O.3 What is a proctored exam?

Proctored Exams Section

Some of our online STAT courses have exams that are proctored. Why a proctor? The proctor's role is to monitor the exam environment to ensure the academic integrity of the exam process on behalf of Penn State and the Department of Statistics. 

Proctoring Process using Examity

First, it will be helpful to review this video from Examity. It will provide you with a good overview of how the proctoring process works and why it is important.

In general, students will work through the Examity® Dashboard in order to:

  • Develop an identification profile which includes uploading a picture identification card, security questions and keystroke analysis,
  • Run a computer requirements check,
  • Schedule to take an exam, and then
  • Login at the scheduled time to take the exam under the supervision of a professional proctor from Examity®.
Please Note! Examity will charge a $3 fee to any student who schedules or reschedules an exam less than 24 hours in advance of the exam window.
Examity Profiles

Students will not be able to pass the authentication process unless their Examity profile is complete. All profile images must be of a government issued photo ID or a student photo ID. Your Penn State ID card is suitable only if it contains a photo. Selfies are unacceptable.

Acceptable and unacceptable types of ID

By the way, creating your profile in Examity need only be completed once. If you are taking multiple courses, or courses in a future semester that use Examity you are all set!


Having logged into the Examity® dashboard to take an exam, the Examity® proctor walks the student through the identification process, reviews any exam rules and then enters the passcode for the student into Canvas. Once the exam is opened the student takes the exam in Canvas. During the exam the student and the exam environment is monitored by the Examity® proctor.

Once the exam is proctored and audited by Examity®, the recording along with detailed notes about the exam become available for review on the Instructor dashboard.

Students are strongly encouraged to review the Examity® Student QuickStart Guide which provides specific instructions with relevant screen shots of the entire proctoring process.

Examity® System Requirements Section

  • You must take the exam on a desktop computer or laptop (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our requirements).
  • You must have a working built-in or external webcam and microphone.
  • Your Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.
  • Operating systems: Windows XP–Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)–10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled: Google Chrome v39 or later, Mozilla Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later.

Use this Examity System Check to determine if your computer is ready:

Examity Computer Readiness Check

Reaching Examity® Support. All day and all of the night.

Phone: 855-392-6489
Email: support@examity.com
Live Chat: Click on the live chat link located at the top and bottom of your Examity® portal.

About Examity® and Examity Proctors

Examity as a whole aligns with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Penn State and Examity® take the way data is handled and the protection of student information very seriously. In fact, Examity has a FERPA attorney on their advisory board.

Examity®’s proctors go through a rigorous process of selection and interviewing by a members of Examity's leadership team, background check and comprehensive training. Each proctor has a college degree, advanced technical skills, have completed online courses and have strong communication skills. Proctors are in training for eight weeks before they are allowed to proctor an exam. The eight-week new hire proctor training includes proctoring process, data management process, data security training, customer service training, Examity® software training and training on tools used to perform their function as a proctor. The training includes several live simulations by senior staff within Examity®. All proctors are Examity employees that proctor from Examity centers, never from a remote site. Moreover, every proctored exam is reviewed by Examity®’s auditing team and feedback from this process is used to support ongoing proctor development.