Taking Exams

Most Independent Learning courses require exams. Depending on the course, you may need to take your exam in the presence of a proctor or with our online proctoring service, Examity. You can find information about course-specific exam policies in your course syllabus. If you need special accommodations please refer to our Accessibility information.

Exams with Online Proctoring

UW-Extension’s Independent Learning program utilizes a remote proctoring service called Examity to ensure the security and validity of online exams in many of our courses. If your online course uses Examity, access the appropriate resources below for D2L or Canvas to review and verify computer requirements, set up your Examity profile, and schedule and take your course exams.

Technical Support

  • If you encounter any technical issues while setting up your Examity profile, scheduling or taking your proctored exam, your first point of contact should be UW Independent Learning Technical Support.
  • If UW Independent Learning Technical Support is unable to resolve your issue, you may be directed to the Examity technical support line at support@examity.com, (855) 392-6489 or by clicking the live chat link in your Examity portal.

Exams with In-Person Proctoring

A few of our online courses and most of our print-based courses require exams be taken in the presence of an approved proctor. All students requesting an exam will need to find a qualified proctor to supervise their exam. Please refer to our Exam Proctoring policies for more guidance on identifying a qualified proctor in your area.

Instructions for students enrolled in courses requiring in-person proctoring:

  • STEP 1: Identify a qualified proctor in accordance with our policies and confirm their willingness and availability to proctor your exam.
  • STEP 2: Log into your Student Account, access your Courses section and locate your course. Follow the prompts to submit a proctor for approval and request your exam. Be sure to fill in all requested fields completely to avoid delays in processing your request. Our Student Services team will respond to your request via email. Review our step-by-step guide demonstrating How to submit an exam request in your student account.pdf.
  • STEP 3: Once you receive email notification from our Student Services team that your proctor is approved, arrange time to take your exam with your proctor at their place of employment.
  • STEP 4: Take your exam in the presence of your approved proctor at their place of employment. When you finish, your proctor will submit your completed exam to our Student Services team and you will receive email notification when we receive it. Your Course Facilitator will grade your exam.

Tips for Success

Tips for success when taking an Independent Learning exam:

  • Find a private, quiet, and distraction-free place to take your exam or quiz. Although most exams require you to be in a isolated setting, removing distractions in your environment is always a good practice for setting you up for success on your exam.
  • Be proactive about scheduling and taking your exam. If you’ve completed all of your coursework and are ready for the final exam, make sure you schedule the exam with plenty of time for the course facilitator to grade it before you need your final transcripts. There may also be processing time to prepare your exam beforehand, depending on the course and type of exam, so please keep this in mind as well. The Goal Setting Assignment is a great place to incorporate this proactive planning.
  • Save your work. Most online platforms allow you to save your work as you progress through your exam. This is to ensure that your answers will be saved in the event of a computer malfunction.
  • Take care of yourself. Remember to eat a healthy meal, drink plenty of water, and get a good night’s sleep before an exam. You want to be sure to have the energy and focus needed to perform your best on the exam.

Need 1:1 Help?

Student Success Coaches are skilled professionals who are available to help you identify additional resources based on your individual needs. You can also expect to hear from your coach through periodic check-ins to discuss how things are going and how we can continue to support your success.

Contact your Success Coach at:

1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) or 608-262-2011

If you would prefer that we call you, just send an email with your phone number and the best time to reach you.

Business Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 6 pm CST
Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm CST

Meet the Student Success Coach Team

  • Jessica Ramirez Torres

    Jessica Ramirez Torres
  • Kaia Stofflet

    Kaia Stofflet
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