Preparing for Your Exam

Almost ready to take your exam? Or even study a bit more…

Learn what you can use and not use on an exam and prepare for the exam requirements and integrity guidelines.


Exam Requirements


Before starting an exam, ensure you have all of these technological requirements:

  • macOS X 10.5 or higher, Windows Vista, or higher.
    • Proctorio does not support Linux or Chrome OS.
  • Desktop computer, laptop computer, or Chromebook.
    • iPads, tablets, and cell phones do not meet our requirements.

  • A working built-in or external webcam, microphone, and speakers.

  • Internet speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.
  • Google Chrome with pop-up blocker disabled.

  • Computer should be connected to a power source.
    • Dual monitors, phones, and headphones are not permitted for use.

  • Disable any VPN (Virtual Private Network).


Academic Integrity

We require that you use our exam proctoring service, Proctorio, to ensure academic integrity during exams. You can access the proctoring service by clicking the teal “Start” button for your exam and following the prompts.

Having Proctorio issues? 


Photo ID

Before starting your exam with our proctoring service, you will be required to show a valid photo ID to the camera as proof of your identity.

The most common types of photo ID are a driver's license/state ID or a passport.

If you do not have these types of ID, you can use another form of identification as long as it shows a picture of you and your full name (examples include a student ID, military ID or similar).

Failure to show a valid form of ID may result in your exam being flagged as violating Outlier's Academic Integrity policy.

Our team will review any flags and reach out to individuals that were not unable to provide valid identification. Failure to respond to our outreach or provide an ID in a timely manner may result in a 0% grade on your exam.

What to Use and Not Use on an Exam

All Courses

Do Use: Don’t Use:
  • Blank sheet of scratch paper
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Calculator*


If you are using a blank sheet of paper, it must be held up to the camera before starting your exam.

  • Headphones
  • Notes
  • Textbooks
  • Smart Devices
  • External Web Pages

This is enforced by our proctoring service. Learn more about our Academic Integrity policy here.


*for certain STEM Courses

Approved Calculators for STEM Courses

For calculations, you are permitted to use Desmos Scientific and, in some courses, Desmos Graphing/RStudio. While in the exam, the linked resources permitted to you will be available underneath the exam questions.


Desmos Scientific

Calculator Formula Sheet
Astronomy Permitted N/A Permitted N/A N/A
Calculus I Permitted Permitted Permitted N/A N/A
College Algebra Permitted N/A N/A N/A Permitted
Financial Accounting Permitted N/A Permitted N/A N/A
Precalculus Permitted N/A N/A N/A Permitted
Statistics Permitted Permitted Permitted Permitted


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