A proctored exam is one that is overseen by an impartial individual (called a proctor) who monitors or supervises a student while he or she is taking an exam. The proctor ensures the security and integrity of the exam process.
Check your course syllabus as soon as you can access your online course. The need to take proctored exams and your exam dates should be contained there. If the instructor requires no exams, that should be clearly stated. If you cannot make a determination from the syllabus, contact your instructor immediately for an answer.
At UWF you have four choices for completing proctored exams:
University of West Florida, Testing Center:
Bldg 21, Room 120
11000 University Pkwy. Pensacola, FL 32514
Proctor: Cecilia Vance or Greg Dziadon
Phone (850) 473-7340 Fax (850) 473-7341
ProctorU is a service that UWF faculty may utilize for proctoring online exams. ProctorU allows students to conveniently and securely complete assigned exams using almost any web cam. With a computer and approved web cam, students can take online exams at home, at work, or almost anywhere they have Internet access. ProctorU connects students directly to their proctor via web cam so they can both see and talk to one another. ProctorU can also monitor the student's computer while they complete the exam.
To be successfully proctored by ProctorU, you will need the following:
If coming to campus or using ProctorU is not an option for you, follow the find an approved proctor procedures that follow.
Note: Failure on the part of the student to assume these responsibilities will be a matter to resolve with the instructor and could result in a failing grade on the exam in question.
Fees vary for the use of a testing facility and the proctor's time to receive, monitor, and return your exam. Please be sure to determine if there is a fee, what it is, and when it must be paid. Testing centers often require prepayment, and your receipt for payment may serve as your ticket to the proctored exam session. These practices vary among libraries, schools, colleges, universities, and private testing centers.
Check the National College Testing Association (NCTA), a national testing information site. If there is no available option near you, please read on for instructions on identifying and getting approval for a proctor. You can start the process by contacting your local public library, community college or university or, if you are in the military, contact your education officer. Many of these facilities have experience in proctoring exams from various institutions. The proctor will fill fill out the bottom half of the UWF Proctor Approval Form.
UWF has specific guidelines regarding proctor selection. If you cannot find an appropriate test-proctoring site from the resources on the NCTA website, you must submit a completed UWF Proctor Approval Application (PDF) by the end of the second week of the term or as directed by your instructor with the individual's information willing to act as your proctor. The department will contact then proctor to determine their elligibility as a proctor. See "Who can be approved as a Proctor" below.
Note: Exams will not be distributed to a proctor unless the Proctor Approval Application is on file with the instructor's department.
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free version is available.
To complete and submit this application:
An acceptable proctor is someone with no conflict of interest in upholding UWF's Academic Code of Conduct (pdf). Relatives, friends, spouses, neighbors, and co-workers are not acceptable proctors. A proctor candidate may be from one of the following categories:
At a minimum, the proctor must have a valid, working e-mail address and telephone number so that the department may communicate with them. Depending on whether the exam is offered via the Internet or paper-based, the proctor should also have:
Note: Full instructions for return and necessary postage will be supplied by UWF to the proctor prior to availability of the exam.