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Virtually Proctored Exam Rules


The following list of rules were put in place by proctoring experts to protect the integrity of the exam process as well as the security of exam materials. Becoming familiar with these in advance of testing will contribute to a successful testing experience. 

  • Dress as though you are in public.  Wear what you might typically wear in a work setting, such as a shirt and jeans.  Do not wear bulky clothing such as hoodies, oversized jackets or cargo pants with lots of pockets.  No hats, visors, or scarves (unless dictated by religious practices). Candidates may not wear sunglasses during the exam and must also plan ahead to leave purses, bags, briefcases, or other storage items in a safe place other than the testing room.    

  • Talking aloud: Unless the candidate has a CIC approved special accommodation permitting someone to be in the room to assist them, talking or whispering aloud during the exam is not permitted.

  • Being out of, or obscuring camera view: Candidate’s face, chin to forehead, needs to be in the camera view at all times. Do not cover or obscure the camera in any way.

  • Allowing anyone else into testing room: Candidate may not have anyone else in their testing location with them unless they have a CIC special accommodation approving them doing so.

  • Communicating with anyone while in the testing area: no texts, phone calls, side conversations (if someone enters the room, which they should not), or communication with anyone other than the Virtual proctor permitted. 

  • Looking off-screen: Unless the candidate is using scratch paper to work out questions about loads, their eyes should stay on the screen at all times while testing. 

  • Books, notes, or other non-permitted resources: The only resources or other items allowed in the testing room with CIC certification candidates are two pencils, two pieces of blank paper (blank front and back), and a cell phone or mirror for panning the test area for the proctor. A basic calculator and applicable load charts will be available on the testing computer. 

  • Taking pictures or screenshots of the exam: Taking pictures while in your exam, including screenshots, is strictly prohibited, and will be considered cheating as well as theft of intellectual property (a felony offense). Candidates using a Mac that demonstrate such behavior may have their keyboard screenshot hotkeys turned off by their proctor. 

  • Copying and pasting any part of the exam: In most cases, the proctoring system will not allow copying and pasting of any content from the exam. Regardless of whether the candidate can or cannot perform this function, the proctoring system will capture all events of copy and paste that occur, flagging it as test anomalies. This is also considered to be cheating behavior and theft of intellectual property. Candidates using a Mac computer who demonstrate such behavior may have the copy and paste function turned off for the duration of the exam by their proctor. 

  • Using a virtual machine: Virtual machines can be detected through the pre-exam system check and are not permitted. 

  • Using a secondary monitor: Only one monitor is allowed to be attached to one computer during the exam.

  • Leaving the exam room during the test: Expect to take all restroom and refreshment breaks before testing starts. Once testing starts, you may not leave the computer station until testing is complete. 

Important Reminder:  Technical support is available through MonitorEDU to assist with your computer equipment testing online before the exam and during your exam if needed.

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