Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Youa re the first person I know who took the home/office test. Can you share what it was like? (The experience, not the questions)
It looked like that: When I registered (a week before test) I picked radio button "take in office/at home".
Then pre-check of hardware was proposed (I registered from MacBook and it already has what needed -- built in web camera and mic).
I passed mic test and camera test, but internet connection speed failed. It tries to download dummy file from Amazon AWS and my provider has bad connection to these servers.
Then I stopped registration.
Next attempt done same day at office meeting room.
The room for test must have a door (no open space 8-), no computers and monitors must be nearby, etc.. There is a FAQ at Pearson web site.
So, I passed hardware pre-test and speed test for my laptop and internet.
Then it proposed to download me Vue application and run it. It checks no other programs running in parallel. Detects pretty well, I missed to close Finder and it proposed me to close it. After all applications closed it proceeds.
Next I was asked to take a photo (via web cam) of my face, my ID (passport), and 4 walls around me.
That was on the registration day.
On the exam day I closed door from inside (because if someone accidentally enters the room and it detected -- automatic failure), logged in 30 mins in advance, and procedure was repeated:
Started Vue application.
Took photo of face, ID, and 4 pictures of 4 walls around me.
On the screen appears small window which shows recording from your camera. It's a sign all is good and you have compatible hardware.
Then web chat opened and some Vue person started guiding me:
Checked my registration information, then I had to take laptop in my hands and point web camera to all walls and desk (I had to disconnect charger cable for this)
Then take off badge and place on the floor (all showing via web camera)
Then show in details what on the desk. I had some speakerphone device, and it was OK.
Then show close to camera my hands from both sides and I took off watches (also not allowed).
Then the Vue person approves and I can proceed to exam -- all as usual.
The unusual parts:
- all the time there is a window with 4 areas (open chat with Vue person, application for making notes -- I have not used it, window which shows your face with recording, something else.)
- the system (machine) constantly monitors your face and in case it cannot recognize you -- it alarms to Vue person. For example -- I covered my mouth with hand, and it was reported and I got a warning in opened chat not to do this. Scratched my nose and ears couple of times -- but seems it was OK 8)))
So, it differs from traditional test center -- you should sit more quiet, your face must be all the time in the visible area for the web camera and not cover face with hands. AS I said -- they use some computer face recognition software during whole exam.
Once I was done I clicked End and closed the application. Results are available after a while via CertView web site.
Exam lasts 180 mins, 80 questions. It took me 120 mins to answer and 30 mins to review answers.