How does online proctoring work?

The School offers online proctoring services for learners enrolled in online courses who do not live within 30 km of an established Canadian exam centre. This includes all international learners. The School currently uses Examity® for our online proctoring services.  Please consult your course outline to confirm whether your course has a proctored final exam. 

Live online proctoring allows completion of your course assessment from an off-campus location. Examity® provides live proctoring by highly trained human proctors. A remote invigilator will observe your completion of the exam using specialized software and recordings will be made and held for a limited period of time in order to ensure academic integrity is maintained. The University of Toronto has an institutionally endorsed agreement with Examity® that protects the privacy of the recordings, and other personal information.

Learners taking their examinations online must agree to be proctored by Examity® throughout the duration of the exam. Access to a computer that can support remote recording is the learner's responsibility. Please note that you will be required to show official government photo identification prior to beginning to write the exam.

Registering for your exam:

All learners enrolled in an online course with a proctored final exam will be automatically registered for the exam.  

Prior to your exam date you will receive an email from Examity® with instructions to setup your online profile, if you do not have one already.  Once complete, you will have access to your Examity® student dashboard, where you can schedule your exam and review the exam rules. If you already have a profile setup on Examity® , you will not receive an email with setup instructions, instead you can go directly to log in and schedule your exam, and review the exam rules. Please be sure to review exam rules prior to the exam. The final examination will then be conducted entirely online.

Technical Requirements:

To ensure that your computer is compatible with the online proctoring service, please confirm that your computer meets system requirements.

Examity® system requirements are:

  • Desktop computer, laptop, or Chromebook (not tablet or phone). Please note that while Chromebooks can be used, desktop or laptop computers are preferred.”
  • Webcam and microphone (built-in or external) – test your webcam at
  • Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 2 Mbps download speed and 2Mbps upload – test internet speed at
  • Operating systems: Windows XP or newer, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) – or newer
  • Browsers: Google Chrome is the ONLY supported browser for exams proctored through Examity®. Pop-up blocker must be disabled.
  • Microsoft Word and/or Excel will be required for some exams. Please check with your instructor. 

If you have any questions or concerns about system requirements, contact Examity’s technical support team 24/7 via email at or phone at (855)-392-6489.

Please review the Examity® User Guide (found in the upper right corner of the Examity® website after you are logged in). Or you can view it through this article: Learner Manual for online proctored exams with Examity®

Retention of Video Content:

Recordings captured via the Examity®system are available to the School of Continuing Studies for sixty days after a recording is made. Recordings flagged for review will be archived for 12 months. After these time periods have passed, recordings are purged.

For a full overview of what to expect from your online proctoring experience, please review the Examity® Student Manual attached to this article.


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