Testing and Test Administration
Undergraduate Examinations and Proctors
Most Guided Study (GS) and online (OL) courses, not including nursing, require a proctored midterm and/or final. Some courses have a paper or project in lieu of a final exam. TECEP (TE) exams and ePack (EP) courses require a proctored final only. All course semesters (GS, OL, EP & TE) are 12 weeks long. Make sure you are ready to complete the test on your scheduled test day, because once the online test link is accessed or the pen/paper test seal is broken, the test will be graded on the work completed.
Choose the Format of your Examinations
All course exams and most TECEP exams offer the Online Proctor Service (OPS) as a testing option. This allows you to take a test on your home computer while being proctored, in real time, by the OPS proctor. To utilize this option, you are required to have a web cam, specified computer requirements and audio capabilities. Our OPS vendor (ProctorU) provides test sessions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the exception of some holidays. The link for scheduling with ProctorU is in your course space. If you cannot complete your exams online or if you prefer to take the pen/paper version, you must locate a proctor and submit a Proctor Request Form by the end of the first week of the semester. Forms and proctor guidelines can be found at www.tesc.edu/proctor. The Proctor Request Form can now be submitted electronically.
Taking your Examinations Online
If you decide to complete your exams online with our OPS option, the first step is to log into the ProctorU scheduling site to create an account (http://www.proctoru.com/portal/tesc/). Take the WebCam Test to ensure that your camera, speakers, microphone, bandwidth, etc., are functioning properly. When you schedule your exams, be sure to select the correct semester so the correct test dates are made available. You will then select a date and time that is convenient. On the day of the test, you will once again log into the OPS site (http://www.proctoru.com/portal/tesc/), click on the My Exams tab and wait for the proctor to come online for the identity verification process. You will then be directed to open your test link by logging into My Edison (http://www2.tesc.edu/myedison/). Select the Moodle Rooms tab to access your course exams (OL, GS, EP) or the TECEP tab to access your TECEP exams (TE). If you are taking a course exam, be sure to select the correct link (midterm vs final).
Taking your Examinations in the Pen/Paper Format
If you decide to complete your exams in the pen/paper format, you may take them at any accredited college or university or at any public library. It is advisable to find a location close to your home or work so you have easy access on your test day, especially if you are taking more than one course a semester. Be sure your proctor is available for both the midterm and final test weeks as many institutions close for spring break and holidays. You can contact your local college or university to find a full-time professor or professional staff member (adjunct and part-time professors do not qualify) or your local library to find a full-time librarian (elementary and high school librarians do not qualify). We do not send examinations to employers, corporate training offices, members of the clergy, family members or friends. Students are responsible for paying proctor fees, if requested by the proctor. For more information, go to www.tesc.edu/proctor.
Students in the military who utilize military computers, or are stationed overseas, may encounter connectivity issues that prevent a successful online administration. For those students, the pen/paper version is the better option. Acceptable proctors include Test Control Officers (TCO), Education Services Officers (ESO), Career Counselors, base librarians, Chaplains or commissioned officers who are not in your direct chain of command. For more information, go to www.tesc.edu/militaryproctor.
Important Points to Remember
- A Proctor Request Form must be submitted at the beginning of each new semester only if you are taking the pen/paper exam. You can choose to take the exams for some courses online and other courses in the pen/paper format provided you stick with one format per course. So if you submit a Proctor Request Form, you will take both the midterm and final (if required) in the pen/paper format. Likewise if you select the online option.
- The Proctor Request Form can be submitted electronically. Find the form at www.tesc.edu/proctor and complete all required fields.
- No matter what format you choose, you must alert the Office of Test Administration (OTA) if you are on an official course extension in order to take your exams after the original semester end date. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 3 business days before your online exam so OTA can open the test link or 3 weeks before your pen/paper administration so OTA can mail your exam(s).
Taking Examinations at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ
There are specific test days during every official test week. All test administrations for pen/paper examinations begin at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. in the testing room located at 101 W. State Street in Trenton, N.J. To schedule a test date for your course examination or TECEP, visit IT Front Desk.
CLEP examinations are administered online. There is a two-step registration process that requires a student to register at www.collegeboard.org and select a test site. Available test dates at the College’s online testing facility at 167 W. Hanover Street, Trenton NJ are listed below. Send an email to email@example.com to request a specific date once you have registered and received your CLEP voucher.
Exam Schedule for On-Site Testing at Thomas Edison State College
|Tests Administered||Test Date||CLEP Registration Deadline|
|Apr2014 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||7/22/14||7/8/14|
|Jul2014 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||Week of 8/11/14 to 8/17/14|
Aug2014 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE
Jul2014 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE
|Week of 9/15/14 to 9/21/14|
|Sep2014 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||Week of 10/13/14 to 10/19/14|
|Aug2014 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 10/20/14 to 10/26/14|
|Oct2014 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||Week of 11/10/14 to 11/16/14|
|Sep2014 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 11/17/14 to 11/23/14|
|Oct2014 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE Nov2014 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||Week of 12/15/14 to 12/21/14|
|Dec2014 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||Week of 1/12/15 to 1/18/15|
|Nov2014 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 1/19/15 to 1/25/15|
Jan2015 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE
Dec2014 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE
|Week of 2/16/15 to 2/22/15|
|Feb2015 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||Week of 3/16/15 to 3/22/15|
|Jan2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 3/23/15 to 3/29/15|
|Mar2015 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE||Week of 4/13/15 to 4/19/15|
|Feb2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 4/20/15 to 4/26/15|
Apr2015 12-wk OL/GS MTs & TE
Mar2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE
|Week of 5/18/15 to 5/24/15|
|May2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP MTs & TE||Week of 6/15/15 to 6/21/15|
|Apr2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 6/22/15 to 6/28/15|
|Jun2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP MTs & TE||Week of 7/13/15 to 7/19/15|
|May2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 7/20/15 to 7/26/15|
|Jun2015 12-wk OL/GS/EP Finals & TE||Week of 8/17/15 to 8/23/15|
OL = Online courses
GS = Guided Study courses
EP = ePack courses
TE = TECEP examinations
All Proctor Request forms for the pen/paper version of OL/GS/EP and TE examinations are due in the Office of Test Administration by the end of the first week of the semester. Please check your course space carefully as all OL, GS, EP courses and most TE tests provide the Online Proctor Service (OPS) which allows examinations to be administered online from your home computer.
Students can register for TE examinations online through Online Student Services. Students who wish to complete the pen/paper version of their GS/OL/EP or TE test in our Trenton, NJ testing facility can view available test dates by going to the Test Scheduling System.
Students who do not have access to the web or who are on an official course extension should contact the Office of Test Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an exam date in our Trenton, NJ testing facility. As always, space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis so schedule exams early in the semester.
Visit Main Campus for directions to the College’s testing facility for pen/paper exams at 101 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ. CLEP examinations are administered online at 167 W. Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ. Visit Academic Center for directions to the Academic Center.
The College will be closed on the following dates during the 2014-2015 academic year:
- Independence Day: Friday, July 4, 2014
- Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
- Columbus Day: Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
- Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
- Winter Holiday: Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 - Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday: Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
- Presidents’ Day: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
- Good Friday: Friday, April 3, 2015
- Memorial Day: Monday, May 25, 2015