Exam IT Specs for Institutions

Remote Exam Technical Specifications for Institutions

Last verified on August 23, 2022
 

 

 

Remote Computer-based Exam Technical Specifications

Overview

ABR computer-based exams are administered remotely via a custom single page web application developed by the ABR. The web application has a JavaScript frontend with a restful NodeJS backend. All candidates registered for an exam have access to an Exam Readiness Check, which includes the exact same technologies used during the exam. Additional Exam Readiness Check logins can be provided if hospital or university IT departments would like access to the system. Please submit requests for IT access to information@theabr.org.

Details

·       All components require TLS 1.3.

·       ABR servers are hosted in Microsoft Azure.

·       Media is served from Verizon Edgecast CDN.

Computer-based Exam Login Process

1.      The candidate opens a user specific link for their exam in Chrome.

2.      The candidate launches the Exam Readiness Check from the ABR Exam Lobby.

3.      The candidate is prompted to complete the identity verification process.

4.      The candidate reviews and agrees to the recording agreement.

5.      The candidate enables screen share for the monitor they will be using for the exam.

6.      The candidate completes the video and audio checks.

7.      The candidate completes the room check by rotating their camera to get a 360-degree view of the room and workspace.

8.      The candidate completes the webcam placement process.

9.      The candidate completes, reviews, and agrees to the exam user agreement.

Sample URLs

  • https://examreadinesscheck.theabr.org/#/lobby?token=<unique_token>
  • https://remote-exam.theabr.org/#/lobby?token=<unique_token>

Please note that the ABR URLs change with each exam, but the domain name is always theabr.org.

Domains Accessed

  1. *.theabr.org (the exam interface)
  2. ecsimages.azureedge.net (media content distribution network)
  3. ecsimagesfast.azureedge.net (media content distribution network)

Website Security

*.theabr.org

Certificate: DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA

Encryption: TLS 1.3, x25519, AES_256_GCM

*.azureedge.net

Certificate: DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA

Encryption: TLS 1.3, P-256, AES_256_GCM

Basic Computer Requirements for Remote Computer-based Exams

  • Internet/Network: reliable broadband internet connection, minimum 5 Mbps (megabit per

second) download and 1 Mbps upload

  • Computer: Desktop or laptop (no tablets) with Windows 10 or MacOS X 10.11 or higher
  • Computer memory: minimum of 4GB RAM
  • Computer drive/storage: minimum of 10GB of free disk space
  • Monitor: ≥13” and 1080p minimum
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Internet browser: latest version of Google Chrome
  • Audio: microphone and computer speakers
  • Camera: webcam with a minimum of 640 x 480 @ 10 frames per second

◦ Note: camera will be used for the 360º room and workspace security scan and exam proctoring

◦ Note: use of virtual backgrounds is not permitted

 

 

Remote Oral Exam Technical Specifications

Overview

ABR oral exams are administered remotely via Webex and a custom single page web application developed by the ABR (used simultaneously). The web application has a JavaScript frontend with a restful NodeJS backend. These exams are remotely proctored. Webex provides video and audio conferencing. All candidates registered for an exam will be scheduled for a technical check of their system with a member of the ABR staff prior to the exam (via Webex). A similar technical check of the oral exam system can be provided to hospital or university IT departments. Please submit requests to information@theabr.org.

Details

Oral Exam Process

  1. The candidate opens a user specific link for their exam in Chrome.
  2. The candidate is given a link to a Webex meeting.

Sample URL

  • https://orals.theabr.org/#/lobby?token=<unique_token>

Please note that the ABR URLs change with each exam, but the domain name is always theabr.org.

Domains Accessed

  1. *.theabr.org (the exam interface)
  2. *.webex.com
  3. ecsimages.azureedge.net (media content distribution network)
  4. azureedge.net (media content distribution network)

Website Security

*.theabr.org

Certificate: DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA

Encryption: TLS 1.3, x25519, AES_256_GCM

*.azureedge.net

Certificate: DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA

Encryption: TLS 1.3, P-256, AES_256_GCM

Basic Computer Requirements for Remote Oral Exams

  • Internet/Network: reliable broadband internet connection, minimum 5 Mbps (megabit per

second) download and 1 Mbps upload

  • Computer: Desktop or laptop (no tablets) with Windows 10 or MacOS X 10.11 or higher
  • Computer memory: minimum of 4GB RAM
  • Computer drive/storage: minimum of 10GB of free disk space
  • Monitor: ≥13” and 1080p minimum

◦ A secondary monitor is allowed

  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Internet browser: latest version of Google Chrome
  • Audio: wired headset or reliable computer microphone and speakers
  • Camera: webcam with a minimum of 640 x 480 @ 10 frames per second

◦ Note: Camera will be used for the 360-degree room and workspace security scan and exam proctoring.

◦ Note: Use of virtual backgrounds is not permitted.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact us at information@theabr.org or (520) 790-2900.