You can test at home or in your office. During the check-in process, you will be asked to take photos of your testing space, which will be checked by a proctor prior to exam launch.
Note: If your testing space does not pass a room scan, you are not permitted to proceed with taking the exam and you may forfeit your exam fee.
For additional details, we encourage you to review Pearson VUE's All-Inclusive OnVUE Guide to Taking Your Online Exam.
Testing Space Requirements
Prepare your testing environment before exam day to ensure it will be:
- Private: Choose an enclosed space that allows for privacy and prevents others from entering or even passing through once you’ve started your exam. Avoid testing near windows or glass partitions to prevent others from viewing your screen.
- Quiet: Background noise may distract proctors monitoring your exam session and could interfere with your session.
- Free from interruptions: Inform any other members of your household that you are taking an exam and cannot be interrupted for the duration of your exam.
- Well lit: Proctors must be able to see you and your testing space well. Too much background light (natural or electric) could create visibility issues for your proctor, so avoid sitting in front of a window or other strong light.
- Cleared of personal and preparatory items: Ensure that your desktop is clean and that you are not within arm’s reach of books, notepads, sticky notes, papers, pens, pencils, and other writing instruments/objects. Additional monitors and computers must be unplugged and turned off. Items on the wall with writing on them, such as whiteboards, should be erased or covered.
Your Mobile Phone
You may keep your mobile phone nearby, out of arm’s reach, during your exam in case the proctor needs to call you. Any mobile phone use other than speaking with a proctor is grounds for exam revocation.
When a proctor needs to reach you, they will call, not text. The number will always display as 617-379-0635, and/or caller ID may identify the number as “Pearson VUE.” If this information appears, please answer the call. If your phone rings and the call is not from a Pearson VUE proctor, do not answer it.
If you receive a text or other notification, ignore it and continue testing. If you wish to silence your phone, alert the proctor so they know you are accessing your phone only to silence notifications.