To earn credit for the MITx MicroMasters® credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, learners must pass a proctored exam for five online courses. Proctored exam sessions are offered after the end of each semester. You can take the exam immediately after finishing a course, or you can postpone your test to a future testing session.

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. The proctored exam covers all the units in the course and there isn't an emphasis on any particular subject. Your best point of reference for the proctored exams are the homework assignments and online finals.

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 also recommend searching the DEDP forum, where many learners have posted about studying for the proctored exam! You can log in using your edX account information.

Proctored Exams on edX

Once you are authorized to take the proctored exam, a link for registration will appear in your MicroMasters dashboard, which will take you to the landing page for the Onboarding and proctored exam. Please note that clicking on the link will take you to the registration page. Registering for the exam counts as an attempt on the proctored exam regardless of whether you complete the Onboarding and/or proctored exam. Thus, you should not click on the link unless you are certain that you plan to take the exam this term.

Once you have completed your registration, you will be able to access the exam from your edX dashboard, like the DEDP courses. These exams will be differentiated with “PE” in their title, e.g. 14.73PEx - Challenges of Global Poverty Proctored Exam. Please use your edX dashboard to access the proctored exams. If you continue to click on the link in the MicroMasters Portal, you will receive an error message since the link is only for registration.

edX ID Verification Status

Please make sure your edX ID verified status is current. Confirm this by checking your status on your edX Dashboard. If your ID verified status is set to expire after the exam, we advise waiting until you’ve completed the exam, since it takes multiple days to re-verify your photos.

ID verification may not be available to you until after you register for the proctored exam if you have never enrolled in an edX course that requires verification. Since the DEDP courses do not require ID verification, you may have to wait until you register for the exam to complete edX ID verification.

You will not be able to take the proctored exam unless your edX ID verification status is current. You will, however, still be able to complete the onboarding exam and we urge you to do this while you are waiting for your ID verification status to be approved.

Onboarding Exam

The onboarding exam must be completed at least five days prior to the proctored exam to ensure sufficient time for review. You only need to complete the onboarding exam once and do not need to complete an onboarding exam for each proctored exam you plan to take. If you have completed the onboarding exam within the past year, you may not be required to complete the onboarding exam again. You can view your onboarding exam status on the exam home page on edX.

The onboarding exam is designed to help you ensure that your system is compatible with the online proctoring system and is a requirement for taking the proctored exam. It does not count as part of your proctored exam grade.

During the onboarding exam, you will be required to do a face and photo ID scan. The photo ID must be a valid (unexpired) government issued ID that includes your name, photograph, and signature. The first and last name that you use on edX must match exactly the first and last name on the ID that you present. Please make sure that your ID is clear and legible. ProctorTrack must be able to clearly read the name on your ID in order for your onboarding exam to pass.

Please ensure you have sufficient time to complete the exam from start to finish, including time for the software to download. It should take no more than 30 minutes total.

If you made an error during your onboarding exam, you will have the option to reset your exam immediately after you submit your onboarding exam.

Proctored Exam Policies and Procedure

You may start your exam any time during the testing period. Before starting your exam you must first conduct a face and room scan. You will not be asked to scan your photo ID again.

Once the exam begins, you will have 75 minutes to complete the exam. However, your exam must be completed by the end of the testing period. This means if you start your exam within 75 minutes of the end of the testing period, you will not have the full 75 minutes to complete your exam.

During the exam period, you will not be allowed to take breaks or to leave the room--so please plan accordingly.

During the exam you will NOT be allowed to:

  • Use a physical calculator. There will be an on-screen calculator available for your use.
  • Refer to notes, textbooks, or any other resources.
  • Use headphones/earphones.
  • Take breaks.
  • Use any other applications (R, Stata, MS Word, MS Excel, etc.) during the exam.
  • Visit any websites.
  • Speak to other people.
  • Be in the same room as other people.

You will be allowed two pieces of scratch paper. All pieces of scratch paper must be blank (i.e. not contain any writing), but can be lined, gridded, etc. Prior to the start of the exam, you must show both sides of the scratch paper to the screen to verify that the papers are blank.

You will be allowed unlabeled food and drink during the exam.

If you have any questions related to the policies, please feel free to reach out to MicroMasters Support at or the course teams.

Software Requirements

You can find the full list of software requirements here. Mac users using MacOS Catalina 10.15 and above should refer to these instructions to make sure issues do not arise.

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 team enough time to review exams and grade appropriately. In order to pass the proctored exam, you must score at least 50% or more on the exam.

Learners in China

Learners in mainland China have reported issues accessing Proctortrack. Should this occur, you can find instructions here that can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register for the proctored exam?

Once you have passed the online course and are eligible to take the proctored exam, you will receive a link to register for the exam through the MicroMasters Portal. You can find the dates in the Upcoming Dates document in the section under “More Info” on the right side of the page.

What grade do I need to pass the proctored exam?

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

Do I need to register for a time slot for the proctored exam?

No, you do not need to specify a time slot when you register for the exam. You can take the exam at any time during the testing period but you must complete the exam by the end of the testing period. If you start your exam within 75 minutes of the end of the testing period, you will only have until the end of the testing period to complete your exam, instead of the full 75 minutes.

How will proctored exams on edX differ from taking the exams through Pearson?

The format and content of the proctored exams will remain the same. The key differences are that students taking edX exams:

  • Must complete an onboarding exam prior to taking the proctored exam.
  • Can take the proctored exam at any time during the testing period (there are no availability constraints).
  • Will not have an in-person option for testing.

Please review the policies and procedures above for other changes.

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. You may schedule the exams at your own convenience and there are no constraints on exam availability.

When I click on the link, it says my coupon is expired. How do I access the exam?

Please access the proctored exam through your edX dashboard. If you continue to click on the link through your MicroMasters Portal, you will receive an error message.

Registration is open, but when I go to the MicroMasters Portal, it says there are no more exams available. How do I register for the exam?

Please contact MicroMasters Support at and we can assist you with registration.

How can I cancel my exam?

Unfortunately, we are not able to cancel exams if you have registered for the exam. We strongly urge learners to only register if they are certain they will take the proctored exam during the testing period.

I received an email from edX and Proctortrack saying I passed the proctored exam. What does this mean?

If you received this email, it means that your proctored exam was free of violations. It does not necessarily mean you have passed the exam and earned the certificate.

How do I request disability accommodations?

MIT is committed to providing access to qualified students who have disabilities. If you need an accommodation to take 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.

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.

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. Your grade will not be available on your edX 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, but you may need to pay again if you have exhausted your proctored 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

Fall 2021: starts Oct. 5, 2021
Spring 2022: starts Feb. 1, 2022

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