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ISU Students Wait In Long Lines for Tests
AMES, Iowa (KCCI-TV) Some Iowa State University students are waiting hours in lines to take their finals this year.
School officials said 16,000 online tests are supposed to be taken in four monitored rooms.
KCCI's Ben Jordan found lines Thursday outside the Carver Hall online testing center that went all the way down the hallway and around the corner.
"We've been here probably an hour and 20 minutes," said Tricia Luick, an ISU freshman.
"It usually only takes 20 minutes so really you're waiting in line two hours to take a 15 minute exam," said Travis Owens, an ISU senior.
"I'm just ready to be done. I'll wait as long as it takes just to be done," said Lauren Rollins, an ISU sophomore.
There are two main testing centers that combined have more than 100 seats. This year, the university opened up two more rooms to boost that number to 220.
"We're averaging about 40 minutes per exam so by the end of the day we could have as many as 3,800 exams," said Doug Bull, an ISU online testing center manager.
Students have to wait in line to take online tests in monitored rooms mainly to prevent cheating. Each student has to present a photo ID so the school knows students are taking their own tests.
"If students use their own computers, they don't have the same security software as ours so you run the risks of students Googling answers," said Bull.
As students wait to take their most important tests of year, it's almost completely silent from 7 a.m. to closing time.
"It's been pretty grueling. A lot of time to study though," said Anna Fricke, an ISU senior.
"Everybody's studying, nervous for the final, maybe just tired of the wait. It's weird how quiet it is," said Owens.
Bull said this problem keeps getting worse every year as online testing for final exams increases. He said aside from adding more rooms next semester other solutions might be to limit what kinds of courses are accommodated on finals week.
"Maybe if enrollment is less than 50, you need to take your exams in a classroom rather than coming to the testing center," said Bull.
The busiest time for online testing is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.