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.

82 thoughts on “Udacity in partnership with Pearson VUE announces testing centers

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

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 &

  12. 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

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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 '

  16. "For the first round of exams, programming will not be included."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?

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

    • "A lot of people fail" is not always the same that "right people fail".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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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).

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. I doubt there are any testing centers in Cayman Islands, so this program will not affect me. Except for one very important thing:"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."I don't like this idea, the peace about job placement program. Why not giving

  25. 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

  26. 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 :)

    • 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 "target audience" 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

    • 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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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?

  33. 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

  34. 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

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