Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the exam?

The exam is hosted on D2L in the ADS 2021 Examination Community. If you have not done so already, self-enroll in the ADS 2021 Examination Community using the MSU Guest Account login and password to access the ADS Examination Community in D2L. For security reasons, the instructions for creating a guest account will be in your email.

How long will the exam take?

There is a two-hour time limit for the ADS exam.

What do I need for the exam?

You will need a PC or Mac (Chromebooks will not work), a reliable Internet connection, a working webcam w/microphone, and a valid government or school-issued picture ID. To access the exam, you will need your MSU Guest Account login and password to access the D2L Community. See the exam detail page for more information.

What do I do if my access is denied when I log into my MSU Guest Account or D2L?

  1. Ensure 15-20 minutes has elapsed since you created your MSU Guest Account.
  2. Log out of all MSU accounts and MSU Guest Accounts.
  3. Clear your browser history, cache, and saved passwords.
  4. Restart your browser.
  5. Log into D2L using your MSU Guest Account log in information.
  6. If the issue persists, call the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 or 1-844-678-6200, via Chat or

What if I experience difficulties during the exam even after I’ve completed the practice exam?

If you run into general tech or connectivity issues during the exam, please contact the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200, toll-free at 1-844-678-6200, via Chat or For proctoring issues, please reach out to the RPNow Live Chat option during your exam session.

The live session via Zoom, which I was interested in, says it’s full. What should I do?

We’re sorry we missed you! You can utilize any contact information that’s posted or the Chat feature for that specific college/unit on the Virtual Fair site and please try the live session again next weekend.

How can I make sure I’ve made the most out of this unique 2021 experience?

While the exam is an important part of the ADS competition, the experience will be greatly enhanced if you take advantage of all the great live events planned just for you by students, faculty, and staff, to get to know MSU and its people. Our Colleges also have introduction videos on this site so that you can familiarize yourself with the multiple areas of the University in which you may learn. Lastly, make some new friends by connecting with MSU students and other ADS participants through the Discord server set up by students for students. 

What have other people said about the experience?

  • “MSU feels a little more like home now.”

  • “I learned a lot about what I want to do with my college years and the rest of my life.”

  • “The presentation was excellent and engaging. It provided me with clarity on the program and lots of guidance.” 

  • “Thank you for showing us how extraordinary Michigan State University is!”

  • “I felt incredibly lucky to visit the staff and current students and felt right at home by the time it was done. I am excited to start in the fall.”

  • “That was a great way to gain perspective on college life and for us to get our questions answered 1-on-1.”

  • “ADS helped me solidify my decision to State even over Ivy Leagues. The people and genuine care they had for me as an individual makes me more than happy to secure my spot for next year. Thank you ADS team and MSU. Go green!”

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If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at or (517) 355-8332