Correspondence Self-Paced Course Policies
Most Texas State correspondence self-paced courses require a student to take one or two exams. Because exams are the primary indicator of your mastery of a correspondence self-paced course, all exams must be taken in an approved, supervised location.
If your course has a cumulative final exam, you must score 60 percent or higher on that exam to pass the course. For courses in which the final exam is not cumulative, the average grade on all exams must be at least 60 percent for you to pass the course.
For an explanation of a specific course’s grading criteria, refer to the "Introduction" or "Syllabus" in your course. Exams will not be mailed to testing sites or administered on the Texas State campus until we have received all assignments due before the exam and received any exams previously administered for the course. If you submit assignments online or if specifically required for your course, the Office of Distance and Extended Learning must receive official grades from your instructor for all prerequisite assignments before your exam will be mailed to a proctor or administered. If you are taking a final exam, you are acknowledging that your course work is complete as submitted. All assignments received by your instructor to date will be factored into the computation of your final course grade, and no further submissions will be permitted.
Scheduling Your Exam
You are responsible for arranging the time and location of your exam(s). Exam request forms and instructions for enlisting a proctor and scheduling an exam are available on the course TRACS site (for online courses) or in the study guide (for print-based courses).
Testing on the San Marcos Campus
Students who live in or near San Marcos must take exams on the Texas State campus, at the Testing, Research-Support, and Evaluation Center (TREC). To schedule an exam, fill out the Test Request Form available online from the TREC website. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to set up an exam with TREC. For students currently enrolled in Texas State correspondence study, there is no charge for this service.
Testing on the Round Rock Campus
Students who live in or near Round Rock may take exams at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus Testing Center. To schedule an exam, fill out the Test Request Form available online from the Round Rock Campus Testing Center website. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to set up an exam at this location. For students currently enrolled in Texas State correspondence study, there is no charge for this service.
Testing away from the San Marcos or Round Rock Campus
The vast majority of students enrolled in correspondence study at Texas State take other courses at the university and live within the Central Texas region. Students who do not live near San Marcos or Round Rock may use other testing sites. However, the Office of Distance and Extended Learning must approve sites in advance. If you reside in Texas, consult Testing Sites in Texas for a partial list.
Proctors may be located in other correspondence or independent study offices and in college testing centers or private testing centers. Librarians and military educational service officers may also act as exam proctors. You are responsible for paying any proctor fees required at the location you choose. Out-of-country students may contact the closest U.S. school or embassy. If you need assistance locating an acceptable site, you may contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning for assistance. The Office of Distance and Extended Learning reserves the right to reject any exam proctor.
Any student taking an exam at a location other than a Texas State testing center should allow five additional weeks to meet any deadline. The Office of Distance and Extended Learning will send an exam to another location only after receiving a completed Exam Request Form for Off-Campus Testing, verifying the proctor and testing site, receiving all assignments (and receiving grades from the instructor if specifically required for the course), and receiving from your proctor any exam previously taken. If the chosen exam site charges a fee for administering the test, it is your responsibility to pay the fee. Regardless of location, you must present a valid photo ID before you will be allowed to take an exam.
If you need assistance completing this form, please call the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at 512-245-2322 or 800-511-8656.