Find out if your course is using Examity
Examity is an online proctoring tool that gives Penn State World Campus students the ability to take secure proctored exams without visiting a testing center or locating an in-person proctor.
Not every course supports Examity, so check your course syllabus to find out the appropriate exam policies. If you have any questions about your course's exam policies, please contact your instructor.
Who Are Examity's Proctors?
Examity’s proctors are highly-trained individuals who go through a rigorous process of selection, including background checks and comprehensive training. All proctors have a college degree, advanced technical and communication skills, and have completed online courses.
How does Identity Verification and Proctoring work?
Examity uses various techniques to verify your identity. This process ensures the person accessing an exam is the person who is expected to take the exam. Proctors may request that you provide either a Penn State ID (preferred) or a government-issued ID. They will not ask for other forms of identification in the process of verifying your identity.
Courses that integrate Examity for assessments use proctoring software that uses your computer's webcam or other technology to monitor and/or record your activity during exams. The proctoring software may be listening to you, monitoring your computer screen, viewing you and your surroundings, recording, and storing any and all activity (including visual and audio recordings) during the proctoring process.
Identity verification and proctoring work together to improve the integrity of your courses.
In order to protect your privacy, access to all digital records related to proctoring are controlled and are destroyed on a regular schedule. You may visit the Penn State University Registrar website to learn more about confidentiality and policies.
Terms of Service
By enrolling in courses that require online proctoring, you consent to the use of the proctoring software selected by your instructor, including but not limited to any audio and/or visual monitoring which may be recorded, as described on this page.
Please contact your course instructor with any questions about how proctoring is used in your course.
If you have any other questions or concerns, you may submit an Academic Concern request.
Sign Up For An Examity Account
If one or more of your courses is using the new online proctoring tool, you must sign up for an Examity account before taking any exams. To do so, go to your Canvas course site and click the Examity link in your course content. This link will take you to the Examity dashboard.
- confirm your name, email address, and phone number
- select your time zone
- upload an image of a state-issued or Penn State photo ID (driver's license or identification card, passport, military ID card)*
- answer three security questions
- enter a keystroke biometric signature
*Note: You will need to have this same ID with you each time you take a test with Examity.
Schedule an exam with Examity
After you create an Examity profile, you will have the option to schedule proctoring times for each of your exams. Return to your Examity dashboard using the single sign-on link in your Canvas course and select the "Schedule Exam" link.
Examity will charge a $3 fee to any student who schedules or reschedules an exam less than 24 hours in advance of the exam window.
Check Your System
- desktop computer or laptop (not tablet or phone)
- webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
- connection to network with internet speed of at least 2 Mbps
- operating system of Windows XP – Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 – 10.11
- browser with pop-up blocker disabled – Google Chrome v39 or later, Mozilla Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later
- test internet speed (required: 2mbps upload and 2mbs download)
- test camera to make sure it is working
Take Your Exam
On the day of your exam, go to your Examity dashboard using the single sign-on link and select the “Start Exam” button to meet the proctor. We encourage you to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your exam.