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Online Learning Proctored Exams

Some Morris Online Learning (OL) courses include a proctored final exam and one or more proctored midcourse exams.

What is a proctored exam?  A proctored exam is an exam that is monitored by an impartial individual called a proctor, or by a proctoring system, while the student takes the exam.

What does a proctor do?  The proctor or proctoring system authenticates the student prior to the exam to ensure the student taking the exam is the student enrolled in the course. The proctor or proctoring system also observes the student taking the exam to ensure that the student only uses the resources allowed during the course of the exam.

Why use proctored exams? To verify student identity, provide exam security, and ensure academic honesty and integrity during the course of the exam.

Does my course have proctored exams and, if so, what type of exams? Check the OL course listing to verify which type of proctoring applies to which course. OL lists proctored exam dates in the welcome letter sent to students one week before the course start date. Check Exam Types below to see how that type of exam works.

How to communicate how and where I will take my proctored exams? All students who are taking online courses which require proctored exams must complete and submit the online Proctored Exam form to identify how/where you will take your exam by the end of the first week of your course.

  • Read Exam Policies below to determine who may proctor your exam.

  • For summer courses, you must submit your proctored exam form the week before the start of the course.

  • Delays in submitting your request and delays in response to the verification process with your proctor may result in missed exams and grade penalties.

  • You will only need to identify a proctor once, unless you need to change proctors.

  • If you are registered for more than one online course requiring a proctored exam, please complete a separate form for each course.

  • All proctor requests must be verified by Online Learning.

  • If you have questions about the status of your request email Online Learning at onlinelearning@morris.umn.edu or call 320-589-6461.

Exam Types

1. Live In-Person Proctoring – Paper-Based Exams (PBE)

Students taking the exam on the Morris campus

OL arranges testing times and locations on campus within the dates set by the instructor. OL offers two testing sessions for each exam to provide flexibility for students. If a student can’t attend either of the two scheduled testing sessions, the student must schedule an individual session with OL well in advance. Proctored exams on the Morris campus are not offered on a “walk-in” basis. OL returns completed exams to the instructor for grading.

If a student is registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), OL arranges for the student to take the exam at the DRC. OL delivers the exam with proctoring instructions to the DRC along with a Proctor Verification Form and a self-addressed envelope. The DRC returns the exam to OL. OL will return the completed exams to the instructor for grading.

Students taking the exam outside the Morris campus, but within the United States

If students are not able to come to campus to take the exam with the OL proctor, they must identify a qualified proctor when completing the Proctored Exam form. The OL program must be able to verify the authenticity and eligibility of the proctor. See the OL Exam Policies below for information about who may serve as an off-campus proctor.

Students taking the exam outside the United States

Online Learning will not be able to accommodate students taking paper based exams outside the United States.

2. Live In-Person Proctoring – Computer-Based Exams (CBE)

Student taking the exam on the Morris campus

OL arranges testing times and locations on campus (usually Imholte 11 Computer Lab) within the dates set by the instructor. OL offers two testing sessions for each exam to provide flexibility for students. If a student can’t attend either of the two scheduled testing sessions, the student must schedule an individual session with OL well in advance. Proctored exams on the Morris campus are not offered on a “walk-in” basis. OL will enter the password for each student when testing to unlock the exam. Exams are automatically submitted in Moodle.

If a student is registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), OL arranges for the student to take the exam at DRC. OL emails DRC the proctoring instructions with password and a Proctor Verification form. Exams are automatically submitted in Moodle. DRC scans and emails the Proctor Verification form to OL.

Students taking the exam outside the Morris campus including outside the United States

If students are not able to come to campus to take the exam with the OL proctor, they must identify a qualified proctor when completing the Proctored Exam form. The OL program must be able to verify the authenticity and eligibility of the proctor. See the OL Exam Policies below for information about who may serve as an off-campus proctor.

3. Live Remote Proctoring – Computer-Based Exams (CBE)

NOT AVAILABLE

4. Record and Review Remote Proctoring – Computer-Based Exams (CBE)

Students taking the exam within the United States

OL uses Remote Proctor Now (RPNow) which is a self-service model for secure online examination delivery and identity verification. Using a standard computer webcam with an internet connection, students may take a proctored exam online at a convenient time and location. The exam session is recorded and later reviewed by RPNow proctors.

Students taking the exam outside the United States

RPNow indicates Exam Takers in China report issues due to the Chinese Government restrictions on Internet. Exam Takers in China need to attempt a Practice Exam once in China to see if they are affected by the Internet restrictions.

5. Automated Remote Proctoring – Computer-Based Exams (CBE)

NOT AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER SESSION I

Students taking the exam within the United States

Proctorio is a fully automated remote proctoring service software that works within a web browser to monitor test takers for suspicious behaviors. It uses advanced video and audio analytics.

Students taking the exam outside the United States

Proctorio has not had Exam Takers in China report issues due to the Chinese Government restrictions; however, there is the possibility it may not work in this country. Exam Takers in China need to attempt a Practice Exam once in China to see if they are affected by the Internet restrictions.

Exam Policies

Proctored Exam Policies

  1. All online students who are taking a course which requires a proctored exam must complete and submit the online Proctored Exam form by the end of the first week of your course to identify how/where you will take your exam. For summer courses, you must submit the form the week before the start of the course.

  2. All students are required to show a photo ID to the proctor or proctoring system before they may start an exam.

  3. All students may only use the exam resources allowed by the course instructor for each exam.

  4. The following are prohibited unless allowed by the instructor:

    • Looking up answers or partial answers in books, notes, the Internet, or other sources.
    • Getting academic assistance from anyone while you take the exam
    • Copying any part of the exam for other students
    • Asking for an another attempt because of an emergency that is not true

Taking Exams with Off-campus Proctors

  1. You must contact your proctor to request services before submitting the Proctored Exam form.

  2. Proctored exams may not be taken at the student's home or proctor's home.

  3. Exams are mailed directly to the proctor at his or her business location.

  4. A password is emailed to the proctor to unlock the exam if the exam is online.

  5. Students are responsible for scheduling the allowed block of time with their proctor to take each exam.

  6. Exams must be taken with the date range specified by the instructor in the welcome letter and/or Moodle site.

  7. Paper and pencil exams must be mailed by the proctor—not the student. A return envelope will be provided.

  8. Passwords must be entered by the proctor—not the student.

  9. Some proctors charge fees for their services. Students are responsible for all fees incurred while taking exams.

Off-campus Proctor Eligibility

  1. The Morris Online Learning program reserves the right to reject any proctor.

  2. Proctors cannot be a family member, friend (of you or your family), employer (of you or your family), co-worker (of you or your family), tutor, or anyone with whom the student has a personal relationship.

  3. Proctors cannot be an adjunct faculty member, teaching assistant, coach, student, or theater, choir or band director.

  4. If the exam is online, the proctor will need to have access to a computer at the exam location.

  5. The proctor must provide a professional email address that includes part of their name or position and physical work address to verify the proctor’s title. No Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, Gmail or other general email account addresses may be used. If this is not possible, a signed letter on official letterhead from the proctor’s supervisor must be provided. All documentation must be written in English.

  6. The Online Learning office must be able to verify the authenticity of the proctor.

  7. Proctors must be able to continuously monitor the student during the exam.

Outside the United States, the following individuals may proctor exams if verified and approved by Online Learning (students are responsible for any proctoring fees charged by in-person proctors):

  • A faculty member or administrator of an accredited university or college; not teaching assistants.

  • U.S. embassy or consular officer

Within the United States, the following individuals may proctor exams if verified and approved by Online Learning (students are responsible for any proctoring fees charged by in-person proctors):

  • A high school superintendent, principal, librarian, or guidance counselor; not a high school classroom teacher or K-8 staff.

  • A faculty member or administrator of an accredited university or college.

  • A corporate education director or human resources director.

  • Selected offices at University of Minnesota campuses (see below)

  • Minnesota State Online Test Proctoring locations.

  • Any certified test center that is a member of the National College Testing Association. Search for an NCTA test center online »

  • The online/distance learning or continuing education department at any accredited two- or four-year college or university.

  • For military students only: A commissioned officer whose rank is higher than your own, a military chaplain or military education officer.

Selected Offices at University of Minnesota campuses by appointment only.

Twin Cities (St. Paul Campus)
College of Continuing Education Exam Center (paper based exams only)
IMPORTANT: Contact Susan Svatek at scate0001@umn.edu

Online and Distance Learning
20 Ruttan Hall (formerly Classroom Office Building)
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-625-9772
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Crookston Campus
Academic Success Center
270 Owen Hall
2900 University Avenue
Crookston, MN 56716
Phone: 218-281-8555
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Duluth Campus
Disability Resources
258 Kirby Student Center
1120 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: 218-726-8217
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Career Services (paper based exams only)
Solon Campus Center (SCC)
1117 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
Contact Pam Merzwiki
Phone: 218-726-7960
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Rochester Campus
UMR Information Commons
111 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
Contact Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran
Phone: 507-258-8035
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