As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, Western Carolina University provides
educational opportunities to residents of the state’s western region and attracts
students from around the globe to explore the area’s vast resources.
At Western Carolina University, we view our admissions process as our opportunity
to build the community that defines our institution. We look for people eager to explore
and ready to redefine success.
Programs and courses at Western Carolina are designed to provide hands-on, applied
experience. Students engage with communities across the region as they practice their
profession in real-world environments.
Western Carolina’s unique mountain location helps fuel a vibrant campus community
with more than 170 student clubs and organizations as well as a busy performing arts
calendar and the campus’s own adventure guide service.
Western Carolina is home to 16 Southern Conference athletic teams with more than 375
student athlete competitors. WCU strives to inspire student-athletes to compete like
champions on the field and in the classroom.
Western Carolina was founded to serve the region it calls home, and that has not changed.
WCU continues to focus on regional development initiatives, engaged service and community
programs. It also partners with alumni and donors to ensure access to higher education
for deserving students in the region and beyond.
Faculty regularly provide approved testing accommodations for students with active
accommodation letters, such as extended time and reduced distractions. In addition,
the OAR Test Proctoring Center in Killian Annex offers alternative testing services
for registered OAR students with testing accommodations.
Test accommodations adjust conditions to validly measure what the student with a disability
has learned rather than measuring the impact of that person's disability. A few examples
include extended time on tests, reduced distractions, and computer and assistive tools. Students
are encouraged to ask for the specific accommodations needed for each individual test.
Remember, the specific testing accommodations requested must be identified on the
student's accommodation letter.
Students must submit their request for OAR Test Proctoring services by 4 pm, at least three (3) business days before the test during the semester, and five (5) business days before the test during finals week using the button below.
Students must follow these procedures within the stated timelines for the OAR to proctor their
test. The student will receive an Outlook calendar invitation at least one business
day prior to their test confirming that the OAR will proctor the test. If the student
does not receive this confirmation, please contact the OAR at 828-227-3886.
Send Requestno later than4 pm on:
To take the test on the following:
Final Exam Week
Send request no later than 4 pm on:
To take the test on the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
No. If your instructor can administer your exam with your approved accommodations,
then they should do so.
It is the student's responsibility to schedule individual exams and you must do so
at least three (3) business days in advance of your exam. Follow the procedure described
in the section above.
If you do not schedule your exam with OAR using the proper procedure (as described
in the section above for the Test Proctoring Request Procedure), OAR may not allow
you to take your exam in our office. You will have to take your exam with the instructor
and the rest of the class.
No. You must first contact your instructor and discuss it with him/her. Once you agree
with the instructor on a make-up date/time, we are happy to administer the exam. We
will not administer a test other than at the originally scheduled time without written
approval from the instructor.
In order to maintain the security and integrity of testing, OAR will not allow you
to bring your own reader. OAR assigns readers based upon availability of our staff
and cannot guarantee a particular person to read. In some cases, OAR may use Assistive
Technology for reading exams aloud.
Yes, if you have met with OAR, received your Letters of Accommodation, and given them
to your instructors. To schedule exams, you must follow the procedure outlined in
the section: Test Proctoring Request Procedure. Final exams require one-week notice.
If you have not picked up your Letters of Accommodation or have not given the letters
to your instructors, then you must take your exams with the rest of the class without
No. You must take your exam on the same day as or near the same time as the rest of
the class unless you have multiple finals on the same day and have made prior arrangements
with your instructor. Only your instructors—not OAR—can approve changes in your exam
schedule. Work, travel, or other extra-curricular activities are not valid reasons
for moving the date of an exam.
Only your instructors—not OAR—can approve changes in your exam schedule. Work, travel,
or other extra-curricular activities are not valid reasons for moving the date of
No. You must begin your exam at the scheduled start time. If you wish to begin more
than 15 minutes before or after the scheduled start time, OAR must have approval from
No. If you are not taking an exam, we will assume you are finished and collect your
You may only take items that are approved by your instructor (i.e. calculator, book,
notepaper, etc). You may have a drink or snack with you if you like, but please do
not spread out and make yourself a picnic. Absolutely NO cell phones/smartphones/tablets are allowed in the testing rooms.