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What to Expect On Test Day

Knowing what to expect when you take your at home test will help you do your best on test day. Review this information to learn about the HiSET® exam at home, including what you'll need and how to prepare the room where you'll test.

At Home Testing with ProctorU® Tutorial Video

This video offers a closer look at how to prepare your testing area, the check-in process and what you should expect during your at home test.

Before Your Test Session Begins

  • Run a final ProctorU Systems Check and fix any issues before you check in for your test. All issues must be resolved before your appointment time.
  • Close all browsers and applications not needed for the test. This can help prevent bandwidth issues while you test.
  • Make sure any other devices in your home that use internet aren't running.
  • Gather the materials you'll need for your test session. (All other materials are prohibited.)
    • Passport or other acceptable ID
    • Acceptable note-taking materials, such as a whiteboard or plastic transparency sheet, that can be erased in view of the proctor
    • Cellphone or hand-held mirror for check in
  • Make sure your testing area meets all environment requirements, including:
    • The room is quiet and well lit.
    • The table and surrounding area are clear.
  • Make sure you're dressed appropriately, with your ears and face visible to the proctor. Don't wear any jewelry or other accessories.

Checking In

  • Log in to your ProctorU account at your appointment time. You must begin check in within 15 minutes after your scheduled time. If you're taking more than one subtest in a day, you'll need to complete a separate check in for each subtest. If you haven't checked in by that time, your test will be canceled and your fee won't be refunded.
  • Select "Start Session."
  • Complete the authentication steps, which include showing your ID to the proctor. The name on your ID must match the name on your ETS account.
  • The proctor will review the exam rules and request access to your computer screen for monitoring purposes.
  • The proctor will ask you to use either a hand-held mirror or cell phone to show your computer screen.
  • The proctor will ask you to move the camera on your computer to show a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface.
  • When directed by the proctor, you'll launch the ETS Test Browser. The proctor will give you the password to access the test.
  • Expect this process to take approximately 20 minutes.

During Your Test

Your entire test session will be recorded by ProctorU and monitored by a human proctor, and your photo will be taken.

Interacting with the proctor

  • During the test, the proctor will monitor you (via video camera) and your computer screen to ensure you follow all testing procedures.
  • Make sure you can be seen on camera by the proctor. Suspicious movements could invalidate your test.
  • If you need to contact the proctor during your test, speak to get their attention and/or use the LogMeIn chat. It may take 30–60 seconds for the proctor to reply.
  • If the proctor is attempting to chat with you, the blue owl will bounce up and down.

Testing policies and procedures

  • Make sure you can be seen on camera by the proctor.
  • Suspicious movements could invalidate your test, which would result in your score being canceled.
  • Don't use any unauthorized materials, including mobile devices, prewritten notes or textbooks.
  • Personal recording devices of any kind are strictly prohibited.
  • Don't communicate with anyone else except the proctor.
  • There may be references to using a headset during your test. Ignore these; headsets are NOT allowed in the tests at home.
  • There are no scheduled breaks. If you leave your seat, your score will be canceled.
  • At the end of any multiple-choice subtests, you'll get an unofficial score. You won't get an unofficial score for the Language Arts – Writing subtest.