Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

What is a proctored exam?

A proctored exam is an exam a student completes under the observation of a verified proctor in a setting that has been designated and approved as a secured testing site.  The proctor’s role is to preserve the academic integrity of the course exam.

What Types of Proctored Exams Can SCSU Online Students Expect to Encounter?

Students enrolled in SCSU Online courses can expect proctored exams to fall into at least one of the following categories:

  1. Computer-based Exam: This is an exam that can only be completed on a computer.  Most exams are accessed using the Desire 2 Learn (D2L) course management system, but there are some courses that require students to access other proprietary websites for their exams.  Computer-based exams typically require an access password and have a specific window of availability (deadline).  They may or may not have a time limit. 
  2. Paper Exam:  This is an exam in which the questions are found in an exam packet.  The student may or may not be required to use ScanTron or scratch sheets to record their answers or work.
  3. Combination Computer-based and Paper Exam: This is an exam that requires the student to answer some questions on a computer and others using a prepared exam packet.

Are SCSU Online Faculty Required to Have Proctored Exam Requirements in their Courses?

 No.  We have several faculty members who teach online courses who do not require students to take proctored exams.



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