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Getting Started with Examity

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Key Points

Here are some key points about Examity online proctoring of which both you and your students should be aware (see Communicating with Students):

  • Students are unable to see in Examity which security level you have chosen.  Please tell them this so they know what to expect during proctoring.
  • Students must contact Examity directly for support while they are testing.  Refer to our Examity Support page for contact information.
  • The Chrome browser must be used when taking any Examity proctored exam.  As part of the proctoring process, students will install the Examity Chrome browser extension.
  • Students' computers/technology will need to meet minimum requirements.  They should run the Examity platform system check (opens new window) on whichever computer they will use to take your exam. 
  • Examity uses room scans which are conducted one-on-one with the proctor.  Students should be encouraged to discuss any concerns with you.
  • Students must set up an Examity profile (their info, photo id, security questions, etc.) which is used for identity verification.  Even if the student has used Examity before, they will be directed to create a new profile in v5.  It is recommend that students set their time zone to automatic when setting up their profile.
  • Students will be asked to show an APSU student or government issued photo ID.
  • Students must schedule exams at least 24 hours in advance. Any exceptions must be approved by the instructor as a "Scheduling Exception" in Examity for the specific exam and student.
  • Students can begin their proctoring session up to 15 minutes early and they can be up to 30 minutes late for a scheduled exam session before they will lose their time slot.
  • Students need to submit/complete their D2L Quiz or third-party exam first before closing the proctoring session.

Security Levels

You have two choices for security levels in Examity.  Please note, Examity is in the process of changing the names of their security levels so you may see various terminology.  Refer to the table below for naming and feature guidance.

Current Name Former Names Features
Automated Practice Not Applicable For student practice purposes only; allows students to experience Examity and online proctoring and to test their technology; utilizes auto authentication and auto proctoring
Live Authentication + Audit Live Standard or Level 2 Live authentication, live review of exam recording, flagged violations with video, and human audit
Live Proctoring Live Premium or Level 3 Live authentication, live low-ration proctoring, real-time on-screen support, immediate intervention, flagged violations with video, and human audit

Security Level Details

Live Authentication + Audit

The Live Authentication + Audit security level begins with live ID authentication and a 360᷾° sweep of the room and workstation, ensuring any unauthorized materials are removed before testing can proceed. Once complete, the proctor will leave the session. Although a human proctor is not present, the exam session will be recorded from start to finish, and the Examity software will monitor the exam for any unusual activity. Upon exam completion, an Examity proctor and auditor will review both the authentication process and proctoring session. The recording and data will then be released to the instructor's dashboard.

Live Proctoring

The Live Proctoring security level begins with live ID authentication and a 360᷾° sweep of the room and workstation, ensuring any unauthorized materials are removed before testing can proceed.  The live proctor oversees the entire session, from authentication to test completion, and are able to provide interactive support in real-time if necessary.  The exam session will be recorded from start to finish.  Upon exam completion, an Examity proctor and auditor will review both the authentication process and proctoring session. The recording and data will then be released to the instructor's dashboard.

Practice Exam

Automated Practice exams allows your test-takers to get comfortable with Examity and practice the set up process before starting their actual exam. No video or flags are stored and the exam will not be audited.

How to Create a Free, Automated Proctoring Exam to help students acclimate to Examity

Online Proctoring at APSU

Distance Education provides online proctoring options for APSU faculty and students as this functionality is widely used in the online teaching and learning arena to help improve academic integrity and identity verification.  Additionally, student use through this contract ensures they do not pay any additional costs for proctored exams.  APSU does not have a policy that requires the use of proctored exams in online courses.  Use of the tool is based solely on faculty preference and their determination of the best assessment type and necessary security to assess individual student achievement of learning objectives.  If they choose to use online proctoring, faculty should also be aware that it may not be feasible for all students and/or create challenges for their students (some disability accommodations, lack of access, etc.) and be prepared to offer accommodations and alternatives.

Additionally, consider if the type of assessment warrants online proctoring.  For example, an essay test might not be appropriate for online proctoring while a multiple-choice test would benefit from the tool.  This will help achieve a balance between need, cost, and student success.  Please keep in mind that any additional technology in the online environment is another tool you and your students will need to learn and it can create technical issues and frustration in an already stressful testing situation.  Often, a good balance can be found by using online proctoring for higher stakes assessments such as midterms, finals, and larger module assessments.  

Regardless of online proctoring use, Distance Education encourages faculty to take measures with their quizzes/exams/tests that discourage academic misconduct.  These measures include:

  • Convert multiple-choice questions into long answer, short answer, etc.
  • Create question pools that will pull a random set of questions for each student’s test.
  • Randomize the order of questions and the answers within a test.
  • Shorten the test time to limit the amount of time students would have to search for question answers.
  • Reduce the number of questions per exam page and prevent students from moving back to previous questions. This can help prevent students from splitting up the test to share answers.
  • Consider changing the assessment type. Possible options may include a paper, presentation, video, etc.

Want to learn more about these options?  Email Distance Education at online@apsu.edu.

Remote Testing and Alternative Assessments

Remote Testing and Alternative Assessments

Resources for selecting, designing, and administering assessments in a remote learning environment.

Remote Testing and Alternative Assessments