Many Virtual High School courses require that students write a closed-book final exam at the end of the course. This online exam must be completed under the supervision of our third-party online proctoring solution, Integrity Advocate.
If the online proctoring solution is not a good fit for the student, they may choose to arrange to write the exam under the supervision of an appropriate in-person proctor. A proctor is an individual who meets with a student to witness the final exam being written and later attests that all procedures were properly followed. With this option, the date, time, place, and proctor for a student's final exam are selected by the student but must be approved by the VHS Exams Administrator.
Virtual High School has partnered with Integrity Advocate, a third-party online proctoring solution. Integrity Advocate is fully integrated into Brightspace and there is no additional cost to the student.
After the student has submitted all graded assessments, the final exam will be unlocked. Students do not have to provide advanced notice to the VHS team or receive approval prior to writing their exam with Integrity Advocate. When the student is ready to write their exam, they will navigate to the exam through the Quizzes or Assessments section of their course and select the Final Exam. This will prompt the student to complete the automated identity verification process which includes taking a photo of themselves as well as showing a piece of government-issued photo ID. It is important to note that students will have the ability to mask parts of the ID that are not necessary for the verification process (e.g. driver's licence number). The student's name and photo must be visible.
Students are required to have:
- A webcam
- A microphone
- A laptop or desktop computer
- Government-issued photo ID
Following the identity verification process, the student will begin the exam. The exam will be recorded by Integrity Advocate and reviewed by the Integrity Advocate team following the exam to verify that all rules and regulations were followed. If any violations were noted, the Virtual High School administrative team will be notified and will review the violations, following up with the student as needed. It may take up to 48 hours for the student's exam recording to be reviewed and released.
Alternative Proctoring Option: In-Person Proctoring
If the online proctoring solution is not a good fit for the student, the student may select a proctor to meet with in person for the purpose of invigilating the exam.
The student must apply to write the final exam a minimum of two weeks prior to the proposed exam date by submitting a Proctor Approval Application to the VHS Exams Administrator.
In order to be approved, any in-person exam proctor must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must not be related to the student in any way
- Must not be a student at any level of study
- Must not be a tutor
- Must have a post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate
- Must be able to read and speak in the English language
- Must have a valid, non-generic business email address provided by the proctor's current place of work
If the proctor is approved, both the proctor and student will be provided with detailed exam instructions via email. The approved proctor and student may then proceed with the final exam as scheduled. Once the exam has been written, the proctor must sign the Proctor Memorandum provided by VHS indicating that all procedures were properly followed. This document must be returned to the VHS Exams Administrator promptly following the exam. A student's final grade is not released until this document has been submitted.
If a student chooses a proctor who charges a fee for their services, the student is responsible for those or any other expenses.