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The UPTC administers paper- and computer-based assessments for specific university populations, as well as limited make-up exams, in a supervised location.

Instructors are advised to contact the Testing Center to determine if they are eligible for proctoring services. We also offer classroom exam scanning and scoring services, ensuring electronic delivery of results within 24 hours of drop-off.

General Information

  • Due to limited space and resources, the Testing Center only administers exams for specific populations of the university. These populations include the Office of Disability Resources, online self-paced CGS courses, and make-up exams due to genuine medical or family emergencies.
  • The entire testing area is under digital supervision. Footage is retained for 28 days in accordance with the University’s Policy on Video Surveillance.
  • There are 42 testing stations in the UPTC (32 are computer-based).
  • Two individual rooms are available for private testing; however, these are reserved for students with appropriate accommodations.
  • All paper-based exams will be kept on site for 28 days, then stored for one year off-site. After one year, the exams are destroyed in accordance with the University’s General Records Retention Schedule.
  • Instructors may contact us at any time with questions regarding the use of the Testing Center.
  • Students must provide a valid student/photo ID in order to take a test.
  • The following items are prohibited in the Testing Center: alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, firearms, knives/sharp objects.
  • Restroom breaks are only permitted if approved by the instructor.
  • Once a testing session has started, students are NOT permitted to leave the Testing Center except in cases of emergency. If a student has to exit the Testing Center, the testing session is immediately over and you will be notified. Completion of the test is at your discretion.
  • Proctors are not permitted to answer questions about tests.
  • Interaction with other testers can result in dismissal.
  • All personal belongings are stored in a locker while testing. We cannot allow a student to use exam materials without written consent from you.
  • You will be immediately informed of a suspected academic integrity violation.
  • Exams delivered through CourseWeb are password protected and timed.
  • If your course and course exams have been approved for proctoring at the UPTC, please send us a copy of our test(s) with specific directions and parameters (duration of test, permitted materials like calculators or notes, etc.) to tests@pitt.edu.
  • Tests must be received at least two weeks before the examination date so that we can format the exam for your CourseWeb shell.
  • For more information on tests in CourseWeb/Blackboard, visit the Tests in Blackboard Knowledge Base.

Hours of Operation

Days Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Exams must be completed by 4:50 pm)
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Exams must be completed by 4:50 pm)
Wednesday (extended hours) 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Exams must be completed by 7:50 pm)
Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Exams must be completed by 4:50 pm)
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Exams must be completed by 4:50 pm)
Saturday (limited hours) Noon – 4 p.m. (Exams must be completed by 3:50 pm)
Sunday Closed
  • Tests can be administered as computer-based assessments or paper-based exams (using paper/pencil, bubble sheets, or essay booklets). The type of exam and its administration are determined by the instructor. For non-University of Pittsburgh students, we can administer both web-based or paper-based examinations.
  • In the event that an emergency results in the evacuation of the Cathedral of Learning, UPTC has outlined procedures that will ensure the safe and swift evacuation of the testing population in UPTC.
  • All exams will be immediately suspended. Testers will not be allowed to access the lockers.
  • Our meeting location is the front steps of the William Pitt Union. We will record the names of the students and notify you of the disruption.
  • Students will be within UPTC supervision the entire time.
  • Once we are allowed to reenter the building they will be allowed to resume their tests.
  • Occasionally, time constraints will prevent students from completing the exam once the emergency situation is resolved.  In that case, UPTC will work with you to determine what course of action to take to allow the students to complete their tests.
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