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 D2L course uses Examity, access our Examity Quick Guide for Students or our Examity Overview video below to review and verify computer requirements, set up your Examity profile, and schedule and take your course exams.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (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.
Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 6 pm CDT
Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm CDT
Meet the Student Success Coach Team
Jessica Ramirez Torres
Why did I choose a career in Student Affairs?
During my undergraduate studies I knew I always wanted to be in higher education but I was not sure what direction I wanted to go in. The opportunity to work in student affairs came up and I have been working with students ever since.
Ten years experience in Student Services
Bachelors of Science in English and Minor in Women’s Studies
Masters of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction
What do I do in my free time?
I spend a lot of time with my family. I love animals. I have a Chihuahua (Oompa) and two cats (Mittens & Honey). My favorite music is Reggaeton and I love to go dancing.
Why did I choose a career in Student Affairs?
I strongly believe that all people should be entitled to an education, especially since I truly love learning myself! Student services professionals had been very helpful to me in my schooling and gave me a wonderful experience. I would love to give students the positive experience that I had!
Bachelor of Arts degree in English, minor in Theatre Arts
Part of Student Services at UW-Extension since 2014
What I do in my free time:
If I’m not rehearsing, writing or performing music/theatre, I like to take long walks and nap with my cat, Bronte!
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