Understanding what remote proctoring is
Remote proctoring is the concept of performing a proctor’s duties in an online environment. The exam taker takes the exam from their own location, rather than at a physical testing center.
The proctor’s tasks, with the assistance of automated software, includes confirming the identity of the test-takers and monitoring their computers screen and webcam during the exam to detect and prevent suspicious activity to ensure the integrity of the exam. The goal is to emulate the role of an on-site proctor as far as possible with the added assistance of the software to combat the challenges of the remote online setting. The meaning of a remote proctored exam is to ensure cheating-free tests, despite being held remotely, and allowing anyone from anywhere to participate. However, it would be a mistake to believe that a remote exam would mean it is worse supervised than in-person.