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Distance Education Testing

All students taking distance education courses that require on-campus testing need to know the following:

Scheduling Guidelines 

  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
  • Appointments must be scheduled at least two business days in advance. Please Note: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are not considered business days. 
  • You can choose whether to take your test at the Chester or Midlothian Campus. 
  • Virtual appointments are now available - subject to the instructor's approval. 
  • Your instructor will give you specific testing requirements and let you know when your test must be taken. However, keep in mind that the Testing Services Department may not be administering tests every day during this period. For example, the testing centers are closed on Sundays.
  • Students are required to schedule an appointment through the Testing Services System.
  • No test will be given after the test date specified without written authorization from your instructor.
  • All tests must conclude by the Testing Center’s designated closing time. It is your responsibility to schedule your test with enough time to finish your test before closing.

What to Bring

  • A photo ID is required for all testing.
  • Ask your instructor about what is required for your test. Pens, pencils, and scratch paper are provided.  Calculators, scantron forms, and headphones are limited and provided as-needed basis. 

To schedule a test, submit an appointment request


Due to Covid-19, the primary mode of testing will be given through Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser.

Respondus is an academic technology company that provides assessment tools for learning systems.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system to prevent students from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. 

Respondus Monitor is an automated proctoring feature that can be turned on when using the LockDown Browser that uses a student’s webcam and video analytics to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams.

Getting started with Respondus

Additional Resources

If you need a computer with Respondus Monitor, go to “Open Spaces”.


Zoom is a web conferencing tool that can assist with the live proctoring of exams.  

Preparing for your Zoom Test Session


Quick Reminders: 

➢ Go to the Zoom website, download and install the latest version of Zoom:

➢ To check that Zoom was set up correctly, click here: Please familiarize yourself with Zoom features.

➢ Complete all technical configuration before signing into Zoom and starting your exam. You can test your internet connection speed by visiting Zoom's suggested third-party bandwidth tester, Speedtest


To schedule a virtually proctored test via ProctorU, please consult with your instructor for further instructions.

Non-JTCC Students

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, we are currently not accepting requests from non-JTCC students. 

The Testing Center offers limited services to non-John Tyler Community College students. Students from other community colleges in Virginia may take proctored exams for online courses at the John Tyler Midlothian and Chester Testing Centers with prior approval. The total number of proctored tests per course may need to be limited. If you are a non-JTCC student, submit this appointment request.

Please feel free to email us at if you need further information.


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