Proctored Final Exams

To earn credit for the MITx MicroMasters® credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, learners must pass an in-person proctored exam for each of the five online courses. Proctored exam sessions are offered three times a year, roughly two weeks after the end of each semester. The upcoming testing session dates can be found on the "Upcoming Dates" tab.

You can take the exam immediately after finishing a course, or you can complete several courses before registering to take exams. For example, you may choose to take all five proctored exams during the same testing session.


You can take proctored exams in an any of 515 Pearson Test Center locations spread across 109 countries. You can find your nearest authorized testing center on the Pearson Vue website, by clicking “Find a Test Center” on the right hand side of the page.

Find an authorized test center near you

Preparing for your Exam

To prepare for the exam, you should go through all course lectures and assignments, especially the ones you struggled with during the semester. As a paid MicroMasters learner, you can reach out directly to the course team through your MicroMasters dashboard regarding material you found challenging or confusing. We recommend that you watch a Pearson Vue Tutorial to familiarize yourself with the testing format.

The exam itself is 75 minutes, in addition to a 5 minute tutorial on the software before beginning the exam.

Pearson Vue Testing Centers

After arriving at the test center you will be required to present one form of original (no photo copies), valid (unexpired) government issued ID that includes your name, photograph, and signature. The first and last name that you used to register must match exactly the first and last name on the ID that is presented on test day. If you have any questions or concerns about the ID you are required to bring with you to the testing center for admittance to your exam please contact Pearson VUE Customer Service.

Click here to view Pearson's full ID policy

No personal items may be taken into the testing room. This includes all bags, books not authorized by the sponsor, notes, phones, pagers, watches, and wallets. You cannot bring your own calculator, but will be able to utilize the on-screen software calculators provided to you. You have available to you a standard calculator based on a TI-108 model and a scientific calculator based on a TI-30XS model. You will be asked to store these personal belongings in a locker at the testing center.

Exam Calculator

An online calculator is available for use during your exam. To use the calculator, you will click on the "Calculator" button on the upper left hand corner of the screen, or by keyboard combination "Alt-C". This calculator has two modes: Standard and Scientific. Your preferred mode can be selected under the "Modes" option.

To enter numbers in the calculator, you will use the mouse to click on the calculator buttons or use the number keypad on the keyboard. When you are finished with the calculator, you can close the calculator by clicking on the "X" in the top right corner of the calculator. If you close the calculator by clicking on the "X" in the top right corner, you will lose your calculations. If you wish to retain your calculations, you can use your mouse to click away from the calculator to see the question screen again.

The calculator is modeled after the Texas Instruments TI-30XS. For a complete list of features available on the TI-30XS, please refer to TI's Guidebook (290 KB PDF). When accessing the guidebook, you may have to click "Continue as Guest" in order to view it.

Additional Information

The graded results of your online proctored exams will be released within one month of the last day of the testing session. This gives the DEDP enough time to review exams and grade appropriately. In order to pass the proctored exam, you must score at least a 50% or above on this portion.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register for the proctored exam?

Registration will open shortly after the end of the semester once the online course grades have been determined. You may register for the proctored exam once 1) you have passed the online course and 2) paid for the class.

What grade do I need to pass the proctored exam?

Similarly to the online portion of the course, you must score at least a 50% on the proctored exam in order to pass the course. This number will then be weighted (60%) with your online score (40%) to create your final grade.

What kind of questions can I expect on the exam?

The exam will consist of multiple choice and fill in the blank questions. Should you have more specific questions about whether certain topics will be on the exam, we recommend you reach out to the Course Team via your MicroMasters dashboard and they will be happy to assist!

Can I take more than one exam per day?

Yes. In some cases, you may find that your preferred testing site is unable to accommodate very lengthy testing appointments on your preferred day. To avoid this scenario, we recommend that you schedule your testing session(s) as soon as the semester ends.

How can I cancel my exam?

You must cancel your exam directly through the Pearson VUE site. This must be done 48 hours or more prior to the scheduled time slot or the missed appointment will be counted towards one of your two proctored exam attempts.

How do I request disability accommodations?

MIT is committed to providing access to qualified students who have disabilities. If you need an accommodation to access the exam, please contact us at least one month prior to registration at

How are disability accommodation requests reviewed?

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodation requests are reviewed on an individual basis to determine necessity and reasonableness in order to provide equitable access. Accommodations are not a guarantee of performance or exam completion. Please note: Some Pearson testing locations and test times may not be able to support particular accommodations, so please make disability accommodation requests early in order to allow time for review and implementation.

How do I update my personal information, including name and current address?

You can change your name and address via your profile on the MicroMasters portal. Click on the pencil next to your name. After changing your name and/or address, it will take 12-24 hours for Pearson to be updated and for them to be able to schedule your exam again.

How and when will I find out how I did on the exam?

Your proctored exam grade will be displayed on your MITx MicroMasters portal dashboard. The grade will be uploaded within one month of the last testing day (but this usually happens before!)

What if I fail the proctored exam for a class? May I retake it?

Yes. The course fee includes two exam attempts. Learners wishing to retake the exam may do so during the next testing session, i.e. after the subsequent run of the class has been completed.

Can I retake the exam during the same testing window?

No. You will have to wait until the next testing session, i.e. after the subsequent run of the class has been completed.

Will we be required to use R on the proctored exams?

No, there will be no R programming required for the proctored exams.

Future Courses Dates

Spring 2020: starts Feb. 4, 2020

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