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Secure Examination Solutions with Proctoring Services

Proctoring software is developed to benefit universities, students and jobs aspirants to conduct and undertake remote online exams. The software provides the state of the art facility that invigilates students/examinees staying back at their places. The invigilator uses advanced AI mechanism to detect if the candidate is found cheating in the test.

Proctoring services are developed in a way that cloud-based features are provided to the colleges or the institutional professors to host remote online exams while proctoring by the side. The integrity of the online exams has to be maintained as that of the offline exams. To ensure the integrity of the exam, the AI mechanism is adopted to control the features of minimising the browsing option online or on the computer, eliminating the possibility of impersonation. Thus, it provides the invigilator with the most relevant result reports.

Proctoring services have become a part of most of the universities, colleges and other educational institutes worldwide, thereby, overcoming the disturbances in the education system so that the continuity and effective learning of the students is assured. Conducting any exam would require a standardisation of the conduct of the exam, its marking and active invigilation. It would possibly need an ample amount of expenditures on employing workforce, in planning as well as scheduling the conduct of such exams.

Proctoring service providers have covered up the above activities which can be automated using cloud-based features, thereby saving resources (human and monitory) and lending the entire process online, with their proctoring services. Higher education has undergone a tremendous revolution worldwide, where the educational institutes, colleges and universities are shifting their conduct of examinations, be it for semester examination, campus-based job recruitment or course certification. Corporate companies have also opted for proctoring services for the benefit of recruiting applicants online.

Conduct of online examinations has benefitted universities and their students in numerous ways, over physical examinations. There is no need for investing in physical centres and large workforce for invigilation and administration. Conduct of online exams is very convenient in a way that they are scheduled at the time slot options available and comfortable with the candidates, as online remote exams are to be attempted anytime and from anywhere. Proctoring services help the higher education institutes to enhance their scalability to a range where physically it had been impossible to handle. 

To maintain the integrity of online proctored exams, similar to that of physical exams, proctoring service providers have introduced a suite of proctoring technologies online. It enables the conduct of exams with a high level of security and high integrity.

Proctoring services provide 3-point candidate authentication process which involves a series of identity-check of the candidate. It is done to eliminate the risk of impersonation in online exams. The identity of the candidate has to be virtual resemblance from the photograph submitted in the application form to the person sitting against the webcam. Also, the candidate’s authentication is matched by verifying the person behind the camera with the photograph and other information in the government-approved identification proof, earlier submitted by the candidate before the conduct of the exam. This way, the risk of impersonation by the candidate is eliminated.

Proctoring services involve manual and AI proctoring technology to invigilate the candidate’s actions and behaviours while undertaking remote online exams. AI-based proctoring technology generates flags using AI algorithms, when the candidate is caught using a mobile phone, looking away from the screen for more than a stipulated period, acting suspiciously or if suspected with the presence of a live proctor. Live proctor could be from the company providing proctoring services or could be from the institute itself. The software company would appoint a professional invigilator with years of experience to suspect the behaviour of the candidates and generate flag when suspected acting suspiciously. The human invigilator monitors the candidate’s actions through the webcam. The live proctor can also send vocal messages or announcements for purposes like “Last 15 minutes left for the exam, Hurry Up!” etc. Therefore, manual and AI proctoring technologies can be used separately and even together.

A safe and secure browser is used to conduct online remote exams that enable strict on-screen invigilation of the candidates. It ensures that the candidate is disabled to access information from their computer or while browsing from the internet. ‘Suite of online proctoring technologies’ allows the educational institutes, colleges and universities to create exams and certification using cloud-based features. Proctoring service providers thus, provide an examination platform with end to end secured examination solutions.

Proctoring services can also be added to the client platform using API. The institute uses proctoring technology software to conduct entrance exams, semester exams or need an LMS platform or certification platform. They might have the entire format of the exams ready with them but only need a layer of proctoring technology to give their candidates the experience of exams and invigilation with a high level of security.

When high stake exams are to be conducted, the level of integrity and credibility has to be ensured. For this, the standardised proctoring technology is designed combining the latest advances of AI-based proctoring along with live-proctoring services. It assures the credibility and integrity of the exams eliminating the risk of cheating and false identity.

The technology is designed and developed in a manner that it can handle a larger number of candidates and more number of proctored tests at one point of time, which would otherwise have been very costly and mostly impossible, physically. Proctoring software technology secures and stores the data as per the standards set by global-data security laws and its compliance mechanisms.

Also, the reports and results of the candidate are presented automatically with graphs and figures, covering all the intricate features necessary to be evaluated. These reports are framed in a simple and confine manner so that it is easily readable by the auditor for its analysis. This way remote online proctoring exams have given corporate officials, universities, students and job applicants a secure and credible examination solutions to conduct and undertake exams online even when afar.

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