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Frequently Asked Questions about Testing


What is a proctored exam?

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.

How do I know if I need a proctored exam?

Every iStudy course will have at least one proctored exam. Most courses have a proctored mid-course exam and final exam. Some consist of just a final and some have two mid-course exams and a final exam.

What must I do to take a proctored exam?
  • Find an appropriate proctor, if not testing on the Oxford campus or one of the branch campuses. You will find specific proctor information at the Proctors for iStudy Students page.
  • Schedule your exam date and time with the proctor. Allow at least ten (10) working days for your request to be processed and your exam to be mailed.
  • Submit your Test Application Form.
  • Comply with any payment schedule that may be required by your approved proctor or testing center.
    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.
How do I find an approved proctor?

You will find specific proctor information at the Proctors for iStudy Students page.

What is the fee for a proctor's services?

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.

Who can be approved to serve as a proctor?

An acceptable proctor is someone with no conflict of interest in upholding The University of Mississippi's Academic Policy. Relatives, friends, spouses, neighbors, and co-workers are not acceptable proctors. Your proctor may be from one of the following categories:

  • A testing center for an institution of higher education
  • A private testing center
  • Administrators at an institution of higher education
  • Librarians at a public library or institutions of higher education
  • If in the military, the head of a base's Learning Center or an Education Officer
How do I schedule my exam(s)?
  • Contact your proctor when all requirements have been met to be eligible for your exam. Note: You will be responsible for paying any fees required by the proctoring site.
  • Schedule a day and a time to take the exam directly with the proctor. Allow at least ten (10) working days for your request to be processed and your exam to be mailed. 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.
  • Submit your Test Application Form (LINK to 7.6 Exam apps).
  • More information can be found at the Scheduling Exams (LINK to 7.3) page.
What are the proctor's responsibilities?
  • Only the proctor may handle the actual exam prior to and following its completion.
  • No copies of the exam other than the copy used for test-taking are to be made at any time.
  • No person other than the proctor and the student may view the exam. (The student may have access to the exam only during the time period allowed by the instructor.)
  • The proctor must follow all instructions for administering the exam. These may include a time limit and specific allowable equipment such as a calculator and inclusion or exclusion of books, notes, etc.
  • The proctor must return testing materials in the business reply envelope provided by the Department of iStudy, or by e-mail, after the student completes the exam.
  • The student may provide a pre-addressed overnight mailer for the proctor to use to mail the exam back to the iStudy office. However, the student must not mail the test.
How does the proctor receive exams and return them to the iStudy Department?
  • Some exams will be mailed to the proctor in a USPS Priority Mailer as soon as the testing application form can be processed. Most will be e-mailed.
  • The proctor will administer the exam to the student according to the instructions provided.
  • The proctor will then return the exam and any additional testing materials in the provided business reply envelope immediately after the student completes it. The test may be e-mailed back as well.

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