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Cell Phone Policy

Bringing electronic devices to a testing room is not a good idea. Phones, pagers, beeping watches, and other devices can make noise that distracts you and other examinees. (Imagine you are taking a test in a room of 100 examinees, all of whom have phones and pagers ringing!)

Some electronic devices can also be used to communicate with others and to take pictures or scan test materials.

Due to these issues with distraction and security, we do not permit you to take any electronic devices (including cell phones and pagers) into the testing rooms. If you are taking a test that will be administered in our office suite, we encourage you not to bring these items. If you bring them, we will ask you to turn them completely off (not silent or vibrate) and store them in a file cabinet. You will not be permitted to take them into the test rooms, even if the devices are turned off.

If you are hesitant to leave your phones, pagers, etc. in our file cabinet, your best bet is NOT to bring such items with you. We cannot take responsibility for electronic devices that are lost or forgotten.

Policies can vary for national standardized tests that are administered in classrooms. If you are not sure of the policy for the test you are taking, check with us. Please note that we do NOT have any storage available for the hundreds of students who come to test on a typical Saturday. If you are taking a classroom test that prohibits phones and pagers in the test room, you will have to make your own storage arrangements.

In general, leaving your electronic devices at home is an easy solution. Spend your test time concentrating on your test instead of worrying about telephone calls.

Updated 6.13.2013