I just completed the PjM exam through online proctoring. Before taking the exam, I read all the feedback other candidates posted on the forum about their experience using online proctoring so I was mentally prepared for all obstructions and delays.
Fortunately, I didn't have the same experience as what I have read on the forums. My exam was scheduled for 9:30am EST. I launched the exam at about 9:25am. There was an initial glitch while capturing my face so I closed out of the program, reached out to support on the website and while waiting for a response, I relaunched the program. The second time around, the system prompted for a capture of my drivers license instead of my face and it went through without a glitch. I waited for about 10-15 mins before the first proctor came on and inspected my environment, ID and performed the security check. After which I waited another 10-15 mins and a second proctor came on to connect me with the test. I started my test at about 9:57am so from launching the program to seeing the first question, the process was about 30mins.
Once I started the exam, I had no delays or issues with the system, camera, internet or communicating with the proctor. Using the available built in tools weren't so bad. Although I prefer using a scratch paper, I made sure to practice the exam interface several times before test day with the NCARB demo exam. When I was done with all questions including reviewing, the time was up. I didn't take my 30mins break as I didn't want to risk not being able to review already seen questions. Before submitting, I notified the proctor and she let me know I was clear to end the exam.
Hoping every other test day goes as smoothly as today, I personally will keep using the online proctoring system for all other divisions as it was a lot more comfortable than testing at a Prometric center. Now to wait for the results!!
I'm aware not many people have had success with the proctoring system but I hope my experience helps relieve stress that anyone might feel after reading all other reviews and might not have a chance to reschedule. Good Luck!!
PS it really helped to practice all built in tools with the NCARB demo exam!
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