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 (136 Clark Hall). Students are required to make appointments before taking exams.
- 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 submitted five business days — or scored — prior to your selected test dates. If the assignment preceding your exam is faculty evaluated, you are required to wait either for your score or for five business days before taking the non-final exam.
- Exams must be spaced at least 7 days apart.
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 p.m. CST the business day prior to the date being requested, or until a time block becomes full, whichever comes first.
Offices close 2 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.
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. — 5:00 p.m.
Note Business days are Monday through Friday except for University holidays.
Only 1 cancellation is permitted. 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.
To take an exam during the scheduled evening hours, you must make an appointment at least 2 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:
- Any University of Missouri Extension Center in the state: Northeast Missouri, Northwest Missouri, Southeast Missouri, Southwest Missouri;
- Any accredited university, college, or community college testing center
- National testing centers:
- International testing centers:
(Proctors must read and speak English fluently in order to administer the exam.)
- National testing centers:
- 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