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  1. Proctortrack says in their required specs that your Webcam needs to be at least 800x600 https://www.proctortrack.com/tech-requirements/
  2. If your computer does not meet the specs outlined by proctortrack then my university has said you either drop the class, upgrade your hardware to the required specs or fail your examination. (specs detailed in pictures) You also must prepare your exam environment to meet proctortrack's standards. This includes Turing off all noise making devices and setting up in an area where other people will not talk to you or walk behind you. So people writing in noisy or crowded environments are out of luck. https://verificient.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/1000165250-how-do-i-prepare-my-testing-environment- They even want you to go as far as disabling your extra monitors if you have more than 1. https://verificient.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/1000286673-multiple-monitor-windows From their "how it works page" Robust Application-Based Solution Proctortrack prevents blacklisted keystrokes and applications, continuously scans hardware and peripherals to detect virtual machines and other restricted devices, and flags attempts to search the web for answers So maybe using a VM won't work, depending on how they do the detection. https://www.proctortrack.com/instructors/how-it-works-instructors/
  3. Unfortunately from my understanding proctortrack has thought of a lot of these work arounds and will flag you or not even allow you to attempt the examination if your camera is not at least 600x800, the camera is unable to scan your face at any time during the exam, loud mic inputs, insufficient environment lighting, and any unauthorized software running. Also worth noting is what Proctortrack thinks might constitute cheating. Pulled directly from their website https://www.proctortrack.com/students/how-it-works-students/ Proctortrack does not decide whether a student has cheated or not. The software records webcam, microphone, desktop, and keyboard feed and then uses algorithms to decide which behaviors are abnormal. The abnormal behavior is then highlighted for professors to review. Following behaviors are declared as cheating depends on the university's academic integrity policy. Rules vary by school, but the default exam terms are as follows: Do not cheat or attempt to deceive during the examination session. Do not impersonate another candidate or have another person impersonate you. Do not use any mobile device to talk or communicate to anyone via the use of any manual or electronic medium. Do not leave the view of your webcam during the test. Do not photograph, print, or take a screenshot of any part of the test via any medium. Do not eat or drink during the exam period. Do not let others access your secured test or computer. Do take tests in a busy area. Students may be disqualified if they are disturbed by others during test-taking. Do not leave open any other software or web page that is not required for taking the test.* Do not use multiple monitors, keyboards or mice. Do not look off-screen to read notes.* Do not make notes or calculations on your computer or on paper, unless test instructions explicitly state to do so. *Unless the test configuration set by the Instructor allows you to do so.
  4. ---------------------------------------------- Summary Due to the ongoing situation created by the covid-19 pandemic, universities across Canada have chosen to hold classes, labs, and exams online. To combat potential cheating during exams universities across the country have chosen Proctortrack to monitor students during exams. Using this method to combat cheating has raised numerous privacy concerns due to the methods that the software uses. The methods that the software uses to surveilled students are webcam and audio recording, keystrokes, screen capture, all applications or process running, hardware devices connected, facial recognition, eye movements, and knuckle scanning. After completing your exam all information that has been collected is uploaded to Proctortrack's servers for the professor or TA to view as needed. It is not specified by Protortrack how long the data is kept on their servers only saying on their website “it will be purged in accordance with the data retention policy to which your institution agreed”. Quotes "Proctortrack then monitors the visual and audio feed from the student’s computer through the rest of their exam to make sure they are not doing things like looking away from the computer screen, leaving the room, having someone from outside the room shouting answers to them, or having someone else enter their room." "Of course, this concerns many students, particularly with the threat, “if your computer setup does not meet these specifications [required to run Proctortrack] then you should withdraw from this course and speak with an Academic Advisor from your faculty or college for advice on other courses you could take” posted on some syllabi in different classes." "Wotherspoon was also concerned about how some professors were treating parents who had kids at home. “At home, the complication for me is I can’t set aside three hours to an exam without looking away from the screen. Just in a one-hour class, I have had to look away three times just to do little things like finding a shoe or stop the dog barking.” When she voiced her concerns to her professor the response she got was “It’s like any exam, you can’t leave the exam room.” And she was told to “get childcare”." My thoughts In my opinion, there are numerous other ways to combat academic misconduct without forcing students to install spyware on their computer i.e. open book exams but the questions are much harder, making the exams longer without increasing the time limit to not allow enough time to cheat, or writing original exams that do not use textbook questions (which answers are easily available for). I do have a big problem with students cheating on exams but I think this problem should be solved in less intrusive ways. You aren't allowed to look away from your computer screen without the software flagging you for cheating, which during a 3-hour exam will be nearly impossible. You won't be able to go to the washroom or get a glass of water during your exam either, all of which are allowed during in-person examinations. On top of that, if you do not consent to be surveilled in this way you are told to drop the class, which if you are trying to follow an academic plan is appalling. The biggest concern is that we have no idea where this data is going or what it will be used for in the future. One student in the article but it this way, “If you have test data for 100,000 students and you decide to say, racially profile those students and break them into what patterns are visible in different ethnicities you could very easily develop tests and exercises that would perhaps favour a certain kind of profile of person. Say Proctortrack partners with Pearson, who is a large, unethical educational institution testing company that issues standardized tests and assessments.… We’re literally paying to build a database of info on us to be used for unknown purposes later.”. Sources http://www.carillonregina.com/online-proctoring-software-is-invasive-intrusive-untested/ (all quotes taken from here) https://regina.ctvnews.ca/it-s-invasive-u-of-r-student-raising-privacy-concerns-about-new-exam-monitoring-software-1.5101673
  5. Thanks for your insights. I decided to see what would happen if I re-pasted again and this is the result. It looks like the cpu is more effectively transferring heat to the cooler but it still gets to about the same temperature at peak. I should have mentioned in the original post but I am running a -140mv undervolt.
  6. Hi, So I have an MSI gp63 lepoard with an i7-8750h and at gtx1060. I repasted my cpu and gpu with Arctic Silver 5 a little while ago due to poor temperatures during gaming, 93c to 95c on the cpu and 82 on the gpu. While my temperatures have decreased a bit, when I hit my cpu with a load, the temperatures spike up significantly and extremely quickly. The picture below shows the spike when hitting the cpu with a prime95 small FFT load. Is a spike like this normal? or do I need to repaste again? Thanks for your help!