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, you will have the option to complete the onboarding exam via your MicroMasters dashboard. After completing the onboarding exam, 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.

Onboarding Exam

You must complete and pass an onboarding exam prior to taking the proctored exam. Immediately after the online course has ended, you will have one week to complete the onboarding exam, which you can take at any time that is convenient for you.

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.

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 it. 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.

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.

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.

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 have the option to take the onboarding exam. Completing the onboarding exam is sufficient for registering for the proctored exam.

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.

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.

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. 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

Fall 2020: starts Sept. 8, 2020
Spring 2021: starts Feb. 9, 2021

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