How does online proctoring work?

How does online proctoring work?

The basis of every test or exam is the same. A candidate takes an assigned exam to assess acquired knowledge and/or skills. Online proctoring allows for supervised remote examinations. But how exactly does online proctoring work and how do you digitally monitor an exam?

Monitoring through online proctoring

Unlike when taking an exam at a fixed test location, online proctoring lacks physical supervision. Audio and video recordings are made of the candidate allowing supervision to be designed in three different ways:

Live monitoring

In the first variant of online proctoring, you conduct live monitoring. The proctor (supervisor) – as with a physical test – monitors the progress of the test in real time. Is something impermissible happening? Then immediate action can be taken and the exam of that candidate can even be stopped.

Storage and control

The second variant of online proctoring is storage and control. This involves recording images and sounds of the exam administration. The proctor will have the opportunity to review the test after it is completed. Again, fraud can be intervened (after the fact).

Automated proctoring

The third and final variant of online proctoring is automated proctoring. In this variant, monitoring is automated. Specific software is used to identify possible fraud. To determine if it is actually fraud, the proctor checks the image and audio clips.

Which variant suits you?

Depending on the type of testing, one variant of online proctoring may be more appropriate than another. It is also possible to employ a combination of the different variants. Curious about what best suits your organization? Our testing experts will be happy to help you get started, contact us without obligation.

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