Are the tests on campus or online?
Infection rates are still rising, especially in the Amsterdam region, and it is expected that the peak has not yet been reached. As a result, more and more people have to go into quarantine. We’ve noticed that due to this development, more and more students cannot participate in physical exams on campus. We therefore decided to organise the examinations in the examination week of period 3 (31 Jan - 4 Feb) remotely. By doing so, we hope to prevent study delays due to the corona measures, such as a quarantine obligation.
For the physical exams that are currently scheduled on campus, an alternative assessment is preferably used, without the use of online proctoring (OLP). Where necessary, the exams will be administered online with OLP. If these options are not possible, the examination committee may decide to hold the exam at the physical location. If this is the case, this will of course be done within the existing possibilities and corona measures. As soon as the form in which each exam will be taken is known, this will be announced on Canvas by the teacher. Students who are unable to take the exam at home also have the option of taking it at an examination venue on campus. You can register using this form.
More information on how the exams will be held in February will be available shortly.
I have corona related symptoms and therefore cannot come to campus for my exam. What does this mean for me?
Are you unable to take the exam on location because you have corona or flu related symptoms? Then the existing arrangements in the exam regulations apply and you can make use of the resit. It is not possible to take the exam online or remotely in such a situation. In some cases, it is also possible to request an additional examination opportunity from the Examination Board.
How does VU Amsterdam handle my privacy if I have to take exams with online supervision?
If the Examination Committee assesses that remote testing with online supervision (online proctoring) is necessary, then VU Amsterdam has a legitimate interest in processing the personal data of students. In that case you do not have to give permission, you will of course be informed about this. VU Amsterdam has a legal obligation to ensure that your personal data are processed in accordance with the applicable privacy legislation based on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
We think privacy is important and have therefore taken all possible steps to protect everyone's privacy. Our privacy lawyers have advised on the procedures and functionalities and continue to do so, so that all data storage and the procedures comply with the GDPR. In addition, IT has reviewed the software used and made clear agreements with the suppliers, to ensure that it meets VU's strict security requirements.
You can find everything about taking exams with online proctoring on this page. This site contains detailed instructions on procedures to follow, how to take a trial exam, equipment to use, what to do if there are problems, and privacy.
I read that is possible to hack into Proctorio. Is that true?
On 17 June 2021 a researcher reported a vulnerability to Proctorio in the form of a ‘responsible disclosure’. This report was investigated immediately and on 24 June 2021 Proctorio released a new version of the plugin, which solved the issue. There have been no indications that the detected vulnerability was in fact exploited.