Proctored exam for Intro to Computer Science now available

At Udacity, we know that our students work exceptionally hard to complete the challenging courses we have to offer. As the online education lanscape continues to take shape, we know that many institutions are not yet ready to accept Udacity’s certificate on its own. While we stand behind our certificates, we want to offer a pathway for students who need to take proctored exams to receive credit from employers, universities, and schools.

Starting today, as one certification option for our Udacity classes, we are happy to offer our first secure, proctored exam in partnership with Pearson VUE. The exam will cover basic knowledge of Python and Computer Science as taught in our CS101: Intro to Computer Science class. It will cost $89 and students should allow for two hours at the testing center, although the actual exam is timed at 75 minutes. Click here to sign up and find a testing center location near you.

Our goal is to offer several certification options for our students. For now, our certification, and the proctored exam with Pearson provide two options. In the very near future we will offer a third option — a secured online examination that will be less expensive than the in-person exam. Stay tuned!



29 thoughts on “Proctored exam for Intro to Computer Science now available

  1. You guys rock! Now when a kid shows the proctored certificate it will sure be easier for a student to prove content knowledge and to get credit for taking a course. Damn this is exciting!!

  2. Is there any information available about the format of the exam (such as sample questions) so we have an idea of what to expect? I imagine that Pearson's testing environment is different from Udacity's online Python interpreter setup.

  3. You can study for free!Totally free!But if you want an actual certificate you are charged a tiny fee to cover the cost of someone making sure people really do the test and therefore make the certificate worth something.You can try a major university and spend £30,000 a year or this option, they should charge more so they can offer more – the cost is tiny.

  4. We need more exams – make this a degree qualification, charge a plausible fee so you stay in business – say $800 to get a degree would be a bargain!Charge for every exam and a final paper to do a degree.Then offer a Phd optionGo for it and many thanks!!

    • some thing like 800$ won't fit with every one. In south asian countries ( and maybe in african countries ) it will be a big amount. that amount is some where equal to one year living cost to the most peoples.

    • My experience as an employer is that even a degree from a "recognized" university counts very little. I have hired people with no degree that perform much better than people with a degree, and people with reasonable good grades that were hardly unable to program a "hello world" in C (even their master thesis was done in C). At the end of the day hiring someone boils down

  5. THIS IS GOOD I MIGHT TAKE IT. IF JOBS RECOGNIZE IT, I WILL TAKE IT. WILL EMPLOYERS RECOGNIZE THE TEST?????????YOUR WEBSITE HAS NO INFORMATION ON THE TEST. No sample questions, level of difficulty etc. This is a very basic test, too. Can't do much with such basic skills. Also, no sample questions, so the grades are useless.

  6. HiThis is awesome. Udacity is taking a lead from other competitors (e.g.Mitx, Edx). Do you have any plans to offer master level courses in near future

  7. Personal Computer Technology is still one of the most analyzed areas. Due to its need universities have started Computer Science online applications. As with the introduction of online education people have signed up in almost so many different areas but still computer science online level applications are popular. The Personal

  8. Personal Computer Technology is still one of the most analyzed areas. Due to its need universities have started Computer Science online applications. As with the introduction of online education people have signed up in almost so many different areas but still computer science online level applications are popular. The Personal

  9. Wow..great to hear about the proctored exams :) Way to go. The certificate will hold more value with the Industry. However I am interested in signing up for exams for higher courses like Theory Of Computation. When will they be made available? Thanks for all the Udacity courses. You guys rock.

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