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The University of Pittsburgh Testing Center is operating in a modified status at this time to align with the University’s health and safety guidelines. Due to limitations on building access, we are only administering exams for Pitt courses at this time. Please contact us at or 412-624-7215 with any questions. Please continue to visit our Assessment Strategies webpage on a regular basis for information about alternative forms of assessment. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

The UPTC is a free walk-in service for students currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. We administer computer- and paper-based examinations for distance education courses, make-up exams for on-campus courses, testing through the Office of Disability Resources & Services, and can assist with off-campus testing when needed.

Please review the General Information below, and be sure to visit the additional links for more information and resources to help you prepare for your testing session.

For information on our schedule for Finals Week, please visit our Finals Week Schedule.

General Information

  • Please bring a valid student ID or some type of photo identification to validate your identity upon arrival.
  • The entire testing area is under digital supervision. Footage is retained for 28 days in accordance with the University’s Policy on Video Surveillance.
  • 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 the instructor will be notified. Completion of the test is at the instructor’s discretion.
  • Proctors are not permitted to answer questions about tests.
  • Interaction with other testers can result in dismissal.
  • All personal belongings must be stored in a locker while testing. Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks, bags etc. are not permitted in the Testing Center. The lone exception is if exam materials are pre-approved for use during testing (such as notes, textbooks, calculators, etc.). Instructors must inform testing administration of what materials are permitted in advance of your arrival. We cannot allow a student to use exam materials without written consent from the instructor.
  • Faculty will be immediately informed of a suspected academic integrity violation.

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.

You only need to make an appointment if:

  • A student registered with the office of Disability Resources and Services. Please schedule your exam via the DRS online request system.
  • A Pitt Online student.
  • A non-University of Pittsburgh student in need of a proctored testing center.

For all other testers, this is a walk-in service.

There is no fee to use the Testing Center for students enrolled in courses offered by the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Testers taking a Canvas exam should “Save and Submit” the exam.
  • Testers taking a paper/pencil exam should flip the exam upside down.
  • All other computer-based exams should be suspended immediately.
  • Leave all materials at the testing station. Testers will not be allowed to access the lockers.
  • Exit the Testing Center calmly and meet at the William Pitt Union front steps, directly across the street.
  • Once we’re re-admitted to the building, you will be able to resume the test.
  • Occasionally, time constraints will prevent students from completing the exam once the emergency situation is resolved. In that case, Testing Center administrators will work with the instructors to determine what course of action to take to allow the students to complete their tests.

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