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.


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. Please review online course proctoring methods, or view your course syllabus.

Non-UA Little Rock Students

Testing Services must review the proctoring instructions, for your exam, prior to agreeing to serve as your proctor. Your request must be approved before you may schedule an appointment.

You are responsible for communicating with your home institution regarding all arrangements including the delivery of your testing materials no less than 7 working days, prior to your scheduled appointment.

We do not administer exams that require:

  • Special software downloads
  • Verbal instructions during the exam
  • 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. All forms, test instructions, and exams must be received no less than 7 working days prior to your exam.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Testing Services
2801 South University Ave., SSC 315
Little Rock, AR 72204

501-916-3198 (main)
501-916-3096 (fax) (email)

  • Inform your institution that we must receive your exam and instructions no less than 7 days prior to your appointment date.
  • 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.
  • Make an appointment using our online scheduler. Begin your appointment by selecting “PROCTORED EXAMS – NON-UA Little Rock”, which is the last entry in the drop-down menu.
  • Complete your appointment and payment of our test administration fee.
  • It is recommended that you print-out your appointment confirmation and bring it with you on your scheduled test date.
  • 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.