Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare

The W3CB understands that traveling to a test center may not be an option for all certification candidates during these times. For those new to online proctored exams, the experience may seem daunting, but it can actually be far less stressful than traveling to a test center if you are prepared. Follow these tips from the W3CB to maximize your likelihood of a smooth exam delivery:

Watch the video on the W3CB website explaining online exams and follow the provided tips and tricks. Meeting all requirements is critical for exam security and your testing experience.

Run the system test from the computer and location you’ll use for the actual exam. This verifies your setup meets requirements. Many issues arise when candidates don’t do this. Test at least 24 hours before your exam in case you need to reschedule.

Understand the rules. You cannot have food, drinks (except water), papers, books, phones, etc. on your desk. You cannot leave your desk at any time. Accommodations for special circumstances may be requested. While strict, these rules mimic test center conditions.

After identity verification and room scan, follow the onscreen prompts to begin your exam. Surprisingly, many candidates miss this step!

The W3CB aims to ensure exam integrity and security in an uncontrolled home environment, just as in test centers. Required steps and rules maintain equal rigor for all candidates. Undermining certification integrity negatively impacts all credential holders.

Run the system test from the exact computer and location you’ll use for the exam. This is the most critical preparation step! Don’t schedule until you pass.