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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, an off-campus location, or via optional ProctorU* online services.

Students with profile residences within 30 miles of an OTC facility must take their assessment at that facility or pay for optional ProctorU* services.

Students with profile residences beyond 30 miles of an OTC facility may request off-campus proctoring. Off-campus facilities must be pre-approved and 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. Beginning January 2018, the student must ensure the designated off-campus proctor will transmit completed paper-and-pencil exams to OTC Online electronically and promptly (within 24 OTC business hours).

    • Students must provide provide proof of identity (driver’s license, passport or other government photo ID) for all proctored events.
    • Students using accommodations through Disability Support Services should schedule appointments through that office.
    • Proctors must monitor students during the entire assessment. 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.
    • For on-campus proctoring, see the OTC Testing Services website for hours of operation and additional information for on-campus proctoring.
    • Students who need to use off-campus proctoring must submit a Off Campus Proctoring Approval Form at least 5 business days prior to the planned event. The form is not required for testing at OTC facilities, for dual-credit program students, or for ProctorU* online services. Upon approval, OTC Online will communicate with the proposed off-campus proctor. The student should check with their designated proctor several days in advance of their appointment time to confirm the proctor received all necessary proctoring information. This list of Off-Campus Proctoring Sites may be helpful for students who are not near an OTC facility. OTC does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the list information and does not endorse or represent any of the facilities listed.

*ProctorU services are payable directly by the student. OTC does not pay for such optional services. ProctorU is not approved for all assessments.

Questions or concerns? See the Proctoring FAQ page or contact OTC Online at or call (417) 447-8200.



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