Everything you need to know about Examity

Wondering about the upcoming online proctored exams for Session 1? Here’s everything you need to know about completing your exams with Examity.

What is an online proctored exam and why do we need them?

The word proctored means “supervised”. So at Charles Sturt, proctored exams are the norm. However, due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, these exams will be occurring online for Session 1 2020.

Instead of hiring our regular team of exam invigilators to stare at you on webcam while you sit your exam, in this new online reality, Charles Sturt will be using an automated system called Examity.

Where possible, the university has avoided using proctored exams. However, some of our courses require students to have their exams proctored, in order to meet industry accreditation requirements. So if you are required to take a proctored exam, this is because the proctoring of exams is an essential industry requirement that must be adhered to for you to receive your course accreditation.

By conducting online proctored exams, all students at Charles Sturt will be able to graduate on time, despite the impacts of COVID-19.

Charles Sturt has chosen to use the service provider, Examity because it is a world-class leader in academic integrity and security. By using Examity, Charles Sturt can confidently meet the accreditation requirements of our courses.

What systems or technology do I need to use for Examity?

To take your exam with Examity you will first need to create an online account and register with Examity. You will be able to do this soon in your Interact2 subject site. The actual exam content will also be delivered either through your Interact2 subject site or Cadmus.

To use Examity, you will need:

  • Desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet or phone) with up-to-date Operating System (Windows or Mac OS)
  • Webcam and microphone.
  • Internet Speed of at least 3 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
  • Latest version of Chrome with disabled pop-up blocker.

This computer readiness check will let you know if your computer is ready for Examity!

What happens with the Examity recordings?

The service records your computer screen, webcam and microphone activity, for the duration of your exam, to ensure that you do not participate in academic misconduct.

Examity is able to flag any potential academic misconduct such as viewing notes, talking to others during your exams, or Googling the answers to your exam questions.

If there is any indication of academic misconduct, your recording will be sent to an academic in your faculty for review. Just because your recording is being reviewed by an academic, does not mean that you are automatically suspected of academic misconduct. It just means that there was some sort of activity which was flagged by Examity.

The table below highlights some examples of this.

Example
scenario
What Examity
flags
Will Charles Sturt perceive this as academic misconduct?
Student taking exam goes to bathroom during exam. Yellow flag – leaves test area. Unlikely. However, this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have been gone for an extended period of time or show any indication of misconduct, this will likely lead to penalisation.
Student has glasses, tissues, eye-drops and spare batteries on desk. Green flag – no violation. No. You are allowed to have items that are normally permitted in an exam room.
Student taking exam has past papers and unauthorised materials on desk. Red flag – unauthorised materials or device. Yes. You are not allowed items that are normally prohibited in an exam room.
Student taking exam has a toddler/children run through exam environment. Yellow flag – taking exam in public/non-private area. Red flag – talking aloud in exam. No. We are all working from home and understand that everyone has family commitments.

What personal information will I be providing Examity, and is it safe and secure?

Examity can only collect information from you for the purposes of delivering the proctoring service that Charles Sturt has engaged them to provide. You will not be asked to provide financial details, fingerprints or iris scans in order for Examity to deliver the proctoring service.

You will be require to provide:

  • One form of ID – either your student card, your license, passport or a financial bill as a last resort.
  • A “biometric keystroke evaluation” with your computer’s keyboard, to determine your typing speed and style as an additional form of identification.

Your personal information will be stored by Examity while Examity delivers the proctoring of online exams to Charles Sturt students. In line with standard processes, we conducted an extensive review of Examity’s processes for handling of personal data and we are satisfied that they have ticked all the boxes of our stringent privacy requirements.

  • Data held by Examity is stored with appropriate security that is independently audited.
  • They explicitly do not sell, share or rent personal information, and do not collect personal information for purposes other than providing the proctoring service.
  • Student personal information stored by Examity will be deleted at the request of the University.
  • Their privacy policy aligns with Australian privacy laws.

Need further support?

Tackling new technology while trying to revise for your exams can be overwhelming. To help you out, the Online Study team will be extending their support services to all Charles Sturt students. You can attend a workshop about Examity and online exams or book a one-on-one appointment for further online exam support.

For further information on how to prepare for your online proctored exams, check out our dedicated online proctored exams page. We’re trying to keep up with the changes just as you are, so stay up to date with any changes to exams on our social channels.