UB to Become Computer-Based, Standardized-Testing Site

By Mara McGinnis

Release Date: June 8, 1998 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Standardized test-takers will be happy to learn that the integration of technology at the University at Buffalo soon will allow them to be tested electronically on the UB campus without filling in circles or waiting weeks for scores.

The UB Career Planning and Placement Office, located in 259 Capen Hall on the UB North (Amherst) Campus, is one of 50 sites out of more than 200 applicants selected by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to offer computer-based testing beginning this fall.

At the newly designated computer-testing site, test-takers will use computer work stations designated solely for administering the tests. Upon completion of the tests, they will receive scores immediately.

"We are excited about the chance to better serve our students by giving them an opportunity to take a test at their own convenience and to get instant scoring information," said Daniel J. Ryan, director of career planning and placement. "This is exciting news, not only for the students at UB, but for students from the other area colleges and universities who will have access to ETS tests in the comfort of our office."

The UB site was chosen based on location, number of prospective test-takers, ability to ensure stability, reliability and security, as well as the ability to meet demand through adequate hours of operation and sufficient work stations.

The career planning office will offer electronic versions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (PRAXIS) and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

According to Ryan, the office expects to administer nearly 2,000 tests during the 1998-99 academic year. Test-takers will be able to schedule tests at their convenience.

For more information, contact the UB Office of Career Planning and Placement at 645-6859.