Three options for your AU exams
You’ve registered for your class, you’ve been working through the material, and now you’re ready to take your exam. So, what are your options?
While there are many courses at AU that don’t require exams, for those that do, you have several options: virtual invigilation of your online exam with ProctorU, in-person invigilation of your online exam at an approved external invigilation site, and requesting an alternate assessment.
Athabasca University’s exam invigilation centres in Athabasca, Edmonton, and Calgary have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic; nearly all exams are now being offered online instead of in person.
If you require academic accommodations for your exam, learn more about eligibility for academic accommodations and how to register with Accessibility Services.
Option 1: ProctorU
AU has partnered with ProctorU to host online invigilation services. If your exam is available to write online, ProctorU is your first choice. It allows you to write your exam from the comfort of your own home and is available 24/7 for learners who meet the technical requirements.
There is a two-step process for booking your exam with ProctorU. You must first book your exam-invigilation appointment with ProctorU at least 20 calendar days prior to when you’d like to write your exam, then login to myAU and request your exam for the same date you’ve booked through your invigilator.
Please note that ProctorU may from time to time update their process, so it is important to always review ProctorU’s exam readiness guide and test your equipment before your exam.
Option 2: Approved external invigilator
AU encourages learners to use ProctorU wherever possible, but recognizes you might prefer to have your online exam invigilated in person.
You can have an online exam invigilated by any third-party invigilators who are already approved as part of AU’s Exam Invigilation Network. These invigilators’ services are subject to change, so learners are responsible to confirm an invigilator’s ability to supervise their exam prior to booking.
The same two-step process for booking your exams applies: you must first book your exam-invigilation appointment with your invigilator of choice at least 20 calendar days prior to when you’d like to write your exam, then login to myAU and request your exam for the same date you’ve booked through your invigilator.
Third-party invigilators may have COVID-19 preventative measures in place, but AU cannot guarantee that learners will not contract COVID-19 due to attendance at a third-party invigilation site.
Learners assume and accept all COVID-19 related risks arising out of the learner’s attendance and/or participation at the third-party AU-approved invigilator or invigilation centre. Learners who choose to write exams with a third-party AU-approved invigilator or invigilation centre are responsible for ensuring that that they are comfortable with COVID-19 precautions in place at that site and that they will abide by them. Any specific requirements should be confirmed with invigilation sites directly.
Option 3: Requesting an alternate assessment
If you’re unable to book with an approved external invigilator, and you are unable to use ProctorU, you can contact your faculty for alternate arrangements:
- Faculty of Business: Contact the Student Support Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Contact your Course Coordinator
- Faculty of Health Disciplines: Contact your Course Coordinator
- Faculty of Science and Technology: Contact the Student Success Centre at email@example.com