If you’re new to the idea of online invigilation, you probably have a few questions. We’ve answered some common ones below, but if you have more questions we would be happy to discuss them with you.
- I’m new to this, where should I start?
- Is online invigilation reliable?
- Our exams are on paper, can you help us transfer our exams on-screen?
- How quickly can we set up online invigilation?
- What is ‘Record and Review’?
- How is Surpass different to other Online Invigilation services?
- Who does the invigilation?
- What happens if your invigilators suspect malpractice?
- Are we (universities) able to review the candidate footage afterwards?
What is Online Invigilation?
Online invigilation (sometimes referred to as remote proctoring) is the observation of a candidate through audio and visual links over the internet whilst conducting their examination, meaning candidates can securely sit their exam in a convenient location such as the home or workplace, without the risk of malpractice or compromising item security.
Case Study – Association of Corporate Treasurers
In this short interview, Janet Legge — Director of Awarding Body at the Association of Corporate Treasurers, talks about why the organisation has decided to use secure online invigilation for their global on-screen tests and how the dual-camera technology provided by BTL provides an extra layer of security.
“It’s essential that our exams are delivered in a secure environment – hence, why we use remote invigilation… It does a full environmental check around the student space.” Janet Legge – Director of Awarding Body
I’m new to this, where should I start?
To get started, simply tell us your name and email address. We’ll send an information form that you can complete in your own time and email back to us. This information helps us to give you the best advice about how online invigilation might fit your needs, and we can offer an accurate quote based on the number and length of exams you intend to schedule.
Is online invigilation reliable?
Yes, some people would say that options such as ‘record and review’ actually make online invigilation more secure than traditional invigilation. Candidates have access to in-exam technical support and the recording of multiple camera angles allows the testing organisation, university or school to monitor as much, or as little as they’d like of each candidate.
We recommend watching the video above with Janet Legge from the ACT, who talks about why they, as an awarding organisation, chose to use online invigilation to deliver high-stakes exams.
Can you help us transfer our exams on-screen?
Yes, we can provide a secure location for universities to transfer the exam papers to BTL. We will then convert the documents into on-screen exams.
How quickly can we set up online invigilation?
This depends on a few things, such as how many tests you intend to deliver, and whether you will need time to transfer your exams from a paper to on-screen format. We do not however anticipate any issues in supporting universities throughout the May/June exams this year.
Use the form below to request your Surpass Online Invigilation information form. Once received, fill in the details in your own time, and send it back to our team via email. We’ll then get in touch to discuss your requirements further.
What is ‘record and review’?
Record and review allows you and your team of invigilators (or those supplied by BTL as part of your service) to watch recordings of exams taken through the Surpass Online Invigilation Service at a range of speeds, and mark suspicious activity for a detailed review by senior examiners. We recommend playing back exams at around 6X speed, as this has actually shown to be most effective for spotting repetitive behaviour that highlights potential security infringements.
How is Surpass different to other online invigilation services?
The Surpass Online Invigilation Service uses dual-camera monitoring, which utilises smartphone technology to view the candidate from multiple angles, as well as recording what’s happening on-screen. This allows almost 360 degree coverage of the examination environment.
The Surpass Online Invigilation Service can also be used with 3rd Party Test Drivers
In addition to online invigilation, becoming a part of the Surpass Community gives you access to the Surpass Platform, an award-winning, innovative exam creation tool used by leading awarding bodies and academic institutions around the world to deliver millions of exams every year.
Members regularly get together to discuss and collaborate, sharing solutions and taking part in best practice webinars and podcasts.
Get in touch today to find out more about the Surpass Community.
Who does the invigilation?
BTL can manage all live or record and review invigilation. We do also provide the option of allowing universities to invigilate their own students (by providing access to our remote invigilation software) but we do not recommend this approach for the upcoming end-of-year exams due to the additional implementation and training required.
What happens if your invigilators suspect malpractice?
BTL can customise invigilation guidelines to the requirements of your organisation. Some organisations prefer our invigilators to just note the time and nature of the suspected incident so it can be reviewed by the university afterwards. Others prefer our invigilators to provide candidates with warnings, and in the event of repeated incidents of suspected malpractice to either void the exam or notify the university for their recommendation on how to proceed.
Are we (universities) able to review the candidate footage afterwards?
Yes, BTL will provide access to all videos via a secure link along with a RAG status report and any time stamps of suspected incidents for review. Once final decisions have been made, all content is removed as per GDPR guidelines.