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Fully Automated Testing

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There is no synchronous proctoring when using the FAT method. Suspicious behavior is flagged on the video recording and reviewed. This is a different process than in-school testing (IST) with a live proctor.

Test site administrators must be available during testing in case students have issues logging in or issues during the test. If issues arise, students should contact the test site administrator (or other appropriate person), not CTECS. If assistance is needed from CTECS, test site administrators should contact a CTECS staff member

The major differences include: 

  • Scheduling--CTECS must know when students are expected to test using the FAT process.
  • Proctoring--No proctor is assigned in the Fully Automated Testing process. However, students must know that their system will record video and audio to record them taking the entire test and that suspicious behaviors will be flagged. Flagged videos are reviewed and may result in the tests being invalidated along with other local disciplinary action.
  • Preparation--Students are expected to behave professionally the way they would in school as they take the test and must complete the student checklist to ensure their computer system will work with FAT.

Testing Process Overview

  1. Test Site Administrators must submit the Test Site Admin Registration and Agreement form and agree to the section on Fully Automated Testing.
  2. Enroll the students for the FAT proctoring type. Refer to Student Registration,
  3. Schedule the testing with CTECS. Tests may be taken Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm EDT. Provide day(s) and time(s) to Robyn Marshall,  rmarshall@ctecs.org
  4. Confirm that IT requirements are met.
  5. Communicate the rules and polices to the students and ensure the students complete the student checklist.
  6. Email test tickets to students on the day of the test.
  7. Test the students.

FAQ about FAT

►Will it be easier for students to cheat with the virtual proctoring system?

No. Fully automated testing is a powerful deterrent to cheating since entire testing sessions are recorded. A detailed log of suspicious browser activity and audio-visual responses are recorded during each testing session. The software performs many different “checks.” For example, it ensures the student focuses on the test screen, monitors the light and other factors in the room, checks for suspicious objects and background voice activity, and watches the browser window to detect changes. Any incident will immediately red flag the testing session. 

►What if I need to change from in-school testing to fully automated?

No problem. Simply change the proctor type on the student's enrollment in the E-SESS system to "FAT." TSAs must also submit a TSA form acknowledging their use of the FAT method. Since this option is a non-mandatory part of the same TSA form, it is best to acknowledge intent to potentially use both methods.

►Will the student login process be different?

The student will log in to the assessment just as they would if they were at school, using the information on the test ticket.. They will complete a "preflight" checklist confirming that the video and audio work and agreeing to the privacy statements.

►What happens if there are technical issues during the test?

If the student experiences a technical problem while testing, the student should close the test and contact the test site administrator or proctor. Then, if necessary, the test site administrator should contact Robyn Marshall (rmarshall@ctecs.org, 404-994-6534) at CTECS to discuss the incident and the options for continuing the test.

►What happens if the system indicates that the student may have cheated?

CTECS staff and the test site administrator will be made aware of the incident and be able to review flagged, possible cheating incidents to determine if cheating took place. After which, school policy will apply, just as in normal testing with a live proctor. If it is determined that a student was cheating, the test will be invalidated.