OARS Testing Procedures

Testing Online

Distance education courses may or may not warrant the same accommodations as traditionally taught courses. Online testing may not be given automatically. The student is encouraged to initiate communication with the professor to discuss the online testing process. This communication should happen at least 48 hours before the testing window opens.  

In General


Only tests that are administered in-person and on-campus may be taken in the OARS Testing Lab.

  • All Online tests and final exams will be administered Online by faculty.
  • Accommodations will apply in the Online environment.
  • If applicable: Students who use assuasive technology (screen readers, screen magnifiers, etc.) should have access to these technologies on their home computers. 

For testing in the OARS Testing Lab located in Academic Classroom Building in Room 303-1, the student must initiate the request for testing 3 days in advance and the professor must complete The Testing Agreement Form located in AIM, 2 days in advance.

Testing On-Campus



  • Go to the OARS homepage and click on “AIM Student Login” for AIM.
  • This will bring you to NCAT Authentication page. Log in with your university credentials.
  • Once you access your Dashboard. On the left-hand column, you can change your log in information, view the equipment you have checked out, view your approved accommodations (eligibilities), and schedule exams. You can also view all your Faculty Notification Letters. 
  • Select “Alternative Testing”. This is the place where you will go to request exams.
  • Select the class you wish to schedule an exam for from the drop-down menu, and then select “Schedule an Exam”.
  • At the top, you will be reminded of your class meeting dates (MWF, T/Th, etc.), the time of your class, and the location.
    • Request Type: Specify if your request is for a Quiz, Exam, Midterm, or Final.
    • Date: Enter the date of the exam.
    • Time: Enter the time of the exam.
    • Services Requested: Select which accommodations you want to use.
      (Your approved testing accommodations will automatically populate here)
    • Additional Note: Let us know if you have any additional information for the proctor.
    • Click “Add Exam Request”.



Each semester, students will need to request approved exam accommodations in AIM to have the ability to schedule exams. Accommodation Letters will be automatically emailed from AIM to the instructor. If the student qualifies for testing accommodations, a link to fill out the Testing Agreement will be included once the student schedules an exam.

  • The Instructor Portal will allow you to fill out the Testing Agreement.
  • In the instructor portal, you can also modify an agreement or copy an agreement from one section of a course to other sections if a student has requested approved exam accommodations.
    • Log in using the AIM Instructor Portal
    • Click the “Accessible Testing” link on the left side of the page under “Views and Tools”
    • Under “List Testing Agreement” there are two drop down lists.
    • Select the one that shows the action you would like to complete.
  • You may also upload exams and check the exam schedule for all of your students. 


To Upload Exams

  1. Navigate to “List Exam Requests” by clicking on “Accessible Testing” and then “List Exams”.
  2. Select from the drop down list “Upload File to Exam(s)” exam. Click the checkbox next to the exam you are uploading a file for.
  3. Click “Confirm Your Selections”.
  4. This will take you to the upload page. Click choose file, and then browse for the file you wish to upload. Optionally, you can add an Exam file note. Please make sure that the file size is no bigger than 1MB.
  5. Select Upload Exam. Once uploaded you will see the Status column Updated on the list of exams. At the bottom of the List Exams page, there is a summary of all uploaded exams with options to view, delete and a link to access the Completed Exams page.


Have a question?

Login to Blackboard, Search OARS in the Organization search box under My NCAT tab. Click the arrow next to ORG-DEEL.001 and choose enroll from the drop-down menu. Once enrolled, access OARS under "My Organizations"


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Additional Information

  • All tests will be proctored. Only permitted items listing on the Testing Agreement Form will be allowed in the Testing Lab. 
  • Students testing with OARS will report to our office to take exams and will be required to show ID.