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Venues for sitting the accreditation exam

Posted on: 20 July 2020

IPEd holds the on-screen accreditation exam in dedicated exam venues to ensure equity (fairness to candidates) and to control costs of holding the exam. The two main reasons are to provide:
  • controlled computer environments, with some technical support, using the same PC or Mac operating system and access to the same software and internet resources
  • standardised invigilation procedures, with a maximum candidate to invigilator ratio of 15:1.

Sitting the exam at Cliftons

The venue provider is Cliftons, which has computer rooms in cities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Currently we have booked venues in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Wellington. Candidates are expected to travel to their closest venue to sit the exam, and will indicate the relevant venue on the exam registration form. 

Cliftons has implemented strict hygiene and physical distancing procedures at all venues. Exam candidates and invigilators will have to sign in (for contact tracing) and pass a temperature test to be allowed to enter the venue. 

We are also putting in place contingency plans to offer candidates alternative arrangements in the event that:
  • there are insufficient registrations to proceed with the booking at a given venue (minimum number is five at one venue)
  • a venue is in a lockdown area in the immediate lead-up to the exam date of 5 December.

Alternative arrangements

There may be circumstances, besides those mentioned above, where it is not feasible for a candidate to get to an exam venue. Candidates who believe they cannot get to one of the nominated venues must register and request remote candidacy, and email the AB Chair with their reason for the request, by the early bird cut-off date of 4 October. 

Remote requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and the arrangements offered will depend on several factors. Primary among these is the number of remote requests in a given area: the arrangements offered to a single candidate will differ from the arrangements offered to three candidates in the same regional area, which will be different again from arrangements made for 20 candidates in a lockdown area. 

It may not actually be feasible in terms of cost or practicality to offer an alternative arrangement – we won’t know until we know who needs one and where they are. The sooner candidates register, the sooner we can make specific arrangements. 

Examples

A single candidate in an isolated rural area: The candidate may be offered an arrangement that involves one-to-one remote invigilation (see below), provided the candidate also has secure and reliable internet service, and a suitable computer and software. 

Three candidates in the same regional area: e.g. northern NSW (one in Bellingen, one in Moree and one in Tamworth) or Tasmania (two in Hobart and one in Launceston). In this case we would investigate booking a dedicated computer room in a centre that is not an unreasonable distance to travel within the region (e.g. Armidale, NSW; Hobart, Tas.) and requiring the three candidates to travel to that centre, where we could provide a single invigilator.
20 candidates in a lockdown area: We would try to set up remote invigilation arrangements at scale. 

Remote invigilation

A remote invigilation arrangement is likely to be one of two types:
  • a local invigilator in the same room with the candidate – in this case the candidate may be responsible for finding the invigilator as well as a suitable computer room
  • a remote invigilator, who would interact with the candidate and view their completion of the exam via computer (a process known as remote proctoring).

In both cases the candidate would need to sign declarations and waivers about the reliability and versions of their computer systems, software and internet access, as well as about privacy issues in having an invigilator inside or looking into their home or office. The invigilator would need to make declarations regarding the security of exam documents and privacy of candidates. 

Concerns have been raised about remote proctoring systems such as that provided by ProctorU. This is not one of the solutions IPEd plans to use. In all cases, remote invigilators will be selected by the candidate or provided by IPEd, and will receive specific training. 

Offering and accepting an alternative arrangement

Once an alternative arrangement has been worked out and offered to a candidate or group of candidates, each candidate will need to accept that arrangement and complete any necessary declarations and waivers, before final registrations close on 8 November (or a later date if a lockdown is imposed after that date). A candidate may choose to decline the arrangement, in which case their exam registration will be cancelled and their fee refunded, less an appropriate administration fee. 

Register here and contact the AB Chair here.
 

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