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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12854302498507236571 Nguyễn Vũ Long

    That's really awesome . Thank you so much !I hope there will be soon certifications for other exams .

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13834031023437650892 Dilruba Showkat

    It seems, the certification criteria has changed. Is this the only way? I don get it.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10289428726320013200 jitin

      the online certification criteria will remain same. This is an proctored exam and a different certificate will be provided who take this exam!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01614374733777793425 Adrián de la

    Maybe it's a bit more expensive than I expected, but it's a good step forward :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10289428726320013200 jitin

    It's a very good step for promotion of online education. Only it seems little bit expensive!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04368075801252813358 Harry Schaefer

    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!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04023345965276262944 nick traynor

    What happened to the education revolution? This favours the rich and is a step in the wrong direction for Udacity.

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

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03143662493207465786 Edouard Brasier

    Just booked the exam in London for 79 GBP next friday.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04536926329394861802 Stefanie Lück

      Please report how it's was :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03181005964892539050 B Coughlan

    That's an amazing idea!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16485689200940385288 Terzo incomodo

    Great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01387843902250062152 Androidiapp

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01387843902250062152 Androidiapp

    Its FREE, FREE for people with no money.and the only charge is tiny if you want to do a formal exam

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01387843902250062152 Androidiapp

    As I understand it its a multiple choice with no direct Python input

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01387843902250062152 Androidiapp

    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!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16731317745109661612 Ed!

      While I agree with your sentiment regarding a degree qualification, a Ph.D option requires a lot more than just coursework!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11926401636674560769 Jram

      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.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13615466069436504575 Malleus Maleficarum

      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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16207764642442926540 Wanker

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16207764642442926540 Wanker

    So 89$ is for the rich? Please GET a CLUE. It costs money to produce the courses and tests. If you can't afford 89$, sign up for welfare.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06343298687525876277 nimble

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05878303953204580887 Michael Littman

    The money does not go to the people producing the courses and tests. It goes to the testing center so they can validate the results.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15599592222414575932 Morteza Tatlari

    You're sure this is not gonna de-value the other type of certificates that Udacity gives (from employers point of view)? just asking!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07732497875403919372 rafed nole

    Do employers accept udacity certificates?Do companies recruit based on udacity courses?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02919053576995525300 Saddam Hossain

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02919053576995525300 Saddam Hossain

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08697984917216711745 Alexus Durwin

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

    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.