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Academic Proctoring and Services

For Howard Community College students, the Test Center is available for makeup exams, online courses and students requiring modified testing conditions. In addition to academic testing on campus, the Test Center provides eLearning testing accommodations for students who may need to test at an alternate off-site location. More information about our academic testing and eLearning process can be found below.

The Test Center also provides support for non-HCC students needing proctoring services for other colleges or universities.  Please find detailed information below.

Regardless of whether you are an HCC student or a community member receiving proctoring, we ask you to follow the Test Center rules to ensure you receive accessible, secure and professional services.

  • Academic Testing

    Academic Testing services are available the following days and times:

    Fall and Spring Semesters

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays- 9:30AM to 8:00PM
    • Tuesdays- 12:00PM to 8:00PM
    • Fridays- 9:30AM to 3:00PM

    * Please note students will not be permitted to enter the Test Center 30 minutes prior to closing*

    Students must request that the instructor send their academic exam to the Test Center, located in RCF, Room 359. Academic exams sent to the Test Center are available to students without an appointment during general office hours.

    For testing, staff will enforce the exam deadline given by the instructor. Please confirm the deadline of the exam with your professor prior to your arrival. All exams must be turned in to Test Center Staff at the Test Center's posted closing time regardless of exam time limit.

    Laurel Testing

    The Test Center understands that students may take courses at Laurel College Center (LCC) or want to take their exams at LCC for convenience. The process for taking exams at this location is different from testing at the Main Campus. Please be advised that proctoring services are available at LCC on Thursdays at 10AM only. If you wish to take your exams at LCC, you will need to contact your professor and inform them that you wish to test at this location. Your professor will need to fill out a test information form and ensure your test information is sent to LCC. You will then need to contact the Main Office at LCC at 443-518-4162 to reserve an appointment slot.


  • eLearning Assessment (HCC students testing elsewhere)

    Howard Community College (HCC) understands there are students taking classes at HCC who may need to take their exams off-site at an alternate testing location.  In an effort to accommodate our students, the Test Center at HCC has implemented procedures to ensure the needs of our eLearning students and faculty are met.

    Student Responsibilities and eLearning Requests

    In order to provide the best possible service, please begin the eLearning request process early in the semester.  The deadline to request eLearning services for the FALL semester is October 15, 2018.  There are many steps and our Test Center Staff want to ensure you are able to test in a timely manner. Please carefully review the important steps below.

    1. Students are responsible for locating and obtaining contact information for a Test Center at a community college, university or college, or military base.  
      • We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you contact your alternate Test Center to obtain and verify the contact information required, AND so they will know to be expecting correspondence from the HCC Test Center.
    2. From your HCC email account, send an initial eLearning request to  
      • In the email, include the following information: Your Name, Your Phone Number, Course(s), Professor(s) Name(s).
    3. Await a confirmation email from the HCC Test Center with further information.  You will be asked to provide information about your alternate testing location.
      • The online form you will receive will request the following information: Proctor Name, Proctor Email, Proctor Phone Number, Test Center Name, Test Center Address
      • NOTE: all communication will be sent to your HCC email account.
    4. Once we receive your request, we will verify your alternate testing location and pass on the information to your professor.
    5. HCC Test Center staff will send an email when your eLearning test request process has been completed.
    6. You will be responsible for contacting your professor regarding the following: 
      • To inform them you have completed the eLearning test request process
      • At least THREE days before you wish to have a test sent to your alternate testing location
      • If you have any questions about your test
      • If there are any issues with your alternate testing location

    Learning Resources for Students

    Faculty Responsibilities and eLearning Requests

    Please encourage your students to begin the eLearning test request process early.  The deadline for students to submit requests for the FALL semester is October 15, 2018.  After this deadline, students will have to work directly with you to coordinate with alternate testing locations.

    1. When a student requests to test at an alternate testing location, you will receive an email with the alternate Test Center contact information and a link to an eLearning test information feedback form.
    2. Professors are highly encouraged to send test information and materials directly to the alternate testing locations.
    3. If you would like the Test Center to coordinate the eLearning test request, you must send an electronic copy of your test and a completed Test Information Form to three days prior to the first date the test is available to students. If we do not receive the test information in a timely manner, professors may be asked to contact the alternate testing location directly.
    4. Students are responsible for contacting you regarding all aspects of your tests. Test Center staff will encourage students to contact you directly with any issues or concerns

    Please feel free to contact the Test Center at if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to know the status of your eLearning test request.

  • Proctoring Services

    The Test Center is a member of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and is part of the Consortium of College Testing Centers. Proctoring services are available for individuals who need to have an exam from another college or university proctored at Howard Community College.

    Proctoring services are available only by appointment on the following days and times:

    • Mondays- 10:00AM to 5:00PM
    • Wednesdays- 10:00AM to 5:00PM
    • Thursdays- 10:00AM to 5:00PM

    No proctoring services are available on Tuesdays or Fridays.

    Limited proctoring services are available during our peak testing periods.  For the Fall Semester these dates include the following: October 15, 2018-October 19, 2018 (midterms); December 10, 2018- December 16, 2018 (finals)

    Please complete the following steps to utilize our proctoring services:

    1. Fill out the online Proctoring Service Form to set up the proctoring service.
      • Please expect to receive a response from a Test Center representative within 48 hours. 
      • If you do not hear back from us within 48 hours, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
    2. Have your college or university contact our Test Center at to provide your test information.
    3. Pay a $30 proctoring fee, which is due at the time of testing and payable via cash, money order or credit card to the Howard Community College Cashier's Office, located in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF), Room 213.
    4. Follow the Test Center rules.

    PLEASE NOTE: Your appointment is not confirmed until you complete the online form and get a confirmation email from Howard Community College Test Center.

  • Test Center Rules

    When using the Test Center, Howard Community College students, community members, and other individuals must follow the Test Center rules:

    • Present a current school or government-issued picture ID. School ID cards must have the current year or an expiration date. Government issued ID cards cannot be expired and must have a recent picture.
    • Provide the name of the instructor teaching the course. Provide the name of the course and section number. Know the title of the exam (example: Test #3).
    • Place all personal items in lockers, including books, notes, pens, pencils, calculators, cellular telephones, electronic devices, purses, lip balm, watches, wallets, and keys.
    • All pockets must be empty and cellular telephones must be powered OFF.
    • Please note that no food or beverages are allowed in the testing rooms.
    • Please note that once students begin testing, they are not permitted to leave the Test Center Suite without completing and submitting their exam.
    • Remove all listening or recording devices from your person. 
    • Remove all hats and head coverings, unless worn for religious or medical reasons. Regardless of the reason for headwear allowance, the tester's ears must be shown to a testing administrator in a private setting to ensure that no recording or listening devices are present.
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