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Proctored Exam Instructions for Students

Understanding the Proctored Assessment

Each online course requires at least one proctored assessment (some courses may require multiple proctored assessments) to be administered at any Ozarks Technical Community College location, a pre-approved off-campus location or via ProctorU online services. Students within 30 miles of an OTC facility must take their assessment there or via ProctorU services.

Off-campus facilities must both receive pre-approval from OTC Online and be in accordance with OTC proctoring specifications. Examples of off-campus options include professional librarians at a public library, high school administrators, testing control or unit education officers at U.S. military bases or U.S. embassy officials. Examples of unacceptable proctors are relatives, clergy, instructor and employers.

Students may use ProctorU services at their own expense.

OTC will not approve some public libraries because they do not offer monitoring services. For example, OTC does not give approval for the Library Centers in Springfield and surrounding communities.


The following information explains requirements for proctored locations:

    • Questions or concerns? See the Proctoring FAQ page or contact OTC Online at or call (417) 447-8200.
    • Proctored assessments require students provide proof of identity (driver’s license, passport or other government photo ID) prior to assessment.
    • Proctors will monitor students during the entire assessment.
    • See the Testing Services website for hours of operation and additional information.
    • If you have accommodations through Disability Support Services, continue to schedule your appointments through that office.
    • Students scheduling an appointment at an off-campus location will need to complete the Off Campus Proctoring Approval Form. OTC does not require this form for testing at OTC facilities or ProctorU online services. 
    • Upon approval, OTC Online will communicate with the proctor. The proctor should have all the necessary materials when students arrive for their test. OTC recommends students follow-up with their proctor in advance of the assessment date to be sure insure they have received all information.
    • OTC does not guarantee the following information, but this hyperlink lists many Off-Campus Proctoring Sites within the United States. Please contact your desired location to learn about services provided, contact names, hours and fees (if any).


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