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Updated November 17, 2015 for Fall 2015

Finals exam week is our busiest time. We have been implementing a number of solutions to ensure that our students have access to the testing center during final exam week while minimizing wait time to acceptable levels. The results have been overwhelmingly positive: there was a minimal wait list during the fall 2014 final exam period, in which over 1,400 students used testing center services.

The testing center will once again implement a staggered finals testing schedule for spring 2015 which we strongly encourage everyone to comply. We also strongly encourage face to face instructors to administer their tests in class. Finals given in class, of course, should adhere to the published schedule.

Finals week will start Friday, December 11 through Thursday, December 17. All classes can begin testing in the testing center on December 11. Please note that the staggered schedule is set by disciplines and the goal is to spread the demand for services over the 6 day period.

For your convenience, this memo and staggered finals testing schedule can be viewed online at:

We are pleased to provide these final exam week resources as a service to our faculty, staff, and students, so that you can plan ahead for this semester and beyond.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

When is Final Exam Week?

FALL 2015
(Session 1)
(Session 2)
Final Exam Week
Dec 11 - 17, 2015
May 6 - 12, 2016

Staggered Schedule for Final Exams Given at the Testing Center
This schedule applies ONLY to Kapiolani Community College courses! (CRN 3xxxx)

For Fall 2015: Finals week runs for a 6-day period (Friday, Saturday, Monday - Thursday). Students should take their test early during the finals period and should not wait until the last possible day to test. The staggered schedule is set by disciplines and the goal is to spread the demand for services over the 6 day period.

Disciplines First date for testing Last date for testing
Accounting (ACC) to Geophysics (GG) Fri, Dec 11, 2015 Mon, Dec 14, 2015
Hawaiian (HAW) to Marketing (MKT) Fri, Dec 11, 2015 Tue, Dec 15, 2015
Mathematics (MATH) to Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Fri, Dec 11, 2015 Wed, Dec 16, 2015
Physics (PHYS) to Zoology (ZOOL) Fri, Dec 11, 2015 Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Final Exam Week: Hours of Operation

Please note all times carefully. The last test is given one (1) hour before closing.
Late arrivals will not be admitted to test. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Day Open Closed Last Test Given
Friday, Dec 11, 2015 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 13, 2015
Monday - Wednesday, Dec 14 -16, 2015 8:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2015 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Tips and Important Information for Instructors

FACULTY/STAFF: The Testing Center asks for your help in handling the testing rush for finals week. Here are some tips that makes the test administration process run smoothly for our students:

  • Make sure online tests are available on time (e.g. are set to become active on the correct date and time in Laulima).
  • Make sure passwords for your online tests work.
  • Fill out all proctoring forms correctly and completely. For online courses that use paper tests, provide enough copies and do not put student names on the tests. Tests without names written on them makes it easier for us to distribute.
  • Tell your students that they can only take one test at a time. Students will not be permitted to check-in for another test until they completed their previous one.
  • For DSSO Test Requests: Complete the yellow DSSO form for students who need special accommodations and drop it off at least one (1) day in advance. DSSO forms are available at the Testing Center.
  • Tell your students: Last check-in for all exams is one (1) hour before closing.
  • Makeup and regular semester exams must be completed by Thursday, December 10.
    Only final exams will be administered during finals week.
  • Please note: The Testing Center will not administer paper tests for face-to-face (F2F) courses except for DSSO students needing a separate testing site.

Tips and Important Information for Students

STUDENTS: We understand that final exam week can be stressful time for some of you.
Here are some tips to reduce stress and make your testing experience run smoothly:

  • Bring a photo ID (government issued OR campus ID).
    You will not be permitted to test without an ID.
  • You will be asked for your course name and number, and instructor name for each test you take.
    If you don't know or can't remember this information, WRITE IT DOWN before you arrive at the testing center and present it to Testing Center staff.
  • You can take your exams earlier, if your instructor makes it available for you.
  • Take your test early in the testing period. Do NOT wait until the last day to take your test.
  • You may check-in for only one test at a time. You may not check-in for another test until you have completed the previous one.
  • Only final exams will be administered. We will not administer any tests that should have been taken during the regular semester.
  • You may take online tests at another campus testing center provided that the testing site has received the test instructions from your instructor.
  • Please note: Your instructor may restrict their tests to be taken at a specific campus.

Additional information for Kapiolani CC Students:
What if my instructor doesn't adhere to the staggered schedule, will I be turned away?

We cannot "force" instructors to follow the staggered schedule. As testing center resources are limited, the staggered schedule is designed to help avoid overwhelming our resources and ensure all students have a chance to take their exams in the center. If your instructor chooses to set final exam dates other than what the schedule suggests, you will not be turned away because we are obligated to follow the instructions given by your instructor.

Tests for courses for all other UH system campuses other than Kapiolani CC:
Final exam dates for distance learning courses taught at a different UH community college are set by the individual instructors. Please follow the dates set by your instructor.

UH Testing Centers on the island of Oahu

Phone Number
Kapiolani Community College
Honolulu Community College
Leeward Community College
Windward Community College
UH Manoa Sinclair Library
UH West Oahu (Kapolei)
Leeward Community College (Waianae)
Kapi'olani Community College Testing Center 4303 Diamond Head Road, Lama 101 Honolulu Hawai'i 96816
Information: 808-734-9144 Fax: 808-734-9453 E-mail: