Distance Education Exam Proctoring
If you have never required proctored exams before, or you are new to online teaching, scroll down to the Proctoring FAQ for more information.
How to set up exam proctoring:
There are four basic steps to having an online exam proctored:
- Before class starts, notify students that proctored exams will be required in your orientation letter and syllabus.
- Modify and publish to your Canvas site Form A: Exam Proctoring Information and Form B: Student/Proctor Agreement for students to review.
- If you receive requests for "non-CR" proctors, you and the student
will have to complete Form B approval at least two weeks prior to the
- At least one week prior to the exam, you must complete and deliver Form C: Request for Proctoring of Exam to all proctors (CR testing centers or remote proctors)
For a detailed view of the proctoring process, please see the Flow Chart for the Proctoring of Exams.
Please note that it is a good idea to pre-fill the course name, section number, instructor and dean names on Form B: Student/Proctor Agreement before publishing it to avoid student errors in those spaces.
Because information regarding the CR proctoring locations and personnel
may change without notice (such as the information found within Form
A), you may learn about a change before we do. If so, please note any
errors, omissions or updates you find and send them to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
What is Proctoring?
Test proctoring is testing overseen by an authorized person who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. In short, a proctor is a proxy for the instructor who oversees a test.
Why proctor online exams?
Proctoring an exam for an online class can help provide an environment similar to that of a regular classroom. The proctor can properly identify the student and provide the conditions and tools necessary to ensure the integrity of the exam.
What should I consider before proctoring an exam?
Proctoring can help prevent circumventions of the normal test taking
process. However, proctoring of online exams involves more work for both
the instructor and the student.
It is important that online students always have the option of taking
a proctored exam off campus. Many online students are remote from the
campus, city and even state or country!
The student must arrange for a suitable proctor, make an appointment
to take the exam and in some cases pay for the proctoring. The
instructor must certify that the proctor is appropriate and communicate
with each individual proctor to receive proctoring forms and provide the
proctor with test materials or passwords. The instructor should notify
and coordinate with the testing centers to schedule proctoring requests
Do I have alternatives to proctoring?
There are numerous strategies for assessment in online classes that
do not involve proctoring. Refer to the following for a survey of ideas
about designing assessment activities to minimize cheating in online
What should I keep in mind when I decide to have proctored tests?
There are two important things you must do if you intend to have your tests proctored:
- Clearly note that exams will be proctored in the syllabus and
online orientation letters. Include information on proctoring resources
and explain clearly the process for a student to follow to obtain an
- Allow a reasonable amount of time for students to arrange for
proctoring, including locating a proctor, having the instructor
authorize the proctor, time for the proctor to complete the Proctor
Agreement forms and allowing the instructor time to review the forms and
communicate the test password to the proctor.