IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
To help universities, colleges and other educational institutions who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are unable to deliver exams on-site, the Surpass team are offering access to our Surpass Remote Invigilation Service (aka online proctoring), so that students can continue to sit their exams in a secure, invigilated environment from their home (being monitored via webcam, screen sharing technology and other optional security features).
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Features of the Surpass Remote Invigilation Service
- Dual-camera monitoring which utilises smartphone technology to view the candidate from multiple angles, as well as recording what’s happening on-screen.
- Surpass Online Invigilation is also available for use with 3rd Party Test Drivers
- Easy to navigate candidate identification checks and thorough security checks using a smartphone camera before starting the exam.
- Options for ‘live’ or ‘record and review’ invigilation, with the ability to re-play footage at high-speed to better detect malpractice for all remotely invigilated tests.
- Streamlined communications to candidates.
- In-exam technical support allowing candidates to instantly solve technology-related problems.
Thinking of using Remote Invigilation but not sure where to start?
What is remote invigilation?
Remote invigilation (sometimes referred to as ‘online proctoring’ or ‘eproctoring’) 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. Remote invigilation can be live, or using a ‘record and review’ solution.
Who provides the invigilators?
Surpass can manage all 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?
We 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 themselves afterward. 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 organisation for their recommendation on how to proceed.
Are we (universities) able to review the candidate footage afterwards?
Yes, Surpass 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 European GDPR guidelines – one of the strictest data protection policies.
Our exams are on paper, can you help us transfer our exams on-screen?
Yes, we can provide a secure location for universities to transfer the exam papers to Surpass. We will then assist with converting the documents into on-screen exams.
Is remote 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 below 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.
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 Surpass as a part of your service) to watch recordings of exams taken through the Surpass Remote 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.