Placement Test Study Guide: Virtual Proctoring for Placement Testing (VPP)

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What is Virtual Proctoring for Placement Testing (VPP)?

Virtual Proctoring for Placement Testing is a way for students who are unable to come to campus for placement testing, FCC Testing Center proctors are available to administer ACCUPLACER placement tests to you at home, by appointment, using Zoom. You may use Zoom from a web browser or you may install and launch the Zoom client. You do not have to create a Zoom account and it is not required that you install and launch from the Zoom client.

***You will be asked to verify that you have the read this webpage in its entirety, have met the requirements for equipment and system settings to deem yourself suitable for VPP, have reviewed the privacy policy, as well as agree to our terms and conditions related to VPP.***

VPP appointments can be booked online at least 24 hours in advance.

Select the exam service, date, and time from the available time slots and complete the information fields to assist us in preparing for your VPP appointment. Ignore the time duration of the slot, all ACCUPLACER tests have no time limit. Before your appointment, you will receive a testing voucher by email and then your booking confirmation will follow that will contain your Zoom meeting invitation. You must have this voucher code at your testing station when you connect with your proctor.  

 

If you need to cancel or reschedule, there is a link in the confirmation email you received that allows you to edit your appointment. You may also email us at testingcenter@frederick.edu.

Accommodated Testing

For students seeking extended time for tests, please note that placement tests have no time limit. Students seeking other accommodations for placement testing should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office at DisabilityServices@frederick.edu or 301-846-2408.  Reasonable accommodations, based on documentation of disability and eligibility for services, can be offered to students.

Getting Started with VPP

VPP is scheduled by appointment only and based on proctor availability. It is highly recommended that you to connect five (5) minutes before your appointment with your acceptable ID, scratch paper, and pen/pencil, while sitting at your workstation with no other programs running in the background.   

You will be monitored using a combination of live proctoring through the Zoom video chat service and a lockdown browser from Accuplacer to dissuade you from using unauthorized resources on the web or in your testing environment. Do not click outside of the test window once testing begins.  

When taking the ACCUPLACER, you are to follow the Student Code of Conduct and any violations of academic integrity reported may impact your eligibility to register for courses.  If the proctor observes any behavior that resembles an attempt at academic dishonesty, the proctor reserves the right to stop your testing session and inform you of what they have observed. If the proctor determines that you have committed a violation of academic integrity, the testing session will stop and disciplinary action may be taken, which includes a formal report sent to the Associate Vice President of Learning Support/Dean of Students. Please ensure that you are testing in compliance with the requirements listed below.  

The following exam services may be administered using VPP:  

  • ACCUPLACER All Tests (reading, writing, and math all in one sitting) 
  • ACCUPLACER ESL tests (English as a second language) 
  • ACCUPLACER Math (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics) 
  • ACCUPLACER Reading 
  • ACCUPLACER Reading & Writing 
  • ACCUPLACER Writing
  • Reading-Writing Sample (available by email request for students who qualify)  

Due to the limited availability of appointments, we ask that students testing for English placement only initially take Reading and Writing tests in one sitting unless the student has an exemption in one area or only needs retesting in one area.

Technology/System Requirements

IMPORTANT: Students interested in using VPP must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, webcam and microphone (or smartphone to serve as a webcam and microphone), as well as an acceptable photo ID.  Students may test using a desktop or laptop computer, or Chromebook device.  If students are using a laptop or Chromebook, please have the device plugged into a power source to ensure no interruptions due to not enough battery power during their testing session.

 

The FCC Testing Center highly recommends that you test your computer/device, webcam, microphone and internet speed and connectivity and complete all installations before requesting a testing voucher to ensure compatibility.  The minimum requirements must be met for Accuplacer (www.accuplacer.org) and Zoom (www.zoom.us).

Test your computer/device and verify you have the minimum system requirements

Minimum requirements for computer or device to deliver Accuplacer tests:

Browser Types

PC: Internet Explorer 11+ 

Microsoft Edge 40+ / EdgeHTML 15+ 

Firefox 65+ 

Chrome 74.0+ 

MAC: Safari 11+ 

Mobile

iOS Safari 

Android Chrome 

Platform

Windows 10 

Mac OS X v10.7 

Chrome OS 

Adobe Acrobat Reader version Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0+
Pop-up Blocker Must be turned OFF to allow Pop-ups
Screen resolution 1024x768
Internet High speed, hard connected is preferred but strong WiFi signal is acceptable.

Visit www.accuplacer.org and select “Verify System” which can be found at the bottom of the page.

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You will need to ensure that you meet the ACCUPLACER system requirements and ensure that your Pop-Up Blocker is turned off. Visit www.accuplacer.org and scroll down to “Verify System Requirements” located at the bottom right of the page and select the “Verify System” button. Each technical specification must display “pass” to ensure that you have met or exceeded the minimum requirements. Any technical specification labeled “fail” must be corrected before testing can be scheduled.  

System requirements for participating in Zoom meetings: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux​

Test your internet connection, audio, and video for Zoom: https://zoom.us/test​

Instructions for testing computer or device: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-How-Do-I-Join-or-Test-My-Computer-Device-Audio-?zcid=1231

Trusted internet connectivity speed test by Ookla Broadband Speed Test: https://www.speedtest.net   

 

Preparing Your Workspace for Testing

You must test alone in a quiet room without disruptions. 

– No music or programs may run in the background and the webcam and microphone must remain on during the entire session.  

The following are not allowed during testing: 

– Food, drink, calculators, and breaks.  

Scratch paper is allowed along with your testing voucher code and a standard pen/pencil.  We recommend three (3) full-sized, clean sheets of paper.  

– You will be asked to show both sides of your scratch paper to the proctor at the beginning and end of your test session.  Please allow the proctor to inspect all items at your testing space. 

Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important to us!

 

VPP allows for students to take placement tests from home.  Students must be equipped with the necessary technology and have applied to Frederick Community College before deeming themselves suitable for VPP.  The Testing Center has chosen to conduct the administration of the ACCUPLACER tests through the Zoom video chat service. VPP sessions are conducted in live-mode only and not recorded or stored otherwise to protect the student’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and adhere to the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).

Before booking an appointment for VPP, a student should be informed of the following processes and settings of the virtual proctoring space:

  • When the student joins a Zoom meeting for the first time on Windows or Mac, a prompt to install the Zoom meeting desktop app will appear. Students may install the desktop app or join via web browser whether they are using Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS. Student may choose to join as a guest or create a free, individual Zoom account. 
  • Enable video and audio throughout the entire exam session so that the proctor can continuously monitor the student and testing environment
  • Show the proctor an acceptable form of ID, inspect the workstation, writing utensils, and scratch paper, and pan the webcam around the room, upon request on webcam
  • Allow proctor to view the student’s desktop through Zoom screen sharing feature
  • Allow proctor to move the student into a private Breakout Session and do not expel or block proctor from entering or re-entering the Breakout Session during testing 
  • Allow proctor to take control of the student’s computer to enter passwords, if needed

 

Acceptable Forms of ID for Placement Testing

Acceptable forms of ID include original (no copies or alterations accepted):  
  • Driver’s license  
  • High School ID  
  • Military ID  
  • Middle School ID  
  • State or federal approved ID  
  • College ID  
  • Passport  
  • Tribal ID card  
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship  

What to Expect During Testing

When you connect to Zoom, there may be many students connected in the Main Session at the same time as you, please be patient as your proctor greets and administers the test to each student in the virtual environment.  Testing officially begins when the proctor invites you to a Breakout Session, separate from the Main Session where you initially connected. In the Breakout Session testing environment, your ID will be checked and authenticated by the proctor. You must show the proctor your testing environment by slowly panning your webcam around the room. You must indicate the number of leaves of scratch paper at your desk, we recommend at least 3 full-sized, clean sheets, and allow the proctor to inspect them to ensure there are no pre-written notes. Once the proctor performs this initial inspection, they will assist you in starting your test.  Proctors will mute their microphone and turn off their webcam during your test but you are required to keep your audio and video connected for the duration of your appointment.  

What to Expect After Testing

When testing is complete, the proctor will request a final inspection of your testing environment and scratch paper and ask that you tear the scratch paper into small, confetti-sized pieces. Close out your web browser before disconnecting from the Zoom meeting.   

Your test results will be automatically received by Frederick Community College, a copy of your results will be securely emailed to you, and a QR Code will be available for you to scan using your smartphone.  You may also view your scores by visiting https://guides.frederick.edu/testing to find the ACCUPLACER Student Portal at the top right side of the Study Guide, under “ACCUPLACER Official Resources.” 

For Virtual Advising Appointment

ROAR (Required Orientation, Advising, & Registration) for brand new students

Students who are new to the College should continue with the next step in the ROAR process and make an appointment to meet with an advisor: www.frederick.edu/orientation  

The ROAR appointments will be starting on May 1, 2020 and available for booking on April 20, 2020.   

General 

Current and transfer students should make virtual advising appointment to meet with an advisor. Visit the Counseling and Advising page to make appointments a  www.frederick.edu/advising  

Dual Enrollment Open Campus  

Make a virtual advising appointment to meet with an advisor www.frederick.edu/advising   

Dual Enrollment High School Based  

Make a virtual appointment with your High School Guidance Counselor during their posted Office Hours. 

Early College 

Applicants should email the FCC Office of Dual Enrollment with a note indicating that you have completed placement testing. 

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