From the BYU Testing Center Website:

Annually, the BYU Testing Center administers more than 700,000 tests returning over 1 million class-hours back to the university. (emphasis added. source)

And:

The Testing Center allows BYU Faculty and Staff to administer their tests in the Testing Center instead of the classroom. This provides the following advantages:

  • Tests don't take up valuable lecture time.
  • Tests can be written to take 2 or 3 hours. Tests administered during class time are usually limited to one hour.
  • Tests can be available to the students for a longer period of time (usually 3 days). This provides greater flexibility to the students allowing them to take the test at more convenient times. (emphasis added. source)

I have often heard "There won't be class on X day, because of the test in the Testing Center."  (Usually I'm happy to hear this.)  Is the instructor saying he/she doesn't consider "lecture time" all that "valuable"?  That the most "convenient time" for a student to take a test is, in fact, during class time, when the students have already committed the block of time out of their week?  That if the test takes "2 or 3 hours", it would be unfair to ask the student to "return class-hours back to the university"?

I don't really know what to think, it's just interesting, maybe a little annoying.