Although test centers are starting to reopen, you might not have the option of traveling to one to take your exam. Or, maybe you simply don’t want to. As a risk-averse psychometrician, I completely understand. If you haven’t taken the leap to try an online proctored exam—or if you did and ran into an issue—I’m here to help. Online delivered exams are nothing to be afraid of! They really can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—but only if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect!
Although the vast majority of online deliveries happen without issue, some test takers encounter something unusual or unexpected. Based on our analysis of these errors, most of them could have been prevented or mitigated through a few simple steps. In fact, these steps can maximize the likelihood of an error-free delivery. At the end of the day, it comes down to understanding the system and hardware requirements, bandwidth needs, and what to expect during an online proctored exam.
To that end, I’ve put together a list of helpful steps that should help you better prepare for this experience:
Remember that in an environment we cannot control (your home or office), we’re trying to mimic the same level of security and rigor in the testing process as we have in test centers. The steps we take and the rules that we have in place are critical to maintaining the integrity of our certifications, which I know is as important to you as it is to us. After all, if something undermines the integrity of our program, gives someone an unfair advantage, or makes it possible for them to cheat, it’s undermining the integrity of your certification, too.
So, I ask again. Did you run the system test yet on the computer that you'll be using to take your exam? This is perhaps the most important thing you can do to maximize the likelihood of a successful exam delivery. Don’t schedule an exam until you can pass the system test! If it fails, find a new computer or location and try again.
As always, I welcome your questions in the chat. But, more important, good luck with your exam!
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