Updated on: May 21, 2020 – Update on Online Proctored Exams
Development on the college's online proctored exams is proceeding well. We have been working hard to modify our exam delivery software to enable a transition to a virtual proctoring environment. Providing a seamless and secure exam experience on your computer is essential to us. Preliminary testing of security protocols has been positive, and the remaining development work is on track. Our scheduling system is also being updated to accommodate more flexibility when you choose a date and time for your online exam. We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the new online format, and we thank you for your continued patience.
As we approach our forecasted go-live date in mid-June, many students have contacted us with questions about how these may differ from in-person exams and any possible changes that can be expected.
Here are the answers we can provide at his time:
The Exam Format
- Exams will continue to be closed book, multiple choice questions
- The duration of exams will be three hours
- You will need to be in view of your web-cam at all times during your exam
- All existing exam room guidelines will continue to apply
Scheduling an Online Exam
- Once we launch online exams, you may reschedule your current exam at no charge
- The standard $50 fee will apply for all subsequent changes
- After you finalize your exam booking, you will be required to complete a system-check to ensure you are able to take the exam without issue (onboarding)
- Onboarding will take between 10 and 30 minutes
- Onboarding must be completed at least one day before your scheduled exam date
A step-by-step guide about onboarding will be provided in a future update
We will continue to provide details here as we conclude arrangements.
Updated on: May 6, 2020 – A letter to OREA’s students and learning community (May 2, 2020)
The past weeks have been challenging for all of us. As you know, doing our part to protect our community during this coronavirus epidemic required the College to significantly change our learning culture. As a result, we suspended all classroom courses and in-person examinations until it becomes safe to resume them. We understand that these changes have disrupted our students' educational plans, and have caused some frustration at not being able to move forward for the time being.
But we haven't been idle. We are committed to finding solutions that will enable students to continue their studies, and we wanted to share with you some updates on what we have been working on behind-the-scenes. Our goal is to ensure that each student has fair chance to successfully complete the educational requirements needed to pursue their dream of a career in real estate. We do not want the delay caused by COVID-19 to stand in the way of these dreams.
Online proctored exams
Our development team is focusing on implementing live-proctored online exams. The plan is to offer online exams that are accessible to as many learners as possible, ensure a student's privacy, and maintain the integrity of the examination process. You have put a lot of effort into your education and the final exam experience must respect that work. We have met with a number of vendors who specialize in delivering online exams, to find the solution that best meets our collective requirements. As you might imagine in these times, there is great demand for online exam services and not all vendors are able to provide what we need when we need it. Nevertheless, we continue to make good progress and expect to have the implementation and testing done in the coming weeks. We expect that the introduction of online exams will provide students greater flexibility around scheduling times than we had in the past, and will allow students to move through their programs more quickly. Additional details about how online exams will work and what you will need to do will be posted on our website as they become available.
While online exams are an option that works for some members of our student body, we appreciate that it is not a solution for everyone in our programs.
Paper-based exams and iPad exams delivered in our exam centres are still the most customary option for many of our students. During this time we have been following developments in the federal and provincial spheres as we develop our own back-to-school plans. We are in regular discussions with our partners at exam venues province-wide. As soon as it is safe to do so, the college will resume in-person examinations to the fullest extent possible. The most likely scenario is that of a gradual, phased approach that keeps your safety as its overriding element. With safety in mind, we will work to secure more seating capacity for in-person exams in additional facilities, to maximize the exam options available to students and off-set the delay that we have been experiencing.
The college closing and last exam date
The OREA Real Estate College is currently scheduled to close at the end of the year. We understand, though, that this timeline is an area of concern for some students. Together with RECO and officials within the Government of Ontario, we are exploring all possible options, including an extension of the College closing date, that would help to mitigate the delay caused by the COVID situation.
We understand your desire to continue your coursework and we will do everything we can to get you back to your studies. Thank you for your patience as we put the necessary solutions in place. We will continue to keep you updated as things progress.
Updated on: April 29, 2020
We recognize that the recent extension of physical distancing guidelines by provincial authorities has brought the topic of online exams to the fore.
We are working diligently to implement live-proctored online exams, and the college is carefully putting the necessary infrastructure in place. Our goal is for OREA’s online exams to be accessible to as many students as possible, while ensuring your privacy and maintaining the integrity of the exams. Here are some details that we are able to share at this time:
- Online exams will be a maximum of three hours long, like our standard in-person exams
- Each exam will be overseen by an approved proctor for the duration of the examination
- Students will require the following, at minimum, to participate:
- A quiet room to take your exam
- Uninterrupted time
- An uncluttered work area
- A desktop or laptop computer with a webcam and microphone (smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks do not meet requirements)
- PC/Mac requirements:
- Stable High-speed internet connection
- Operating system:
- PC – Windows 7 or higher
- Mac - OSX 10.8 or newer
We will be updating this page with more ‘what-you-need-to-knows’ as preparations are finalized.
Updated on: April 14, 2020
As the events of the COVID-19 crisis have continued with almost daily changes, they have undeniably altered the delivery of our educational programs and impacted your studies and plans for completing your courses.
We understand your desire to continue your programs, and the frustration and anxiety at temporarily not being able to do so. Together with numerous partners, we are working on initiatives to counter the impact that the COVID-19 interruption has had on your ability to complete your programs. Our goal is to enable you to continue your courses and move on with your careers in real estate as quickly as possible.
Part of the solution will be to offer online exams, which will allow students to write their exams from home. We will also resume in-person exams as soon as it is safe to do so.
We are working toward implementing an online exam option as quickly as possible, in a manner that meets the needs of students and of the College. Ease of use, maintaining the integrity of the examination process and protecting the privacy of students are matters of paramount importance, and we want to ensure that the solution is done right.
As soon as we have completed the necessary preparations to implement an online exam service, we will provide further details here as to timelines and procedures. Please check our website regularly, and our Frequently Asked Questions for updates.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued patience.
Updated on: March 26, 2020
In light of recent announcements by government and public health officials, OREA will not be resuming its normal in-person exam schedule as originally planned. In-person exams cannot begin again until it has been deemed safe to do so. The health and wellbeing of our students, our employees and our communities is our priority. Any new date will be dependent on recommendations from Public Health Ontario and Health Canada.
In the meantime, OREA, in collaboration with other organizations, is exploring all possible avenues that would allow you to continue and complete your programs of study as quickly as possible. As details are finalized, further information will be posted here.
We recognize the disruption and uncertainty that the COVID situation has caused you. Thank you for your patience as we work toward solutions that meet your needs.
(This post has been modified for clarity.)
Original Message: March 15, 2020
OREA continues to monitor COVID-19 developments closely. The well-being of our students, instructors, and administrative staff is our top priority. To help minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, we are implementing several precautionary measures.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Effective immediately until further notice:
- The OREA Real Estate College is suspending all in-person classroom courses, and canceling all examinations scheduled from now until April 3, 2020.
- Online courses will continue to be available.
- The OREA office at 99 Duncan Mill Road is closed to all students and external visitors.
- Classroom students whose sessions have been interrupted will be able to transfer to a future classroom session if they wish to do so.
- New classroom sessions will be added later, as needed. Alternatively, students may transfer at any time to an e-Learning version of their course.
- Students with examinations that have been canceled may reschedule at their convenience to an available date that best suits their schedule.
- As a temporary measure, we have removed the rescheduling fee.
- To reschedule your exam, go to “My Current Courses” and click the reschedule button.
For assistance, please contact the College at 1-866-411-6732, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Note: Due to the heavy volume of calls, wait times may be longer than usual. Thank you for your patience.
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