Remote Exams


More students can now take exams and progress their learning journey from home or in the office by choosing our remote exams option.

Availability is limited so book your exams as soon as you can.

You will be allocated to one of two types of remote invigilation, and there are differences in the way you will need to be set up and ready to take your remote exam.

We stongly recommend that you watch both of these videos which cleary demonstrate the different set up and instructions required. Watch before you make your decision to book.

 

Remote Invigilation Instructional Videos

    Remote Exams vs Exam centre

    How to make the best decision

    Choose Online Remote Exams if:
    You have constant, stable and high-speed internet connection.
    You have access to equipment that meets the essential technical requirements.
    You can sit for the duration of the exam without leaving the room.
    You have a quiet walled space to sit your exam with a closed door and without interruptions and no one else is in the room with you.
    Choose an Exam Centre if: 
    Your equipment doesn’t meet the essential technical requirements.
    You have had a previously unsuccessful attempt at taking an online exam.
    The quality of your internet connectivity is not always reliable.
    It is difficult to guarantee that you find a time and a quiet place. 
    There are other people in your household using the internet at the time you need to sit your exam, or you have experienced drop out in online meetings. 
    Not all reasonable adjustments are possible check with assessment.team@cips.org if you normally apply for reasonable adjustments for exams

    Before making a booking for an online remote invigilated exam watch the videos and read the following information carefully and make your decision based on your ability to meet all of the criteria. If remote invigilation exams is the only option for taking a CIPS exam in your region you must meet the requirements for remote exams.

    For Remote Exams you will require:

    • A constant, stable and high-speed internet connection.
    • Access to equipment that meets the essential technical requirements.
    • To be sat for the duration of the exam without leaving the room. This means toilet breaks are not permitted. 
    • Have a quiet private room to sit your exam without interruptions and no one else in the room with you.


    Ultimately on exam day,  it is your responsibilty to make sure that you have checked in with your Invigilator before your exam begins and that you can be viewed at all times.

    You will require an Exam Centre if: 

    • Your equipment doesn’t meet the essential technical requirements.
    • You have had previously had more than one unsuccessful attempt at taking an online exam.
    • The quality of your internet connectivity is not always reliable.
    • It is difficult to guarantee that you can find a quiet private room. 
    • There are other people in your household using the internet at the time you need to sit your exam, or you have experienced drop out in online meetings. 
    • You normally require reasonable adjustment rest breaks during your exams.

    Essential Technical Requirements

    It’s important to read the following information to complete your checklist to confirm your readiness for remote exams.

    You must meet the minimum technical requirements outlined below:

    • Mac 10.8+ or Windows 7+ operating system Important note: Surface Pro/iPads/tablets/notebooks are not compatible with the testing software so you cannot take your exam on any of those devices
    • Intel Core i3 (or equivalent) and 4GB RAM 
    • A working webcam, microphone, and speaker system 
    • Continuous internet speed of a minimum of 516 kbps
    • A comfortable-size computer screen of at least 11 inches to minimise fatigue.

    A compatible mobile device:

    •  iOS – iOS 13.4 and above. Devices – iPhone 7,7 plus, 8, 8 plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 pro, 11 Max Pro, SE (2nd gen), iPad Air 2 (and above), iPad Mini 4, All iPad Pro model
    • Android – 8.0 and above.

    Can't meet the requirements? 

    Students that cannot meet these requirements should not book online remote exams and should book a CIPS exam centre if that is an option in your region. If you attempt to take an online remote exam without going through all of the essential equipment and system checks and making sure that you meet all of the criteria, you run the of risk not being able to start or complete your exam.  Additionally you risk the result being invalid.

    If remote invigilation exams is the only option for taking a CIPS exam in your region you must meet the requirements for remote exams.

    Essential Reading

    It’s essential that you read through the remote exam guidance before exam day so that you fully understand what you need to be ready to take your exam on time. We will send this to you by email when you book a CIPS remote exam.

    Essential Checklist

     Before your remote exam day – important set up and preparation

    • Download the ‘Remote Exams App’ – instructions will be sent to your primary email address registered on your MyCIPS profile.
    • When it’s downloaded log in and check your setup, as least 5 days before your exam view your exam date and time and check it’s all systems align.
    • Take the tutorial to familiarise yourself with the exam system, this will help you to feel calm and confident to login and get started on exam day.

    On the day of each remote exam

    • You will be responsible for following the remote exam guidance and going through the system check-in with your invigilator before your exam begins. 
    • You should be ready to start your remote exam at least 20-25 minutes before the exam is due to start.  
    • Follow the system checks provided following your booking.  It is your responsibility on exam day to make sure you meet all requirements and have successfully completed the checks so that your invigilator can watch you throughout your exam. You must have your invigilator present and able to watch you throughout your exam.
    • You will be required to go through personal identity, systems, and workplace checks with your invigilator.
    • Your invigilator will ask you to demonstrate that the equipment you will be using to complete the exam matches or exceeds the essential technical specification.
    • The exam must take place in isolation, with no interruptions, and in a well-lit, quiet, private walled room. An open-plan office environment is not appropriate. 
    • You will be exptected to apply for a reasonable adjustment and submit valid medical evidence for approved toilet breaks during a remote invigilation exam.

    Ultimately, it is your responsibility on exam day to make sure your invigilator can watch you throughout your exam.

    Booking Remote Exams

    Booking your remote exams online is very similar to the standard online booking process. Ultimately, it is your responsibility on exam day to make sure you can meet all of the requirements for remote exams.

    • Log in to MyCIPS
    • Make your exam booking online, follow the 'Book online' instructions.
    • To book remote exams follow the same process, select the exam you wish to book date and time; and when you are asked to choose an exam centre select the ‘CIPS Remote Invigilation’ option with your location. 
    • Complete the booking and payment
    • Once your booking has been processed you will receive a booking confirmation via email and can view all your exam bookings in one place in MyCIPS.
    • Make sure your contact details are kept up-to-date in MyCIPS and that you check your email regularly about your exams.
    • Remember, you won’t be able to book or take any exams if you have any outstanding payments yet to be made, or if your CIPS membership has expired.

    Book Exams

    When you are ready, you can book and pay for your exams online in just a few minutes.

    Online Remote Exam Fees

    The number of students that a live remote invigilator can watch during an online remote exam is fewer than in a traditional exam centre. 

    CIPS requires a higher number of professional invigilators to maintain the security of the online remote examination. This means that the fees for remote exams are slightly higher than those at CIPS exam centres. 

    In most cases, students will find that the money and time saved by taking the exams at home or in the office can be significant to counter the additional cost. 

    You can see all fees for CIPS exams online.

    Book Exams 

    When you are ready, you can book and pay for your next exams online in just a few minutes. 

    FAQs

    Where must I take an online remote exam?
    You can take the remote exam at home or in the office, where you must be in a walled room, with a closed door and no distractions. No one else is permitted in the room during the exam, and you may not take rest breaks or leave the room at any time.
    Are online remote exams secure?
    There are several ways remote testing exams are secured to maintain the integrity of the exam. Once you are logged into your exam you will not have access to any other applications on your computer. 
    In addition, throughout your exam our invigilators are trained to watch for and detect any behaviour that may infringe exam terms and conditions. 
    If a serious infringement occurs, they can remove access to the exam if required e.g the invigilator may close the student’s exam and the exam will be invalid an no result awarded.
    How are exams invigilated?
    Each student is allocated a remote invigilator who will do your pre exam personal identity, systems and room checks and will be watching you during the remote exam to ensure security is maintained.
    Which exams can I take via online remote invigilation?
    During the pilot phase you can enter for both CR and OR exams  but the number of countries at this time is limited and available first come first serve. 
    Will CIPS make available online remote exams for all future exam series?
    Offering remote exams for all students as an option is  absolutely a journey we are on right now. Following further successful pilots, the plan is for a phased increase to more students in more countries. We will communicate this with students as and when more remote exams are available.

    Where can I take an online remote exam?

    You can take the remote exam at home or in the office, where you must be in a private room, with no distractions. No one else is permitted in the room during the exam, and you may not take rest breaks or leave the room. Also you will be exptected to apply for a reasonable adjustment and submit valid medical evidence for approved toilet breaks during a remote invigilation exam. 

    Are online remote exams secure?

    There are several ways remote testing exams are secured to maintain the integrity of the exam. Once you are logged into your exam you will not have access to any other applications on your computer. In addition, throughout your exam our invigilators will watch you live and are trained to watch for and detect any behaviour that may infringe exam terms and conditions. 

    Before the exams starts you will be required to go through personal identify, systems and workplace checks with your invigilator.

    How are exams invigilated?

    Each student is allocated a live remote invigilator who will do your pre exam personal identity, systems and room checks and will be watching you during the remote exam to ensure security is maintained.

    Which exams can I take via online remote invigilation?

    During the pilot phase you can enter for both CR and OR exams  but the number of countries where we can offer online remote exams at this time is limited and available first come first serve.

    Why are online remote exams not available in my country?

    Offering remote exams for more students in more countries as an option is  absolutely a journey we are on right now. Following further successful roll out, the plan is for a phased increase to more students in more countries. We will communicate this with students as and when more remote exams are available.

    Why are remote exams more expensive?

    The number of students that a live remote invigilator can watch during an online remote exam is fewer than in a traditional exam centre. 

    CIPS requires a higher number of professional invigilators to maintain the security of the online remote examination. This means that the fees for remote exams are slightly higher than those at CIPS exam centres. 

    In most cases, students will find that the money and time saved by taking the exams at home or in the office can be significant to counter the additional cost. 

    You can see all fees for CIPS exams online.

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