Proctored exams

An online student looking at computer with classmates on the screen.

When it is time to take an exam for your course, you will need to arrange for test proctoring, which means that your test will be supervised via a remote proctoring system. You also may be able to discuss an alternative assessment for your exam. Either way, our instructors will work with you to find the best solution.

For assistance with proctored exams, email (Mizzou, UMKC, UMSL students) or (Missouri S&T students).


Proctorio is a remote proctoring system that uses advanced machine learning and facial detection technology to ensure test integrity. The program is optimized to protect your security and privacy while providing a proctored environment to replace classroom testing.

Before you take a test using the Proctorio remote system, you should be eligible to take your exam, and we require two business days advance notice. Once you meet these guidelines and have requested proctoring, you will need to install Proctorio in your web browser. The base requirements for Proctorio are similar to what you need to take online courses:

  • The latest Google Chrome browser
  • The Proctorio Chrome Extension
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • A stable internet connection

More about how to install Proctorio

More information about using Proctorio

Note: Install Proctorio on your browser as soon as possible, and do not wait until the time of your exam to get started. Give yourself at least an hour before your exam begins to handle any technical issues so you can stay focused.

Contact your instructor immediately if you do not meet the technical requirements (desktop or laptop with a webcam, microphone and stable internet connection) or if you use a screen reader for accessibility.


Instructors and students access Examity through their Canvas site. Students pay an exam fee when scheduling their exam. The fee is based on the length of the exam and how far in advance the exam time is scheduled.

Note: Examity is not available for UMSL students.

Technical requirements

  • Browser: Google Chrome. Please disable your pop-up blocker.
  • Desktop, Chromebook or a laptop computer (tablets and mobile devices are not supported)
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Built-in or external microphone
  • Built-in or external speakers
  • Internet connection: An upload and download speed of at least 2Mbps.

Download the Examity user guide for students.

ProctorU (Missouri S&T students only)

ProctorU is one of the virtual proctoring services used by some distance professors at Missouri S&T. Please review the class syllabus to see how your professor conducts class examinations. For all online proctoring services, it is recommended that students do a system test the day before their scheduled exam. For more information on ProctorU testing please visit the ProctorU website.

Alternative assessment

If your instructor has chosen to administer a proctored exam using Proctorio or Examity, and you lack a stable and strong internet connection, a webcam and microphone, you need to contact your instructor about an alternative assessment. The alternative assessment format will be up to your instructor, who will provide you with a take-home exam, a paper or another assignment.

Self-paced exams (Mizzou students only)

How to request proctoring or an alternative assessment

  1. Select the "Request an Exam" option listed in your course home page.
  2. In the exam information section, click “Request This Exam” on the exam you are eligible to take. If ineligible, you will receive an error message listing the reasons you are unable to test.
  3. Select either Proctorio or Alternative Assessment.
  4. Please allow at least two business days for the appointment time to be approved. Exam requests received after 4 p.m. CST may not be processed until the following business day.
  5. If you are using Proctorio, you will receive an email containing instructions on how to use Proctorio and how to access the exam.
  6. If you are using an alternative assessment, your course instructor will contact you with further details.

Accommodations for self-paced exams

If disability-related accommodations are necessary (for example, a note taker, extended time on exams, captioning), please register with the Mizzou Disability Center and send a copy of your Memo of Accommodation to your instructor and We must have your Memo a minimum of two weeks in advance of the FIRST test date to ensure the instructor has time to adapt the exam.