Some courses will require you to complete exams in a proctored setting. An exam is "proctored" when it is taken under the supervision of another person, typically an academic professional who is not related to you. For a self-paced, university-level course, you have two options for proctors: 1) the Mizzou Online office or 2) an approved testing site.

Live in Columbia, Missouri

Exams at Mizzou Online

  • You must take your proctored exams at the Mizzou Online office in 136 Clark Hall. Appointments are required.
    • University of Missouri
    • 136 Clark Hall
    • Columbia, MO 65211
    • 1-800-609-3727 or 573-882-2491
  • Important Before taking any exam prior to the final, all required lessons must be either scored or submitted five business days prior to your selected test dates. If the assignment preceding your exam is faculty-evaluated you are required to either wait for the score or for five business days before taking an exam.
  • If your faculty-evaluated lesson is rejected or removed by your instructor, your appointment will be cancelled.
  • Only the final exam can be scheduled without all assignment scores: you must submit all work including previous exams before scheduling your final.
  • Exams must be spaced at least 7 days apart.
  • A minimum of six weeks must elapse between the submission of the first assignment and the scheduling of the final exam. You may not complete a self-paced course in less than six weeks.


To schedule an exam, please select the "Request an Exam" option listed in your course. You will be guided through selecting Mizzou Online as the location. Please allow at least 2 business days for the appointment time to be approved. Exam requests are processed until 2 pm CST the business day prior to the date being requested, or until a time block becomes full, whichever comes first.

Offices close two hours after the last scheduled testing time. Exams must be submitted before the office closes regardless of the time limit allotted for the exam. Please plan accordingly.

Regular Hours

136 Clark Hall Exam Office - Appointment time blocks are Monday — Friday:
  • Block 1: 9 a.m. — 11 a.m.
  • Block 2: 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.
  • Block 3: 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
  • Block 4: 3 p.m. — 4:55 p.m. (All student exam activity ends at 4:55 p.m. Our office closes at 5 p.m.)

Note Business days are Monday through Friday except for University holidays.


  • Only 1 cancellation is permitted.
  • We appreciate a minimum of one business day advance notice of a cancellation. Such notice should be sent via email to
  • You will be notified of your cancellation and given instructions on how to reschedule.
  • Reschedule appointments will not be granted within the same week as your original appointment; please plan accordingly.
  • If you fail to keep the rescheduled appointment, you will need to submit an appeal to reschedule along with proof of extenuating circumstances. If approval is granted, we reserve the right to assign a make-up date and time for your exam. If approval is not granted, you will need to take your exam elsewhere with an approved proctor. The fee to take an exam at Testing Services in Parker Hall is $63.50.

Evening Hours:

To take an exam during the scheduled evening hours, you must make an appointment at least two business days in advance.

  • First and third Tuesday of each month (excluding holidays).
  • During regular hours, evening exams must start by 5 p.m. and end at 6:55 p.m.
  • During summer hours, evening exams must start by 4 p.m. and end at 5:55 p.m.

Live outside Columbia, Missouri area

Exams Taken at Other Locations

If you do not wish to take your exam at the Mizzou Online office, select the "Request an Exam" option listed in your course. You will be guided through selecting an approved testing site in your area.


You are responsible for scheduling a testing time with your selected site and for any accrued proctor fees. Exams will be mailed to the approved testing site. Please allow 7-10 business days for Mizzou Online to process your exam request.

If you are unable to schedule a testing time with one of the approved sites, you will be prompted to submit another location or individual for approval.

Approved proctors typically include:

  • The distance education offices of institutions that are members of the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA);
  • Any public library; or, the library of any accredited university, college, or community college, under the supervision of a certified professional librarian;
  • U.S. Embassies;
  • Military base education or training officers.

What to Bring

The majority of proctored exams are closed-book, which means that you will not be allowed to access your textbook(s), notes, or other resources while taking the exam unless otherwise indicated in your course exam information.

You will need to bring the following to your testing site:

  • Pen or pencil
  • A valid photo ID (i.e., MU Student ID card)
  • Your MU student number
  • Other items specified by your course exam information