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Aspeq bringing secure, remote assessment services to more clients

May 23, 2024

This NZ Tech Week, Aspeq is announcing its intention to offer more of its clients secure, high quality assessment services from anywhere in the world.

Aspeq is delivering on its commitment to provide high quality assessments anytime, anywhere as it prepares to roll out a remote invigilation service to more of its clients. The service will give candidates the option to sit exams from the comfort of their own homes, regardless of where in the world they are located.

Aspeq is a global leader in delivering high-stakes exams in highly regulated fields like aviation, health and finance. It’s recognised for its large network of secure exam centres, found everywhere from central London, UK to Australia’s remote Alice Springs. For many candidates, it’s easy to find a nearby Aspeq exam centre where they can sit a comfortable, secure exam overseen by a professional invigilator. 

However, Aspeq recognises that this isn’t always possible. Mobility challenges, constraints on time and finances, and travel restrictions, can all make it difficult for candidates to physically access an exam centre.

That’s why Aspeq has begun rolling out a remote invigilation service to select clients in Australia and New Zealand, with the aim to make it available to global clients in 2024.

 

How does remote invigilation work?

Remote invigilation allows candidates to sit high-stakes exams from virtually anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to a computer with a stable internet connection, a webcam and microphone.

Once a candidate has logged in through Aspeq’s portal to sit their exam, they’ll be greeted by an on-screen trained invigilator who will take them through a series of physical and technical security checks to ensure their environment is compliant. This includes measures such as identity validation, scrutinising the physical environment through a 360-camera pan of the room, as well as securing the virtual environment by closing all external applications and disconnecting additional monitors.

Throughout the exam, the invigilator is trained to detect suspicious behaviour that may indicate the candidate is cheating, reading notes or taking advice. At any point, the invigilator may request a physical inspection of the candidate’s environment through their mic and webcam. Additional technical safeguards ensure the candidate is unable to access anything on their machine other than the exam.

“The remote invigilation service gives our candidates maximum flexibility in terms of where and when they sit their exams, without compromising the stringent security requirements that our clients expect to safeguard exam integrity.” Rory Moulder, Manager Project Management Office at Aspeq

 

Aspeq’s partnership with Meazure Learning

Aspeq partners with Meazure Learning to deliver its remote invigilation service.

US-based Meazure Learning is a globally respected pioneer and leader in live remote exam invigilation. With the largest and most experienced remote invigilation operation in the market, Meazure Learning is the ideal partner to support Aspeq in bringing its high-stakes assessment services to candidates anywhere in the world. 

Meazure’s Learning remote invigilation system integrates seamlessly with Aspeq’s assessment, providing a smooth experience for candidates. Like Aspeq, Meazure Learning puts security at the forefront of everything it does. It’s a leader in enhanced exam security.

“We’re proud to be Aspeq’s trusted partner for remote exam invigilation. Our shared dedication to providing a secure, consistent, and convenient testing experience makes this an ideal partnership.” Cory Clark, Vice President of Security, Quality & Training, Meazure Learning.

 

Unleashing global talent

The remote invigilation service will make it easier for clients to attract global talent in high-demand sectors, like health and trades, as candidates can prove their aptitude or obtain the certifications and licence necessary to start work or continue their study in New Zealand.

Although the innovative offering is new, Aspeq has already had success in delivering remote exams in this way. For example, recently, a candidate sat an exam for the NZ Midwifery Council from her home in the Eastern European country of Georgia, giving her the certification she needed to come to New Zealand to pursue midwifery - a critically understaffed field - as a career.

With Aspeq’s clients spanning trades, finance, health, aviation and other key social services, the remote invigilation offering may help bring global talent to New Zealand’s economy. 

 

The future is more remote

While remote invigilation will never replace Aspeq’s unparalleled network of high security exam centres, the organisation has plans to grow the ancillary service. By next year’s NZ Tech Week, in 2025, Aspeq plans to have remote invigilation available to over half of its eligible clients.

 

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