Exam Proctoring


Student taking examSome of your online courses require you to take online proctored exams. Your instructor will indicate this requirement via the course catalog, course syllabus, a Canvas announcement, or an email.

What is a proctor and why do I need one?

Instructors determine whether proctored exams are required for their course. A proctor supervises you while taking an exam to ensure academic integrity. Here is additional information about proctoring guidelines.

Online proctoring

Online proctors require the use of a webcam and microphone to monitor the testing environment and screen share to monitor your exam. Online proctors will take security measures, including a scan of your testing environment and photo ID check. Online proctoring is only allowed by online proctoring services that have been vetted and approved by Oregon State University. OSU Ecampus courses that require proctored exams provide free online proctoring through Proctorio and no scheduling is needed.

Proctorio is an on-demand, automated online proctor that can be used by downloading one of its supported browser extensions, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Proctorio support is available for test takers 24/7 via live chat. For additional information on Proctorio, please review the Proctorio Q&A for students webpage.

If you are unable or do not want to use Proctorio, notify your instructor and ecampustesting@oregonstate.edu immediately. OSU will work with you to understand your concerns. OSU may approve alternative testing options, such as use of an acceptable in-person proctor in your area. You will be responsible for locating an acceptable in-person proctor and paying any associated proctoring fees. Please review a list of Oregon Testing Centers that are preapproved, in-person proctors. In-person proctors must monitor exams in person, not remotely, and be verified and approved by Ecampus Testing.

After notifying Ecampus Testing that you are unable or do not want to use the provided online proctoring, it can take 1-2 business days before the course is available on our exams and proctoring form for you to submit an in-person proctor request. Follow the steps below to submit your proctor request at least two weeks before your first exam. New proctor requests must be submitted by Friday of Week 9 to be reviewed for final exams.

  1. Log in to the exams and proctoring form.
  2. Review and edit your contact information.
  3. Select or input your proctor(s) information and exams, and then submit
  4. Review your proctor(s) and exam(s). This step shows if you submitted your proctor and exams successfully.

If you submit an in-person proctor request that Ecampus Testing has not used before, it will go through a verification process which can take up to two weeks. Efficient approvals rely on the proctor’s prompt responses to our communication. We encourage you to stay in contact with the proctor you’ve submitted to ensure they respond as quickly as possible.

Once your proctor has been approved or denied, you will receive a confirmation email through your ONID email informing you of the decision. If approved, your exam information will be emailed to your proctor within one week of your exam. You will receive another confirmation email letting you know the exam information has been sent.

Contact your proctor directly to schedule your exams, and please ensure they have your exam information. If they do not have your exam information, please contact Ecampus Testing and it can be resent.

Taking a proctored exam

  • A government-issued photo ID or OSU ID is required.
  • Bring any items allowed by your instructor for the exam (e.g., calculator, book, notes).
  • Reminder: Cell phones, smart watches, tablets and PDAs are not allowed during your exam.
  • A scan of your testing environment will be required for online proctoring. Consider your testing location before taking the test. You may wish to remove personal items from the testing location or take the test at a location other than your personal residence, such as a library study room or publicly available meeting room.