Proctored Exams

Some online courses and programs use proctored exams to ensure academic integrity and assist with program accreditation. This verifies that the student who takes the exam is the same person who enrolled in the courses and that the examination results will reflect the student's own knowledge and competence in accordance with state learning outcomes. Guidelines and a variety of proctoring options are available to assist faculty who choose to use proctored exams.

Guidelines for Proctored Exams

  1. To support SACS standard 10.6c, provide a course note as part of the registration process to alert students of any proctoring fees that may be associated with the course.
  2. Include exam expections and explain what approved materials students may bring to the exam in your syllabus or Canvas shell. Note that students should be prepared to provide an approved photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID card, passport, or a UK Student ID directly prior to the start of the exam.
  3. Provide information and timelines for accessing and making arrangements for proctoring services in your syllabus or Canvas shell.
  • Ask students to provide the proctoring site's contact information by a designated date so you have time to contact the site prior to the exam to share expectations and have the proctor complete the proctor authorization form to confirm approval.
  • Since proctoring fees vary by location, remind students to ask about proctoring fees when exploring exam proctors. 
  1. Direct students to contact you to discuss any proctoring related issues for your course.

Proctoring Options

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC)

The BCTC Testing Center supports in-person proctored exams. Registration is required, and students are encouraged to schedule exam appointments early.

Visit the BCTC Testing Center for more information.

NCTA (National College Testing Association)

NCTA promotes quality testing services through the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CTCC), a free referral service to support proctored exams. Each facility offers varying levels of proctoring, from paper and pencil only to full computer labs, and each has unique schedules.

View a list of approved NCTA-CCTC proctoring facilities for on-site proctoring options available within and outside of the U.S.

ProctorU

ProctorU is an online proctoring service, available 24/7, that allows students to take exams from anywhere. Exam sessions can be monitored using live proctors, or they can be recorded for review either by ProctorU or by faculty. This online proctoring service requires distance learning students to have a webcam with a microphone, headphones or speakers, a reliable, high-speed Internet connection, and a credit card. Pricing options vary by service as shown below.

Contact ProctorU’s Faculty Representative, Sarah Ingram (phone 205-718-8167) to get started.

 

ProctorU Service

Exam Length

Cost

Live Proctoring

1 Hour Exam

$17.50

Live Proctoring

2 Hour Exam

$25.00

Live Proctoring

3 Hour Exam

$33.75

Live Proctoring

4 Hour Exam

$42.50

Automated Proctoring with Live Launch and ProctorU Review

1 Hour Exam

$11.00

Automated Proctoring with Live Launch and ProctorU Review

2 Hour Exam

$14.00

Automated Proctoring with Live Launch and ProctorU Review

3 Hour Exam

$17.00

Automated Proctoring with Live Launch and ProctorU Review

4 Hour Exam

$21.00

Fully Automated Proctoring with Faculty Review

All Exams

$5.00

 

Other Options

Instructors may allow students to choose their own proctoring location and proctor, with final approval coming from the instructor.

Examples of acceptable proctoring locations may include the following, but other locations may be discussed with the student:

  • Public library
  • Local school or university
  • Local place of worship
  • Place of work

Examples of acceptable proctors may include the following, but other possibilities may be discussed with the student:

  • Military testing, training or education officer
  • Military commander two ranks above student
  • Community or Area Learning Center staff
  • College/school/institute education staff
  • Human Resources staff
  • Workplace supervisor two levels above student
  • Library staff
  • Ordained Clergy
  • Law Enforcement training or education office

PLEASE NOTE: The exam proctor cannot be a fellow student, close friend, roommate, fiancé, an immediate supervisor, family member related by blood or marriage, or other acquaintance with whom a conflict of interest may exist.