Remote Invigilation or Online Proctoring

"Invigilate verb: Watch over students taking an exam. [UK English]

Proctor verb: Supervise an exam. [US English]"

Reach beyond the Exam Hall with Remote Invigilation

If you want to run formal exams online and ensure there is no cheating, you can rely on TestReach to deliver exams with integrity using remote invigilation. This is when the exam hall experience is recreated online, with the invigilator connected to the candidate via various secure technologies.

Remote Invigilation is very simple with TestReach

Once a test has been created within TestReach platform, you just set a flag for the exam to be invigilated online – it couldn't be simpler. Using remote invigilation with TestReach offers a huge degree of flexibility for candidates, who can choose where (and when depending on the style of exam) they wish to take their exams. It also significantly reduces the costs and overhead administration associated with face-to-face exams.

TestReach is the Only Cloud-based solution with Integral Remote Invigilation

TestReach is unique in offering a totally integrated assessment and remote invigilation solution as a cloud-based offering. Through a simple process of 'setting a flag' on your test, you can have our trained supervisors remotely invigilate your exam over the Web. This is ground-breaking and is changing the future of formal examinations.

What Happens During Remote Invigilation?

With TestReach remote invigilation, at all times the supervisor is connected to the candidate by video, audio, remote screen share and instant messaging, and everything is recorded and can be reviewed at a later time by the examining body. Before the exam begins, the candidate is authenticated, then steps are taken to check and secure the exam environment. Candidates are monitored at all times during the exam and any exceptional circumstances that arise are reported in full. An additional advantage of moving exam supervision online is that the ratio of candidates to supervisor is much lower than in a typical exam-hall environment.

Stages in Remote Invigilation Process

  • Pre-Checks: Running system checks in advance of the exam to ensure that the candidate's technical environment is all set to support a remotely invigilated exam. A standard laptop or desktop connected to the internet is sufficient and no special hardware is required.

  • Candidate Authentication: At exam time, verifying that the correct person has presented to sit the exam.

  • Securing the Environment: Ensuring thatthe candidate is in a suitable environment in which to take the exam, without access to any sources of information that are not permitted.

  • Candidate Supervision: Watching the candidate for the duration of the exam to ensure there are no infringements of the rules.

  • Reporting: Notifying the examining body of any issues that arise during the exam, for example, if a candidate behaves in a suspicious manner or behaves in a way contrary to the exam rules.

Benefits of a Combined Assessment and Remote Invigilation Platform

Our supervisors can answer questions about any part of the solution:

Exam candidates are under a lot of pressure at exam time and often they have many questions, some of which may relate to the assessment application, e.g. are my answers being saved? Is the notepad submitted as part of the exam? etc. Our supervisors are trained to invigilate exams, but our team is also very knowledgeable about our full solution, so we can answer any questions that arise. This leads to a far better candidate experience and removes any frustrations that may arise if supervisors have no knowledge of the underlying assessment application.

You are only dealing with one supplier:

You have one contact point and one supplier with responsibility for all aspects of your solution.

All information relating to your exam is available in one, easy-to-use dashboard:

If, during the invigilation process, an infringement has been raised, you can immediately see everything to do with that exam in one place. The video recording of the incident, the notes from the invigilator, the candidates score (if questions were auto-scored), what question the candidate was on when the incident arose, the answer given to that question, etc. It allows for a holistic view of the incident to be taken, without having to aggregate data from two separate systems.

There are no integration points:

While setting up integrations between different data platforms is relatively easily catered for, creating multiple integration points between two different applications is not straightforward. Whilst most of the general cases are usually catered for, it is the many potential exceptions and unusual situations that can cause problems. Having both your remote invigilation and assessment platform within one application avoids this.

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