Credit by Exam

Students can now schedule and take Exams online through a partnership Strayer University has forged with ProctorU.

ProctorU monitors Credits by Exams using webcams and screen sharing. Testing can be scheduled and completed 7 days a week from 7am to 11:45pm CT and all you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Carefully review the information below. When you are ready, you can schedule and register to take a Credit by Exam course here.

 

Technical Requirements

Online Credit by Exams can be taken from almost any computer with a high-speed internet connection. Use this link to test if your computer is ready http://www.proctoru.com/testitout/ or review the requirements below.

  Minimum Recommended
PC Users Windows XP Windows 7
Mac Mac OS X or higher Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Web Camera 640x480 resolution 1280x720 resolution
Internet Download Speed .768 Mbps 1.5Mbps
Internet Upload Speed .384 Mbps 1.5Mbps

Other Requirements

  1. A microphone (sometimes web cameras have built-in microphones).
  2. One of the following compatible web browsers:
    • Google Chrome (preferred)
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Safari
    • Internet Explorer 7, 8, or 9
  3. The following plugins for your web camera:
    • Adobe Flash Player v11
    • Adobe Shockwave player

A detailed list of specifications can be found at our ProctorU partner website: http://www.proctoru.com/tech.php

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How It Works

Proctor U is a two-way video, audio, and screen capture service by which a remote proctor can watch and hear you, and watch your computer screen, while you take a Credit by Exam.  Follow these steps to register and schedule an exam:

  1. Create an account and schedule your exam. Be sure to provide a valid email address and a phone number where you can be reached when you are taking the exam. We recommend you schedule your exams at least 3 days in advance.

  2. You will receive a confirmation email from ProctorU when the Credit by Exam is scheduled and paid.

  3. At the time of your exam, please go to http://go.proctoru.com and click on the "Go" button to start the process. If there are any problems connecting you can call ProctorU at (205) 870-8122.

Authentication

You will be required to provide authentication prior to beginning your Credit by Exam.

  1. Proctors will require you show them a government‐ or school‐issued ID. Proctors make sure the picture and name match with the person that has scheduled the appointment and shown up to take the exam.

  2. Proctors snap a photo of you to keep on file for future reference. If there is already a picture on file, proctors compare that image to the person that shows up for the appointment.

  3. You will be asked a series of questions based on data such from public records associated with your personal information. Questions may include details about relatives, past addresses or phone numbers. You must pass this authentication quiz in order to proceed to the Credit by Exam. A new quiz is given each time you sign on to take a Credit by Exam.

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Privacy FAQs

Can Proctor U or Strayer access my files?

No one can access your files. During the initial phase of the proctoring process, ProctorU, with permission from the test taker, has the ability to view the screen and move their mouse and keyboard as if the proctor was sitting next to the test taker. The proctor cannot access anything on the test taker’s computer without the test taker’s knowledge. Once the examination is launched, the proctor will change their permission to view only. During the monitoring phase, the proctor can monitor everything that happens on the student's computer screen, but can no longer move the test taker's mouse and keyboard. If something irregular occurs, the proctor can reinitiate the ability to move the test taker’s mouse and keyboard, in which case the test taker is alerted and can see everything that the proctor is doing. During this entire process, an interface log, or chat box, is running on the test taker’s computer and they can see what permissions the proctor currently has at any time. Finally, the entire session log is saved and there is a permanent record of what actions the proctor took while accessing the test taker's computer. Throughout the process, the student can see everything the proctor is doing to their computer by watching them move their mouse.

How is my identity authenticated?

A three-step process to authenticate your identity is used. Step one is to check a government or school-issued photo ID. Step two is to take a web cam photo of the test taker for your file, or compare the person who showed up with the photo on file. Step three is to run an identity test. Data for the identity test comes from a US consumers database which is made up of public records.

Are the questions FERPA Compliant?

Yes. Because the system relies only on directory information to verify a student’s identity, we are not exposing the institution to any FERPA violations. In addition, all ProctorU employees take a FERPA training course when they are hired.

Are Credit by Exams sessions recorded?

Unless an exam taker does something irregular nothing is recorded. In rare instances where video is recorded or pictures are taken, a copy is sent to Strayer University for review. ProctorU maintains these records for at least one year, but the records are protected and are only shared with Strayer University, the student or other authorities as required by law

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Data Security

ProctorU is dedicated to securing student data collected during all aspects of our business and managing student information in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  1. Personal Information: Student directory information such as name, address, and profile picture is collected over a secure connection and stored for internal use only.
  2. Financial Information: Credit card transactions are handled with encryption and online payment industry standards. ProctorU does not see or store credit card information.
  3. Academic Records: When students set up an account and undertake an examination, ProctorU has created an academic record that is handled with the strictest adherence to FERPA guidelines. All proctors must complete FERPA training.

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