ScioLink is more than just a proctoring app. ScioLink combines (1) a test preparation module, (2) a test module, (3) a proctoring module, and (4) an evaluation module.
At the moment it is not possible to connect ScioLink to an LMS, mainly for security reasons. Connecting to an LMS increases the chance of data loss or leakage.
ScioLink is suitable for different types of exams. It is primarily designed for high-stakes exams where regularity checking is important. However, it can also be used for low-stakes exams and tests such as continuous work safety testing.
ScioLink is designed to cover the widest possible test variability. It allows you to build exams from different types of tasks, using video and audio samples as assignments. Different system specfications can be set up if required, such as specific rules for going through the test, etc.
ScioLink can be used for any standardized testing in any field. The range of possibilities is limitless – it can be used for professional certifications, industry tests, HR tests and more.
Yes, online and in-person exams are comparable, although some examinees prefer the online environment, while others prefer the face-to-face format. Thus, at the individual level, examinees’ results may differ slightly, but from a population perspective, the differences between the two approaches are statistically insignificant.
In ScioLink, internet outage does not affect the exam. We know from experience that a significant percentage of examinees experience a short-term internet outage during a two-hour exam. In common LMS and proctoring applications, such outage can corrupt the integrity of the data and therefore affect the exam result.
ScioLink continuously stores all unsubmitted data, even in the event of an internet outage. Once the connection is restored, the data is securely sent to the server and stored properly.
The regularity of an exam will never be decided by AI only. AI is a tool that helps us in evaluating and detecting non-standard moments during the exam. Exam irregularities are always evaluated by up to three independent human evaluators.
In our experience, less than 1% of examinees cheat when taking online exams. More often, we see unintentional failure to follow the exam rules, for example, when an examinee fails to properly show their room and desktop. This affects approximately 3-4% of examinees. It is then up to our mutual agreement as to how we approach these situations.
We will assist you in this regard as much as possible. We will share our experience from nearly 100,000 examinations and discuss with you how your exam is normally conducted when in person. Based on this, we will set the exam rules so that their rigour is comparable.
First of all, we will agree on the scope and dates of your exams. You will then give us a list of examinees and the tests they are to take on the exact dates agreed. We will agree on the examination conditions for the examinees. Once this part is done, we take care of the process.
We contact the examinees, inform them about the process and conditions of the exam, and send them exam invitations. Before the exam, examinees go through an onboarding, where they can check their device compatibility and get to know the exam environment. After the exam, we process the results. Within 3-7 days, you receive results of the examinees including our decision on exam regularity.
Although we try to take care of as much communication with examinees as possible, some do contact the client directly. We will prepare a document containing the most frequent questions, but there is also a possibility of rerouting all inquiries to ScioLink. While preparing for the exam, candidates have access to experienced customer support.
No. For various reasons, including keeping the candidates’ personal information secure, we keep the number of people with access to the recordings to a minimum. All recordings are processed by ScioLink staff. Only in case of an appeal, we can give you permission to view recordings of candidates who we disqualified from the exam.
We do not collect any biometric data from the examinees. In our view, this is an unwarranted interference with the rights of examinees.
We keep the number of people with access to examinee recordings as low as possible. No more than three independent persons will evaluate any exam. Customer service has no access to records or exam results.
We collect the absolute minimum data necessary to evaluate exam regularity. These are (1) data used to identify the examinee such as name, surname, photo and date of birth, (2) video and audio recordings of the exams, (3) video recordings of the examinee’s desktop activities, (4) if a so-called desktop extension is used, we collect data on the running processes of the examinee’s device.
However, we do not block any applications; we already see this as an unauthorized intrusion into the personal space of the examinee.
We use a secure application with two-phase identity verification for data transfer.
We try to minimize hardware requirements. Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
From our own experience, we know that meeting these requirements is not a problem for 99 % of examinees. The remaining 1 % are usually able to secure borrow the required equipment.
This is the most widely used web browser in the world, hence, in the interests of compatibility, we require its use. For example, it is only through this browser that we can guarantee internet resilience (functionality of the software even during an internet outage).
Data are stored through Microsoft Azure services within the European Union.
All data (examinees’ personal data, exam questions) are transferred securely, with only a limited number of people having access.
Yes, it is. Microsoft Azure services are also used by banks and government institutions. We emphasize security of all data we collect in the system.