Exams OLD | Distance and Online Education
The University of Iowa

Examination information is provided on your ICON course home page or on your syllabus, and covers exam type, when and where exams are taken, as well as instructions for off campus and Student Disability Services (SDS) testing. Instructors may administer exams themselves, have nonproctored exams, or use Exam Services to oversee proctored exams. If you cannot find exam information in your syllabus or on the ICON course home page, please contact your instructor or doe-exams@uiowa.edu, 319.384.4800 for assistance.

1. Go to your ICON course page Examination Information page
2. Choose a location for your exam.
3. Follow the instructions based on the type of exam your course requires.

Students can self-schedule at the Iowa City Testing Centers by logging into: https://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/athena/login.aspx

To schedule at the Des Moines Testing Center 
Email dm-testingcenters@uiowa.edu to schedule a time. For paper exams, please submit an Off-Campus exam request and have the exam send via US Mail to Des Moines.

Scheduling via ProctorU (not available for courses with paper exams)
1. Create a ProctorU account.
2. Schedule your exam, https://go.proctoru.com/session/new

Scheduling at Other Locations (only available for courses with paper exams) 
You will need to locate an acceptable proctor and submit an Off-Campus exam request with the proctor’s contact information. Any fees for off campus proctoring are the responsibility of the student. Login to submit an Off-Campus exam request, https://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/athena/login.aspx


The Continuing Education Facility DCE Testing Centers are located at 30 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City on the second floor of the US Bank Building. Come into the entryway. On your left is the elevator to go up to the second floor. Do not go into the bank. Once on the second floor, follow the signs or ask the receptionist for directions to the testing center. https://maps.uiowa.edu/cef

  • Room CEF 234 is our main test center and seats 68.
  • Room CEF 201 is our auxiliary test center and seats 48.
  • Rooms CEF 209 and CEF 205 are for reduced distraction accommodations and seat fourteen total. 

The Communications Center Testing Center (CC114) located at 116 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. Check-in is in room CC114 and is the access point for both test rooms 108 and 102. All 60 seats are approved for reduced distraction accommodations.


  • John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Iowa Center for Higher Education in the Fenton Administration Building, 2500 Fleur Dr. Des Moines, IA 50321

Please check in at the front desk upon arrival. Proctoring hours vary so please check your ICON course home page for more information or email dm-testingcenters@uiowa.edu .

Keep the following rules in mind when you take your exam:

1. Only students taking an exam are allowed in the testing room with the proctor.

  • No visitors allowed, including children.
  • No food of drink allowed in the testing center.

2. You must provide a photo ID to the proctor to receive your exam.

  • The ID you present MUST have your photo on it.
  • Your ID will be scanned and returned to you.

3. The only items allowed at the testing table are your exams, writing instruments, and any approved aids.

  • Some courses/instructors allow specific materials (i.e. calculator, notes) to be used during the exam. Check your course materials before you come to see what, if any, aids you can use during the exam.
  • Any electronic devices must be turned off and placed in the provided storage space.
  • Don’t bring any personal items to the testing center that you don’t feel comfortable storing on the shelf.

MISCONDUCT will result in confiscation of your exam. Examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to, speaking to other students; looking at another's work; looking at notes, books or other materials not specifically allowed on the exam instructions.

DOE Exam Services can provide extended time and/or reduced distraction accommodations. If you have accommodations beyond extended time and/or reduced distraction, your SDS advisor and course instructor will assist you with the process.

Information about Students with Disabilities Services can be found at: https://sds.studentlife.uiowa.edu/accommodations/examservices/

Services for University of Iowa Faculty and Staff

Exam services can assist University of Iowa faculty and staff with make-up exams, SDS extended time, and/or reduced distraction exams they may be unable to accommodate. Log in to the University of Iowa Proctored Exam Request form to schedule a time for your student to test at our facilities.

Exam services can also assist University of Iowa faculty and staff with online testing spaces and proctor staffing. Contact us or login to the Universal Workflow Computer Test Centers & Proctoring Services form.


Proctoring for Non-University of Iowa Exams

  • This service is only available at the Continuing Education Facility DCE Testing Centers.

There is no fee to proctor exams either paper-based or web-based. We do this as a courtesy to educational institutions who, we hope, will extend the same courtesy to us. We only proctor Non-University of Iowa exams during our open testing hours which are typically Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm and Friday: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

To schedule an exam time contact us at: 1-800-272-6430 or 319-384-4800 or doe-exams@uiowa.edu 

We can accept exams by mail, fax or email. Once the exam has been completed we will return it to the instructor via mail, fax or email. If an exam is scanned for email, we keep the original for 10 business days before shredding. Exams that are to be returned by mail must come with a self-addressed postage paid return envelope.

We have computers available for web-based testing. Our computers run on Microsoft Windows and have several browsers to choose from.

We do not allow testers to bring their own equipment. We will not install software, open executable (.exe) files or read from any type of media /drive/device. We do not save files to the computers. We cannot print files from the test room computers. We do not use RealAudio.

Mail exams to:
DOE Exam Services Staff
Distance and Online Education
250 Continuing Education Facility
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-0907

Phone (319) 384-4800

Fax (319) 335-2740
Email Us