What is a Testing Center?
A location dedicated to administering exams. Ivy Tech has many Testing Centers to meet the needs of students, non-students and the local community.
What is a candidate?
A candidate is a person (student or non-student) who utilizes a Testing Center to take an exam.
What is a proctor?
A proctor is a person who will observe a candidate while the candidate takes an exam. Proctors serve a lot of different functions, but at the very least a proctor will verify the candidate’s identity by checking their government issued identification. The proctor will provide the candidate with exam instructions that were provided to the proctor and will monitor the candidate during the exam to ensure that those instructions are followed. A proctor is responsible for:
- Ensuring exam security and candidate confidentiality
- Providing a distraction-free environment
- Ensuring exams are administered in a consistent and impartial manner to promote exam integrity and validity of results
When is a proctor needed?
Examples include: An instructor may want to have a student use a proctor for taking an exam in a distance education class, when a student needs to make up an exam that was missed during class or for specialized certification or high stakes exams where the requirements of the exam mandate special professional development and/or training requirements for the proctor.
Does Ivy Tech provide free proctoring services to its students?
In most cases for Ivy Tech exams, yes. Ivy Tech provides proctoring services through the testing centers at most of its campuses. Proctoring provided at these centers is free to Ivy Tech students enrolled in an Ivy Tech course who are taking an Ivy Tech exam. Visit IvyTech.edu/testing-services for a complete list of testing centers and their hours.
Exams that are hosted by third-party credentialing agencies or other high-stakes exams may have additional fees. Some of these fees may be included in student tuition for specific courses.
Students who are not able to test at an Ivy Tech location because they live out of state, are unable to drive to another location, or who have scheduling issues that prevent use of a free Ivy Tech testing center do have additional proctoring options. These are explained below.
I’m an Ivy Tech student. Is it possible to take my exam from my home or office?
In most cases for Ivy Tech exams, yes – for a small additional fee. Ivy Tech has partnered with ProctorU to provide online proctoring for students, at a small additional cost to students. Prices typically range from $15 - $30 per exam. If you would like to use ProctorU as your proctoring site, first discuss this with your instructor to ensure that none of the requirements of the exam require in person proctoring (for example, if your scratch paper must be returned with the exam then ProctorU may not be able to be used as a proctor unless the instructor allows you to submit your scratch paper individually). Once approved by your instructor, your instructor will need to place the exam in ProctorU. Instructors can find information about how to do this in the Instructor resource area in IvyLearn. Students can then sign up to take the exam by following the instructions in IvyLearn. Visit ProctorU.com for more information. Note that third-party exams typically cannot be administered through ProctorU.
I’m an Ivy Tech student. What if I need an in person proctor and I don’t live in Indiana or can’t travel to a testing center?
You should discuss this option with your instructor. Your instructor may direct you to talk with someone in the testing center or your online technology coordinator. These folks will help you locate a qualified testing proctor that is approved by your instructor. You may also wish to search for local proctoring sites using the Consortium of College Testing Centers.
Please note that use of a non-Ivy Tech testing center may carry extra fees and that these fees are the responsibility of the student.