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June 11, 2010

Invigilation technology allows exams to be taken anywhere

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The BBC reports on new technology that may allow students to take exams from the comfort of their own rooms. Developed by American firm Software Secure Inc, the programme operates through a stand-alone device which is plugged into a student's computer.

The technology takes a fingerprint of the student to verify they are who they say they are before access to the exam is allowed. A webcam and microphone are also switched on to detect changes in motion, such as someone entering the room or sound, such as a phone conversation. The device also "locks down" so that the student cannot search the internet for answers or access their own files for notes.

Software Secure said: "Securexam Remote Proctor enables schools, corporate training, and testing organisations to administer computer-based tests anywhere, anytime, while still maintaining the same exam room integrity as that found in a proctored testing centre."

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