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How to Schedule an Exam in the Watson Testing Center

Arranging Testing Accommodations

Students need to notify or remind their professors of their testing accommodation needs one week (7 days) prior to the exam so the professor can make arrangements for these accommodations. Having the accommodation alone is not sufficient for the professor to know that a student intends to take advantage of their accommodations. Exam accommodations cannot be guaranteed if students have not given professors due notice and made arrangements for their accommodations accordingly.

Making Reservations for the Watson Testing Center

Students also need to make reservations for the Watson Testing Center at least two business days prior to using the Center. Log on to Accommodate, select the green "Testing Room" tab on the top right, then select "Booking Request" on the bottom left, and enter the course and details as prompted. SAS staff will contact the student's professor to arrange for the exam accommodations. If students have difficulty booking through the website, please email or call 757-221-2512 for assistance. Please note: The Watson Center is reserved for students who are registered with SAS and have been approved for testing accommodations.


We cannot arrange exam space and logistics without advance notice. It is the student's job - not the professor's job - to reserve space in the Center. 

The Center's hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM--the Center closes promptly at 5 PM. Please make sure you allow for sufficient time to complete your exam when you set your reservation time. Students must obtain professor agreement to schedule exams at an alternative date/time. 

Taking Exams in the Watson Center

Students report to Sadler Center 181 for their scheduled exam. Students must keep all belongings other than what is necessary to complete the exam in the SAS Office during the exam period. Students are prohibited from bringing cell phones unless it is an approved testing accommodation.

We ask students to be mindful of their own behavior (such as avoiding perfumes, colognes, and keeping extraneous noises to a minimum) to minimize distractions for other students in the Center. Any eating should be done outside of the Center. 

Upon completion of the exam, students report to the Testing Proctor or office assistant. Our staff then will upload the student's exam contents to the Accommodate portal, and the professor will have access to open and download the student's exam through Accommodate.