Remote proctoring has gotten a lot of criticism, especially recently. However, with a growth in online classes and degrees, the industry is expanding and is here to stay. The conversation surrounding online proctoring falls in two tents; in one are test takers and school administrators who feel it is an invasion of privacy. On the other hand, many students and faculty are tired of having school reputations tarnished and class curves messed up due to academic dishonesty and cheating scandals from their peers and students. 

In any case, there is still a lot to debate with respect to the pros and cons of remote proctoring. This article hopes to debunk some misguided assumptions about proctoring software.

Protects the Integrity of Your Degree

Remote proctoring actually helps students in many ways by reducing cheating at all levels and thus leveling the playing field. As classes moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of academic dishonesty rose, with scandals coming out of prestigious institutions like West Point, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Boston University. High-profile scandals can ruin the reputation of an institution and put students who did not cheat at an unfair disadvantage in graduate admissions or job interviews because they are associated with the reputation of their institution. With online exam proctoring software, cheating is less likely to happen, maintaining the value of your degree and your hard work.

Online Proctoring Software

Levels the Playing Field

Proctoring software holds students accountable and ensures that students cannot cheat because AI or live proctors are monitoring their exam sessions. An issue that has arisen especially in exams that are not proctored is academic dishonesty. Since students are not being watched, they feel like they can get away with cheating, which is unfortunately sometimes the case. Some professors have reported higher class averages which artificially inflates grades, reducing curves under the guise of students doing well. When they cannot prove that students cheated, professors may leave the grades as is, which can be detrimental for students if they depended on a curve to do well because of the rigor of the course. This leaves students who did not cheat and thus got lower grades at a disadvantage. This also rewards students who didn’t put in the work and opted to cheat instead. Remote proctoring reduces the likelihood of this happening by making students verify their identities before taking exams and removing any potential ways of cheating from the exam environment. Using these services ensures that students get the grades they deserve and class curves are not tampered with.

Student Privacy is Important to Us

Critics of Online remote proctoring assert that it is invasive and that students lose privacy with remote proctoring. However, even in an in-person environment, students are monitored during exam sessions so the actual experience is relatively similar. Since students have the ability to take their exams wherever they want and often whenever they want, they can choose a less personal setting or consider removing personal objects from the work environment. Furthermore, for in-person exams, students would have to disclose personal information if they cannot attend an exam session due to something inflexible like a funeral or surgery. By being able to take an exam from wherever, students do not have to provide that information, as long as it does not affect their ability to take the exam.

Student privacy is something that remote proctoring companies take very seriously. Although exam sessions are recorded, only proctors can monitor these sessions in real time and they are often the only people to see it. In cases of flagged incidents, these recordings may be shared with authorized school personnel. Although critics may question the data security that such companies have, remote proctoring online exams extends beyond proctoring school exams and some companies have branched out into other fields, providing services to organizations that require secure server testing for controlled unclassified information (CUI) and sensitive data.

As shown, despite the criticism remote proctoring has gotten, these services are essential to maintain the integrity of degrees and reward hard work by leveling the playing field for test takers everywhere. Remote proctoring companies take privacy very seriously and take many steps to ensure that their data is secure.