Correspondence Self-Paced Course Policies
Most Texas State correspondence self-paced courses require a student to take one or two exams. Proctored exams must be taken in an approved, supervised location or via Texas State's online proctoring service, Examity.
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 exams and grading criteria, refer to the introduction or syllabus in your course. Exams will not be mailed to testing sites, administered on the Texas State campus, or proctored in Examity until you have completed all assignments due before the exam. You must receive official grades from your instructor for all prerequisite assignments before your exam will be administered or mailed to a proctor. If you are taking a final exam, you are acknowledging that your course work is complete as submitted. All assignments submitted to date will be factored into the computation of your final course grade, and no further submissions will be permitted.
Scheduling Your Exam
Testing During COVID-19 (Temporary Measures)
Correspondence students have the option of taking an at-home alternative exam or assignment in place of their traditional exams. The Main Campus Testing Center and the Round Rock Testing Center are still open for students should they wish to take exams at those locations. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Testing During Typical Circumstances
Courses will require one or more of the following:
- Exam(s) proctored online with Examity -coming soon!
- Exam(s) proctored in an approved testing center.
- Exam(s) submitted online without a proctor.
Some courses require both proctored exam(s) and non-proctored exam(s). You are responsible for arranging the time and location of your exam(s). Information about your specific course exams can be found on your TRACS or Canvas course site. Exam request forms for proctored testing centers can be found below.
For students who live in or near San Marcos and who are enrolled in a course requiring exams be proctored at a testing center, you may take exams on the Texas State campus, at the Testing, Evaluation, and Measurement Center (TEMC). To schedule an exam, fill out the Test Request Form available online from the TEMC website. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to set up an exam with TEMC. For students currently enrolled in Texas State correspondence study, there is no charge for this service.
For students who live in or near Round Rock and who are enrolled in courses requiring exams be proctored at a testing center, you 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.
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, provided that the course does not use Examity. 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 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 testing center 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.
Important: Examity is not currently available for correspondence courses.
Many correspondence self-paced courses have online exams that are proctored through Examity. This online proctoring service will give you flexibility to schedule exams at your convenience and take them wherever you want as long as you adhere to the course syllabus. The Course Offerings page is a complete listing of courses offered through this office and also specifies which courses use Examity.
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The first step to taking an exam is setting up a profile in Examity through your course in TRACS. Then, when you have completed prerequisite assignments, you will schedule your exam. On your scheduled test day, your proctor will authenticate your identity. As soon as this process is complete, you may begin your exam. You will have the amount of time to complete your exam as indicated in the course syllabus. When you are finished taking the exam, you will submit it in TRACS and log out of Examity.
Additional information about navigating Examity will be available in your course syllabus.