Proctored / Correspondence Exams - NIU - Testing Services

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NIU Testing Services

Adams Hall 128
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

815-753-3701 (fax)

Regular Office Hours

8 a.m.- noon
1-4:30 p.m.

Spring 2018 Finals Week Office Hours

Saturday, May 5
2-5 p.m.

May 7 - May 10
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open during lunch

Friday, May 11
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
Open during lunch 

Proctored / Correspondence Exams for Other Colleges, Universities or Companies

Northern Illinois University's testing department offers proctored / correspondence exams for people taking courses at other colleges or universities who need to complete some testing or for people who are completing professional certifications required by their employer.

To register for a proctored / correspondence exam, read through the following procedure.

  1. E-mail the Northern Illinois University Testing Department ( requesting approval to take a proctored exam. Include in your email:
    • The format of the exam (paper/pencil or web based)
    • The institution or company requiring the exam
    • The length of time of the exam
    • An approximate time frame when the exam needs to be taken
    • Your contact information
  1. Wait to receive your approval email before registering and paying for your exam. 
  2. Once approval to take the exam has been granted by the NIU Testing Department, register online for an appointment. PAYMENT IS REQUIRED. 
    • The sponsoring school will indicate the time allowed for the exam. You must register for the correct amount of time for the proctored / correspondence exam that the sponsoring school indicates, not how long you think it will take you to finish the exam.
  1. Contact your institution to have your test sent to Northern Illinois University and complete any required documentation. The test can be e-mailed to or mailed to :

    Test Specialist
    Northern Illinois University
    Testing Services, Adams Hall 128
    DeKalb, IL  60115
    815-753-3701 fax

    • The sponsoring school, company or agency is responsible for providing the postage for returning the completed examination. If the school does not provide the postage, the cost becomes the responsibility of the student, and this postage must be presented to us on your test day before we will test you. Computer based correspondence tests do not require a postage paid envelope.
  1. When your test arrives, you will be contacted by our Testing office to schedule your appointment date and time (no appointment date or time will be scheduled without receipt of the exam or payment).

Important information about NIU, sponsoring school and student responsibilities:

  • Although every effort will be made to accommodate all requests, the actual scheduling of the examination will be made solely by the Testing Services office based on space availability upon receipt of the test. We do not test on nights or weekends.
  • We do not allow walk-ins to our testing center.
  • We will not store any exam in our files after the exam has been administered.

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