Tech’s Testing and Learning Center unveils new space

Students take a test in the Testing and Learning Center’s new space in the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library.

COOKEVILLE – A new testing area for students was unveiled this week at Tennessee Tech.  

The Testing and Learning Center has expanded on the first floor of the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library to accommodate 60 testing stations and lockers, 41 computer stations, 19 pencil and paper stations and three small testing rooms.

“There has been a need on campus for years to have a universal testing center on campus,” said Lydia Kendall, director of Tech’s Testing and Learning Center. “We asked ourselves ‘how can we help our students?’ This is what we came up with.”

Besides expanding the space, the hours of operation has also expanded. The new area is open Sunday through Friday with testing times from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday.

“I think having one centralized location that has a lot of hours is going to help the university,” said Kendall. “Our TN eCampus students who work full-time can’t come to campus during the day. So, we are open on the evenings and open on Sunday.”

The testing area is for examinees to take class exams, makeup exams, standardized tests, exit exams, placement tests and other proctored exams. Students schedule exams online, and all types of exams are administered simultaneously. The testing area facilitates paper and computer-based exams as well.

“We do accommodate testing for reduced noise and extended time. Students have a lot of times they can choose from,” said Kendall. “Just having a centralized location where students can come is very beneficial.”

Discussion for the project began in fall of 2016 and was completed in 2019. Funds for the project were provided by Tech, the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library Support Endowment, and Friends of the Library.

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Tennessee Tech celebrated a new testing area for the Testing and Learning Center in the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were (front, from left) Dr. Chandulal Patel, Friends of the Library Board Member; Ashleigh Reeder, Testing Technician; Lydia Kendall, Director, Testing and Learning Center; Susan Laningham, Chair of the Friends of the Library Board; Sharon Holderman, Coordinator, Public Services; Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham; Aleta Cannon, Testing Technician; (back, from left) Doug Bates, Library Dean; Ramachandran Natarajan, College of Business; and Rob Finegan, ITS.

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