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Proctored Exams for Online Courses

If you are enrolled in an online course with proctored exams, Distance and Online Education (DOE) Exam Services can help you make exam arrangements. 

Where and how to take your proctored exam is determined by the type of exams in your course. Exams can be ICON-based (meaning exams are online and completed in ICON) or paper-based. Refer to your ICON course site and your course syllabus for exam requirements and restrictions.

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Iowa City Test Centers

Iowa City Test Centers provide face-to-face proctoring for ICON and paper-based exams.

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Proctorio On-Demand Proctoring

Proctorio is an on-demand remote proctoring service which allows students to take ICON-based exams at home.

Paper-based Exam

Off-Campus Paper Exams

Arrange to complete paper exams with a proctor in your area if you are taking online courses from a distance.


Frequently Asked Questions

There are two locations available in Iowa City for ICON and paper-based exams. Please see Iowa City Test Centers for more details. 

Hours of Operation

Exam Services Staff are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Proctors are typically available:

9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. 

  • Extended proctoring hours are available during Midterms and Finals each semester.
  • Limited proctoring hours available when classes are not in session.
  • No proctoring available on designated University of Iowa holidays.
  • See calendar for dates of Midterms, Finals, breaks, and designated holidays

NOTE: Hours listed above are subject to change. Please contact doe-exams@uiowa.edu with any questions.

Please call 319-384-4800 or email doe-exams@uiowa.edu to request a time to take the exam within the designated exam window. Include your name, student ID number, course number and exam number. Exam Services will do their best to find a seat for you, but availability may be limited on the day of the exam.

Please contact your instructor for written permission to schedule your makeup exam, then forward the permission to doe-exams@uiowa.edu. Please see Make-Up Exams for details.

Check your ICON course site for the date(s) your exam is available. 

Refer to your ICON course site for materials allowed (if any). 

NOTE: Please see Iowa City Test Centers for complete list of rules. 

You will receive an email notification at your UIOWA email account once your proctor request is approved and a paper exam is sent to your off-campus proctor. See Off-Campus Paper Exams for details. 

NOTE: Paper-based exams going to an off-campus proctor should be requested at least two weeks prior to the exam start date. 

Beginning Fall 2018, proctoring is available only for paper-based exams at the Des Moines Test Center (JMPEC).  See Off-Campus Paper Exams for details.