Prepare for a PDF exam with ProctorU - Students

PDF exams are primarily used in Math and Engineering courses. Please verify with your instructor to find out if your course will use proctored exams in PDF format. Students need to have the following equipment in order to take an online exam in PDF Format through Proctor U. Students must have this equipment ready and tested prior to taking the exam.


Only touch-screen laptops are approved (See suggested models below). Google Chrome Books, iPads, or other mobile devices are NOT allowed. These models are not supported for the proctoring process. 

Recommended: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or newer (Must be a PRO Model) 

Other Acceptable Touchscreen Laptop Models (*Note: must include a stylus )

  • ASUS TAaichi 21
  • ASUS Zenbook Prime Touch
  • Dell XPS 13
  • Lenovo Yoga 3
  • Samsung Serice 5 Ultratouch 
  • Sony VAIO T15 


External webcams must be a gooseneck model or mounted on a tripod for proper range and zoom. Below is a list of suggested webcams that can be used with a tripod mount. Cameras with similar properties may be used with requested approval. 

  • Logitech Pro HD Webcam C920 (older models may also have tripod mount) 
  • Logitech HD Webcam C615
  • Microsoft LifeCam Studio

PDF Editing Software

A PDF editing software is required to write your answers on the PDF exam file. Suggested programs you can use to write over the pdf exam are:  Xodo, PDF Annotator, One Note, Drawboard PDF, PDF Touch, Acrobat Pro (use the one you are most comfortable with). The free version of Adobe Reader will not work. We also do not recommend using the built in PDF editing tools within Microsoft Edge. When taking the exam, make sure you save the file to your computer and open it with your editing software (not in the browser).

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