Udacity in partnership with Pearson VUE announces testing centers

At Udacity, we continue to create classes that are available to anyone, anywhere, for free.  The next step in making the Udacity experience even better for our students is to make our classes count towards a credential that is recognized by employers.

Today, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Pearson VUE, a worldwide provider of testing services.  Students may still complete a Udacity class on our website as they always have. And now, students wishing to pursue our official credential and be part of our job placement program should also take an additional final exam in a Pearson testing center.  There are over 4000 centers in more than 170 countries.

Again, this is strictly optional and you can still participate in our job placement program without taking a proctored exam. The testing centers allow students to show off what they’ve learned in an environment that ensures academic honesty.

Each exam will be 90 minutes and will be composed of multiple choice and short answer questions.  For the first round of exams, programming will not be included.

There will be a nominal fee required to take the exams, which will offset the cost of physical testing centers and staff.

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We will keep you updated on testing center locations and costs, but, in the meantime if you have any questions about Udacity exams in testing centers, please leave them in the comments below.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16674315294756298103 angeliki

    That's a very important step! Hope to have a testing center in Athens, Greece!Congratulations for such great projects!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06652412822704838662 ialberdi

    Hope to have one in northern Spain, not only in Barcelona and Madrid hehe

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13962208142313370337 Leandro Rodríguez

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07083796852898421188 Raja

    Great News.. Next step will be recognizing all these free online courses for future College credits like ACE and CLEP programs :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08664798359599065696 acast

    This is so great! This shows how committed Udacity is to the goal of offering both low-cost and great quality education . Pearson VUE is almost everywhere. I took the GMAT in one of these centers. Keep it up with the good news :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03761102995466430641 Tom

    Udacity seems to be making all the right moves. Every week seems to bring new and exciting developments.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15549299601331106877 Joe

    It feels to me that while a more highly validated accreditation can only be a good thing, shifting into a more traditional exam model is a step backwards. If Udacity actually genuinely wants to change how education functions, validating qualifications seems to be a problem that needs to be innovated out of, not a problem to be solved by throwing a centuries old method at it.In the

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02645790922127710391 Mon

    So if I'm studying iOS development, I could get certified through Udacity? Could this work as a certification with a big company like Verizon?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03524838638755492441 Shaun Lippy

    While I suppose this step had to be taken, I agree with Joe's sentiment that it feels like a step back toward 'traditional' education. I know these things are complicated, and the current format will not be readily accepted by employers as a substitute for 'traditional' education credentials. However, as a hiring manager for Oracle, I personally think that the skills being

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18299821222976957571 Mary@Udacity

      "Kind of like how artists today take samples of their work to prospective employers; I don't think we do enough of this in the software industry."This is a really great point, well said. Thank you.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02472080745755163408 Paul

    I think this is great news! To Udacity model grow and expand, the activity must be sustained. And this is the first step to Udacity offers a degree of computer science (and other degrees) that meets 100% of the legal requirements for those who need them (for example, to get in a PhD program). But I still insist in this point: I think Udacity is a name that would be good for a platform, but not

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17178191980618403024 David


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04377024245114542172

    I love that Udacity is becomming something viable, I just hope that I can muster the will to make it through an entire course, as programming is very difficult for me .http://www.kzbs.eu

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09216403000599463072 Greg Linden

    I agree with Joe and Shaun that this is a step backward, testing in a physical location for a fee is an unwelcome barrier. If the goal is to reduce cheating, I'd think there would be other, more creative ways to increase confidence that the student did their own work, such as asking for forms of identification verification before a test of some of the material.It's important

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03458610534826422331 jkoz

    Would love to see the programming courses included in the near future.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13807456766940133432 Adrian

    Place some Test Centers in few cities in Poland!Cheers!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16198677955278814194 aiyoung

    100% agree. I view testing centers that make money off students who are forced to take the GRE, ACT, etc. As a leech on education. They charge large fees to students who have to take tests in order for the student to move onto their next thing (college, grad school, etc). I'm hoping that at least the test fee wouldn't be extravagant as it can be for most

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12382826243346643191 steve62742

    +1 for Athens

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13304692931812148204 matt1888

    This is exactly what was needed to be done to finally make credentials meaningful. Now students can show they actually learned as much as learning in a physical classroom setting. Exciting times! Now coursera, and EDx should look into this as well, but maybe not through Pearson.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09484840789471942406 Decepticus

    I'm not sure if this is a good thing to be honest, for the same reasons mentionned in many comments above. But in the end, what matters most to me is to acquire the skills, through the Udacity classes. After that, if I don't want to take those tests (if they're expensive for example), there are other ways to proove my skills to my future employers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00034176375124009302 kinitra

    And Thessaloniki Greece!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15620772330413424613 opetmar

    but there are no category for Udacity here http://www.pearsonvue.com/programs/where i can find if there are a testing center in my city that provide Udacity exams???

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18299821222976957571 Mary@Udacity

      We will keep you updated on the test center sites hosting Udacity exams. Stay tuned!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08062850427279063181 Norman

    One step forward, two steps back…I think Udacity is a fantastic resource, but look what you did here: right now we have week-long exams with some fairly elaborate tasks that should take you several hours in total (at the very least) to complete. And on the other, here's now the chance to get a credential in a 90 minute multiple-choice/short answer format. This is derided as &

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08062850427279063181 Norman

    To add to my last comment: I am under the strong impression that in IT it's more important what kind of skills you have, and your formal credentials carry much less weight. Sure, this may be less true for big corporations, even though the gentleman from Oracle above does give me hope that this view is finding greater acceptance even among more traditional companies.What does

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15011439271927806265 Kurt Van Etten

    I've been expecting Udacity to eventually do something like this, but I wasn't expecting it so soon!Will these exams be in place for the hexamester starting June 25th? Will it be possible to take exams for classes completed in earlier hexamesters?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04291890326458397020 Ringo66

    what kind of exams will they be? You wrote that the first round of exams will not be for programming.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05081975670793709804 aiamateur

    Will there be an option to take the test in either format? i.e, the current format for "no official credit" and the proposed physical test center format for "better accreditation"? I think both formats should be open to students

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07552651049832467926 Jayanta Debnath

    This is great! Hope we can find a test center in bangladesh :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07014143674358747295 Anonymous.

    Looks like they have a centre in India. This is great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15330377727413108182 JackNova

    You are driving a great revolution, I was waiting my entire life for this and I'm part of it since the first 3 courses offered by Stanford (DB, ML, AI). Now I'm a little bit scared of this move, I know you are smart people and you'll strive for great value but this still bothers me. I hope that your adventure will never be drove by market opportunities because I'm sick of '

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00301638523622121257 अजिंक्य हेमंत मेहेर

    100 % agree ! <br />Right move. <br />This is the only thing that is missing .

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11189800115760038541 Zifmia

    &quot;For the first round of exams, programming will not be included.&quot;Since all of the classes offered so far have been programming classes, doesn't that make this form of testing not terribly useful at the moment?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15620772330413424613 opetmar

      i don't think so….a lot of famous exams like Cisco are &quot;put the circle on the correct answer&quot; and even so a lot of people fail.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18236651159476771449 Stanislav Zholnin

      &quot;A lot of people fail&quot; is not always the same that &quot;right people fail&quot;.People who are good at making projects, debugging and making the real finished product can be at the same time terribly bad at putting circles on the correct answer. And vice versa – ability to put circles doesn't guarantee that person can write any reasonably lengthy meaningful code.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00098749703288428768 Unknown

    I think is a good idea maybe for basic courses. But i prefer the final project method or doing research assignment that cause us to really use the the material covered that allowing us to reference Udacity by show what we have achieved.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07320799661610867026 Marcio Gualtieri

    Accreditation is a particularly difficult problem because depends more on cultural factors than anything else. If one wants to cheat, one can cheat either way (digitally or physically). I don't think a human being is more competent at detecting fraud than a computer… :) But I would rather give my money to a University than a corporation (same approach as in ai-class.org, i.e., the exams at

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15620772330413424613 opetmar

    @mary…..okay thanks.@aiamateur……….both formats will be open to the student.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03761102995466430641 Tom

    What if Udacity continued to test as they have been to this point, and only those folks that successfully completed the Udacity test were allowed to test with Pearson VUE? It seems that would allow potential employers to know with certainty that the certificate was earned honestly, and it would only allow students that know the material well enough to pass the Udacity final exam to even take the

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05430484986023425206 mani

    I think Udacity course project ,online exam and Pearson VUE test is a good combination for a successful testing and verification of students for job purpose.Please do include mandatory successful completion of Udacity course before anyone sits for Pearson VUE test.I request Udacity to keep exam fee low ($100 for an exam will be expensive for student from a poor country like India).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13568073312177433085 Papadopoulos

    +1 Athens

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02376005171076484623 colgur

    Does a toy project hold any more, less, or the same weight as an open source contribution? Commit access can be tough for some projects but the oss project seems more lasting to me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01728644612168498976 paulwithap

    This is incredible. You guys are incredible.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12480783333097917353 Dust In The Wind

    Since most of Udacity's courses at this moment are related to computer science, i prefer the method for the final exam is a project work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06598087642527745083 dano

    100% agree with you Joe. We learn so much more when we can sit at home and take hours on the programming assignments and work through problems by going over our old notes, and I for one need lots of time to think. And I hate the current model of testing to 'show knowledge' and the way people like to see that certificate to show you learned something. But can the world really give that

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11916774206235598018 vikramsjn

    agree with the pointi think udacity class/course testing should be good enough – to have its own valuei am not very sure – but i think going this way is like going to the old model. this will result in not giving full credit to those who cannot go to the testing centers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11278640658952507882 Juan Marcelo Chamorr

    Hope there is a testing center in Perú! Udacity rulez thank you!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18236651159476771449 Stanislav Zholnin

    I doubt there are any testing centers in Cayman Islands, so this program will not affect me. Except for one very important thing:&quot;Again, this is strictly optional and only for students who want to participate in our job placement program or be considered for our official credential.&quot;I don't like this idea, the peace about job placement program. Why not giving

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11410825639428775958 Caleb Ruiz

    What's the cost of the exam?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01298980927875031104 Unknown

    I have no need for a PV exam but my son, who is also enrolled, might. I think that adding the option can only help.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04477133541501316807 Desmond Bellard

    Udacity has given us an educational opportunity at the cost of will power. We as Udacity's pilot students have the responsibility of proving Udacity's principles right. If the goal is to prove the weight of these courses, WE MUST MAKE OUR PRESENTS FELT. Knowing the problem isn't enough; Offer a solution. My solution is Create, Create, Create, in the name of change. Use

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16560289408958491429 Angel Gil

    Great Udacity Team… I hope to have one in Caracas, Venezuela.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18299821222976957571 Mary@Udacity

    This post has been edited to read: Again, this is strictly optional and you can still participate in our job placement program without taking a proctored exam. You do not have to take the exam to be part of the job placement program, we will support all of our students as they search for a job :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18236651159476771449 Stanislav Zholnin

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18236651159476771449 Stanislav Zholnin

      Hi Mary,I had some time to think my post over, hope you can deliver my idea to Udacity team. Here it is:As I understand, the main &quot;target audience&quot; for the website is college / university students (or just young man aged around 15-23), who are currently studying and interested in some platform which can give knowledge and based on their performance and knowledge

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15682158226401199629 ibnalmauser

      Hi Mary,Once again, I salute your pinpoint phrasing :) What really concerns me is how this will affect the ones who will be taking only the online course. But naturally, employers will prefer those who have taken a proctored test. And that may not be possible for every one of us.Udacity should ensure that the value of its courses in the market should not be

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12905890157795584948 Daniel Wahl

    Testing centers or not, the learning opportunity is what is important.Employers will likely consider the course work, (I would in an interview), it shows that the person is interested in learning and developing. If the person ends up incompetent then business has no problem making the correct choice.For me – close to retirement age – I want the opportunities for my own<br

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15083359852310707247 Chad Hunter

    There seems to be a lot of resistance to the Pearson Vue idea here but I like it. This is the same way that Western Governor's University delivers their exams. They are an accredited university and will accept courses that have been completed thru Pearson Vue. Unfortunately Udacity isn't (yet?). This will offer some portability to the classes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14537080620815540588 haiiyun

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07188298762124106687 AF

    When is your time frame for starting the tests for udacity courses in the USA? Are the tests pass/failed or graded?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07188298762124106687 AF

    Mary,You mentioned &quot;job placement program&quot; on your post. Is that in existence already or in planing stage? The &quot;jobs&quot; section in the Udacity website appears to be just jobs in your organization. TIA

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02280024086859577544 RAHUL KUMAR

    I agree with Stanislav. Lets hope the tests are not geared towards syntax and &quot;grammer&quot;, e.g. brainbench. In that case it will just be a test of a person's ability to memorize

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07838292068146701232 Shelly

    Thanks for sharing such a good news.. Next step will be recognizing all these free online courses for future College credits like ACE and CLEP programs.. School Management Software

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02802600850193113766 Altamount Park

    If you live in South Florida, there is a very good PV testing center in Coral Spring .http://www.facebook.com/PearsonVuetestingcentercoralspring

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09676385898508099227 Krishna Sampath

    Very interesting! Which classes that Udacity will be offering this coming hexamester will be using this optional testing? And will tests be made available for classes we have previously completed, or would we have to retake a course in a future hexamester to be eligible to take the test at a Pearson center?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14988451735082141306 Cseb Gkm

    vanakam mani,your also tamil ah?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11060978195930888714 Unknown

    I'm on board for testing. I'm looking forward to it. I think, currently, Udacity has a bit of fight to pick in order to gain relevance in the eyes of the current academic system. So, things like testing from an already recognized source for GMAT, help to put a dent in the current Academic argument against places like Udacity.I think we can already agree Udacity is helping

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16821886655437981273 Dribbledribble

    What about the free certificate? has that been done away with or is this for a separate certification?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17438268327870065692 Mohamed Ali

    Simply Thank You!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09678652600236696304 Sahil Jambhekar

    They have 5 in Mumbai m/. I hope to see them partenering with institutes like IITs etc to bring down the fee :) but cheers to this model , we can transfer credits for courses like MS/PhD

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09678652600236696304 Sahil Jambhekar

    4 courses in 7 weeks :O Woha! great pace!

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