any student who does not present his/her valid PGCC Student ID card will not be allowed to take any academic tests. We encourage students to obtain a PGCC ID card as soon as possible after they have registered for classes and carry it with them on any PGCC campus.

    Prospective students who want to take the placement test should refer to the placement test instructions.

    Personal property MUST be secured in lockers

    No personal property (including, but not limited to books, notes, purses, bags, phones, pagers, PDAs) is allowed at the testing stations. All other possessions brought into the center must be secured in a locker, which requires a quarter. The quarter is returned when the locker is reopened. Change is not available from college staff, but change machines are located near some vending machines around the campus.

    Examinees may not bring Food, Drink, Chewing Gum or Candy into the Center

    Any other item or material which the SAS staff determines to be a security risk, potentially disruptive or distracting for any reason is not allowed.

    Student ID numbers are required

    After you applied and paid your application fee, the Admissions office assigned you a student ID number to be used for registration and all tests. You may find this number on your bill, on your schedule, or by logging into your Owl Link account.

    Your student ID number is also encoded in the bar code of your PGCC student ID card, which you are required to present when entering the testing center for academic tests.

    Monitoring, Academic Integrity, and Violations of the Rules

    Students using the Testing Center MUST consent to observation and surveillance during the time they are in the Testing Center, which may include both audio and video recording. Any violation of Testing Center rules, the Code of Conduct, or the Academic Integrity Policy will be documented & reported to your instructor and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Any notes or other unauthorized materials will be collected by Testing Center staff and made available to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the instructor (for course-related tests), or other appropriate Academic Affairs or Student Services personnel.

    The Testing Center's rules have been established to insure fairness in the reporting of examination results and to protect the integrity of the examination process. Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in the denial of access to, or expulsion from, the Testing Center. Instances of suspected academic dishonesty will result in the initiation of disciplinary proceedings as outlined in the College's Code of Conduct. All such occurrences will be documented and reported to the instructor and/or responsible administrator. Breaking any Testing Center rules is considered a violation of the College's Code of Conduct.

    Special needs testing accommodations

    Special needs students should contact Disability Support Services to obtain permission to test under exceptional circumstances. Any testing accommodation which conflicts with any Testing Center rule must be approved in advance by their director. The main telephone numbers for Disability Support Services are (301) 546-0838, and TDD: (301) 546-0122.

    Only examinees are allowed in the Center

    Friends, family, children, spouses, etc. are not permitted

    Examinees may not leave the Center after testing has begun.

    Once an examination has been distributed, the student may not leave the room for any reason. If a medical condition exists which requires frequent use of restroom facilities, written permission must be obtained from Disability Support Services prior to an examination. Violation of this rule is considered academic dishonesty violation and will be treated and disciplined as such.

    Conduct while in the Student Assessment Services Center

    • Students are only allowed to have the following items at their desks: PGCC ID, pen or pencil, a testing center locker key (if a locker is used), and a calculator provided by the testing center (if permitted on the test). All other possessions brought into the center must be secured in a locker, which requires a quarter. The quarter is returned when the locker is reopened. Change is not available from SAS staff. Change machines are located in vending areas around the campus.
    • Any other item or material which the SAS staff determines to be a security risk or potentially disruptive or distracting will not be allowed.
    • Mobile phones, smartphones, and all electronic communication, data storage, or recording devices are prohibited and cannot be used as calculators or for any other purpose. Possession of these devices is a violation of academic integrity and is prohibited.
    • Communication with other students while testing is a violation of academic integrity and is prohibited.
    • Copying, retaining, or distributing examination questions is a violation of academic integrity and is prohibited.
    • Unauthorized use of computers, notes, books, or other study aids is a violation of academic integrity and is prohibited.
    • Once testing has begun, students cannot leave the Center until their test is submitted to the Student Assessment Services staff. Once submitted (or abandoned by unauthorized departure) a test cannot be resumed.
    • Food, drink, etc. are prohibited.
    • No children, family members, or friends are allowed in the testing center. No childcare is provided at the Center.
    • Disability accommodations must be requested through and approved by the Disability Support Services Office.
    • Students in the Testing Center are subject to strict proctoring and observation at all times.
    • Disruptive behavior is prohibited and may result in permanent expulsion from the Center and other student disciplinary measures. Examples of disruptive behavior include the following:
      • Talking in the testing area
      • Use of loud language
      • Use of profane or vulgar language
      • Abusive language directed toward staff or other student
      • Fighting
      • Loud laughing or screaming
      • Deliberately persistent annoying or distracting behavior quirks
      • Any other behavior which the SAS staff determines to be disruptive


    • No entry to the testing center is permitted at the posted closing time
    • Students must finish and submit their tests no more than 30 minutes after closing time.
    • Students may only take one test at a time. A test must be submitted to Testing Center staff and checked out, before a student may begin another test.
    • The Testing Center at PGCC does not administer exams for other institutions
    • The Testing Center does not offer keyboarding or typing tests