12.6.1. Proctored Exam Overview

Proctored exams are timed exams that learners take while online proctoring software monitors their computer, environment, and behavior. When learners complete a proctored exam, a reviewer examines the recording of the exam to determine whether the learner complied with the online proctoring rules.

All courses can include proctored exams, but proctored exams are most common in courses that offer academic credit. Course teams can require that learners pass proctored exams to earn credit in the course. For information about offering academic credit, see Academic Course Credit.

Learners must be in the verified enrollment track to take a proctored exam and earn academic course credit.

Learners must satisfy the following criteria to pass a proctored exam.

  • Take the exam as a proctored exam.

    By default, learners have the option to take the exam as a proctored exam or as a regular exam. To remove this option, see Prevent Learners from Opting Out of Proctored Exams.

    Only learners in the verified enrollment track have the option to take the exam as a proctored exam. Learners in the audit track take the exam as a regular exam.

    Verified track learners who do not take the exam as a proctored exam are not eligible for course credit.

  • Download and install proctoring software.

  • Complete identity and exam environment checks.

  • Earn a passing grade on the exam.

  • Receive a Satisfactory result for their proctoring session review.

For more information about the way that learners experience proctored exams, see Taking Timed and Proctored Exams in the edX Help Center.