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Online Proctored Exams

Online Proctored Exams

Online proctoring is only used in certain courses and may not be required for your course. Please review your course syllabus for proctoring requirements.

Proctoring helps us to confirm that the person taking exams in an online course is the same person who is registered for and earning credit for the course.

The proctoring software also automatically flags certain test-taker behaviors that the software providers have defined as suspicious, and which may indicate cheating. Flagged behaviors will be reviewed within 1-2 days of exam submission. If an instructor has questions about your exam record, they will reach out to you.

Proctored Exam FAQ

What is online proctoring?

Online proctored exams are exams that you complete while proctoring software monitors you and your computer's desktop. The software records your screen, webcam and audio for the duration of the exam. Proctored exams will also have time limits. 

What things do I need in order to take an online proctored exam?

You'll need a few things to make sure that your proctoring experience is as smooth as possible. 

  • A quiet space where you can be alone. Movement and noise in the background may create warning flags in your exam record. 
  • A clear workspace, without writing or notes in your field of vision. 
  • A way to pan your camera around the space in which you will be taking your exam. You can pick up your laptop or webcam, or you can use a small mirror to perform a pan of your testing space. 
  • A government-issued photo ID. You'll need this ID when you set up your profile and when you take any exams. 
  • The Chrome web browser with the pop-up blocker disabled. The proctoring platform will require you to install a browser extension that is only available for Chrome. 
  • Your computer will need to meet the following requirements
    • Desktop computer or laptop running macOS or Windows
    • An up-to-date version of the Chrome browser (within the two most recent releases)
    • A working built-in or external webcam and microphone 
    • An internet connection with a minimum speed of 2Mbps upload and download
How do I prepare for an online proctored exam?

Aside from studying for the test, make sure to review the "What things do I need in order to take an online proctored exam?" section of this page. 

Next, read the instructions in your course. Your course should contain a module called "Online Proctoring Orientation and Setup." 

You'll be guided through the process of setting up a profile for proctoring, and taking a practice exam. The actiivities in the Proctoring Orientation module should have due dates well before the date of your first exam, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to get comfortable with the proctoring process. 

Once you've successfully completed the Proctoring Orientation, we recommend that you use the same computer, physical environment, and internet connection for all of your proctored exams in the course.

This video demonstrates how to set up your profile in Examity--the software we use for proctoring at Doane.

What is it like to take an online proctored exam?

By the time you’re preparing to take your first proctored exam, you should have already completed the Proctoring Orientation module in your course, created an Examity profile, and taken a practice exam.

When it's time to take a proctored exam, you'll always start from inside your Canvas course. 

Next, you'll select the Examity Authorization link in your course. 

Then, in Examity, locate the exam you want to take and follow the instructions. 

Watch this video that demonstrates the proctoring process.

What if something goes wrong while I'm taking my exam?

Doane uses Examity as a proctoring provider. Part of this service is 24x7 support for test-takers using the Examity software. You can contact Examity support at:

  • Live Chat: Available when you are logged into Examity
  • Phone: 855-Examity (855-392-6489)
  • Email: Contact Support at

It is also a good idea to contact your instructor, once you've completed the exam, and let them know that something went wrong.