Proctored testing is a common feature of online and some face-to-face courses. In addition to administering exams in our main campus facility, the Office of Distance Learning (ODL) coordinates proctored testing for instructors teaching online and distance classes.
For the Spring 2021 term, the main campus Testing Center is offering live proctoring services for face-to-face and FSU Flex courses. In addition, we continue to offer placement tests and specialty exams such as CLEP. For the safety of our students and staff, we follow university and CDC guidelines in all of our operating procedures. Seats are offered on a first-come basis. Because we are unable to accommodate our usual number of students, we encourage instructors to explore alternative assessment strategies and online proctoring where possible (see information on online proctoring below).
How to Request On-Campus Testing Services
FSU instructors wanting to arrange testing for their face-to-face or FSU Flex class can request services using the Instructor Request Form. The window for requests opens four weeks before the start of each semester. When submitting your request, be sure to include alternate contact information for your course, if applicable (eg, TA contact information). Seating in our main campus facility is limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, and requests for testing in the FSU Testing Center are treated on a first-come, first-served basis.
In-Person Testing for Honorlock Exemptions: If you have a student you want to exempt from testing with Honorlock due to special circumstances, you can request in-person testing for your student by completing the Honorlock Exemption Form.
What to Tell Your Students
We've created sample syllabus text so that your students have the information they need about proctored testing as soon as the term begins. The recommended text includes a placeholder for your policies on makeups for missed exams. You can also direct your students to our student-facing site distance.fsu.edu for easy-to-navigate information on proctored testing. They'll learn how it works, what it costs, and how to use both on-campus and off-campus testing services.
How to Ensure Appropriate Accommodations
FSU is committed to the academic success of all students and provides a full range of testing accommodations for qualified students through the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS), formerly the Student Disability Resource Center. To receive services, students must apply and be qualified through OAS and can then schedule proctored testing through the OAS website.
If the only accommodation needed is extra time, the FSU Testing Center is equipped to provide extra time accommodations under certain conditions. To ensure your student receives appropriate, extra time accommodations, you must arrange services with us well in advance of test day and adjust extra time settings in Canvas for your student. See our Testing Accommodations support article for instructions.
Testing with an Online Proctoring Service
Online proctoring provides an alternative to testing in a proctored testing facility. Honorlock's online proctoring service provides a way of assessing students while they are taking courses remotely. The service is offered at no cost to students. Exam sessions are recorded and flagged for review when potential academic misconduct is detected.
- Your students will take their exam in Canvas on their own computer via the internet.
- Honorlock will verify your students' identity, record their web activity, and provide built-in features like search and destroy, mobile device prevention, and a browser guard to prevent cheating.
- Instructors are responsible for the academic integrity of exams administered through Honorlock. Exam recordings need to be monitored and reviewed for academic misconduct.
- We recommend including the following syllabus text when choosing to use Honorlock in your course.
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NOTE: If you have a student you want to exempt from testing with Honorlock due to special circumstances, you can request in-person testing for your student by completing the Honorlock Exemption Form.
Off-Campus Testing at an Approved Facility
Please note that many testing facilities have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and students are likely to be unable to secure testing with an approved facility at this time. We recommend the use of alternative assessment strategies and Honorlock in place of off-campus testing facilities.