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How to Schedule an Exam in the Watson Lab

Arranging Testing Accommodations

Students need to notify or remind their professors of their testing accomodation needs a week (7 days) prior to the exam so that the professor can make arrangements for these accommodations. The accommodation alone is not  sufficient for the professor to know that a student definitely intends to take advantage of his/her 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 Lab

Students also need to make reservations for the Watson Lab at least two business days prior to using the Watson Lab. Log on to Accommodate, select the green "Testing Room" tab on the top right, then select "Booking Request" on the bottom left, and enter in 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 Lab is reserved for students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services and have been approved for testing accommodations.


SAS office staff 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 Watson Lab. 

The hours of the Watson Lab are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The Watson Lab 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 Lab 

Students report to Campus Center 107 for their scheduled exam. All belongings other than what is necessary to complete the exam must be kept in Campus Center 107 (or alternatively, Campus Center 109) 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 lab. Any eating should be accomplished outside of the lab. 

Upon completion of the exam, students report to the Watson Lab proctor or office assistant. The student's exam contents will then be scanned and sealed in an envelope for return. SAS will here forth arrange for physical (hard copy) exam delivery to professors up to 48 hours after the exam is completed.