Updated: September 17, 2020 10:41 PM
Created: September 17, 2020 09:45 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Students have a lot on their plates this year because of the pandemic, and having to take a standardized test just adds to the stress.
And now the ACT will allow you to take the test at home starting this December or February as part of ACT’s national testing program.
"I think this is exciting, I really do. This is the future of testing,” Shane King, vice president of Global Channel for ACT said.
Taking a standardized test like the ACT will soon look different.
Instead of a pencil and the test booklet, students will be using their computers in their own home as proctors guide students through the test.
"The proctor of the exam itself will be through a proctor that will be remote but really they would get the same support that they would get in a traditional brick and mortar test center. It will be the same that they will get in an online proctoring test experience it's just the proctor will be remote,” King said.
With cheating, the proctors will be asking students to scan their rooms throughout the test if needed.
"They'll be scanning the entire room. The walls, the floors, the ceiling, the desk they are sitting at, the chair they are sitting at. If the proctor sees anything suspicious, they'll flag it and talk with the candidate,” King said.
In Rochester, Sylvan Learning offers its ACT class online, where students even have the chance to take a practice test remotely.
"I think it gives them a feeling on what to expect for the test. Timing is a huge part of that. They want to get a good baseline so they know what the ACT looks like and how it feels during that three-hour testing environment,” Jennifer Blissenbach, center director for Sylvan Learning Rochester said.
And with so many already doing distance learning, Jennifer believes this way of testing can help students achieve their goals.
"Education really seems to be expanding and coming to the student. Making it more accessible in your own home I think moving forward the ACT will see a good response from that,” Blissenbach said.
Shane King says remote proctoring is a solution to testing during the pandemic but hopes this will be implemented long term to offer students a new way to take the test.
Sylvan Learning Rochester is also offering an ACT practice test in person or online October 10. For more information and how to sign up, call 507-517-3466.
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