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Testing help for students

Science Testing Support (also called PBSci Testing) provides testing accommodations for students with authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC). To receive accommodations, you must be enrolled in one or more of the following undergraduate course codes provided by the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences: ASTR, BIOC, BIOE, BIOL, CHEM, EART, MATH, METX, OCEA, PHYS.
To receive testing arrangements you must:

  1. First discuss your DRC accommodations with your professor and ask who will be providing your testing accommodations
  2. If Physical & Biological Science Testing Support will be providing your testing accommodations, please email testing.pbsci@ucsc.edu along with your complete exam schedule
Google calendar invites
We use Google Calendar to schedule exam accommodations. You will receive a Google calendar email notifying you of your accommodations including the time and place of your exam.  Confirm your accommodations by accepting the invitation (click “YES” on your calendar invite). If by the Friday afternoon before your exam you have not received the invitation in your inbox, you will need to email testing.pbsci@ucsc.edu to ensure that we are aware of your midterm exam date.
Testing policies
If you show up more than 30 minutes past the start time of your scheduled exam you will have to walk to your class’s main testing space to get approval from your instructor for your late start. You will not get an extension on your end time for being late.
We send out exam invitations based off of the information that you have set up in your MyUCSC student portal. Be sure to check that all information reported regarding your request to use your accommodations is accurate. Due to limited testing space, if you do not plan to use your accommodations for your science course(s), it is imperative that you go into your MyUCSC student portal and update your accommodations information.
Science Testing Support only provides DRC testing accommodations for undergraduate courses provided by the UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical & Biological Sciences. We do not support testing for courses outside of our Division.
Time conflicts
Science Testing Support cannot move the date or time of an exam without instructor approval. Time conflict requests must be made at least 3 business days before the day of the exam.
If your extra testing time results in a scheduling conflict with another course, it is the student’s responsibility to work with their instructor to come up with an alternate time to take the exam. We suggest that students email the instructor and cc: testing.pbsci@ucsc.edu so that we are aware as soon as the instructor gives approval.
Alternate testing times must remain within our window of proctor availability (Monday through Friday, 8 A.M.–10 P.M.).
Formula sheets
Students who are authorized from DRC will only be allowed to use formula sheets that have been approved and dropped off (to Physical & Biological Science Testing Support) by the professor. Students are advised to create the proposed formula sheet and provide it to their professor for approval. After, the professor keeps the sheet and delivers it to the proctor along with the exam.
IMPORTANT
To receive accommodations, exam schedules MUST be received at least 10 working days prior to your exam. If you request accommodations for a particular exam or activity with less than 10 days notice, we cannot guarantee that we can meet your request within that time frame. If you have questions about testing accommodations, please contact testing.pbsci@ucsc.edu.