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30 January 2023

Your guide to T3, 2022 exams: what you need to know about supervised online exams

During the exam period (Thursday 9 to Friday 17 February), many students will have a supervised online exam. This is where you sit the exam using your own computer while being supervised via webcam. You and your screen are automatically recorded throughout the exam.

These kinds of exams are used for particular course requirements, including accreditation by external bodies. To supervise you during the exam, Deakin uses a system called Proctorio, which checks that:

The exam may be open or closed book and takes the form of a CloudDeakin Quiz. You’re allocated 15 minutes reading time. Check your unit site for information about your exam formats and read more about the specific rules for different exam types, including FAQs, how-to guides and a handy video.

Supervised online exams allow you to stay in the comfort of your own home rather than commuting to an exam centre, they’re more inclusive and they help to prepare you for the digital environment you’ll be working in after your degree.

Here’s how to make your supervised online exam as seamless as possible.

What technology do I need?

During the exam, you have an allocated 15 minutes technical support time if needed. Make sure you’ve prepared ahead of time by following these steps to set up your computer:

Still have an IT issue? Check these Troubleshooting FAQs, or contact Proctorio 24/7 Support or Deakin IT Help.

What can I do during the exam – and what’s not allowed?

First things first: yes, you can go to the bathroom if needed! Just keep your breaks short and stay in view of the webcam at all other times. You’re allowed food and drink, but make sure there’s no packaging and you use clear containers.

So, what’s not allowed? 

In any supervised online exam, you’re NOT allowed to:

Cross iconWear headphones or EarPods – no devices for communication are allowed.

Cross iconTalk to another person – you should be alone and not talk to others.

In an open-book supervised online exam, you’re also NOT allowed to:

Cross iconUse Google for definitions of words – bookmark instead.

Cross iconUse Google Docs – you should save your reference material to your desktop.

Cross iconSearch for websites – bookmark any reference sites beforehand.

I’m worried about privacy – how does Proctorio use my information?

We take student privacy very seriously and have established strict privacy rules as part of the move to supervised online exams. We did extensive work to determine the best system to use and liaised with DUSA to ensure student body input.

It’s important for you to know that:

If you have any questions about Proctorio, please contact [email protected]. If you have any questions about Deakin’s privacy obligations, please contact the Privacy Officer at [email protected].

Where can I get more help?

We want you to do your best in your online supervised exams. Just contact Student Central with any questions.

If you’re registered with the Disability Resource Centre, Access Plan adjustments will be applied to exams where relevant. You’ll receive information via your Deakin email and unit sites.

Also check out these earlier blogs in the Your guide to T3, 2022 exams series:

Next week, we’ll publish our final exams blog, Tips from a Deakin counsellor on coping with stress. Good luck!

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