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Alternative Testing Centers

The preferred method for taking a proctored exam is through our testing partner, Kryterion, which has an extensive network of testing centers in the United States as well as many international locations. All Kryterion testing centers are staffed with trained and certified proctors to provide support for the secure, online testing network. These handpicked locations provide the convenience of widespread geographic coverage. Refer to the frequently updated list of certified testing sites for further information. To register for an exam at one of those sites, visit the exam portal.

Kryterion Secure Online System with SEI-Approved Sites and Proctors

In situations where a Kryterion test center is not available to a candidate in a particular geographic area, the SEI ensures that an alternative testing center option exists. The SEI created a program that enables organizations to host proctored SEI examinations using the Kryterion secure online system at their own site.

To participate, the organization's site must be approved by the SEI as a testing center. A proctor must also be approved by the SEI to participate. To enter the program, organizations or proctors must complete an SEI-Approved Proctor and Testing Center Application. This form must be received by the SEI at least 30 days prior to the first planned administration of an exam. In addition, requests to administer an exam at an SEI-approved testing center must be made via email to certification-info@sei.cmu.edu a minimum of 10 business days prior to the planned exam administration date.

SEI-Approved Testing Center Criteria

  1. Location

    • The exam delivery site should be located in a dedicated room that can be closed off from the rest of the office space. To avoid test takers being distracted by sounds of students talking and moving in and out of the classroom, the exam delivery site should be in a low-traffic area away from any other training rooms in use. The testing room should not be situated near an area where people gather, such as a student cafeteria or busy corridor. Site inspections by SEI personnel may be scheduled for any test offering at a site approved by the SEI.
  2. Environment

    • SEI testing centers must provide a distraction-free, secure testing environment with continuous candidate surveillance. The physical space available must comfortably accommodate candidates with sufficient space between test takers to conform to the SEI required guidelines.
    • The environment must be enclosed, clean, comfortable, smoke-free, of a comfortable temperature, and otherwise conducive to testing.
    • The environment should allow for minimal noise and distractions during testing.
    • The seating sequence for examinees must allow the proctor to have an unobstructed view of each candidate in the testing room.
    • The testing space should provide a separate area outside the testing room for checking in candidates. The testing space should include a work space for the testing administrator and seating for candidates who are waiting.
  3. Access

    • Adequate parking must be available.
    • U.S. sites must provide access to people with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Facilities outside the United States should conform to any specific accessibility requirements mandated by the country in which the facility is located.
    • Primary contact phone numbers and email addresses for testing managers/proctors and a secondary contact phone number and email must be provided. (See the SEI-Approved Proctor and Testing Center Application.)
  4. Security of the Testing Area

    • Access to the testing room should be strictly monitored. Only authorized personnel should be permitted to enter the testing room during a test session.
    • The testing room must have a mechanism by which the proctor can monitor the test takers during the testing period. This mechanism may be a viewing window, a closed-circuit television monitor, a video-taping system, or seating for an in-room proctor. All methods of viewing should allow for an unobstructed view of each test taker in the testing room. Use of a video-taping system requires that test takers sign a waiver consenting to be taped. (A wavier form is available from the SEI.)
  5. Storage for Candidate Belongings

    • Candidates' personal belongings are not permitted in the testing room and must be stored in a secure space. A personal belonging is any item a candidate brings to the testing center that is not either permitted by the SEI's policies or pre-approved for accommodation because of a physical disability.
    • Due to security reasons, personal belongings are not allowed in the testing room. For example, candidates could hide notes in a purse or briefcase or send information about an exam via cell phone. The secure space provided for candidate belongings can be any space in which candidates cannot access the belongings during the exam and in which the items are safe. If the testing center has lockers, the candidate may be assigned a locker and key. If lockers are not available, the candidate may place belongings in a locked desk during the exam.
  6. Site Management and Administration

    • Both the proctor and testing site are considered in the application and approval process for the first exam administration. Approval is not required for subsequent administrations of the exam with the same proctor at the same testing site.
    • There is no fee associated with becoming an SEI-approved testing center and/or proctor. Test takers are responsible for the associated exam fees, as provided on the SEI Certification web pages.
  7. Hardware and Software

    • The exam delivery workstations (PCs) must be placed in a dedicated room that can be closed off from the rest of the office space. Testing workstations should be mounted on a clean surface that is approximately 4 feet (1.2 meters) wide x 5 feet (1.52 meters) long with no obstructions overhead or underneath. Monitors or screen heights should be adjustable to allow each candidate to establish a comfortable testing position. The testing room should provide sufficient light for the keyboard while avoiding screen glare.
    • Candidates must be separated in the testing room. The testing stations may be separated using walls or privacy partitions, or by establishing a zone of least 5 feet (1.2 meters) of empty space on all sides. While testing is in progress, using equipment such as PCs (other than those in use for testing), printers, fax machines, copiers, or telephones is not permitted in the testing room.
    • The computer processor used for testing requires an IBM-compatible Pentium, 300 MHz or faster and 128 MB RAM, with a minimum of 500 MB available space on the hard drive.
    • The computer operating system must be Windows 98/NT/XP/2000.
    • The monitor must have a 15-inch (or larger) color screen and should be set to a minimum of 256 colors, with video display set to 800 × 600 resolution.
    • The work station should be equipped with a pointing device (Microsoft-compatible mouse).
    • Computers must have a direct connection to the Internet via dedicated ISDN, DSL, T1, or cable connection. Please notify the SEI if your network uses any Internet acceleration/caching software or hardware.
    • The system must have Internet Explorer 6.0 with all current Microsoft security patches applied.

SEI-Approved Proctor Criteria

  1. Proctors may administer exams at more than one testing site as long as the SEI receives a site description of each site prior to test administration.
  2. A number of people may be involved in the setup and administration of tests. These people may include regular staff of the organization and/or staff hired only for particular testing situations. However, only the approved proctor is authorized to administer the exams.
  3. An SEI-approved proctor must serve as the primary organizational contact with the SEI and is ultimately responsible for the appropriate administration of testing programs and scheduling of examination sessions. All individuals who participate in test administration must complete proctor training and file a signed SEI Code of Professional Conduct Commitment Form for Individuals indicating their commitment to the SEI Code of Professional Conduct.
  4. A proctor who is also an SEI-Certified or -Authorized Instructor may not proctor a certification exam for students he or she has taught in a course required for that certification.
  5. A proctor candidate must complete the SEI-Approved Proctor and Testing Center Application and be approved by the SEI.
  6. Once all documents are completed, send them to certification-info@sei.cmu.edu.

Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials. For more information about SEI training courses, see Registration Terms and Conditions and Confidentiality of Course Records.