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One part of taking college classes is sitting for and passing your final exams. Final exams measure how much you retained from your classes and if you’re ready to move on to higher-level courses. In your online college degree with Ashworth, you’ll have end of semester exams called “proctored exams” or “semester exams.” They’re an important part of your education, so you want to make sure you understand how they work and what you need to do to pass them. Here’s everything you need to know about proctored exams!
A proctored exam is an online test overseen by someone other than yourself to make sure all rules are followed and to prevent cheating. Proctored exams are taken at the end of each semester in your college degree program and are also called semester exams.
Proctored exams are taken at the end of each semester in your college degree program. That means if you’re enrolled in an associate degree, you’ll take proctored exams four times. If you’re enrolled in a bachelor’s degree, you’ll take proctored exams eight times. These exams evaluate what you learned and retained from all your classes taken in a particular semester. Semester exams are:
Proctored exams are completed online, and questions are multiple choice. They’re also graded on a pass/fail basis, with a minimum score of 70 considered passing. You’re required to take and pass the exam before being able to move on to your next semester.
You’re responsible for choosing a proctor for your semester exams. Once you’re getting close to the end of the semester, you’ll need to submit the Proctor Nomination Form to have your chosen proctors approved before you can take your semester exams. You need to pick two potential proctors. Acceptable proctors must meet a few requirements to be approved by the college.
Once you’ve filled out the Proctor Nomination Form with two potential candidates, you can submit it quickly and easily through your Student Portal by creating a ticket. There’s no fee to do this and it’s the best way to make sure your form is accepted and reviewed as soon as possible. Make sure you include two candidates to be your proctor! It’s important because, should your first choice not be approved, we use your second proctor to send exam information to. If you don’t have a backup proctor candidate, it may take longer to get approval and take your semester exams.
Just like your course exams and quizzes, semester exams are taken online. However, the difference is that you need to have an approved proctor with you while taking the semester exam. In fact, you can’t start the exam without your proctor! Your approved proctor will receive a unique code before the exam that you need to access the test.
Once you’ve started your exam, you’ll be able to reference written notes, textbooks, and other printed materials. You are also allowed to use eBooks if your course has them, but the proctor must directly monitor all online use to make sure you’re only accessing your online Ashworth classes. Accessing other, non-approved internet resources can be considered cheating and cause you to fail the exam.
Proctored exams are open book. You can reference written notes, textbooks, and other printed materials and you may also use eBooks if your online course includes them. However, accessing non-approved internet resources during your test can be considered cheating.
To pass your exams, you need to earn at least a 70%. If you fail your exam on the first try, though, you’ll have an opportunity to retake the test. When you retake the exam, you’ll be expected to follow the same rules and regulations you did when you took it the first time.
If you fail your second attempt, you’ll be placed on academic review. This means that you may need to pass remedial classes or retake some classes in order to prove you’ve learned the information you need to move to the next semester.
Your end of semester exams cover information from all of your classes. That’s a lot of information, so you want to make sure to take your time to study before scheduling and taking your semester exam. When you’re preparing for the test, you want to:
Finals can seem scary, especially when you know you have to take the test on a specific date. With Ashworth College, you can take your semester exam when you’re ready. That means you’ll have plenty of time to study, review your notes, and reread important material from your semester! It’s important to us that you actually learn the knowledge you’re studying versus meeting test deadlines and due dates. Before taking your semester exams, make sure you take the time you need to study – whether that’s a few days or a couple of weeks!
If you’re considering enrolling in Ashworth College and want to know more about semester exams, our degrees, and our school, contact our dedicated and helpful Admissions Department at .