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Instructors of Distance and Online Education courses often consider using exams as a heavily weighted assessment tool. If you have decided to use exams, the next step is to consider whether the exams should be proctored or non-proctored. As you develop a new course with the iDev Team, they can guide you towards the right choice for your course.

Non-proctored exams are exams which are completed unsupervised. These exams are generally completed online via ICON. Students can complete these assessments from home. They are relatively easy to administer, students can take them at their convenience, and there is no need to make arrangements for a proctor. However, there is a risk that the student could get outside help.

Non-proctored exams are supported by the course administration team. Please contact dce-admin-support@uiowa.edu for more details.

Proctored exams are exams which are completed with supervision. The controlled environment created by supervised exams allows us to verify the identity of the student and prevent the use of unauthorized aids or tools. These exams can be completed online via ICON or on paper. Conventionally, on-campus instructors proctor exams; however, we offer proctoring services for our online Instructors. Proctors who work at the Iowa City and Des Moines testing centers have been approved by Exam Services. Proctors who work for the virtual service ProctorU are vetted by their organization.

Proctored exams are supported by the Exam Services Team. Please contact dce-exams@uiowa.edu for more details.