Maximizing Exam Security with Remote Proctoring

It may go without saying for any program in higher education, but students are expected to uphold the highest levels of academic integrity from enrollment to graduation. In other words: no cheating. Ever.

It’s safe to say the responsibility to minimize cheating and ensure exam integrity ultimately falls on the shoulders of educators, particularly the exam proctors/invigilators. While students can be made aware of how their institution’s student code of conduct applies to their coursework, and the consequences that can result from cheating, it’s not enough to deter everyone. In a survey of 645 undergraduate and graduate students, nearly 33% of respondents admitted to cheating in an online course at some point in their higher education coursework, similar to the 32% who admitted to cheating in a live class [1].

The Right Remote Proctoring Solutions Make Exam Security Easier

With their continuous efforts to promote and uphold academic honesty in mind—especially when it comes down to exam day—educators should be afforded every opportunity to protect the integrity of their exams without undue hassle. Utilizing a proven exam security platform that includes remote proctoring solutions can make a world of difference in terms of saving educators time and reducing their workload.

The right remote proctoring/invigilation solutions should be secure, minimally invasive to the exam taker, and easy-to-use for educators. That means the core features should be automatic and integrated into the exam platform itself, providing the most reliable way to ensure every exam is effectively proctored.

ExamSoft offers proven remote proctoring solutions that maximize exam security:

Student ID Verification

Preventing exam taker impersonation can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Exam taker check-in procedures for large-scale exams are time consuming and often require extra staff, which can drive up institutional costs. If an exam is administered remotely, a simple username/password verification is typically the only form of exam security there is.

ExamID addresses these challenges by providing a fast, secure, and reliable student ID authentication process that requires no extra staff and works just as well for remote exams as it does for in-person exams. The two-step authentication includes username/password verification as well as facial recognition software, making exam taker impersonation virtually impossible. Learn more about ExamID.

Video and Audio Monitoring

One of the biggest challenges in administering in-class or remote exams is minimizing academic dishonesty. Traditionally, this means coordinating with a proctor or faculty member to be physically present, whenever possible, during an exam. Unfortunately, this creates extra work for faculty and staff, limits the times and locations that remote exams can be administered, and can lead to scheduling conflicts that prevent students from taking exams when they need to.

ExamMonitor is the faculty-support tool that works in conjunction with ExamID to handle the job of proctoring exams in the classroom or remotely. With ExamMonitor, video and audio of the exam taker is continuously recorded and scanned for potential “red flags.” The AI-driven remote proctoring solution completely eliminates the need for in-person proctoring, while also maintaining absolute confidence in the integrity of all your remotely administered exams. Learn more about ExamMonitor.

Explore Remote Proctoring Solutions

Research has revealed distance student enrollments have been increasing significantly over the years, with over 30% of higher education students enrolling in at least one distance education course [2]. This increasing popularity of online education alone requires improved exam security features, but the fact cheating is a constant problem in live class environments as well is cause for more proactive measures. Remote proctoring solutions can prove to be the most reliable way to protect the integrity of exams and your assessment data.

To learn about the remote proctoring solutions from ExamSoft, request more information today.


[1] Watson, George, and James Sottile. “Cheating in the Digital Age: Do Students Cheat More in Online Courses?” Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 13.1 (2010): n. pag. Web.
[2] Seaman, Julia E. “Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States.” Babson Survey Research Group, URL:

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