Through the BYU-Idaho Testing and Assessment Services, students can use the Proctorio testing option to take their tests.
Professors need to choose to make this option available for their students which means they would be able to take tests in locations that would allow them to have wifi.
This type of testing allows students to take their tests off-campus and online in a more familiar setting, like a bedroom where no one will interrupt.
Some professors can allow students with extenuating circumstances to take the test online but in most cases, the professor chooses to allow this service or not.
There are varying views on Proctorio testing from students.
“I liked taking my tests through Proctorio because I felt comfortable being able to be in my own space and taking it on my own, at my own time when I was ready,” said Brooklyn Smart, a freshman studying public health.
Smart had a positive experience with Proctorio and would not mind using it more in the future.
“Based on my research data, the students who were proctored outside of the testing center took quite a bit less time to complete the exam and their scores were higher,” said Daris Howard, a mathematics faculty member who recently finished his dissertation on Proctorio.
Being able to take tests in a more familiar setting can allow students to relax more and focus solely on their test with no other distractions.
Students are video and audio recorded while taking any test through Proctorio. This allows the system to flag administrators who can review the footage when there are loud noises or movements that might indicate cheating.
Despite the number of positive responses, there are students who struggle with Proctorio testing.
“I don’t like it just because it is really hectic to do it all online,” said Jake Dean, a junior studying business management. “I had to keep a camera on me, and if the camera cut out, the instructors might accuse me of cheating. It is much more convenient to go to the testing center.”
Some students do struggle with working with the new service and worry about being accused of cheating.
“Teachers set the levels of the Proctorio test to accommodate the allowances a student has such as allowing them to have a paper and pencil to work out math problems,” Howard said. “However, if there are any worries of cheating, the teacher always has the final say and allows the students to let them know of any problems that happened during the proctored test.”
Teachers ultimately decide whether or not they allow Proctorio testing to become a part of the classroom.
Proctorio testing allows students to take their tests outside of the testing center. More professors might use this option in the future as they become more familiar with it.