Exam Proctoring: A Quick How-to Guide

By Tyler Hansen | Oregon State Ecampus
Aug. 13, 2014

It's a fundamental question that students ask us all the time.

"How do I take an exam in an online class?"

Proctored examsThere are a variety of options, and one that Oregon State Ecampus instructors use frequently is called proctoring. A proctor is someone who supervises a student during an exam to ensure academic integrity.

That sounds simple enough, but how do you find a proctor in your area? What's the process of scheduling a proctoring appointment? This quick tutorial will answer those questions and more about proctored exams with OSU Ecampus.

1. So how does it work?

Your Ecampus instructor will inform you when a test requires a proctor. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to schedule an appointment with a proctor.

During the exam, the proctor will go over the exam instructions (as noted by your instructor) and act as a supervisor until you complete the test. You will then submit the exam to your instructor for grading. If the instructor assigns a paper exam, check with your proctor for their policy on paper exams.

Additionally, ProctorU is a well-respected online service that has its own procedures to ensure academic integrity.

2. Where can I find a proctor?

You have plenty of options when it comes to finding an acceptable proctor for your exams. Here are some notable possibilities:

  • Online – ProctorU gives you the flexibility to take tests 24/7 from anywhere in the world with a webcam. (Please note that ProctorU charges a fee for its services, and students are responsible for all proctoring fees.) NOTE: this option may not be available for all courses. ProctorU cannot be used for paper exams. These are mostly Math and Chemistry courses, but please see your course syllabus for more information and any restrictions.
  • At Oregon State – Ecampus provides proctoring services free of charge on OSU's Corvallis campus for students who live in the area. Sign up early to reserve a spot.
  • Oregon testing centers – Oregon residents have a lengthy list of preapproved testing centers in the state to choose from.
  • National College Testing Association (NCTA) – The NCTA is a nonprofit organization of testing professionals who work in post-secondary institutions, in companies with test-related products and services, and in other professional testing venues. Find a NCTA testing location near you.
  • Submit your own proctor – You may also select a local proctor in your area, such as public libraries, university or college testing centers, and tutoring centers. Visit the Ecampus website for examples of acceptable and unacceptable proctors.

3. Where do I go to submit a proctor for approval?

Once you have an OSU Network ID (ONID) account, use it to log in to the exams and proctoring form and enter the courses for which you need to arrange proctoring. Then you can select the type of proctor you want (off-campus or on-campus) and choose a time and date that works best for you.

4. How far in advance should I make a proctoring appointment?

Students should submit their proctor information at least one week in advance (preferably more). It will then take Ecampus a few days to process the request.

5. What is Ecampus' role in all of this?

All Ecampus needs to know is which proctor you plan to use so we can approve the proctor and send them the exam information. Ecampus serves as the liaison between your instructor and the proctor.

6. Can someone at Ecampus help me if I have questions?

Absolutely. Contact us at 800-667-1465 or ecampustesting@oregonstate.edu if you need help. You can also learn more online about proctoring with OSU Ecampus.

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