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To take the exam online, complete the registration for the appropriate 2021 RAC exam the same way as you would to take the exam in person. Prior to your registered exam window, you will receive an invitation to schedule your exam from Scantron, at which point you may choose to take it online or in person.
How does online testing work?
The online RAC exams will be securely administered using Scantron’s proprietary software, PASS, and monitored with Examity’s live online proctoring. With proctors all over the globe, online testing allows candidates to take the exam from their own computer and on their own schedule. Testing sessions are offered 24/7 and based on availability; the RAC program partners at Scantron and Examity do their best to accommodate all scheduling requests.
To take the RAC exam online, candidates will need a functional web camera, microphone and speakers so that they can communicate with the proctor in addition to some technical internet connection requirements.
If you are considering taking the RAC exam online, we strongly recommend you review the technical specifications and complete a basic system check by visiting the Examity system check:
For a video of the online exam process produced by our testing vendor Scantron, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WATjJZjXw3c&feature=youtu.be
System requirements to run Scantron PASS™ for LOP test administration:
Important note: www.scantronassessment.com should be made a trusted site on all computers used for testing. A trusted site is a Web site that you trust not to damage your computer.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, testing centers and candidates have seen restrictions on travel and opening availability, making exams very difficult to schedule. To allow candidates more flexibility the RAC Board has agreed to allow candidates the option to take the exam from their own laptop to get around these current restrictions. Candidates can choose to take the exam online with live online proctoring or at a testing center (subject to availability).
No. The costs to take the tests are the same whichever method of testing is used.
Online RAC exams are being offered for all three 2021 exam windows. The RAC Board has approved online testing for 2021 but reserves the right to switch back to only offering on-site testing but has presently has no plans to do so.
The RAC board has approved online testing through the Autumn 2021 exam window.
Both online testing and onsite testing options have their advantages and the decision about which is right for you likely comes down to individual circumstance. A testing center maybe a better option for candidates who have limited or unreliable internet access, or who do not have access to a quiet undisturbed room for the duration of the exam. Online testing with live online proctoring might be a better option for someone who does not live close to a testing center or who would like to take the exam at a time when local testing centers may not be open or available.
LOP stands for ‘Live Online Proctoring’ and refers to a form of test administration that allows candidates to complete their examinations from their own computers via an internet connection at a time and place of their choosing. Testing sessions are available 24/7/365, based on seating availability.
Great news – you don’t need to decide right now. In fact, you do not have to choose until it comes time to schedule your exam.
You can schedule your exam as soon as you receive your 'notice to schedule' email from Scantron (which is sent to all candidates approximately 10 to 14 days before the start of the exam window). When you log into the scantron scheduling portal, you will be asked to select your preferred method testing in addition to the date, time and location (if applicable) *
*Note – both live online proctoring and testing center availability are subject to availability. The RAC program recommends candidates schedule their exams as soon as possible in order to ensure the best selection of times, dates and locations.
It is a good practice to schedule your exam at your earliest opportunity to best ensure you get the time, date, and location that you require.
The RAC program wants you to be able to take the test successfully during your planned window, but occasionally work or other issues might mean you require some more time. To allow for this, we have a process for transferring exams to a future testing window. Under normal circumstances the fee to transfer is $250, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have reduced this fee to $50 to allow greater flexibility to our candidates. This fee structure will remain in place for 2021. As always, we will continue to offer free transfers for emergency situations. *
*Please see the Candidate Guide (RAC Drugs / RAC Devices) for a full list of accepted emergency situations.
In order to take the RAC exam online with live online proctoring, the candidate’s computer must have webcam capability as well as a microphone and speakers, and the environment should be quiet to avoid distractions and to ensure that the online proctor can hear everything at the candidate’s location. There are technical requirements, such as an adequate internet connection, to ensure that the proctor can access the candidate’s computer and that the session can proceed without internet disruption. Candidates are informed of the computer specifications in advance of the testing session.
You can complete a basic system check here:
You should have the latest version of either Chrome or Firefox loaded on the computer you plan to use for the exam before your testing date. It is also advised to have an up-to-date version of Zoom loaded too.
Whether you take the exam at a testing site, or use LOP, the exam will look the same on the computer you use. To get a preview please view a sample test and the testing instructions via Scantron’s website:
No. Please see the On Exam Day page for a list of rules pertaining to live online proctored exams.
Your proctor will be available throughout the exam to explain and help with any technical issues that occur during your exam. Should connectivity be an issue you will also be provided with telephone and email contact resources to guide you.
A live proctor will monitor the entirety of the exam, from ID authentication through the end of the exam. The online proctor will check for any suspicious activity and can end the exam at point if candidate activity warrants. All candidates will complete attestations stating that they understand the rules for testing at the beginning of the exam.
The process for onsite center testing and online testing are largely similar. However, there are a few minor differences. Please see the RAC Candidate Guides for a full list of all live online proctored testing rules.
Scantron charges a $50 transfer fee to reschedule an exam after you have confirmed your date, time, and test administration method.
During the log -in process for your exam, the exam proctor will ask you to download a browser extension which allows the proctor the ability to load up your test and maintain security during the exam. Make sure you have administrative rights to download an extension on exam day, or you may not be able to take the test. If you use a work-provided computer, you may need to check with your IT department in advance of your scheduled test.
Make sure your internet reception will be solid for the duration of your exam. If you can, use a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi, as that has less chance of ‘dropping’ signal.
Log-In issues for online tests occur very rarely, but when they do, they can make for a difficult testing experience. As such, the following policy is in place for LOP testing:
If a candidate is unable to begin the exam within 30 minutes of the scheduled exam start time, the candidate shall be provided the opportunity to choose to reschedule their exam to a later date within the exam window, if they wish. In such an event, candidates must call Scantron, no later than the close of business hours of the next available business day, to reschedule.