Exam Proctoring Requirements

Policy – Proctored Examinations

To ensure academic integrity, ACHS requires students to take proctored final exams at appropriate intervals throughout their program. This verifies that the student who takes the exam is the same person who enrolled in the program and that the examination results will reflect the student’s own knowledge and competence in accordance with stated learning outcomes. ACHS uses an online, fully automated proctoring service. All proctored exams are closed-book and have a 3-hour time limit.

In order to ensure proctored exams occur at appropriate intervals, ACHS has designated specific courses that have proctored assessments (final exams in most cases). ACHS pays for the proctoring cost directly for your first exam attempt in each course.  

Undergraduate courses with a proctored final exam are*:

  • AROMA 203

  • HERB 201

  • HLTH 201

  • NAT 302

  • NAT 303

  • NAT 307

Graduate courses with a proctored final exam are*:

  • NAT 503

  • NAT 515

  • NUT 501

If you have questions about scheduling proctored exams or other proctor-related questions, please email our Student Services team at stuserv@achs.edu, and they would be happy to help!

*Please note these courses are subject to change at any time. Information about exam proctoring is provided in the course syllabus and the final exam landing page in the online classroom for all courses with a proctored exam.


All proctored exams are closed-book and students have three hours to complete their exam. Most exams are significantly shorter and students may end their exam sooner than the three-hour timeframe. Exam structure varies for each course but may include multiple-choice questions, questions requiring short answers, questions requiring longer, paragraph-length answers, essay questions, and/or case studies.

When starting the exam, students go through a few steps to set up the online proctoring. These steps are detailed in the course. Students need to have government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, or passport. The process is fully automated; therefore, students can take the exam at any time.

Technical Requirements

ACHS provides a list of standard technical requirements. Generally, this means being able to access the online course system, Canvas, from a computer (not an iPad or a cell phone) that has a webcam. Also, ACHS requires using the Google Chrome web browser, which is free to download.

ACHS may change proctoring services from time-to-time. Currently, ACHS uses Proctorio, which provides their own list of recommended system requirements. In most cases, Proctorio’s modest requirements can accommodate devices as old as 10 years.

Exam Day Procedures

Prior to the exam, students should log onto their Canvas course and follow the posted instructions to access the exam. Students should make sure their webcam and speakers are plugged in and turned on.

Students should have no materials with them other than blank paper and a writing utensil. The proctoring system will confirm a student’s identity against a government-issued photo identification.

During the exam, the proctoring system will record the exam and ensure that the student has no study materials during the exam. Please note that no breaks are permitted during the exams. Please plan accordingly.

Exams that do not comply with these requirements will be considered void.

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