We have introduced an online, computer-based version of the Part 2 exam. For those taking the exam proctored by Examity, we have some guidelines and advice to help you prepare. You can also take a look at our list of frequently asked questions in the FAQ section below.
How it works
Delivery of the exam will remain the same in terms of content and format, so you should prepare in the same way as you normally would. More information on the format can be found here.
The exam is taken via the Practique platform, where you will be monitored by an Examity online invigilator in real time (referred to as a proctor). You will also be recorded and footage will be held to review later, if required.
Your IT set up
It is important to check your IT equipment and the location you intend to take the exam. Proctoring uses a video link with either Zoom or Go To meetings– if you have had issues with your internet connection when using this type of software seek advice before your exam.
Please ensure that your device meets the following specifications and complete the system readiness check, which can be found via the link here: https://prod.examity.com/systemcheck/check.aspx
Minimum Device Requirements:
Only a desktop PC or laptop can be used - Chromebooks, iPad, tablets and mobile phones do not meet the requirements. Laptops should be fully charged and connected to a power source.
Please ensure you have the latest operating system available installed:
- Mac - minimum 10.12 Sierra
- Windows - minimum Windows 7
Linux does not meet the requirements.
You will need:
A working built-in or external webcam and microphone
- A stable internet connection and sufficient bandwidth. Do not use a mobile hotspot
- Internet speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload
- Sufficient hard drive storage space (minimum 20GB free space on PC / laptop)
- Memory (RAM) 4GB minimum, 8GB recommended
- Latest version of Chrome or Firefox web browser with popup block disabled (at least Chrome version 78 / Firefox version 60)
Please use the same browser for all stages of your exam preparation and on the day of the exam.
There is a practice version of the Part 1 exam here for you to familiarise yourself with the exam format and the Practique system. Please see below for ID and password details.
Before the exam
In the week before your exam will receive an email from us inviting you to create a profile in Examity. To create your profile, click on the link to Practique and use the Practique ID and Password provided to log in.
You will to have to upload a photo of your ID so make sure this is saved and accessible on your computer. Add your phone number so you can be contacted if you need support during the exam.
Taking the exam
ID requirements are exactly the same as the written version.
- The exam will take place at the same time on the same date as the written version.
- You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the online format
- Bathroom breaks are allowed if necessary. If you do take a bathroom break, please message the proctor first. You do not need to wait for the proctor to reply. The exam clock will not be stopped.
- Due to security reasons, you will need to remain at your computer/laptop until the allocated exam time has finished, even if you finish before this
Once you have logged in to Practique, click on 'Start Proctoring' – as you did before. When you reach the Examity site this time click on the 'Connect to Proctor' tab.
Do not wait until your official exam start time – do this straightaway. This will take you to the exam schedule page and you will see the exam that you are taking.
Click on 'Connect to Proctor' by the name of the exam, then 'Proceed' – you will now in a queue waiting to be connected to your proctor.
There will be a short wait until the proctor arrives – this could be up to 10 minutes. Do not worry or try to log out/log in again or close your browser. If you need technical help at any time there is a chat box in the bottom right hand corner. When the proctor connects they will launch either a Zoom session or GoToMeeting session and then take you through a series of checks and help you start your exam.
The proctor will talk to you and you can also use the chat feature in video conferencing software e.g. Zoom chat.The proctor will not tell you how much time you have left or instruct you to stop. There is a clock displayed in Practique. At the end of your exam tell the proctor you have finished and click on 'Log out'.
For full guidance on taking the exam download our On the Day exam guide.
Specific rules have been introduced for this exam. To avoid being interrupted by invigilators you should sit the exam in a suitable environment where there will be no disruptions. Any of the following violations will be recorded by the invigilator and reported back:
- Looking at a mobile phone or tablet
- Wearing earplugs or headphones (this will be checked by invigilators during the registration process)
- Wearing any clothing with the ability to hide materials, i.e. hooded jumper (this will also be checked during the registration process)
- Wearing sunglasses (unless permitted for medical reasons) or smart glasses
- Wearing a watch
- Continuously looking around in any direction
- Leaving the room without permission from the invigilator
- Looking at hands or wrists
- Accessing web pages
- Accessing other applications, such as Word/Excel or Windows Explorer
- Taking screenshots of exam content
- Other people entering the room
- Talking to anyone outside the room
- Using multiple screens
- Text books or notes in exam environment (blank paper for note taking is permitted but must be destroyed at the end of the exam)
- Using a calculator
- Room is too dark
- Webcam on PC/laptop angled up or having face obscured
- Vaping or smoking
The full list of our regulations and procedures for exams can be found here.
Click here to download our FAQ document.