Southern Miss is partnering with Examity® to assist you in your proctoring needs for your online classes. This provides another option for distance students who can’t meet at a proctoring center.

Best Practices

  • Faculty should set exam dates and times (in Central Time Zone) before the term starts and provide this schedule in the syllabus, along a syllabus statement  advising students of their proctoring options.
  • Emphasize on the syllabus that students need to go through Canvas to create their accounts and to schedule exams through Examity® link under Modules.
    • Students should keep track of their confirmation email and/or screenshot of registration.
  • Edit the details or unpublish your Canvas Quizzes before making the Examity link available to students.
    • Access the Examity link as Instructor to ensure students are only seeing the tests you wish proctored.
  • Setup your exams with the proctoring service/site early in the term.
    • It is highly recommended to scheduled your exams to be available for more than one day.
    • For those using Canvas to deliver the exams, the exam can be created using Canvas. Setup the dates, duration, and password.  Publish the exam to have the details imported over to your Examity Dashboard.  Return to this same Canvas test to complete creating your questions at your convenience.
  • Examity contact person is Graham Jones, gjones@examity.com.

Frequently Asked Questions by Instructors

The Instructor Tool box provides announcements and reminders to use in your course.

Before you can add the Examity link, you must send an email to Susan.Rayborn@usm.edu to request the course be added to Examity’s tool.  Provide the course/s and sections.

After 24 hours, you will be able to add the Examity link –

  • Click Modules
  • Click the +Module button
  • Name the module Examity
  • Click the + located to the right of the newly added module’s name
  • Click the drop down next to Assignments to expand the list
  • Click External Tool
  • Find Examity in the list
  • Click Add Item

Instructors should access Examity to  ensure only those tests to be proctored are visible to students.

  • Click on the Examity link.
  • Click the button next to Instructor
  • Click Login
  • Click the down arrow to choose your time zone.
  • Click the Courses/Exams tab.

Use these instructions to make sure your tests are setup correctly.

Publish the Examity module/link to allow students access.

You’ll find these instructions will provide you with everything you need.

By default, if your exam is published in Canvas, the information will be available on your Examity Dashboard.


  • Only the information of the Details tab of the test is automatically imported to your Examity Dashboard.  The test still lives and is accessed through Canvas.
  • The test information will show on your Examity Dashboard the following day the test is published.

Scheduling Outside the Testing Window:

To schedule an exam outside the test window, send an email to the student and copy support@examity.com.

Include the following information in your email:

Subject Line: University of Southern Mississippi – Permission Granted to Schedule Outside Testing Window – Student Name

Course Name:

Exam Name:

The duration of time the extension is granted:

In the email – please ask the student to call our support desk at 855-392-6489, option 1 and a support agent will be able to help schedule the student.

In addition, you must change the settings in the Canvas Quiz/exam.

The quizzes/tests/exams created in Canvas will show on the Examity® portal approximately 24 hours after the test are published in Canvas.

In other words, when you publish the test in Canvas, the update of data is pushed after midnight, and the test will show in the Examity® portal the following day.

Be sure to click the Expand arrow located on the left of the name of the course to see all associated tests.

Click the expand arrow located to the left of the name of the course to view all tests associated with the course.

By default, Examity® will import over all published tests in your Canvas course.

You must manually add a new exam, when your students must access a Publisher’s site to take a test.

These printable instructions will help you through the process.


  • Click Examity to enter  as instructor
  • Setup your time zone
  • Click Courses/Exams
  • Click the arrow to the left of the course id
    • This will expand the tests associated with the courses.
  • Click the trash can next to any test you do not want proctored.  This will eliminate it from Examity, but the test will still live in Canvas.

Review the webinar video for full instructions.


The course ID Examity® uses is located in the address bar of the browser you are using.

Image of the browser address bar indicating the course id, 5 numbers, follows https://usm.instructure.com.

By default, the newly published Canvas Quiz will import over to the Examity Dashboard the following day of being published.  This import contains the information that was added to the Details tab of the Canvas Quiz.  It is not the actual quiz.

The Stand-alone Exam is used to give Examity the required information for those tests that do not live in Canvas.

Best practice

Wait over night after publishing the Canvas Quiz to allow time for the import to complete.

Best Practices for Students

  • Don’t wait until the last hour to schedule your exam. The Internet is busy during testing time.
    • The sooner you schedule your appointment the better your experience will be.
  • Be conscience of who is using the Internet as you are taking your test.  The more people accessing the wireless system will make a slower Internet connection.
    • If possible, plug your computer into the hard-wire connection.
  • Check you computer setup the day before and within 15 to 20 minutes of your exam.

Computer Setup for Examity is located on your Examity Dashboard.

Frequently Asked Questions by Students

Examity® can be found under the Examity SSO Module.

  • Click Modules on the course menu.
  • Click the Examity link

You’ll find everything you need to know in the Student Quick Guide.

The proctoring fee is determined by the duration the instructor has set for the exam.

  • $15.00 for the first hour and $7.00 for each additional hour.
  • Students are charged a $5.00 late fee if scheduled within 24 hours of the exam opening date.
  • Mississippi charges 7% sales tax on the service.
  • Click to access the Examity link in your course.
    • Be sure your time zone and profile are setup.
  • Click to schedule your exam.
    • Select the instructor, course, and test.
  • Click to Off button to switch it on.

Click the Off button of the Schedule window to On to see all appointments within the 24hour window of time.