How To Tell If Canvas Is Proctored

During the time of virtual education, numerous schools utilize the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to administer courses and tests. In certain cases, these assessments are supervised to uphold academic honesty. Yet, how can one determine if a Canvas exam is being proctored? We will explore this topic further in this blog post.

What is a Proctored Exam?

Before we get into the details, let’s understand what a proctored exam is. A proctored exam is one that is overseen by an impartial individual (the proctor) who ensures that the test-taking process is fair and that the student doesn’t engage in any misconduct during the exam. In an online context, proctoring can be done remotely using video, screen-sharing technology, and sometimes, additional software.

Identifying a Proctored Canvas Exam

Canvas itself doesn’t directly offer built-in proctoring services. However, it does allow integration with various third-party proctoring services like ProctorU, Respondus Monitor, and others. If your exam is proctored, there will be indicators provided by these third-party services.

Here are some ways you can tell if your Canvas exam is being proctored:

  1. Exam Instructions: The first and most straightforward way to know is by reading the test instructions. Professors or instructors will usually mention in the exam instructions if the exam is proctored and which proctoring service they are using.
  2. Additional Software: If you’re required to download extra software or a browser extension, this is a good indicator that the exam may be proctored. Proctoring services often require students to install specific software to monitor their exam.
  3. Access Permissions: Proctoring software often requires special permissions to access your camera, microphone, or screen. If you’re prompted to give such permissions before your exam, it is likely being proctored.


Determining whether a Canvas exam is proctored essentially boils down to reading the exam instructions carefully and noting any additional software or permissions required. If you’re ever uncertain, don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructor or IT support for clarification.

Online proctoring might seem daunting, but remember, it’s designed to maintain academic integrity and fairness in the examination process. So as long as you’re prepared and aware of the requirements, you have nothing to worry about. Good luck!