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Proctored Exam FAQs

What happens if I don't take my proctored assessment?

Failure to Assess

Instructors will assign a failing grade to students who do not participate in at least one proctored event for the course. Refer to OTC’s Policies and Procedures Manual, section 2.21.

Why does OTC feel that proctored assessments are necessary?

Why Proctored Assessments

Many administrators at OTC and other colleges and universities believe that proctored assessments provide more credibility to online courses. This increases the assurance of academic integrity for both teacher and student.

What is the student's role in proctoring arrangements?

What is the instructor's role in proctoring arrangements?

Where at OTC may students take proctored assessments?

Where?

OTC Testing Services proctors assessments for academic courses at all OTC campuses and outside entities. For more information, see the above sections for making proctored arrangements.

What off-campus locations may students use for proctoring?

Each OTC Online class requires one proctored assessment (some courses may require more). Students may take these at any OTC facility or approved off-campus location. Examples of acceptable off-campus proctors include professional librarians at a public library, high school administrators or counselors. Authorized staff at U.S. military bases or embassies are also an option. Examples of unacceptable proctors are friends, relatives or employers. Students who qualify to complete the proctored assessment off-campus must complete the Off-Campus Proctoring Approval Form. Prior to visiting the proctoring location, students should confirm with the proctor that the received all needed materials. If not, students should notify their instructor.

ProctorU

We have several off-campus locations (this list does not offer every location available to the student). OTC also now offers students the ability to proctor their final at home using ProctorU. This option does not apply to Math and Com 105. ProctorU is an online proctoring service that allows students to complete their assessment at home while still ensuring the integrity of the assessment for the institution.

Who approves the off-campus form?

The instructor is the first point of contact for off-campus proctoring arrangements and must approve off-campus proctors under the guidelines of OTC Online. Both the instructor and OTC Online must approve exceptions to the above general rules.

What resources are available to help students locate a proctor and location?

Help Finding a Proctoring Location

OTC is a member of the National Consortium of College Testing Centers, which provides students a list of participating U.S. and international institutions that offer proctoring services. The consortium’s website also provides the contact and fee information for the participating testing centers. If the student is unable to locate a facility, OTC Online may help find an appropriate off-campus testing facility in domestic or foreign locations.

Are proctored assessments online, or must they be completed on paper?

How to Complete Proctored Exams

OTC offers all proctored exams for online courses via the Blackboard Learning System.

Exceptions:

At this time, proctored exams for online math courses are all paper-based because the nature of completing math problems requires students to show the step-by-step process for solving problems. All other exceptions must receive prior approval by Matt Harris, the Director of OTC Online. Most off-campus proctoring locations, domestic or foreign, have computers with Internet connectivity available for students to use.

Are instructors allowed to proctor their own assessments?

Yes, instructors may serve as proctors. But if they choose to do so, they cannot offer their proctoring services as the sole option or at a single date and time. Instructors cannot require students to meet on campus at the same time to take an assessment proctored by the instructor. For more information, the instructor should contact OTC Online at (417) 447-8200.

How much time should instructors give students for completing the proctoring requirement?

Time Frame

The policy does not stipulate completion times.  The time for completion will vary depending on the type of assessment.  The course instructor will provide needed information.

Can instructors require students to come to a class meeting to take a proctored assessment?

No. Instructors cannot treat the proctoring requirement like a “campus meeting.” They must allow students to arrange for proctoring at a place and time convenient for them. Hybrid courses are exceptions to this rule. Please see the question below entitled “Are proctored assessments a requirement in hybrid courses?”

How does the proctoring requirement affect online math courses?

Online Math Courses

Currently, online math courses require that students take every exam be taken under proctored conditions. The number of proctored exams varies depending on the specific math course and the instructor. For more information, contact the OTC Math Department at (417) 447-8217.

Are proctored assessments a requirement in hybrid courses?

No. In hybrid courses, instructors can give assessments during regularly scheduled “seat” time. Hybrid courses may include proctored assessments if the instructor chooses. In the event the instructor requires a proctored assessment, please see the above sections for making proctored arrangements.

What does proctoring cost students?

OTC’s offers testing services at no charge to OTC students. However, some non-OTC testing centers charge a fee to proctor exams for OTC students. Any fees associated with off-campus proctoring for online courses are the student’s responsibility.

OTC Testing Services offers proctoring services for non-OTC students or other individuals needing proctored testing services. Please contact the Testing Services office at (417) 447-8187 for fee information. You may also visit the Testing Services web page for more information about non-OTC testing services.

Who can students contact for help with proctoring arrangements?

  • On-campus proctoring arrangements–Contact Testing Services at (417) 447-8187.
  • Off-campus proctoring arrangements–Contact the instructor.
  • For all other questions, contact OTC Online at (417) 447-8200.
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