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The record for the largest snowfall in a single day was set in the US on Dec 4, 1913, when Georgetown, CO received a staggering 63" of snow – more than five feet.

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I graduated from college in May and was burned out from required reading. The convenience and selection of the West Des Moines Library helped me get back into reading. I now read a book a month from my Goodreads list! 

 

Exam Proctoring

Does Library Staff Proctor Tests and Exams?

Under defined circumstances (see below), Library staff may proctor exams. There are some important things to know before we proctor an exam for you or your student – please also see the full Exam Proctoring Policy for further information:

  • The student or instructor is required to make arrangements for the exam.  Begin by filling out the form below.  Library staff will then contact you via email to finalize scheduling.  Be sure to provide a valid email address that you check regularly.
  • Returning students, please fill out a new form at the beginning of each new term/semester.  
  • Proctoring is conducted by the librarian staffing the Reference Desk at the time of the exam. Individual librarians are not assigned to proctor specific exams or students.
  • Library staff proctor exams from the Reference Desk; the librarian observes the student while performing other tasks and assisting other patrons. If your institution requires that the student receives constant, uninterrupted observation, the West Des Moines Public Library cannot proctor your exam.
  • Exams must be completed by a half-hour before the Library closes.  See Library Hours.
  • Please allow adequate time for Library staff to receive your information and fill out any appropriate forms, prepare equipment, etc.  Three (3) or more days’ notice is preferred.  Weekdays/evenings are preferred for staffing purposes, though Saturdays can be requested.  Approval is dependent on staffing at the requested exam time.  We do not proctor on Sundays.
  • Any questions not addressed in the Exam Proctoring Policy can be addressed by calling 515-222-3403 or emailing exams@wdm.iowa.gov

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Exam Proctoring

  • Instructions may be mailed to us at exams@wdm.iowa.gov - we need to be able to match the student to the exam/course, so please ask your instructor to put your name in the Subject line.
  • If you do not have this scheduled yet, you can give us an approximate date ("2nd week of December") or say "to be scheduled". We will respond to your form submission and ask for further details, but if you know your dates/times now, that is helpful.
    Note: if you are taking a paper exam, your school will need to send it to the Library's mailing address or email. For emailed or online exams, please have them send login info to exams@wdm.iowa.gov. These addresses will be in your confirmation email.
    *Note that some online testing sites - including Blackboard and WebCT - have exhibited problems with our public computer security settings, which we cannot change. As an alternative, we can make a *library laptop* available to you, which should not have these problems. If you are allowed to use your own laptop, we have public wi-fi throughout the building. Library staff will book you a study room for your exam and send you a confirmation once a date is scheduled.

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