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Online Proctored Exam

Microsoft's Online Proctored (OP) Exam Delivery allows you to take a certification exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an offsite proctor.

This delivery option is available for most MTA, MCSA, MCSE and MCSD exams.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams are not available for online proctored delivery.

Exams may not be available in all countries and languages. Additionally, greeter support, proctor support, and proctoring software are only available in English.


Online Exam Protocols

Microsoft's OP exam delivery system has very specific technical, system, environment, and testing protocol requirements. To maintain the integrity of proctored exams in an online/webcam setting, very specific policies, practices, and procedures are enforced. Here are just some of the specifics from the Microsoft web site.

Office or home setting

Your office or home setting must meet the following requirements:

  • Office or conference room must be walled, with a closed door, away from disruptions.
  • In-home room should be away from disruptions.
  • No third party is to be in the room during your testing session.

Communicating with the greeter and proctor:

  • Phone. During the check-in process, the greeter will ask for your phone number to communicate with you while you are checking in for your exam. After you have completed the check-in process, you will be asked to place your phone out of reach, but close enough to be heard.
  • Chat window. Most communication with the greeter and proctor occurs via the Chat window.
  • Microphone. During the check-in process and, if necessary, while taking your exam, you can communicate with the greeter and proctor via microphone.
  • Language. All communication with the greeter and proctor is conducted in English.

Identity verification:

  • You are required to present a current, government-issued form of ID.
  • A webcam photo will be taken of your photo ID and you.

Scan of Work-area:

With your webcam, or by lifting and rotating your laptop, you are asked to scan slowly left to right to show surrounding walls and to scan up and down to show the floor and ceiling. If you are unable to complete a room scan, you are not permitted to proceed further or to take the exam.

You are then asked to scan your entire work area. The proctor is looking for security risks, including but not limited to:

  • Additional monitors. (If there are any, they must be unplugged and turned away from you.)
  • Additional computers. (If there are any, they must be turned off and monitors must be dark.)
  • Wall art/posters are inspected.

The work area should be clear of all materials, including the following items, which are not allowed within arm’s reach: books, notepads, Post-it notes, typed notes/papers, or writing instruments (such as pens, markers, or pencils). Whiteboards should be wiped clean.

While a Pearson Vue testing center will provide you with an erasable white board on which you can take notes during the exam, this is not allowed in an online proctored environment. If you wish to take notes during the exam, you should schedule your exam for a Pearson VUE test center. The exam is identical regardless of the delivery method.

No personal belongings

During the exam, you may not access the following types of personal items: hand-held computers or other electronic devices, pagers, watches, wallets, purses, hats (or other head coverings), bags, coats, books, notes, or any other materials not specifically approved.

You are asked to turn out all your pockets so the greeter can see that they are empty.

  • If you are wearing long sleeves, you are asked to roll up your sleeves to show that there is no writing on your arms.
  • If you have long hair that covers your ears, you are asked to pull your hair back to show the greeter that there is nothing attached to your ear (such as a Bluetooth earpiece).

No breaks/eating/drinking

  • Breaks are not allowed during the exam for any reason. You understand and agree that, if you take a break, you are not allowed to resume the exam at a later time and your exam score is invalidated.
  • Eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing gum are prohibited during the exam.

No exam assistance

  • No third party can enter the room during your testing session. If this occurs, your exam will be terminated.
  • You may not receive any assistance or coaching from other individuals while taking the exam, and you may not allow the computer screen which presents the exam questions to be seen by other individuals.
  • You are not allowed to use exam-specific materials and are not permitted to use scratch paper, erasable whiteboards, or any other writing object during the exam.
  • You are also not permitted to use any writing instruments, such as a pen, marker, or pencil, during exam delivery.
  • The proctor cannot answer questions related to exam content. If you have questions related to exam content, please contact Microsoft after you complete the exam.



You must review and accept Microsoft's requirements before you can register for an online exam. Review Online Proctored Exam requirements and FAQs.

If all requirements are confirmed and met, select your exam from Microsoft's exam list. If Microsoft is offering online proctored delivery for that exam you will be able to select that option during the exam registration process.


Online Proctored Exam Delivery is a Microsoft program and therefore subject to their requirements, restrictions, limitations and offerings.