Instructor Use Policies

Please review these instructor use policies prior to submitting an exam request.

**Bolded items are changes for Fall 2024**

  • Only medium to high-stakes assessments should be registered. Please do not register reading quizzes or other low-stakes assessments.
  • We do not proctor paper-based assessments in our testing center locations.
  • Assessments must be delivered through Canvas. 3rd party exam providers are allowed as long as they are linked through Canvas and are verified by the instructor.
  • Multiple-attempt exams are capped at two attempts and students must have two separate appointments. Student notes are not allowed to leave the test center.  Please make sure students know to have two sets of notes prepared for both of their attempts.

  • Exams are approved on a 1st come, 1st served basis (this includes final exam requests).
    • Some exams may not be approved due to center capacity issues and/or non-conformity to the instructor use policies.
    • Instructors may be asked to move a requested time period to better align with testing center capacity.
    • The end date of an exam request is weighed heavily in determining capacity issues.
  • Assessment length should be no longer than class length, unless otherwise arranged.
  • Assessment length should be appropriate for the exam with no added time built in.
  • Assessments must be uploaded or published and ready at least 2 business days before the assessment opens to allow Test Center staff to complete a settings audit.
  • Instructors will not have access to change information (except for student restrictions on pre-release and make-up exams) after an exam has been approved.  Any changes must be sent to and can be administratively adjusted.

Exam Window

  • Assessments can be open anywhere from 2-5 days.

LockDown Browser (LDB) Use

  • Instructors must enable LDB link visibility on the Canvas navigation page if using LDB for an exam.
  • If you are allowing simple or scientific calculators, you must also enable this function in LDB settings.
  • It is highly recommended that instructors verify their exam works correctly before an exam opens, especially if using images, links to external content, or other media. Please let us know at if you would like to verify an exam works appropriately.


Finals Week

  •  The Testing Center has special extended hours, additional locations, and moves to a mostly walk-in only model with some limited appointments during Finals Week.  Please see our Finals Week webpage for additional information.
  • Instructors are highly encouraged to have their exam available the Saturday and Sunday before finals week.
  • Finals week exam requests are processed on a first-come/first-served basis.  Exam requests may not be approved or Testing Center staff may request you to move your the end date of your exam to balance capacity.
  • Final exam requests must be submitted by the end of week 10. Exam requests submitted after week 10 will not be approved except for extenuating circumstances. If capacity has been reached prior to week 10, exam requests may be denied.

  • For assessments being taken in a Testing Center location, the use of IP filtering is required. This limits assessment access to a testing center terminal.
  • For assessments being proctored outside of a Testing Center location, the use of a password is required. This password will be provided to a student’s approved proctor.

Instructors can approve online students for off-campus proctors in courses registered with the test center if a student:

  • Resides outside of Ames (or lives in Ames but but an exception is made by the instructor) OR has paper-based assessments

Students who are in Ames should use a test center location for their assessment, unless their assessment is a written assessment, or they are unable to complete an assessment due to center hours of operation.  Instructors are responsible for arranging a time and location to proctor Ames-based online students if using a written exam.

Terms & Conditions for Faculty

By submitting your assessment request to the Testing Center (TC), you agree to allow TC administrative staff limited access to change specific online Canvas assessment settings to facilitate the resolution of problems students may have in accessing assessments.

Settings** TC admins may alter (as needed) are:

  • Timer (must match RegisterBlast submission)
  • Display after/Display until dates and times (Canvas exam dates must be the same as your RegisterBlast submission)
  • IP filtering (to be used for all assessments taken in a Testing Center location)
  • Password (to be used only for external proctors. This must be the same as the password information in your RegisterBlast submission)
  • Due Date (to be certain it does not conflict with the Display after/Display until options)
  • Lockdown Browser settings including enabling calculator use

** – for Classic Quizzes; there may be slight differences in New Quizzes

Any changes that need to be made will normally be in response to a technical issue report that has been submitted to both the instructor for the course and the TC administration. Soon after any change has been made, the instructor of the course may be notified by email as to the resolution of the technical issue.  Test Center staff may change settings during a settings audit to align with Test Center policy and or previously submitted information via RegisterBlast.

Canvas Course Settings by Course Type

Below is information related to the settings that are required by the Testing Center separated by course type.  If you have any questions, please contact