Taking Finals in the TAC

Taking your final exams in the TAC 

Please plan ahead. Make sure you know where the TAC is located (Rm 136 DRES).  If you are driving, you can park in the north lot at DRES though you will need to come in and get a parking pass to place in your car window.  Please read the following to help you be prepared when you come to take your exam:

Items you will need to bring
Before Check-In
Lockers
Check-In Process
Clocks/Timers

 

Items you will need to bring:

  1. You will need to provide your building access.  Either by showing the Safer Illinois App on your phone or a printed out boarding pass. 
  1. I-Card. If you do not have your I-Card, it might cut into your exam time to verify you and get you seated. 
  1. Anything you need for your exams—pencils, pens, laptop, calculator, ear plugs, etc.  Yes, the TAC will have limited items that can be borrowed—scratch paper, pencils, ear plugs, calculators, but there are no guarantees they will be available, so it is best to bring your own.   

Please enter the building from the front door, where you will provide your building access.  You will then be directed to the lockers.   

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Before Check-In

Before you approach check-in, please verify you have what you need for the exam, including writing utensils, calculators, books, notes, or any other allowed materials. We do allow drinks with closed tops, but do not allow food of any kind in testing booths. This is also the best time to use the restroom or have a small snack before your exam. After the seating process begins if you have forgotten an item or need to use the restroom, you will need to restart the check-in process. 

 

Lockers

Please do NOT bring extra items or large items to the TAC.  There are limited lockers, and it is first come first served.  If there are no more lockers available or your items do not fit in a locker, you will need to leave your items on top of the lockers or on the coat rack. Please do NOT use more than one locker. 

After putting your items in a locker please remember your locker number, when we check you in, we will write down the number in case you forget after the exam. 

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Check-In Process

Please proceed to the check-in. If you need scratch paper or headphones or ear plugs, please pick them up on the table before you go to the check-in tables. 
At check-in, you will be given detailed information regarding your exam.  This is the time to ask questions regarding your exam reservation/accommodations.
Once you check in, you will be directed to a seating zone.  A staff member will take you from the zone to your seat.  This process can take several minutes as there are large number of students taking exams.  Please arrive early (15-30 minutes) so that this does not affect your exam time.

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Clocks/Timers

The TAC has clocks in all testing areas.  You are welcome to bring your own watch, clock, or timer.  They must be silent and cannot connect to the internet (sorry, no smartwatches.) We try to get all clocks as close to the same time as possible.  However, they might be off by a few seconds up to a minute.  You will be provided how long you have to complete your exam when you are seated.  You will need to calculate your time based on the clock in your area.  We will track the time as well and will get you when your time is up.   

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