Online Proctored Exams (OLP)
The ESPCC is happy to begin in spring 2021 to offer virtual proctoring for CESP test takers.
We anticipate beginning exams in March 2021, we are pending approval from our accrediting body. All CESP candidates have the option to take the exam in-person at a testing center or online with virtual proctoring.
Use this fact sheet to make an informed decision about your exam experience. https://apse.org/in-person-versus-online-proctoring/
Access Kryterion Support where there is 24/7 help with scheduling, technology, and examination support, Link: https://kryterion.force.com/support
We recommend in-person proctoring if you are concerned about any of the following:
- Access to a laptop or computer with audio and camera capabilities, where you can download software.
- Reliable Internet connection (we recommend a direct plug-in!).
- Having a quiet and distraction-free place where you can be alone.
- You feel that you would be more prone to talk or read aloud if you were at home taking the exam.
- You are not comfortable downloading the necessary software to take the exam online.
Please see the Candidate Handbook for an appendix about OLP, provided here for your convenience.
The ESPCC and APSE have partnered with Kryterion to provide Online Proctored (OLP) exams.
Since the examination will be administered to CESP candidates at home through OLP, the use of video surveillance is necessary to ensure the fairness and integrity of the exam.
While OLP testing generally mirrors traditional in-center test processes, there are important disclosures to consider before deciding to schedule an OLP examination:
- Please review the Kryterion Support Guide to prepare. Their support page will answer many questions about OLP, including the software, biometrics, and requirements for technology.
- Ensure that you have a testing location that is indoors (walled - not cubicle walls), well lit, that is free from background noise and disruptions.
- Your workstation and surrounding area must be free of pens, paper, electronic devices, etc. No content that could potentially provide an unfair advantage during your examination, including anything posted on walls or within your immediate area, is allowed during your session.
- Ensure that no third party (i.e. person) is present in the room or enters the room for the duration of the examination.
- Computer View: The candidate’s computer must clearly be shown and fully inspected during the check in process.
- PRIOR to launching your examination, prepare your laptop or computer.
- Use a personal laptop or computer with one monitor, a high-speed and stable internet connection, audio capabilities, and a web camera.
- You must work with IT or have the password to download Sentinel software from Kryterion (the testing vendor) to take the exam. The software requires that you disable firewalls and pop-ups to download and use it successfully. This is done through the Kryterion Webassessor.
- The web camera can be either an external/plug-in web camera or an internal camera.
- You cannot use a phone, a tablet, or a Chrome book.
- To see if your system is compatible, we encourage you to complete a system check. Link: https://www.kryteriononline.com/systemcheck/
- Ensure that your testing area is also free of any items, such as pens, paper, or your cell phone.
Find a room that is well-lit, quiet, free of distractions, and where you can be alone.
- Lean out or move out of the camera. The proctor should always be able to see you.
- You cannot talk, read aloud, or mouth any of the questions during the exam. This is a security issue, as proctors cannot guarantee your testing room will remain empty.
- Wear any hats, earrings, headphones, lanyards, badges, watches, bracelets, or necklaces during online proctoring. You’ll be asked to show your ears at check-in.
- Interact with anyone during your online exam, even if the conversation has nothing to do with the exam.
- Take any breaks or leave the room, unless you have an approved Accommodation Request.
- Have food present in your testing area, unless you have an approved Accommodation Request.
- Have your cell phone on or anywhere near you while testing. (We’d recommend turning it off and putting it out of sight while you test.)