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Off-Campus Proctor Instructions 

Thank you for proctoring exams for The University of Alabama. Bama By Distance Testing Services is using SmarterProctoring to coordinate all of our exam material for our proctored exams. SmarterProctoring is a proctoring process management system that helps facilitate and streamline exam instructions and materials for an institution’s proctoring program from beginning to end. 

To add yourself and/or your institution to SmarterProctoring, visit SmarterProctoring to sign up. You should sign up as a "Testing Center" or "Proctor" when identifying your institution or proctor classification. Find detailed registration steps here. After you have completed all registration steps, your request will be sent to Bama By Distance Testing Services for approval. It will take 4-5 days for this process.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions at 800-467-0227 or Testing staff are available from 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Proctored Exam Guidelines

  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact you to schedule exams prior to exam deadlines.
  • Students must present two forms of ID upon arrival for testing. One form must be a picture ID, preferably a driver’s license. If a student arrives without proper ID, do not allow them to test.
  • Students must test on facility-provided computers.
  • Students may not leave the testing area during the exam. They should use the restroom before beginning the test.
  • Absolutely no cell phones, tablets or other such devices are allowed in the testing area. If students bring any of these devices, ask them to return them to their vehicle or leave them with you until after the test is completed.
  • Please collect and destroy any scratch paper and formula sheets that are used during exams (unless you are instructed to return them to UA). Students should not exit the exam area with any paper, even if it is a formula sheet they brought in.
  • Please monitor students to ensure that they are not leaving the exam environment to go to other websites. Students are not allowed to copy and paste or perform screen captures of any material from the exam pages.
  • Students are not allowed to utilize language translation tools of any type.
  • If an exam allows the use of a calculator, it must be a standard, non-programmable calculator (unless otherwise instructed).

Password Information

At no time should the student be given access to passwords. You must enter the password for each exam. The student will log into their exam site through Blackboard. Once they are logged in, the password box will appear.

You will receive an email that will contain passwords for all exams for the listed course(s). Please keep passwords in a safe place where you can access them each time the student is ready to test.

You may give exam information to a co-worker in your organization if you will not be able to proctor an exam, but you should never send proctor information to anyone outside of your organization. If a student changes proctors, they must contact us to request a proctor change. 

Returning Paper Exams

Exams may be returned via fax, (205) 348-0249 or 855-274-6766. You may also scan and email the exam to

Original exams must be returned to us by the proctor via regular mail. The student is responsible for postage. Return exams to:

The University of Alabama
Bama By Distance Testing Services
Box 870388
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487