Test proctoring during the COVID-19 pandemic

To maintain integrity and fairness, it is important to have robust and secure test proctoring.

While many of us are most familiar and comfortable with traditional in-class, in person proctoring, mixed-modality and remote instruction delivery make it necessary for the University to provide instructors with additional proctoring options described below.

Proctorio

Proctorio is an online remote proctoring platform. The system is built around a locked down browser that can take control of the student’s webcam and microphone for audio-visual surveillance during the testing session. Proctorio then runs the recorded session through an artificial intelligence algorithm to detect suspicious activity. The instructor has the options to only use the locked down browser or to also integrate Proctorio’s surveillance capabilities.

Because there is a per exam cost associated with Proctorio, we request that you only use this option for high stakes exams such as midterms or finals. 

In-person test proctoring at the Testing Center

The University Testing Center allows faculty to schedule on-campus proctored exams outside of the normal class period. This not only allows the instructor to have more time for instruction, but also provides a secure testing alternative to the typical crowded classroom environment. The Testing Center has the capacity to proctor 4,500 one-hour, web-based exams a week.

The Testing Center can also help instructors arrange proctoring for students located remote from campus. Because faculty access to the center is on a first-come, first-served basis, please schedule your exams at least two weeks prior with the Testing Center director. 

Designing “proctorless” exams/quizzes

Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) has resources to help you develop your own testing strategies that may not require proctoring at all. TLT’s best practices for online assessment page describes ways to structure an online exam through WebCampus that can mitigate cheating and maintain testing integrity regardless of proctoring structure. 

Student identity verification

The Provost's Office has guidelines for verifiying the identity of students enrolled in your online classes.