All ACT assessments are delivered online for your convenience. It's up to you to decide when you are ready to opt in and take your assessment.
Each exam is taken online via the ACT assessment system, Surpass. During the exam you are monitored by our online invigilators, ProctorExam. This monitoring may be conducted by a live person (an invigilator referred to as a proctor) in real time or recorded and reviewed later.
Take a look at this video to see how the set up works and to familiarise yourself with the assessment scenario.
We do not recommend that you sit your assessment at work. This is because often an organisations firewalls cause problems. Find somewhere with a reliable internet connection and where you won't be easily disturbed or interrupted.
Before booking or taking an assessment, download and read the candidate quick start guide. It outlines the correct requirements you need to successfully take your exam online.
Two weeks before your exam week, you will receive an email to test your equipment. This link will expire on the Friday (12pm GMT) before your exam week.
Make sure you have access to the inbox the link has been sent to on the day of the exam, because the link cannot be forwarded to another email adddress.
It is essential you complete this test as it will ensure you have minimal issues on the day. Live chat technical support is available to help with any issues.
A. Mobile device
You will need a mobile device or tablet. This is so that you can download the ProctorExam app. You will not be sitting the exam on your mobile device. The app is specially designed to support the remote invigilation process. Instructions for downloading the app will be provided during the system check process, but firstly you need to make sure your device meets the right requirements.
- Android 4.1 or higher
- iOS (Apple) 8.0 or higher
- You can see your operating system version in the settings of your phone.
- Video resolution must be minimum 800 x 600 px
- Ensure you can connect to WiFi so you don’t use up your data.
- Ensure your mobile device can be plugged in for the duration of your exam.
You will need a laptop or PC to sit your assessment. Your default browser must be set to the latest version of Google Chrome. Take a look at this useful guide if you don't know how to change your default browser.
- Bandwidth – minimum 1mbps or higher upload speed, recommended 1.5mbps + upload speed, 10mbps download speed and ping under 25 ms'
- Tethering is not supported
- Operating Systems
- Windows 8 or higher
- MAC OSX (latest and previous releases)
- WiFi connection – candidate to be positioned where signal is strongest or connected directly to the Ethernet cable
- Web Brower – Current version of Google Chrome
- Webcam required – maximum resolution of 1280 x 720
- Microphone required - this must be built into your PC or laptop
- Audio required
- Do NOT use a separate headset or earphones
- Dual monitors are NOT permitted.
We do not invigilate computers running virtual machines. If you are running a virtual machine when you come in, you will be asked to close your virtual machine and boot into your actual operating system to take your test.
We do not support development previews, beta builds, or release candidates of any operating system unless specified.
Once you're happy that your equipment meets the requirements above, you can test the device you plan to use for your assessment in advance.
You will be emailed a link two weeks before your exam window to test your equipment, click on it and follow the system set up instructions.
If you do not complete the system set up check, you may not be permitted to take the live assessment on the day.
Once you have tested your equipment, your ProctorExam record will be updated to reflect that you have done so.
TIP: It might sound obvious, but make sure that you perform the system setup on the same computer on which you will take the exam!
You will need to do the system setup every time you take an exam. You will also need to re-install the ProctorExam app each time you sit the exam.
You can take in a scientific calculator on the day. An onscreen calculator is available however candidates can take into the exam their own scientific calculator. You will be required to show the calculator in the environment check and clear any memory on the device. You may not use any calculator functionality attached to a mobile phone, a personal computer, or internet device.
You may not use a calculator which has any of the following functions:
- IRR or NPV
- Text storage
- Print out function
If you are unsure about what calculator to use, take a look at this useful blog which explains how to identify a programmable versus non-programmable calculator.
- You will need your photo ID to prove who you are, so make sure you know where it is and have it easily to hand. You will be prompted to show your ID in the environment checks before your exam. Failure to produce ID will result in disqualification. If you cannot see yourself in the webcam and you cannot take a photo of your ID, you should not proceed with the assessment until the webcam works.
- Online invigilation means you can not take bathroom breaks during your assessment. Make sure you go to the toilet before your exam. If you have any medical reasons which mean you will need a concession, please let us know at least 72 hours in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can notify ProctorExam.
- You can take in 6 sheets of A4 blank white paper on the day to make notes. You will need to show both sides of the blank paper in the environment check.
- You can also take in a pen to make notes.
- You can take water into the exam, but ensure any bottles have the labels removed.
Work through the steps above in advance - don't leave it until the last minute. If you're having any problems with your devices or system set up, you may find these ProctorExam FAQ pages helpful.
If not, get in touch with our team at email@example.com.
Ensure you are familiar with the Assessment Rules and Regulations, as any breach of these rules may mean your exam is disqualified.
Small things can make a big difference to your state of mind on assessment day, so we recommend the following:
- get a good nights sleep before your assessment
- have a light meal before your assessment, enough so that you don't feel hungry during, but not so much that it makes you too full and sleepy
- make sure you are comfortably dressed (but be aware that you are being recorded)
- have a bottle or a glass of water with you on the day in case you get thirsty, but make sure any labels are removed
- let those close to you or your work colleagues know when you're sitting your exam, so that you will not be disturbed
Best of luck with your final revision and your assessment on the day!