Online Proctoring

The university is relying on a variety of technological resources to ensure that FAU students have the best experience possible as they continue their academic journeys and that includes alternatives to in-person proctored testing. Due to nationwide travel restrictions and social distancing protocols, most testing centers are closed or no longer accepting appointments. Your instructor may use a variety of assessment strategies in your courses, and one of those may be online proctored testing.

Students should watch for communication from their instructors about proctored testing requirements.

Please know that OIT’s and COCE’s support services to the FAU community are fully operational during this time.

FAU Academic Integrity in Remote Proctoring


Hardware Options

Below we have listed different scenarios for possible hardware options. We know not everyone will have all the necessary equipment and have provided work around options for these cases.

  1. Option 1: You may use a supported device, such as a laptop, desktop computer, or webcam. However, tablets are not supported for proctoring.

  3. Option 2: You may use a smartphone as webcam through a supported device.

  5. Option 3: You do not have a supported device, which runs the proctoring software, but you have a webcam.
    • Testing & Evaluation will assist with proctoring those students on WebEx who do not possess the technological tools to test effectively.
      Note: The Testing Center is currently closed for in person testing at the Boca Raton and Davie Campus. However, we can administer WebEx testing for students that have challenges due Chromebook incompatibility and still possess a webcam, faculty can send an email to for assistance with remote proctoring for their students through WebEx.


  6. Option 4: You may go to the open labs on either Boca Raton, Davie, or Jupiter campuses. Card swipe required to access the labs.

  8. Option 5: You do not have any of the necessary equipment.

Mac OS users: If you have recently upgraded to a newer version of the operating system, you may need to enable screen sharing of your desktop and other applications on your computer for any application like Honorlock that uses screen sharing. See this support article with instructions for doing so.

All users: We recommend that you disable functions and plugins that might cause you to accidentally violate exam rules (such as spell- or grammar-checkers, automatic translators, etc.). See instructions for disabling Chrome's automatic translation function.


Software Options

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

Available to all students and faculty at FAU, this Canvas integrated software works like a browser that is made just for online testing. Use the document linked below for instructions on installing and use.



Another Canvas integrated software, which requires the install of Google Chrome. Honorlock provides 24/7/365 support and FAQs page.

How to use Honorlock:

  1. Review the Exam Guidelines.
  2. Prepare your testing location.
  3. Check Canvas for exam instructions. Your instructor may provide additional guidelines.
  4. See Getting Started With Honorlock and/or view the brief videos below so you know what to expect.
  5. Go to Canvas and start your exam.

See below more helpful links and resources for HonorLock.


Google Chrome Browser Required for HonorLock

Ensure you have third party cookies enabled. When performing the one-time installation of any Chrome Extension, the system will guide you through this simple step, and you can remove it after use by following these instructions.



What do I need to know before taking my exam?
Ensure your computer is charged and has a strong internet connection. We recommend students take their exam in a quiet private location to limit potential flags and distractions. Your instructor may provide specific requirements regarding exam setting.
Why and when is online proctoring necessary?

Proctored testing enables the university to ensure the academic integrity of assessments and to comply with federal regulations that require universities offering online and distance education to verify student identity. Traditional face-to-face classes that aren't conducive to testing in the classroom typically rely on testing facilities for live, in-person proctoring of exams.

During the social distancing of COVID-19 and the closure of testing facilities throughout the world, online proctoring offers an alternative to in-person proctored testing. This is a common practice of online and distance learning courses and is used by universities throughout our state university system and the nation. Though instructors may use a variety of alternative assessment strategies, they may also rely on online proctoring to ensure the security of tests offered to online students in different locations. Online proctoring helps prevent academic honor violations such as:

  • Use of a false identity,
  • Unauthorized collaboration,
  • Use of unauthorized materials, and...
  • Copying or distributing test items to others.
What do I do if I don’t have the resources needed to participate in online proctored testing?

Don’t have a webcam? Your smartphone can be used as webcam.

No computer? Go to an open lab on either Boca Raton, Davie, or Jupiter campuses. Card swipe required to access the labs.

You can also request equipment.

Why do I need a photo ID? What forms of ID are acceptable?
Depending on the tool, you may use a government license or an FAU Owl Card.
What if something goes wrong during my exam?
What about accessibility and students with special needs?