Testing Center Rules

The Purdue Testing Center enforces test sponsor regulations to ensure the validity of all tests and the safety of our clients. Additionally, Purdue University standards of academic integrity apply in the Testing Center. For more information, please refer to Academic Integrity - Office of the Dean of Students.

Face Masks

As of 3/14/22 face masks are optional in all campus buildings. Face masks will not be provided by the PTC. If you choose to wear a face mask, you may be asked to remove it briefly for a security check.


Please have your ID(s) ready when you arrive and check in. Please review the rules regarding identification for your particular exam. You may be required to present multiple forms of ID or a specific type of ID. If you do not have valid, acceptable identification, you will not be admitted for your exam.

No outerwear

Outerwear is not allowed in the testing room and must be stored in a locker prior to admission. Outerwear includes coats, jackets, vests, scarves, hooded sweatshirts, and other shirts/sweatshirts/sweaters with hoods, pockets, and/or pouches. 

No hats or other head coverings

Hats or head coverings may not be worn in the testing room. Religious headwear is acceptable, but subject to inspection.

No electronic devices

This includes cell phones, laptops, tablets, music players, headphones, recording devices, electronic storage devices, translators, watches, fitness trackers, etc.


Calculators are allowed for some exams, but are subject to approval. Please review the rules and restrictions for your particular exam.

No study materials

It is your responsibility to prepare for your exam in advance. Studying is not allowed in the Testing Center.

No reference materials or papers of any kind

Textbooks, notes, pamphlets, etc. are not allowed. If necessary, scratch paper or note taking materials will be provided.

No writing utensils

When necessary, writing utensils will be provided by the testing center, unless otherwise specified by the test vendor.

No food, drinks, gum, or tobacco products

You may not consume food, drinks, gum, candy, etc. in the testing room. Exams which include breaks allow limited access to these items.


Jewelry wider than 1/4 inch must be removed for Pearson VUE testing. Religious jewelry is not considered religious apparel and is subject to the same rules as other jewelry.

Storing Personal Items

For all tests administered in Schleman Hall, Room B42, you will be required to empty your pockets and store all personal items, including cell phones, watches, jewelry, wallets, keys, and all other items, in the provided lockers. You will be allowed to take the locker key with you into the testing room, and your items will be secure. If you would not feel comfortable storing certain items in a locker, please do not bring those items with you to the Testing Center. Testing Center Staff are not responsible for your personal items.

Allowable Items

Some test vendors may allow certain "comfort aid" items. Please review rules and restrictions for your particular exam. Allowable items are subject to inspection by Testing Center Administrators.

FE/FS clients: please not that the NCEES allowance of a "light sweater or jacket" does not preclude the PTC rule prohibiting outerwear items with hoods or pockets.

Other Notes

We do our best to keep the testing room at a comfortable temperature, but comfort levels vary. If you are worried that it may be too cold, you may wish to wear a long-sleeved shirt or dress in layers.   Again, outerwear is not allowed in the testing room. If you are unable to store your outerwear in a locker (for example: wearing a hoodie without another shirt under it) you will not be admitted.

The testing room is a confined space. Please be considerate of others and refrain from using excessive cologne, perfume, or other products with artificial fragrance, as this may cause irritation for other clients or trigger allergic reactions.

Please call or visit the Testing Center prior to your exam date if you have any questions about these rules.