Online Testing and Proctored Exams

Your instructor may choose to use EXAMITY® for remote online test proctoring. You may access Examity directly from Blackboard, without the hassle of another username and password - Using Examity with Blackboard Quick Guide

Technical Support:

24/7 Technical Support at 1-855-Examity

support@examity.com

Prepare for and Take an Online Exam

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  • Read instructions and ask questions before the exam.
  • Plan for a quiet location with minimum distractions.
  • Plan for the time necessary to complete the test.  If interrupted you may not be able to get back into the exam.
  • If your exam is proctored – be sure to confirm arrangements ahead of time.
  • Make sure that your computer is technically capable and has the appropriate connection speed.
  • Use a compatible browser, such as Firefox.
  • Disable pop-up blockers on your computer – they may prevent you from saving your answers.  
  • If you have a firewall on your computer – temporarily disable it or take exam at a non-firewalled location.
  • Update your java script at java.com
  • Re-boot your computer before your start the exam to make sure there are no background processes such as software updates or virus scans that may interfere with your exam.
  • Keep track of time – watch the timer if your instructor enabled it.
  • Save your individual answers frequently; Blackboard will time out after a period of inactivity.
  • Review your results in My Grades or clicking the exam link again.
  • Do NOT take your exam on a mobile device.  Such devices may not support java script and the questions may not display correctly. Phone calls or other notifications may interrupt the exam and the exam may close as a result.don't sign
  • Do NOT take an exam over Wi-Fi – it is an unstable internet environment and you may lose connection with your exam. 
  • Do NOT have any other browser windows or other programs open.
  • Do NOT click back, refresh, or forward arrows or re-size yourbrowser. Use navigation provided in the test.
  • Do NOT wait until the last moment to take the test should technical issues arise.
  • Do NOT press ENTER to complete the exam. Click SUBMIT button. Blackboard will display a message confirming your submission.

Proctored Examinations

Your instructor may require the use of proctors for tests, meaning that you will need a supervisor to administer designated tests.  Test-proctoring involves third party charges to students. These charges may range from $1 - $50.00 per exam. Students may be required to schedule tests at least 24 hours in advance or incur late scheduling charges. All costs for test-proctoring are the student's responsibility. Students may also be responsible for providing a webcam to be used in test-proctoring.

Possible test-proctoring options:

  • Examity - online test-proctoring software
  • Individual test sites for proctored tests

Online Test Proctoring with Examity

Your instructor may choose to use EXAMITY® for remote online test proctoring. You may access Examity directly from Blackboard, without the hassle of another username and password - Using Examity with Blackboard Quick Guide

To use Examity®, you will need to make sure you meet the following technical requirements:

  • You have access to a computer with a webcam and a microphone (both built-in and external are fine). 
  • This computer has sufficient internet speed: at least 700KBPS upload and download speed. You can test your internet speed at http://www.speedtest.net.
  • You can disable the pop-up blocker on this computer to connect to live proctor.

All costs for exams are the responsibility of the student.

  • Students pay Examity® directly for the proctoring service.  
  • Exam-proctoring charges may range from $1 - $31.50 per exam. 
    • The cost of taking an exam with Examity varies based on the length of the exam, the level of proctoring required by the instructor, and how soon the exam will take place.  
  • Students are advised to schedule exams at least 24 hours in advanceor incur late scheduling charges.
  • Cancellations or changes within 24 hours of an examination will result in a $5.00 charge per occurrence. 
    • Set up time (expected to be less than ten minutes) will not be included in the examination time.
  • Full payment will be required for any no-shows. 
Examity Online Proctoring Solution Student Validation Process

Test Sites for Proctored Tests

You may have to find a test site for online test proctoring. Below are some suggestions:

We do not want you to think that this is an inclusive list. These are simply resources for finding test sites for proctored exams. You can go online to find others. This is just a helpful start.

1. TAMU-CC Office of Academic Testing.

2. Testing Centers in Texas - http://cms.texes-ets.org/cat/testcenters/#Region2

3. Testing Centers at universities, colleges, schools -

  • National College Testing Association is dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs, including issues relating to test administration, test development, test scoring and assessment  http://www.ncta-testing.org/cctc/find.php
      
  • Kryterion Testing Centers - A global network of High-stakes Online Secured Testing (HOST) locations through strategic partnerships with professional organizations such as colleges and universities, and testing and training companies - Kryterion Online

4. Participating libraries, Sylvan Learning Centers, etc.

5. Individual proctors, if your instructor approves 

- Supervisors, directors, military officers, law enforcement officers, judges, deans and department chairs, school administrators and teachers.

- Proctors MAY NOT BE relatives, friends, other students, or persons residing at the same address.

     All costs for exams are the responsibility of the student.