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Testing Information

Online students are assessed in many different ways. You may be given quizzes or tests online to be completed at home. You may be required to submit projects online, make a video or meet online for a real-time session with your instructor. Many instructors require students to complete proctored exams.

  1. What is a proctored exam?
  2. How do I know if I need a proctored exam?
  3. Where do I go to take a proctored exam on the GCC Main campus?
  4. What must I do to take a proctored exam on the GCC Main campus?
  5. What if I do not live near the GCC campus?
  6. What is the fee for a proctor's services?
  7. Where are the Testing Centers I can use?


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.

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How do I know if I need a proctored exam?

Check your course syllabus as soon as you can access your course. The need to take proctored exams and exam dates should be listed there. If you cannot make a determination from the syllabus, contact your instructor immediately.

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Where do I go to take a proctored exam on the GCC Main campus?

Check your course syllabus. The location of your tests should be listed there. If you cannot make a determination from the syllabus, contact your instructor immediately. A few of the most common testing locations on campus are:

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What must I do to take a proctored exam on the GCC Main campus?

  1. Be clear on the date and time the test will be available.
  2. Find the location AND the hours of operation of the Testing Center where your test will be given.
  3. Bring your GCC Student ID.
  4. Bring a pencil and/or any notes or other material that you are allowed to use during the test.
  5. Know your MEID and password if your test will be given via a computer so you will be able to login to the campus network.
  6. Know your MEID username and password if your test will be given through CANVAS.
  7. Allocate enough time in your schedule that correlate with the hours of the Testing Center for you to successfully complete the test. Do not show up 15 minutes before the Testing Center closes. You will not have enough time to take the test. Most Testing Centers do not distribute tests within an hour of closing.

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What if I do not live near the GCC campus?

If it is not possible for you to commute to the GCC Main campus, there are alternate sites that can be used. You must let your instructor know of your situation well in advance of the testing dates.

  1. Find an appropriate testing location within two weeks of the testing date. ( see below for proctored testing sites)
  2. Let your instructor know you would like to take the test at an alternate location two weeks before the testing date. All sites are subject to instructor approval.
  3. Comply with any payment schedule that may be required by your instructor approved testing center.
  4. Schedule your exam date and time with the testing center well in advance of the testing dates provided by your instructor.
  5. Take your exam within the timeframe outlined in your course syllabus.

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.

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What is the fee for a proctor's services?

Fees vary for the use of a testing facility 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. 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.

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Where are the Testing Centers I can use?

Check the National College Testing Association (NCTA) , a national testing information site. If there is no available option near you, please contact your instructor 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.

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