Public and National Testing

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We offer proctored/correspondence exams for external students or NIU students taking courses outside of NIU, as well as resources for national standardized testing to be completed at alternative testing facilities. Some standardized tests can be taken at NIU.

National Standardized Testing

National testing programs are standardized testing programs developed by independent test companies. Test scores from these programs are used primarily as admission criteria for undergraduate, graduate and professional school admissions. Students may take a national proficiency test before, during or after their enrollment at NIU.

Special testing accommodations for a person with a disability must be made directly with the testing company.

Proctored/Correspondence Exams

Proctored/correspondence exams are 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.

  1. Email NIU Testing Services at to request 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
  2. Wait to receive your approval email before registering and paying for your exam.
  3. 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.
  4. Contact your institution to have your test sent to Northern Illinois University and complete any required documentation. The test can be emailed to or mailed to:
    Test Specialist
    Northern Illinois University
    Testing Services, Campus Life Building 120
    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.
  5. When your test arrives, we will contact you to schedule your appointment date and time (no appointment date or time will be scheduled without receipt of the exam or payment).

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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Testing Services
Campus Life Building 120


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