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The UPTC is a free walk-in service for students currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. We administer computer- and paper-based examinations for distance education courses, make-up exams for on-campus courses, testing through the Office of Disability Resources & Services, and can assist with off-campus testing when needed.

Please review the General Information below, and be sure to visit the additional links for more information and resources to help you prepare for your testing session.

Please note that all makeup exams for Finals Week will be administered on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19-20 (after Finals Week), not during Finals Week (Dec. 12-17).

What are the rules and regulations of the Testing Center?
  • Please bring a student ID or some type of photo identification to validate your identity upon arrival.
  • Please be aware that camera surveillance is in operation inside the Testing Center.
  • The following items are prohibited in the Testing Center: alcohol, controlled substances, firearms, knives/sharp objects.
  • Unless previously approved, restroom breaks are not permitted.
  • Once a testing session has started, students are NOT permitted to leave the Testing Center. If a student has to exit the Testing Center for any reason (including emergencies), the testing session is immediately over and the instructor will be notified. Completion of the test is at the instructor’s discretion.
  • Proctors are not permitted to answer questions about tests.
  • Interaction with other testers can result in dismissal.
  • All personal belongings must be stored in a locker while testing. Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks, bags etc. are not permitted in the Testing Center. The lone exception is if exam materials are pre-approved for use during testing (such as notes, textbooks, calculators, etc.). Instructors must inform testing administration of what materials are permitted in advance of your arrival. We cannot allow a student to use exam materials without written consent from the instructor.
  • Faculty will be immediately informed of a suspected academic integrity violation.
What are the Testing Center hours?

Typical weekly hours for the Testing Center are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 4 p.m.

Make sure you leave yourself enough time to finish your exam before the Testing Center closes. The Testing Center will NOT admit students 30 minutes before closing.

Prometric/ETS Center, G-35 Cathedral of Learning

Summer Hours:

Wednesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All times Eastern Standard.

What are the hours during Finals Week?

Please visit the Finals Hours web page for a full calendar.

How are tests administered?

Tests can be administered as computer-based assessments or paper-based exams (using paper/pencil or scantron forms). University of Pittsburgh examinations are primarily administered through the CourseWeb/Blackboard Learning Management System, but can be delivered as paper-based assessments by request. For non-University of Pittsburgh students, we can administer web-based or paper-based examinations.

Do I have to make a testing appointment with the UPTC?
You only need to make an appointment if:

  • A student registered with the office of Disability Resources and Services. Please schedule your exam via the DRS online request system.
  • A Pitt Online student.
  • A non-University of Pittsburgh student in need of a proctored testing center.

For all other testers, this is a walk-in service.

Is there a fee for University of Pittsburgh students?

There is no fee to use the Testing Center for students enrolled in courses offered by the University of Pittsburgh.

What are the evacuation procedures?
  • Testers taking a CourseWeb exam should “Save and Submit” the exam.
  • Testers taking a paper/pencil exam should flip the exam upside down.
  • All other computer-based exams should be suspended immediately.
  • Leave all materials at the testing station. Testers will not be allowed to access the lockers.
  • Exit the Testing Center calmly and meet at the William Pitt Union front steps, directly across the street.
  • Once we’re re-admitted to the building, you will be able to resume the test.
  • Instructors whose students were impacted will be notified.
  • Occasionally, time constraints will prevent students from completing the exam once the emergency situation is resolved. In that case, UPTC administrators will work with the instructors to determine what course of action to take to allow the students to complete their tests.

Evacuation Map