EdX.org uses an online proctoring service to evaluate proctored exams. By default, all learners must adhere to the following rules for proctored exams. A link to these rules, along with any additional rules that you have specified, is visible to learners on the instructions page at the beginning of every proctored exam.
Learners who do not adhere to the exam rules receive an Unsatisfactory result for their proctoring review. Learners also automatically receive a grade of 0 for the exam. For most courses, learners are no longer eligible for academic course credit.
For more information about specifying rules, see Specify Exam Rules and Exceptions.
Learners who require additional time or any specific accommodations are asked to contact their course teams or edX Support. For information about handling special requests for proctored exams, see Accommodate Learners with Disabilities and Specify Exam Rules and Exceptions.
The following proctored exam rules are the basic rules for “closed book” exams.
Some proctored exams have different or additional rules. For example, some proctored exams allow you to use reference material or a calculator. Any additional rules are visible along with the exam instructions before you start the exam.
You must take the exam in the same room that you scanned during the proctoring setup for the current exam.
You must complete a webcam scan of the room where you will take the exam every time you take a proctored exam. However, you do not have to take all of your proctored exams in the same room.
No other person is allowed to enter the room while you are taking the proctored exam.
The lighting in the room must be bright enough to be considered “daylight” quality. Overhead lighting is preferred. If overhead lighting is not available, the source of light must not be behind you.
You must sit at a clean desk or table.
The following items must not be on your desk or used during your proctored exam, unless posted rules for the exam specifically permit these materials.
The desk or walls around you must not have any writing.
The room must be as quiet as possible. Sounds such as music or television are not permitted.
If you have a disability and need additional time or specific accommodations to take the exam, consult your organization’s disability resources or the course team before you make any choices on the exam page. The course team must approve your request and make any adjustments before you start your exam.
If you violate the online proctoring rules and receive an Unsatisfactory status, you automatically receive a score of 0 for the exam. For most courses, you are no longer eligible for academic credit.
If you have questions about your proctoring exam status, go to https://edx.org to contact edX Support, or consult your course team.