Oklahoma City Community College’s Test Center will be closing an hour earlier this Fall, an official with the center said this week. Sean Gressler, an assistant at the Test Center, said the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Gressler said this means students who are going to take a test must be at the Test Center by 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and by 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday in order to be allowed to take their test.
“For students who took the test before the closing hours and are still working on their test, they have to make sure that they will complete the test before we officially close the Testing Center,” he said. “[For example] If you come at 7 p.m. on Monday, you have only an hour to complete your test.”
Gressler said students should visit the Test Center website before coming to take their tests.
Testing and Assessment Director Assistant, Lydia Rucker, said the changes were made with considerations to the students of OCCC and the Test Center staff.
“It becomes difficult to have people working that late,” she said.
Rucker said the students who use the Test Center are not expected to be greatly affected.
“We always want to make sure that we consider students first because they are the ones who come in and use it,” she said. “The administration was very particular about looking into all the hours that we recorded and to see how much traffic came during those times. The time that was selected was the time that has the least impact on the student’s ability to come in and test.”
Nursing major Samila Neba said she agrees with the college’s decision to reduce the hours.
“I understand that one of the reasons that they’re actually reducing the time is because of the budget cut,” she said. “If they do not do all the small things like reducing the time of the Testing Center, then they will need budget cuts somewhere.”
“No one likes to pay for parking, no one wants to pay to go to the library, you will not want to pay for the small fees. I think reducing the time for one hour is not a bad idea,” she said.
Neba said other students should also support the college by budgeting their time to adapt to the change.