Correspondence and Distance Education proctoring

The difference between correspondence and distance education

Correspondence is part of distance education in which all the course materials are given to the learner via mail or electronic means so that the student can master the materials at his/her own pace.

Distance education refers to online instruction. It is formal, institution-based education where the learning group is separated. Interactive telecommunications systems are used to connect learners, resources, and instructors.

Test proctoring

The Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) is a referral service provided by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to facilitate distance learning. The purpose of the CCTC is to make test administration services (DEPS) available to students away from their campuses, particularly at educational institutions. It is a free service for students or others who are seeking a professional location at which to take an exam. All participating test centers must be NCTA members in good standing and are expected to adhere to the CCTC guidelines. In addition, the testing center must subscribe to and indicate compliance with the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines.

Testing Services is a National College Testing Association (NCTA) certified center and a member of the CCTC. This is you assurance that the highest standards of test security, administration, and proctoring are practiced.


UA Little Rock students


The specific method of test proctoring is determined by your professor. The options that are available include:

  1. Remote proctoring

    • If your professor has approved you to test remotely, do not make an appointment for the Testing Services computer lab. Since you will not be taking your exam within the lab, there is no need to make an appointment to use it.
    • You must review our remote proctoring webpage in order to navigate to the correct website created specifically for UA Little Rock. Additional information is provided regarding how to download the correct software, set-up, troubleshoot, and use RPnow (Remote Proctor Now).
    • RPnow is available free only to UA Little Rock students.
    • You are responsible for checking the Testing Services website for policies, prohibited items, ID requirements, etc.


  2. Testing Services computer lab

    • If your professor requires that you test within the computer lab, you must make an appointment using our online scheduler. Plan ahead as space does fill-up especially during mid-term and final exams.
    • You are responsible for checking the Testing Services website for policies, prohibited items, ID requirements, etc.


  3. Testing at a center other than UA Little Rock

    • If you are unable to travel to the UA Little Rock campus, it may be possible for you to find a testing center closer to you using the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC). If you do not find a center on the CCTC webpage, simply ask an institution, convenient to you, if they are willing to proctor. Be aware that most institutions will assess a test administration fee. This fee is not reimbursable to you by UA Little Rock.
    • UA Little Rock Testing Services must approve your off-campus proctor. Approval is accomplished through the “Examination Proctor Agreement” form. Follow the instructions to complete your part, then ask your selected proctor to complete his/her part, and return the form to us. Our address appears at the top of the form. It may be faxed, emailed, or mailed via USPS.
    • Ask the other institution about their policies and fee(s).




Non-UA Little Rock students


Testing Services must review the proctoring instructions, for your exam, prior to agreeing to serve as your proctor. The instructions should be sent directly to us for review before you schedule a testing appointment. You are responsible for communicating with your home institution regarding proctoring and arranging for the delivery of testing materials.

We do not administer exams that require:

  • Special software downloads
  • Timed warnings
  • Verbal instructions
  • Wireless internet access for an examinee’s personal computer
  1. Contact your home university to ask if you may test at UA Little Rock.
  2. Many institutions require that a proctor approval form be completed by you and us, and then returned to your home institution. Ask you home institution if such a form is required.
  3. After you have received approval, ask your institution to send us your exam and instructions using email, fax, or mail.
  4. Ask your institution how long it may take for your exam to be sent to us. If we do not have your test, we cannot administer your exam.
  5. If you are taking the Accuplacer, you must contact your home institution for an Accuplacer voucher. The voucher will facilitate the delivery of your scores to your home institution immediately after you complete the exam.
  6. Make an appointment using our online scheduler. Begin your appointment by selecting “PROCTORED EXAMS – NON-UALR”, which is the last entry in the drop-down menu.
  7. Complete your appointment and payment of our test administration fee.
  8. It is recommended that your print-out appointment confirmation and bring it with you on your scheduled test date.
  9. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with our test center policies, items that are prohibited, parking, our center hours and fees.

Testing Services provides pencils, and scratch paper (if allowed). Students are responsible for bringing any other testing materials that may be permitted.

Free and secure lockers are available to store all of your personal items that are not allowed in the computer lab.