Online Exams

What is an online exam?

The University has made changes to our examinations since moving to online learning in response to COVID-19. There will be fewer examinations as many exams have moved to alternative assessments. The exams that will be held will be delivered via vUWS under examination conditions. There will be no face to face written exams held on campus until further notice.

Online Exams can be either Proctored or Not Proctored, read below for more details.

Non-Proctored Online Exams

Exams on vUWS only

Not Proctored


Non-Proctored exams are done online using vUWS only.  There is no supervision by a live or AI supervisor.  You are not required to register or book your exams ahead of time.

  1. To commence your online examination on time, log in to your vUWS site 15 minutes prior to your exam start time to set up and be ready to download when your exam starts.
  2. Ensure your internet bandwidth is not being used by anyone in your home or workspace to stream content such as You Tube or Netflix, as this could affect the performance of your exam.
  3. Before logging in to vUWS check your browser is compatible at the following link (opens in a new window) (note Internet Explorer is NOT supported):
  4. Log in to vUWS from the WSU homepage
  5. Locate and click on the unit for which you have an exam
  6. Locate your exam in the ‘Assessment Zone’ titled ‘Final Exam or ‘Final Examination’
  7. Read the Examination instructions BEFORE attempting your exam
  8. More information can be found on the Online Exam via vUWS guide (opens in a new window)

Proctored Online Exams

Exams on Proctor U Live+

Exams on Proctor U Review+



Proctoring’ is another word for exam supervision.  Western Sydney University is working with ProctorU to provide online exam supervision in 2020. ProctorU is an online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam in your own space at home.  There are two types of Proctored exams, Live+ and Review+

Live+ means a real person will supervise your exam in real time via your webcam.  You won't be able to see the supervisor but you can contact them at any time using the chat option.  You will be asked to do a room check which involves you moving your webcam around the room to show the supervisor your space.  You will need a Computer or Laptop with a web cam and microphone, as well as stable internet.  You can check the technical requirements on the Proctor U Website (opens in a new window). To view how it works go to the Step by Step Live+ Guide (opens in a new window)

Review+ means your exam will be run in vUWS with ProctorU. This uses an AI software to launch and monitor the exam.  There is no live monitoring during the exam but a supervisor will review the recording after and any flags raised by the AI software.  You will need a Computer or Laptop with a web cam and microphone, as well as stable internet.  You can check the technical requirements on the Proctor U Website. Step by Step Review+ Guide (opens in a new window).

Live+ Exams

You must register with Proctor U and schedule your Live+ exam ahead of time (usually 72 hours). You may not be able to schedule your session if you leave it too late. For more detailed instructions on how to create your ProctorU account and schedule your session please refer to the Live+ Guide (opens in a new window).

Review+ Exams

You must register with Proctor U for your Review+ exam ahead of time, but you DO NOT need to schedule your exam.  for more detailed instructions on how to create your ProctorU account please refer to the Review + Guide (opens in a new window).

What is the difference between Live+ & Review+?

Exam TypeProctoringDeliverySupervisionRegistrationSchedule
Exams via Live+ Proctored via ProctorU On vUWS Supervised by a Live proctor Register with ProctorU Schedule a session with Proctor U
Exams via Review+ Proctored via ProctorU On vUWS Supervised by Artificial Intelligence Register with ProctorU No need to schedule a session with Proctor U

Are you ready for online exams?

Refer to the Online Exams 10 things to remember checklist (opens in a new window)

Still not sure or need help, contact

  • KB0016541 – What happens on the day of my Proctor U supervised exam?
  • KB0016513 – Can I go onto campus to sit my exam?
  • KB0016543 – What if I don’t have a valid student ID card?
  • KB0016544 – What is an exam window?
  • KB0016546 – What times do online final exams usually start?

Special requirements and Academic Integration Plan adjustments

If you have an Academic Integration Plan (AIP) that includes exam adjustments, these will be applied to your online exam. If you are unsure whether your Academic Integration Plan is current or you need to change your requirements, please contact your Disability Advisor or as soon as possible before your exam.

For more information, please visit Disability Services and Academic Integration Plans or you can email

For support in using your assistive technology software in your exams please contact the Assistive Technology Specialists at

  • KB0016542 – What if I am doing an online exam and have a special need or disability?

Technical Requirements

To complete your online exams successfully there are some specific technical requirements that are required.  For Review+ and Live+ exams being held via Proctor U, there is more information about these requirements on the Proctor U Website.  They also have some very helpful troubleshooting tips on their website.  To find out if your equipment will be suitable to complete your proctored exams you can test it here.

vUWS only



Stable Internet


Internet Download Speed1.5 Mbps1.5 Mbps1.5 Mbps
Internet Upload Speed1 Mbps1 Mbps1 Mbps

Browsers - DO NOT USE Internet Explorer

Chrome (preferred) or Firefox

Chrome (preferred) or Firefox

Chrome (preferred) or Firefox

Dual Monitors








Chrome Extension


Suitable quiet space

Don’t have a laptop?

If you don’t have a suitable laptop or PC to undertake your online exam, please email the examinations team on and they may be able to source a loan laptop for you to use.  Ensure you contact us well in advance of your online exam to give us time to source a computer and organise collection.

  • KB0016538 – what equipment and technology is required for my online exams?
  • KB0016503 – MAC requirements for online exams with Proctor U?


The University’s contract with ProctorU includes assurances that a formal security program in accordance with industry standards is in place that protects the security and integrity of the services being provided and the information being collected. ProctorU cannot use student's personal information for any reason other than the proctoring of online exams. For more information please refer to ProctorU Privacy FAQ

Academic Integrity

Measures have been put in place to ensure academic integrity is maintained during online exams. Online proctoring services are used to support these measures.  Further information in relation to Student Misconduct can be found on the Student Misconduct webpage.



Identity not verified

ID not produced


ID expired


ID unclear


Wearing a hoodie/unable to view footage clearly


Camera blurred/smidged throughout exam


Camera Off/rear facing camera

Other Issues

Looking off Screen


Use of unpermitted break


Out of view of camera


Wearing headphones/air pods


Camera off/rear facing camera


Should misconduct or irregular practices be suspected by the exam proctor an incident will be recorded.  The incident may be dealt with under the provisions of the Student Misconduct Rule (opens in a new window)

  • KB0016539 – What happens if I do not follow examination instructions or guidelines?
  • KB0016540 – What happens if someone tries to cheat during an exam?
  • KB0016547 – What type of incidents are classified as a breach of the instructions or guidelines, and will be considered as misconduct?
  • KB0016549 – Why can’t I leave the view of the webcam?


Below table indicates support team for the relevant enquiry to assist you.

  1. Connect to Live Proctor U Technician (opens in a new window)
  2. Contact Number

  3. Email

» Email

» Email

Important - Testing your equipment (opens in a new window)

Other issues encountered when:

  • creating your online ProctorU Profile
  • scheduling your exam session

During your exam – use the chat feature in Proctor U, click on the blue owl

  • Assistance to install the Chrome extension
  • Assistance with vUWS site
  • Any IT related issues during your exam
  • Unable to connect with ProctorU
  • Exam Timetabling
  • Deferred Exams
  • Loan Laptop
  • Exam Conditions concerns
  • KB0016548 – Who should I contact for support during my online exam?

Unit Coordinator

Exam structure, Resources permitted

Counselling and Welfare

The Welfare and Counselling Services are available to support students. These services are confidential and here to help you. Find out more at Get Support.

  • KB0016961 - What options are available if I don't have a safe space to sit my exam at home?