Online Exams

The Covid-19 worldwide pandemic resulted in a new outlook on how we go about life in a more virtual way, including writing exams.  ASSA is currently working on making this happen for our students. This page will provide the available information on the requirements and process for writing online exams with ASSA. As information becomes available it will be added to this website page.

Exam format per subject

Online Proctoring:

All ASSA online exams will be invigilated using a well-proven online proctoring service.

As part of your preparation for your exam, all candidates will have to create an online proctoring account with the service provider.  Details and step-by-step instructions will be provided to you in your Preparation exam that will be available around 7-5 days before your exam.

Please ensure you use the SAME email address that is used in your ASSA Member profile to create your proctoring profile.

If you need to troubleshoot equipment settings please have a look at:  ProctorU Troubleshooting

This will be a written exam invigilated online. Exam papers will be made available in the Moodle Learning Platform.

Students must ensure they have a  full clean Exam pad to write the exam answers on – single side. Your candidate number must appear at the top of each page. Students must indicate on the last page of their answer pack “The End” with a line across the page.

A cell phone scanning app will be used to scan the answers into Moodle during a dedicated scanning time allocations at the end of the exam.  Recommendations on scanning apps will be communicated.  Students must please ensure they are familiar with the scanning app and how to transfer files between their cell phone and PC before the exams.

PC and technology specifications as is listed in the Online Exam Requirements Document of this page.

Paper A will be a written exam invigilated online through a PC with webcam.

Student must ensure they have a  full clean Exam pad to write the exam answers on – single side. Your candidate number must appear at the top of each page. Students must indicate on the last page of their answer pack “The End” with a line across the page.

A cell phone scanning app will be used to scan the answers into Moodle during a dedicated scanning time allocations at the end of the exam.  Recommendations on scanning apps will be communicated. Students must please ensure they are familiar with the scanning app and how to transfer files between their cell phone and PC before the exams.

Paper B will be a type exam using an Excel file that will be provided as part of the exam, also invigilated online.

PC and technology specifications as is listed in the Online Exam Requirements Document of this page.

This exam will only be offered as a typed exam for Semester 1 2020 within the Moodle Learning Platform, invigilated online.

Candidates who wish to write this exam will have to register for the 2nd semester sitting.

PC and technology specifications as is listed in the Online Exam Requirements Document of this page.

N211 will be offered as a typed exam invigilated online.  Microsoft Office templates will be provided as part of the exam for completing your answers in.

PC and technology specifications as is listed in the Online Exam Requirements Document of this page.

All F100 subjects will be offered as typed exams within the Moodle learning platform, invigilated online. A Prep-Exam will be available around a week before the actual exam where students can practice an familiarise themselves with the Moodle Learning Platform environment and editor.

PC and technology specifications as is listed in the Online Exam Requirements Document of this page.

All F200 subjects will be offered as typed exams within the Moodle learning platform, invigilated online. A Prep-Exam will be available around a week before the actual exam where students can practice an familiarise themselves with the Moodle Learning Platform environment and editor.

PC and technology specifications as is listed in the Online Exam Requirements Document of this page.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - EXPAND TO SEE ALL

Will I need to type my exam paper?

All online exams will require a PC with the minimum specifications as listed in the Online Exam Requirements Document.

A PC / Laptop with a camera and microphone will be used with an online proctoring service to invigilate the exam.

Only A211 and A213 (paper A) will be allowed to write the exam. All other exams will be typed only exams.

Will I be able to print my exam paper

You will not be allowed to print the exam paper. The questions will be entered into the Learning platform.

You will be allowed to have a scrap paper with you to make notes on and plan.

Will my work's firewall allow the exam program?

We recommend that you use Chrome or Firefox.

Exam-takers will only be required to install the browser extension for the invigilation service.  Chrome and Firefox extensions must be allowed by firewalls. – please check with your network administrator before the exam.

You will access the Learning platform through your web interface.

What other programs must I have on my PC?

Refer to the Online Exam Requirements Document for technical and software requirements.

We recommend that all candidates must have an updated Adobe Acrobat – (http://get.adobe.com/reader/ ) on their PC’s.

Where external programs such as MS Word / Excel / Powerpoint are required, templates will be provided in the exam to download and use.  Students may not use their own files.

What are the dates for this A211 and A213 exams?

The dates for these exams have moved since the original exam communications before Covid-19.

The correct dates are: A211 –  18 May 2020 and A213 –  22 May 2020

You may de-register from any ASSA exam until 10 days before the exam date.

Microphones / earphones and webcams?

Your laptop / PC should have a working camera and microphone as per the specifications in the Online Exam Requirements Document.

The camera and microphone must remain on for the full duration of the exam. This is used by the online invigilation services and may not be used by the student themselves for other activities.

NO earphones or headsets will be allowed.

Can I use my phone camera to record if I don’t have a webcam?

You will need a PC with a webcam to attempt these exams.

Can I use a larger monitor with m laptop monitor closed?

No dual screens are allowed. ProctorU also doesn’t allow additional devices attached to your PC ports.

Make use of the ProctorU “Test my equipment” link to test your PC set up.

Does ProctorU breach my privacy rights?

Absolutely not! ProctorU takes your privacy very seriously. They stringently adhere to all Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines. No student information can be shared without your direct approval. If you have any privacy concerns, you can visit ProctorU’s Privacy Policy page.

Can I use a tablet or an iPad to write the exam?

No, you will need to attempt your typed exam on a laptop or a PC, an iPad, tablet or other smart device will not be acceptable or supported by the online invigilation service.

Refer to the Online Exam Requirements Document for technical specifications.

Will I be allowed a bathroom break during the exam?

You may not leave the room once the exam starts.  However, if you do, the online proctoring service will notify us of this as an exam incident to be dealt with after the exam.

Must I stay connect to the internet for the entire time?

Yes, you have to maintain connectivity for the full duration of the exam.

Exams are loaded in the ASSA Learning platform which you can only access over the internet.  The online invigilation service will also require full access to your webcam and microphone for the full duration of the exam.

Any loss in connectivity will be logged as an incident that will be actioned after the exam.

What happens if my speakers or microphone fails before or during the exam?

This may affect your Proctor U connectivity, for tech support you will need to contact the Proctor U team, this link takes you to their support team direct chat line: https://direct.lc.chat/5534391/

You will not be allowed to write the exam if your equipment is not working to specifications.

After a connectivity break in the exam your equipment will be verified again.  If you cannot continue due to technical issues you will have to log and an incident with ASSA to consider during the post-exam process

What is ASSA's policy on connectivity issues?

ASSA cannot take responsibility for internet connectivity or incidents which are sometimes out of the candidate’s control. Therefore, each case will be dealt with on individual basis.  The invigilator will provide us with an incident report to verify any issues and where there are mitigating circumstances students can make an appeal for a credit to attempt the exam in the next semester.

Will I have access to the Formulae Book?

Any Formulae book information, as determined by the Examinator,  will be made available online in the Learning platform as part of the exam.

How will I deal with answers requiring special symbols and characters in the typed exams?

ASSA is in active discussions with the examiners to ensure that the tools available to students during the exam will be sufficient for them to be able to answer all questions.

Can I decide to rather write my exam, scan my answers and submit?

ONLY A211 and A213 paper A will be written exams.

ALL other exams MUST be typed and no written responses will be accepted.

A211 and A213 paper A information and scanning

ONLY A211 and A213 paper A will be written exams.

All candidates for these exams must have a smartphone with a scanning app installed. ASSA will send recommendations on some scanning apps tested.  Most iOS and Android phones have a build in scanning function as well.

Phone will be OFF during the exam and accessed after the exam to scan and upload written scripts into the Learning Platformwithin a limited time allowed.

Student must ensure they are familiar and have practiced scanning and uploading files with their scanning apps.

Until when can I de-register if I rather want to write in November?

Registrations and de-registrations for exams are allowed up until 10 working days before the exam date.

Will "normal" exams take place after lock-down? Exams scheduled for end May / June?

The environment remains very volatile, fast changing and highly uncertain. Our objective is to provide a solution for this semester that allows candidates an opportunity to progress academically as opposed to cancelling the exams regardless of uncertain environment and even if circumstances improve, social distancing is likely to still be enforce where we must also consider the safety of our members, staff and service providers.

For semester 1, 2020 all exams will be offered as an online exam solution only.

Can large employers assist with co-ordinating exam venues in order to enable social distancing?

We have considered approaching larger ATO’s but this is not an option as companies have different policies in terms of physical distancing and access to their premises.

Are the exams going to be open book?

The exams are not open book, you will not be allowed to access any notes or material during the exam.

Can I write two fellowship application exams this session e.g. F203 and F205?

Those exams are scheduled at the same time and so we cannot allow you to write both.

When will I receive the link for the Moodle Learning Platform?

All candidates will be added to the Learning Platform to practice your environment, an email will be sent when the practice exam is available

What happens if I experience disconnectivity during the exam?

Stay calm. Log back into the Learning platform, go through the Proctor U verification process again and continue with the exam as best you can. Ensure that when you are done, you log an incident with screenshots to: incident@actuarialsociety.org.za

Are we allowed to make use of spellcheckers such as Grammarly ?

Grammarly and Voice to text cannot be used.

Moodle indicates spelling mistakes and “ctrl + Right-click” provides suggestions

What happens if I look around during the exam?

The online proctoring system will pick up your movements and record it in the incident log for review after the exam by the ASSA Incident Committee.

Can I write my exam at the office?

If you can write at the office, by yourself under the current government lockdown restrictions, you may do so. You will follow the same process and the same requirements will apply as if writing from home.

Work firewall restrictions must be checked with your network administrator and you must make sure your work’s firewall allows the download of the ProctorU web extension and the recordings required by the proctoring service.

What happens if my company has a firewall blocking the Proctor U web extension?

You will not be able to access the exam if you cannot download the requirements for online invigilation.  Please contact the employer’s IT administrator and request accessibility.

Work firewall restrictions must be checked with your network administrator and you must make sure your work’s firewall allows the download of the ProctorU web extension and the recordings required by the proctoring service.

Can I write at the office under the invigilation of a qualified Fellow?

If you intend to write the assessment with fellow invigilation, you must send Bobbie Beukes bbeukes@actuarialsociety.co.za  your name and membership number with the physical location you will be writing at and the name and contact details of the fellow that will be invigilating you 5 days before the exam date.

How can I answer F105 exam calculation questions?

You will be able to use scrap paper to work on your calculations and type the answers in the Learning platform. The questions with calculations will provide guidance.

Why are ASSA’s requirements not aligned with the UK IFoA?

ASSA and The IFOA have different governance structures which determine what the standard requirements for exams will be.

Can I copy the questions, paste it on the answer paper when answering?

Copy and Paste functionality is prohibited.

Will I be given time to upload my exam?

Additional upload time will be given over and above the time given for pre-reading and writing time.

You MUST read your exam instructions carefully.  Added upload time is added to the exam time and students will have to manage their own time to ensure they upload in time and don’t continue to write into upload time.

Still got questions?  Please submit your question or input below.

You can also email ASSA on: assaadmin@actuarialsociety.org.za

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