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Kokomo Library 3: Testing Services

Testing Services

If testing on campus- Please be aware of the following important safety information for candidates if you have booked a physical exam appointment.

Faculty - Please scroll down for an update regarding Summer 2020 test proctoring procedures.

Students: Schedule Your Virtual Proctoring Exam!

Step 1At least three days before your desired appointment, click on the CASS Self-Serve link: www.ivytech.edu/schedulenow or in MyIvy located under Student / Course Info / Schedule Testing Appointment.

Step 2 – Click on Student Login and use your Ivy Tech email address and password.

Step 3 – Select “Certification and all other exams” and click next.

Step 4 – Select the Ivy Tech course for which you are taking the exam and click next.

Step 5 – Select the exam you would like to take.

(Example: Proctored Academic Exam is selected for Midterms and Finals)  

Step 6 – From the dropdown box, select the amount of time needed for the exam.

Step 7 – Choose the type of exam you are requesting such as midterm, final, DSS or input name and click next.

Step 8 – Using the dropdown box, select Virtual Proctoring for the campus and click next.

Step 9 – Click the red calendar and the date you would like and click next.

Step 10 – Use the dropdown box and select the time you would like and click next.

Step 11 – Review your appointment details and hit “Submit My Appointment Request”.

Step 12 - You will receive two automatic emails:

The first email confirming your appointment request.

The second email will be an approval or decline of the appointment.

If you have not received either email, check your spam/clutter/junk folders.

Or you are always able to view your appointment status/history at ivytech.edu/schedulenow.

Step 13 – If your appointment request is approved, you will receive a calendar appointment invite email from your proctor with a Zoom meeting session for your virtual exam session.  You must meet all the required student technical requirements below in-order to take the exam virtually.  Please accept the appointment request.

Have other questions? Email Kokomo-TestingServices@ivytech.edu!

Technical Requirements for Virtual Proctored Exam

 

Broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). Minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down).   (Go to speedtest.net to test your internet.)

 

  • Webcam, speakers and microphone 
  • A USB headset with microphone and earphones or a phone to dial into meeting 
  • Built-in speaker/microphone/camera to computer 
  • Computer with one of the following operating systems (No tablets, cell phones or Chrome book) 
  • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 /(Snow Leopard) or later 
  • Windows 10 
  • Windows 8 or 8.1 or 7
  • Supported Browsers 
  • Windows:  IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ 
  • Mac:  Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ 
  • Linux:  Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+ 
  • Processor and RAM Requirements 
  • Dual Core 2Ghz or HIgher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) 
  • 4 Gb RAM 

 

Please prepare for this appointment in advance.

Virtual proctored testing appointments require the following:

  • Zoom – if you have never done a Zoom session, the first time when you click on the link it will ask you to download software.  You must follow the instructions and allow the software to install.  It is a small file and will only take two or three minutes.
  • Computer utilizing Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Internet Explorer browser
  • Strong internet connection
  • Webcam, microphone and speakers
  • If you do not have a webcam, you will need to use your smart phone as a webcam by accessing your Zoom appointment link on your phone.
  • Please make sure that you are accessing your Zoom appointment link on time.  Late testers may be required to reschedule.
  • To start your appointment, click on the Meeting URL in the appointment information.  This will launch Zoom and begin your appointment.  If using your smart phone as a webcam, the Meeting ID and Password are also found in the appointment information below.
  • A government-issued photo ID will be required for identity verification.  Due to COVID-19, an expired ID will be accepted.  Be prepared to show this ID to the proctor.
  • No breaks are allowed.  If you leave the testing environment, the test will be ended.
  • Distractions free zone is required. This means no other person(s) or pets will be allowed in testing area.
  • Please remember no hats or head coverings are allowed.
  • Your work area will need to be cleared of all materials except those allowed by your instructor.  Please make sure the surface and floor around your seat are cleared.  (No writing material, books, diagrams, phones, electronic devices or other items are allowed.)
  • During the session, the proctor will be able to view your computer screen.  Before your scheduled meeting, please log into IvyLearn, proceed to your course and bring the test to the password screen.  All other tabs and programs must be closed unless the instructor has allowed computer-based material.
  • Please note that you will be recorded during your testing appointment.
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you can do so up to 3 days in advance by visiting www.ivytech.edu/schedulenow
  • If you need to cancel your appointment after you have received your Zoom invite, please respond directly to the invite.
  • If you get disconnected during your session, please reconnect to the Zoom session.
  • Although not expected to happen, if the proctor does not show for your appointment, submit a Help Desk ticket immediately.

Have other questions? Email Kokomo-TestingServices@ivytech.edu!

Get Prepared to Succeed
 

Download these steps as a Word document!

What is Test Anxiety?

While it’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous before a test, some students find test anxiety debilitating. Racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, or feelings of dread can combine with physical symptoms like a fast heartbeat, headache, or nausea. Whether it’s a proctored test for an online course, a job-related certification, or any other test, test anxiety has the power to derail weeks and months of hard work. 

Test Anxiety Tips

According to the ADAA , causes of test anxiety may include a fear of failure, lack of adequate prep time, or bad experiences taking tests in the past. You're not alone! Here's what you can do to stay calm in the days leading up to and during your test.

1. Be prepared.

Yes, this seems obvious, but it bears repeating. If you feel confident that you’ve prepped thoroughly, you’ll feel more confident walking into the test.

2. Get a good night’s sleep.

Cramming is never the answer and pulling an all-nighter can exacerbate your nerves. Having adequate rest (9–10 hours per night) is likely to be more beneficial than rereading a text until dawn.

3. Fuel up.

Eat a nutritious breakfast before the test and pack smart snacks for ongoing energy. Look for foods that offer a steady stream of nutrients, rather than a sugar high followed by a crash.

4. Log on early.

Feeling rushed will only amp up the anxiety. Have your computer up and running early enough to give you time to make sure everything is working correctly before launching your test.

5. Have a positive mental attitude.  

Have a picture of your happy place nearby or come up with a morale-boosting mantra like “I can do this” or “I worked hard and deserve this.” Peek at your picture or recite your mantra, right before the test begins.

6. Read carefully.

Read the directions thoroughly and read all answers before making a choice or starting the essay. There is nothing worse than putting time into a question and realizing you are not solving for x, or the essay is off target. Slowing down can help you stay focused.

7. Just start.   

The blank page can maximize your anxiety. After you’ve read the directions, dive right in by making an outline for an essay answer. Or, find some questions you can ace to build up your confidence and momentum. You can always go back and change things later if needed, but a few quick answers can get the ball rolling.

8. Watch the clock .

Realizing that time is almost up and there are lots of test questions left can make it hard to do anything useful in those final minutes. Stay onpace by scoping out the whole test before getting started. Mentally allocate how much time you’ll spend on each section. If there’s time to recheck, even better.

9. Focus on calm breathing and positive thoughts .

Deep breathing can slow down a beating heart or a racing mind, so practice these techniques regularly. The very act of concentrating on breathing and thinking can biometrically alter those anxious feelings.

Sometimes just remembering that some test-taking anxiety is a normal part of school can help make it easier to handle.

 

Note: these steps have been adapted from The Princeton Review’s “10 Ways to Overcome Test Anxiety”: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/test-anxiety

Download these steps as a Word document!

Faculty: Summer 2020 Proctoring Update!

As of Summer 2020, proctor forms now only need to be emailed to ONE email address rather than specific to your campus. Please email your forms to this email address: proctorform@ivytech.edu

If testing on campus

Please be aware of the following important safety information for candidates if you have booked a physical exam appointment.

Meet Our Local Testing Services Staff

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