Most exams are taken online in ODU's learning management system. Some may require a proctor.

Check your course syllabus or ask your instructor if you aren't sure what kind of exams are required.

Don't wait until the last minute!
It's your responsibility to make sure your computer is compatible, or to schedule an appointment to take the exam. We're happy to help, but contact us as soon as possible so we can make sure you're ready.


Online Exams

With a high speed internet connection, a computer, and a quiet space where you can be alone, you can take your online exam from almost anywhere. The tips below will help you prepare.

SmarterProctoring Pilot

ODU is piloting a new system that puts available proctoring options in one place, within each course, inside Blackboard. If your course is participating in the SmarterProctoring pilot, you can learn more here.

Exams in Blackboard

  1. Follow directions in your course syllabus.
  2. Review Blackboard Tips for Students (PDF).
  3. If your exam requires the Respondus Lockdown browser, review our Respondus LockDown Browser Guide (PDF).

I don't have a quiet space with high speed internet access, or my computer is not compatible with the Respondus Lockdown browser. What do I do?

If you live in Hampton Roads:

If you live outside Hampton Roads:

Exams with ProctorU

  1. Follow directions in your course syllabus. If you have any questions about the exam itself, contact your instructor.
  2. Review our ProctorU Information to see how the process works. If you schedule your exam at least 72 hours in advance, ODU pays the entire cost of proctoring!
  3. Review Blackboard Tips for Students (PDF).

I don't have a space where I can take my exam alone, or I need high speed internet access, or my computer is not compatible with the exam software. What do I do?

If you live in Hampton Roads:

  1. Schedule your exam with ProctorU.
  2. Reserve a space in the Learning Commons at ODU's Perry Library that covers your ProctorU appointment/exam length.
    • Room 2008 can be reserved by one person for proctoring use through the Open Room reservation system
    • These rooms can be reserved up to one week in advance for a maximum of two hours. If your exam is longer than two hours, contact the Perry Library Help Desk immediately after you reserve a room to see if the reservation can be extended.
  3. Questions about ProctorU? Contact ProctorU help online for 24/7 support.

If you live outside Hampton Roads, contact an ODUOnline partner to discuss availability of computer resources to take your exam, or contact the ODUOnline main office.

Proctored Exams That Are Not Online

ODU staff at main campus and ODU staff with offices at one of our partners' locations can serve as proctors. If you don't live near an ODU office or partner, you are responsible for following these three steps:

  1. Identify where you will take your exams.
  2. Schedule an appointment to take your exam. "Walk-in" students will not be proctored. 
  3. Inform ODUOnline about where you will take your exams.

If you're not sure if your exams need a proctor, contact your instructor as early as possible to find out.

Find proctor instructions based on your location:

Portable media courses funded through NCPACE:

  • Exams are administered and proctored by your command NCPACE POC. Your exams will be shipped to the command's designated POC when that command's education request is approved. You do not need to submit a Proctor Registration Form.

Portable media courses that are not funded through NCPACE:

Online courses:

Engineering Management (MEM) by Portable Media

Students taking MEM courses by portable media will take proctored exams. Depending on your situation, you may need to secure a proctor yourself. Please visit the MEM Procedures page for all the details.