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Proctored Testing

Students enrolled in online or video streaming courses have several options for exam proctoring. Exams may be taken in the Bama By Distance Testing Services office on campus; online using B Virtual, a live proctoring service; at a two or four-year college that has a testing services area; or at a local library that provides proctoring services. All on-campus, online and off-campus proctored exam scheduling should be done in your Blackboard course through SmarterProctoring. Testing deadlines are provided in the course syllabus/schedule of each course. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule tests in accordance with the established deadlines. Additional charges may be incurred for proctoring services depending upon the location/method selected by the student. The student is responsible for any proctoring cost.

On-Campus Proctoring

Students may choose to complete proctored exams in the Bama By Distance Testing Services office located in Martha Parham Hall West, room 126, on the UA campus. Students located on campus or within the Tuscaloosa area must test in this office or in the designated testing lab. All exams must be scheduled in your Blackboard course through SmarterProctoring.

If you are a non-UA student in need of proctoring, learn more here.

On-Campus Testing Policies

  • No walk-ins are accepted. Students must make an appointment to take an exam in the Bama By Distance Testing Services office at least 48 hours in advance (excluding weekends and holidays). You must schedule your exam in your Blackboard course through SmarterProctoring. 
  • Deadline dates for proctored exams are provided by the course instructor and students are responsible for completing the exam before the deadline.
  • Make-up exams will not be scheduled during final exams week. Students may only schedule the last exam for the course during this week. We have special days each semester to allow students to take make-up exams prior to finals week. Please contact Bama By Distance Testing Services at (205) 348-0089 for the special testing dates each semester.
  • Students must present two forms of identification, and one form must be a picture ID.
  • There is no charge for testing in the Bama By Distance Testing Services office.
  • Find out more about Bama By Distance Testing Center rules and policies.

On-Campus Testing Schedule*

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. until 6:45 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Saturday: For Fall 2017, we will have four Saturdays available for testing from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • September 23, 2017
  • October 7, 2017
  • November 11, 2017
  • December 9, 2017

* Times are subject to change.

Online Proctoring

Students may choose to complete proctored exams using the live, online proctor service B Virtual. This service allows students the opportunity to take their proctored exam virtually anywhere in the world with a live, online test proctor. Any fees are the responsibility of the student. All exams taken with B Virtual must be scheduled in your Blackboard course through SmarterProctoring.

You will need a computer with reliable high speed internet connection and an external, detachable web camera (no mobile devices may be used for this service). The live, online proctor will provide the necessary software to effectively proctor your session remotely. After the session is complete, your proctor will remove any remote proctoring software from your computer.

Students must present two forms of identification, and one form must be a picture ID.

You must schedule your exam in your Blackboard course. Be sure to test your computer system when you register or schedule your first proctored exam. We also recommend you test your computer four hours prior to any exams to ensure there will be no problems.

NOTE: Online proctoring can NOT be used if your instructor requires you take a paper exam. See On Campus and/or Off Campus proctoring instructions.

Off-Campus Proctoring

Students may choose off-campus proctoring from the options below. Any fees, such as exam proctoring fees and postage are the responsibility of the student. All exams must be scheduled in your Blackboard course through SmarterProctoring.

Students must present two (2) forms of ID, preferably a driver’s license and student ID. Distance Learning student ID cards do not have a picture, therefore an ID with a photo must be presented in addition to the ID card.

Option 1:

Exams may be taken off-campus at a two or four-year college that has a testing services area.

Option 2:

Exams may be taken at a local library that provides proctoring services.

Option 3:

Exams may be taken at an approved education center, such as Sylvan Learning Center.

Military Students: Exams may be taken at the education center on your military installation or you may have a commissioned officer or senior NCO proctor your exam. When you access the SmarterProctoring scheduler in your Backboard course, choose the Off-Campus scheduling option.

Pre-Approved Proctoring Locations & Requesting Approval for a Proctor

A list of pre-approved proctoring locations is in SmarterProctoring, which can be accessed through your Blackboard course. You may use this as a guide to locate an approved proctor in your area.

You must seek approval for proctors that are not listed in SmarterProctoring. If you do not find the proctor you would like to use in SmarterProctoring, have the proctor go to www.smarterproctoring.com and click "Sign Up" in the top right corner and sign up as a "Testing Center". After they have completed all registration steps, their request will be sent to Bama By Distance Testing Services for approval. It will take 4-5 days for this process so please plan accordingly. Click here for information to share with your off-campus proctor.

If you have any questions, please contact Bama By Distance Student Services at (205) 348-0089 or 800-467-0227, or email us at: testing@ccs.ua.edu