Test Center - 2nd floor of H-L Library

SPRING 2021 UPDATE: The Test Center is now open for all students who live on-campus or who have on-campus privileges!

  • The Test Center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Due to COVID restrictions, the Test Center will be limited to 7 students at one time.
  • Reservations are needed at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Priority will be given to students taking quizzes, tests, or exams (online or in-person.)
  • Priority will also be given to students with disability accommodations.
  • If space is available, students may also reserve a Test Center desk as a quiet place to study.
  • The Test Center will remain closed after 5:00 p.m. and over weekends (as well as when the campus is in Orange or Red status.) It may also close during snow emergencies.

To reserve space at the Test Center, please email Lisa Bouffard (testcenter@bowdoin.edu) with answers to the following questions:

  • What date would you like to reserve a desk in the Test Center?
  • What time will you arrive?
  • What time will you leave?
  • Will you be taking a quiz, test, or exam?
    • If so, is it an online test or an in-person test?
    • What course and Professor is the quiz, test, or exam in?

Bowdoin's Test Center is located on the second floor of H-L Library. The Test Center is available as a resource for all students. It used by students with disability-related testing accommodations and students who need to schedule a make-up exam approved by their professor. There are fifteen carrel spaces in the main testing room. Each carrel is equipped with adjustable lighting, a clock, and scrap paper. Other items such as calculators, notes, and books must be approved by the professor. 

There is one private testing space. Priority for this space is given to students who have disability-related technological needs during testing or other needs that may distract others (i.e. the use of Dragon Dictate or a scribe.)

When it's not needed for those purposes, other students may be able to use the private testing space.

Space in the test center must be reserved at least one business day in advance (exceptions are made for make-up exams due to unexpected illness.)

The Test Center is typically open for quiet study in the evenings.

Please read before using the Test Center:

  • Schedule your test as far in advance as possible to ensure you have a seat at the time that you need it.
  • If you need to cancel a test, please do so as soon as possible.
  • Make sure you arrive a few minutes before your scheduled testing time, so you can check-in, sharpen pencils, fill your water bottle and use the restroom.
  • You will be asked to show your Bowdoin Student ID.
  • In case of lateness, students will only be given the remainder of the allotted time, as indicated on Test Cover Sheet (e.g. if an exam is scheduled for 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and you arrive at 3:30, you still only have until 5:00 p.m. to complete the test).
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  • Please note that unless specifically permitted by the professor/instructor, we do not allow cell phones, graphing calculators, textbooks, notebooks, notes, smartwatches or any electronic devices into the testing areas.
  • Water bottles are allowed, but no other food or drink is allowed in the Test Center

Test Center Hours:

8:30 - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Additional hours during final exams)