Securexam 'Cheat-Proofs' Remote Test Taking

Software Secure (Cambridge, MA) has released its Securexam RemoteProctor system, which provides exam security for distance learningenvironments. Working with Troy University's (Troy, AL) distancelearning program--which maintains an advanced distance learningprogram--the system eliminates the need for remote students to takeexams on-site or in the presence of a proctor.

For increasing numbers of time-strapped and "non-traditional,"distance learning students and the faculty an educational institutionsthat serve securing exams adds a critical link in the remote educationchain. "As distance learning has become mainstream, testing integrityand degree credibility have remained under the microscope for academicinstitutions of all sizes," said Software Secure President DouglasWinneg, in a prepared statement.

Securexam is used to secure exams at more than 300 academicinstitutions. Securexam Remote Proctor replicates this security in adistance-learning setting by authenticating the identity of a remotetest-taker and ensuring the exam process is as honest as it is in theclassroom. It does so by:

  • Locking down online testing tools so and preventing the user from accessing anything else on the computer during a test;
  • Biometrically authenticating the test-taker's identity before granting access to the test; and
  • Capturing real-time video and audio of all suspicious behavior in the exam location for a remote exam proctor to review.

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David Kopf is a freelance technology writer and marketing consultant, and can be reached at david@dkcopy.com.

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