As the rise in distance education grows, so
does the need for distance assessment. Many online classes require
that exams be administered by a qualified proctor. Now, trained
proctors at UNC Asheville's Asheville Graduate Center can provide a
variety of tests, from post-graduate to professional exams. The
Asheville Graduate Center customizes its services to fit
test-takers' needs. Both computer- and paper-based testing services
"Online classes vary considerably in what is
required for assessment. We are ready to provide the testing methods
and conditions instructors require," said Nancy Williams, UNC
Asheville coordinator of professional education programs. "Once a
student contacts us, we can handle the details of the administration
of the test and allow the student to focus fully on the course
content, rather than tracking down a qualified proctor."
For local graduate student Jill Hale, UNC
Asheville's new service makes her busy schedule less strained.
"UNC Asheville's proctoring service has made my
life super, super easy while taking online classes," said Hale, who
has scheduled eight proctored tests for this semester. "The service
is very easy to use. I didn't have to jump through any hoops."
The Asheville Graduate Center maintains
professional testing standards and protocol. A trained proctor is
present at all times while the student is tested. Test-takers may
schedule a test from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Asheville Graduate Center's flexibility was
particularly beneficial to Hale, who is juggling a full course load
and other personal responsibilities.
"The staff has been completely accommodating to
my schedule and has worked hard to meet my needs," she said. "I've
had to reschedule a couple tests and they even made that process
For students taking test for course credit,
cost is $35 for up to two hours of testing. Cost is $50 to reserve
three hours of testing. For professional licensure exams, rates are
set and collected by the sponsoring testing agency.
To schedule a proctored exam, call Nancy
Williams, UNC Asheville coordinator of professional education
programs, at 828/250-2353. For more information, call the Asheville
Graduate Center at 828/251-6099 or click on