New Testing Center Procedures for Online Proctored Exams

Beginning January 2015, the Testing Center (TC) in N building will dedicate 35 computer stations to be used only by “walk-in” students in online classes who must take proctored exams. This means that faculty will no longer need to reserve seats for students in online classes.  The TC will provide a schedule for when online students can walk in for a proctored exam*.  Students may come at any time during the scheduled hours.  If all 35 “online” computer stations are being used when a student arrives, the student will have to wait until one of the dedicated online computers is available**.  No appointments can be made; these seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

*Hours for Online Proctored Exams
Mondays and Tuesdays: 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Times may vary by term but will always be posted on the TC Calendar at http://apps.sfcollege.edu/calendar/month.php)

Notes to Faculty: 

**If all 35 online computers are being used when a student arrives, it’s possible that the TC can accommodate up to 10 additional students, as long as another computer is available.

If you wish to proctor your own online course exams during a specific time, you should continue to use the procedures for scheduling the Testing Center: http://www.sfcollege.edu/bol/index.php?section=requests

If you allow proctored tests to be taken at the centers, please make arrangements with the centers directly.

See attached recommendations for communicating this and other testing information to your students.

Informing Faculty of New Procedures:

  • Email communication from Academic Technologies with the attached student information and ProctorU handout at the end of fall term and throughout spring term.
  • Emails and personal communication from Testing Center staff.
  • All information provided to department chairs at monthly Chairs and Directors meeting.
  • All information available on Testing Center website: http://www.sfcollege.edu/bol/

Sample info to provide to students in syllabus and in a Canvas announcement:
(Customize to meet your needs)

This course includes required proctored exams.  These exams can be taken, free of charge, at the NW Campus Testing Center (a.k.a. the BOL) during the dates specified in the course.

Testing Center Location:
3000 NW 83rd Street
Building N, Room 216
Phone: 352-395-5584

Testing Center Hours for Online Course Exams:
Mondays and Tuesdays: 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(These times may vary by term, so it is very important that you check the Testing Center Calendar BEFORE you arrive for testing http://apps.sfcollege.edu/calendar/month.php)

Alternate options for students who live out-of-district, or have another reason why they cannot come to campus to take a proctored exam:

If it is difficult for you to come to the NW campus, you may take your proctored exams using one of the two alternate options below.  However, both of these options will include additional costs.  Remember, the SF Testing Center is free, but if convenience beats costs, these options are available.  You must contact me during the first two weeks of class to inform me that you will be using one of these options.  You will still need to show your picture ID for both options.

  • Online live proctoring through ProctorU.  The attached information sheet provides more information about how online testing works and how to create an account and schedule an exam on ProctorU’s website (http://proctoru.com).  The costs are:  
    • Up to one hour = $17.50
    • From one to two hours = $25.00
    • Over two hours = $33.75.
  • Using another verified testing center.  Locate a testing center near where you live using the National College Testing Association website:   http://www.ncta-testing.org/cctc/find.php.  Costs vary widely by site. Be sure to check the specific costs for the location you choose and what form of payment they take. Provide me with the following information and I will communicate with the proctor.
    • Name and location of the testing center
    • Proctor’s phone number and email address
    • When you will be arriving to take the exam