In order to use Proctorio with a test in courseware, you will need to set up a quiz in Canvas to start Proctorio and a test in your courseware for the students to take. Please note, this will create two columns in your gradebook, but only one will be used for grading. Some of the features of Proctorio will have to be disabled, but you will still be review your students’ screen recordings, web traffic, and behavior during the test.
This document will cover the generic setup of tests in courseware, specific settings in Canvas and Proctorio to use, the workflow students will experience, and tips.

Courseware Test Setup

Before creating the quiz to start Proctorio in Canvas, please create the test in your courseware and deploy it to Canvas. Depending on the capabilities of the courseware, we recommend:

• Setting a password for the test.

• Setting availability dates that will match those in Canvas.

• Randomizing questions.

If possible, do not deploy the link to the courseware test into a module or page, where it can be reached easily. Also, you may wish to consider hiding Assignments in Canvas Course Navigation for the same reason.

You may also wish to inform your students that only tests taken with Proctorio will be accepted to prevent students trying to bypass proctoring.

Canvas Quiz Setup

The following instructions assume a basic understanding of Canvas quizzes and basic operation of Proctorio.

• Basic setup of a Canvas quiz. Complete documentation on quizzes is available.

Note, that as of Spring 2020, Proctorio only works with the older quiz feature (Classic Quizzes) but not with New Quizzes.

• Review setting up Proctorio.

Create a quiz in Canvas as you normally would, but make sure that you do the creation and any later editing in Chrome with the Proctorio Extension installed. You will want to ensure:

  1. That the quiz has a time limit of no more than eight hours.
  2. That the availability and time limits in your Canvas quiz match those in the courseware test. (Remember, if you make changes to these in one system, you need to change them in the other.)
  3. That the box enabling Proctorio is checked.
  4. That you do not show correct answers (there will be none anyway, but this will keep the link from showing after the test).
  5. Be sure to include detailed instructions (see Suggestions for Instructions below).
  6. Create at least one question. We recommend that this be a Text (no question)(See Fig. 1).
    • Add some basic instructions to tell the students to click the link, wait for the courseware test to open in new tab, etc.
    • Add the link by choosing it from the Assignments tab on the right of the screen. (If you have a narrow browser window, this may be near the bottom of the window, rather than on the side.)
    • Add the password.
    • Save the question.

      Figure 1, Sample text question
  7. Click on Proctorio Settings at the top and choose your settings (See Fig. 2). For this type of test, we recommend the following:
    1. Record Audio = On
    2. Record Screen = On
    3. Record Web Traffic = On
    4. Scan at Start – if used, please set to Scan at Start, the Intelligent Scan option will not be visible to students while working in the courseware test tab
    5. Force Full Screen = Off (this must be off for students to access the courseware)
    6. Only One Screen = On
    7. Disable New Tabs = Off (this must be off for students to access the courseware)
    8. Close Open Tabs = On
    9. Disable Printing = On
    10. Disable Clipboard = On (unless students need to be able to copy and paste to complete the test)
    11. Block Downloads = On
    12. Clear Cache = On
    13. Disable Right Click = On (unless students need to be able to copy and paste to complete the test)
    14. Prevent Re-entry = Off (this is a problematic setting if internet connections are unreliable)
    15. Verify Video = On
    16. Verify Audio = On
    17. Verify Desktop = On
    18. Auto ID Check = On if desired
    19. Verify Signature = Off (this feature is problematic on computers that do not employ a stylus)
    20. Calculator – as desired
    21. Whiteboard – as desired
      Figure 2, Proctorio exam settings
  8. Create a Profile to allow easy reuse of these settings (Optional).

  9. Save or Save and Publish the Quiz.

Workflow for the students

Before the test, students will need to have met the following basic requirements. There is a full list of student requirements for using Proctorio.

  1. Ensure that they are taking the test in Chrome and have the Proctorio Extension installed.
  2. Have a web camera, unless you have chosen not to use one.
  3. Have a stable internet connection.
  4. Have accessed the courseware and set up their account.

To take the test, students will go to the Proctored Quiz in Canvas.

  1. Click to start it as they normally would. 
  2. They will be walked through the Proctorio setup and Prechecks.
  3. Read the Proctorio instructions and Test instructions.
  4. Click to start the test.
  5. Click the link to the test in the courseware, which will open in a new tab.
  6. If required, enter a password.
  7. After completing all of the questions, submit the test in the courseware.
  8. Return to the Canvas tab and submit the tests.
  9. Click in the red box at the top of the screen to end the Proctorio test. (If they do not do these last two steps, the quiz and Proctorio will simply end when the quiz timer runs out.


There will be variations in this process between publishers. Each publisher has different features in their courseware and integrates differently with Canvas. Some experimentation and testing may be required for the setup that best meets your needs.

One suggestion for getting students to return to the Canvas Proctored Quiz, after finishing the test in courseware to end the session, is to have a bonus question in Canvas. If you wish to do this, you may wish to set up Canvas to show one question at a time; however, it would not be a good idea to set the quiz to prevent backtracking, as that could lock a curious student out of the link to the courseware tests.

When reviewing the test in Proctorio, you may decide there are too many false positives. In that case, remember that you can change the Behavior and Anomaly Detection settings. Those that detect Navigating Away from the quiz will generate false positives because students have to do that to access the courseware test.

An alternative to this process would be to check with your publisher representative to see if test banks are available to import the questions into Canvas. This would allow Proctorio’s lockdown settings to be used.

Getting Help

Please contact if you have questions. However, you may wish to contact your publisher sales representative to determine if there are other features that may be of use. Because of the number and complexity of courseware systems integrated with our Canvas environment, it is not possible for the Office of eLearning to offer comprehensive support for all of their features and functionality.

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Modified on: Mon, May 11, 2020 at 11:02 AM