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22 May 2023

Your guide to T1 end-of-unit assessments: do you have a supervised online exam?

During the Trimester 1, 2023 end-of-unit assessment (EoUA) period (Monday 5 to Friday 16 June), some students will sit a supervised online exam. These are used for particular course requirements, including accreditation by external bodies. Your EoUA timetable will specify if any of your units require an online exam.

You’ll sit the exam using your own computer while being supervised via webcam. You and your screen are automatically recorded throughout the exam via a system called Proctorio, which checks that:

The exam may allow specified resources and will take 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.

Certain law units require in-person supervision of computer-based Proctorio exams. You’ll receive an email with further information about your exam arrangements, including your exam location, and can also read more on the School of Law exams webpage.

What technology do I need?

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

Still have an IT issue? 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.

Unless specified, 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 strict privacy rules for supervised online exams, including:

For questions about Proctorio, contact [email protected]. For questions about Deakin’s privacy obligations, 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 T1 end-of-unit assessments 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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