Take the quiz in ICON to ensure Proctorio works properly.

Practice Quiz in ICON

The Practice Quiz includes guidelines for the use of Proctorio. When students complete the Practice Quiz they are agreeing to abide by the use guidelines outlined within the quiz.  

Students should complete the Practice Quiz to:

  • experience what it is like to complete an exam that is monitored and recorded by artificial intelligence,
  • test their computer's compatibility with Proctorio, and
  • practice completing a room scan. 

We encourage students to take the Practice Quiz prior to each exam to check for updates to the Chrome browser. Chrome pushes out updates frequently and the latest version is required for Proctorio to function correctly. These updates are the most common cause of difficulties encountered by students taking exams via Proctorio. 

Guidelines for using Proctorio

Quality room scans are key to ensuring a student has a private testing environment.

A good room scan allows the instructor to confirm whether or not a student is consulting unacceptable sources. If the scan is poor, it is harder to determine whether or not academic misconduct has occurred. There is a sample room scan in the Practice Quiz. 

The room scan should: 

  • include a 360 degree view of the entire room 
  • include the work surface 
  • include what is behind the computer 

A poor room scan: 

  • is not 360 degrees 
  • moves too quickly or is blurry 
  • only shows student eye level 
  • doesn't show the work surface 
  • stops short of showing certain areas of the room 
  • has the student in the screen for the entire room scan (preventing you from seeing behind the student) 

When taking an exam via Proctorio, you need to behave as you would in a test center or classroom, and you must abide by the guidelines below. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a report of suspicious activity being triggered in the platform. Each quiz or exam is reviewed by the course instructor. Deviation from the guidelines may result in a report of academic misconduct and/or a punitive action. See this website for information about academic misconduct:  https://distance.uiowa.edu/policies 

A. No supplemental materials allowed – unless approved by the instructor. 

  • If approved by the instructor, Proctorio has both an online whiteboard for scratch paper and a basic or scientific online-calculator. 
  • If other materials are allowed (scratch paper, calculators, notes, etc.), other materials will be listed in the Proctored Exams Portal in ICON and in the exam instructions in ICON. 

B. No collaboration of any kind – unless approved by the instructor. 

  • No electronic communication devices (phones, other computers, tablets, watches, etc.,) unless approved by the instructor. 
  • No access to resources either in print or on a device during the exam unless approved by the instructor. 
  • No personal calculators unless approved by the instructor. 
  • No headphones, earbuds, or any other listening devices may be used or worn during the test unless approved by the instructor. 
  • No music, television shows, movies, or podcasts should be playing in the background. 
  • No persons other than the test taker should be in the testing environment. The presence of others will be detected by Proctorio and will generate a report of suspicious activity. 
  • Face and eyes of the test taker must be visible for the duration of the exam. 
  • No leaving the exam or the room for any reason until the exam is completed and submitted. 

C. Room Scan required at the start of the test and/or at random times during the test. 

  • Room must be shown at workstation level. Test takers should show the area on the desk, under the desk, and a 360-degree view of the entire room. 
  • Don't show the room at ceiling level. 
  • Don't be in the center of the room scan. 
  • Move the camera slowly and thoroughly enough to provide a clear view of the test environment. 
  • An incomplete or poor room scan can result in a lower grade or suspicion of academic misconduct. 
  • A new room scan is required for every proctored quiz or exam. 
  • Complete the proctored quiz or exam in the same room shown in the room scan. 

D. Proctorio offers 24/7 live support via chat. 

  • Technical problems which prevent successful proctoring may affect the score. Notify the instructor of any issue. 
  • Live Chat is available by clicking the gray shield image in the top right corner of the Chrome browser or by locating Proctorio Tools in the top left corner of the quiz/exam screen. Live Chat is particularly helpful as the representative can see the test taker's screen to better assist with problems. 

E. Academic Misconduct 

  • If the test taker deviates from the Guidelines for Using Proctorio, the test taker must explain the incident to the instructor in writing as soon as possible. 
  • If the test taker's explanation and the instructor's review reveal a reasonably innocent explanation, the instructor may choose to allow the test taker to modify the behavior and comply with the guidelines to prevent future punitive action. 
  • If the test taker's explanation is unsatisfactory, the instructor may choose to impose a punitive action. 
  • If the test taker does not report a deviation and the instructor suspects a violation of the Guidelines for Using Proctorio, the instructor will contact the test taker and punitive action may be taken. 
  • If the test taker has questions or concerns about academic misconduct or a punitive action, the test taker should consult the following site: https://distance.uiowa.edu/policies