NCTA has established the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) as a means by which students enrolled in distance or other courses can take examinations required by those courses at a local institution of higher learning rather than having to travel to the original institution for evaluative purposes. All participants in CCTC must be members in good standing of NCTA and subscribers to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centers. Listings on the CCTC are restricted to institutional testing centers and are not available to individuals who wish to serve as a proctor.
Institutions participating in the Consortium will offer examinees testing, either through the Internet or by traditional paper-pencil means in a controlled, proctored environment. The Test Center is under no obligation to deliver all exams and may refuse requests based on time commitments, technical issues or other exam based requirements.
Examiners will verify photo identification from a school, employer, government agency, or other source, as specified by the test provider, by checking to see that the signature and photo match the person presenting the identification. The examiner will actively monitor the testing room but will not monitor test content unless instructed to do so by the test provider. The examiner must be responsible and competent to receive and follow all reasonable instructions from the test provider, such as timing the exam, providing scratch paper and pencils, etc.
The examiner will provide a quiet environment with acceptable test-taking conditions. The room should be dedicated to testing (but can utilize various types of testing) during the scheduled session and should have controlled access. Appropriate lighting, temperature control, and noise restrictions must be considered. Consortium participants should be subscribers to the Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centers. As subscribers they should be aware of and implement these standards and guidelines to the best of their ability.
All examinations must be scheduled by prior contact between the test provider, the examiner, and the examinee. It is the responsibility of the examinee to initiate such contact.
Charges and Fees
Fees will be determined by the examiner and will generally be paid by the examinee unless the test provider agrees to pay them. Fees should be set at a reasonable rate which may vary considerably by location and must be fully disclosed prior to testing.
The latest versions of Firefox or Internet Explorer are recommended for use. The connection should be fast enough so that computer and Internet performance do not impact adversely upon student performance in a normal operations mode.
Test Provider Responsibilities
The test provider will be responsible for specifying to the examiner any restrictions on testing materials, including books, notes, instruments, and other aids. For web-based examinations, the test provider will also implement any restrictions and controls on the software used to deliver the tests and will supply the examiner with minimum hardware configurations, necessary passwords, and all other pertinent instructions prior to the day of the examination.