EBIR – a remote examination
What is a remote, online-proctored exam?
A candidate takes a remote, online-proctored examination alone, in a closed room, and on their own device, such as a laptop or desktop computer. Candidates are supervised remotely using online proctoring software. Online proctoring is a form of digital supervision of exams during which no invigilator is present. Candidates are monitored throughout the duration of the examination via webcam and microphone on their own devices. After the exam, the recorded images, audio and screen activity are reviewed to provide a countermeasure against any violations during remote exams.
How online proctoring works
The examination application will be used by candidates to take the exam and to conduct online proctoring. During the entirety of the exam, the application records audio and video to supervise the candidates. This is to ensure no suspicious activity takes place during the examination.
Hardware, software and Internet requirements
Laptop or desktop computer
To take the remote, online-proctored EBIR exam, candidates will need a laptop or a desktop computer. The computer will need to have a functioning camera or webcam and microphone. The computer must also have one of the following operating systems: a supported version of Windows (currently 8.1 and higher) or a supported version of MacOS (currently 10.14 and higher). To check your operating system on your computer, click here. Each candidate is allowed only one computer during the examination, therefore please remove any second screens.
A steady internet connection with a minimum upload speed of 1.5 Mbps (be careful, this is not your download speed) is an essential requirement for the examination. To check your internet connection speed, go here. We strongly recommend candidates use an ethernet cable to ensure a stable connection. Candidates are fully responsible for taking the examination at a location which meets the minimum internet connection requirements. Please note that CIRSE is not responsible for any losses in connectivity or the failure of devices that prevent a candidate from completing the examination.
The examination will be conducted over the course of a single day. The overall duration of the assessment is approximately four hours with a 30-minute break between the two sections. For more information on the EBIR exam structure please see here.
The exam day and the practice exam day schedules will be clearly communicated to candidates well in advance. However, candidates are responsible for ensuring they start each section at their correct local time. Candidates are required to adhere to the examination day schedule and timings with which they have been provided. Failure to do so may result in the candidate being unable to participate in the examination.
Candidates will be given the option to complete a system check before their practice exam and actual exam. This is for candidates to ensure their microphone and camera are functioning correctly before the examination takes place. To complete the system check, go here: https://cirse.maxexam.co.uk/camera/
At the start of the examination, candidates will need to show their passport, ID card, or a driver’s license that has their name and photo on it. Any private information such as a passport number, etc. should be covered.
Toilet breaks are not allowed during an exam section. Candidates who feel this is problematic must submit medical evidence of the same to [email protected] at least 8 weeks before the examination date. Please be aware that there will be a 30-minute break between the two sections of the exam for toilet breaks.
Technical support for examination application & proctoring
For all technical questions about the installation and use of the examination application, please send an email to [email protected] or call +43 1 904 2003-77 to speak to EBIR Examination Services.