Proctoring at Ohio State ensures academic integrity during exams taken on-campus or in an online classroom. Proctoring ensures a level playing field for all students, allowing you to schedule tests around your busy schedule.
If you are in a course that requires proctored examinations, you can find specific policies in your course syllabus. Keep in mind, that proctoring options may vary from course to course. Beyond Proctorio, the university suggested proctoring options are below.
In-Person Proctoring Options at Ohio State
The Student Testing Center
The Student Testing Center in the Student Academic Services Building is an option for students who wish to take exams on or near the Columbus campus.
Instructors must contact the Testing Center to make arrangements for each online exam that students opt to take at the Testing Center.
Students must work with their instructor to ensure the Testing Center is ready to proctor your exam. Register for your exam by using the Testing Center website, and be sure to note the center hours and plan accordingly.
Note: There is no fee to have your exams proctored on the Columbus campus.
Testing Center Contact Information
Consortium of College Testing Centers
Ohio State is a member of the Consortium of College Testing Centers, which has 355 institutional members across multiple countries that offers students the opportunity to take exams in a physical proctored environment. To find a member location, visit the Consortium of College Testing Centers website. The Ohio State Student Testing Center can help with exam registration arrangements. Once again, you must work with you instructor to ensure the Testing Center is ready to proctor your exam. The process to use this option is outlined below:
At the start of the semester:
Determine if your course requires examinations to be administered by a testing center (This information is generally in your course syllabus).
Find a testing center by visiting the National College Testing Association’s website, or select the Ohio State University Testing Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Contact your chosen testing center to learn:
What the fee is for taking an exam at the testing center (fees range from $15 to $75 per exam for non-Ohio State testing centers).
What sort of identification you will need with you to take an exam (commonly, this is a government-issued photo ID – NOT a BuckID).
How far in advance the testing center will need to receive the exam and exam instructions from your instructor.
IF APPLICABLE, how testing accommodations should be communicated to the testing center. NOTE: Some testing centers require that accommodations are initiated through their institution’s disability services center rather than Ohio State’s.
Contact your instructor to let them know that you will be testing at an external testing center and provide them with the URL for the center you will be using so that they can familiarize themselves with the procedures there. Send your instructor information you have gathered, specifically what the instructor will need to send and when to the testing center.
Two weeks before the exam:
Contact your instructor to:
Remind them to submit the exam, exam instructions, and any accommodation information to the testing center.
Determine how much time will be allowed for the exam and whether the exam will be administered on paper or in CarmenCanvas.
One week before the exam:
Contact your testing center to schedule your exam.
At this time, ask:
For parking information.
IF APPLICABLE: Whether you need to be prepared to cover postage for mailing paper exam materials back to your instructor.
IF APPLICABLE: To ensure accommodations are communicated and prepared.
One day before the exam:
Call the testing center to ensure that your exam materials have arrived and all is prepared
If your exam will be administered in Carmen, make sure that you remember your login information.
Day of the exam:
Arrive at the testing center at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Make sure you have your fee, your photo ID, and, if applicable, a prepaid and pre-addressed envelope to return your exam to your instructor.
Ohio State Regional Campuses
Each Ohio State campus offers a variety of services and procedures to ensure integrity for course quizzes and exams.
- Ohio State Lima
Proctoring is offered through The Learning Center and is free for any student taking a course at Ohio State. You must work with your instructor to schedule your exams. Instructors can begin the process by contacting the Testing Services.
- Ohio State Mansfield
Proctoring is offered through the Conard Learning Center and costs $15 per hour for an Ohio State student taking an Ohio State exam. You must work with your instructor to schedule your exams. Instructors can begin the process by contacting Andrew Mueller to learn more.
- Ohio State Marion
Proctoring is offered through the Marion Technical College Student Resource Center and is free for any student taking a course at Ohio State. You must work with your instructor to schedule your exams.
- Ohio State Newark
Proctoring is offered through the Newark Testing Center and is free for any student taking a course at Ohio State. You must work with your instructor to schedule your exams.
- Ohio State ATI in Wooster
Proctoring is not available at this time.
Ohio State Extension Office Locations
The Office of Technology and Digital Innovation and The Ohio State University Extension offices have partnered to provide test proctoring services at two extension offices in the State of Ohio. At these locations, you will be able to schedule proctoring services for required course quizzes and exams at no cost. You must work with your instructor to schedule your exams.
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Local Human Resource representatives, librarians and similar individuals have the potential to be used as proctors. Students can work with their instructors to identify suitable proctors and proctoring environments. These proctors and situations must be proposed on an individual basis by students and accepted on an individual basis by instructors.
Adequate time must be allowed for instructor approval.