Honorlock Testing Fees
There is no charge for FSU students taking FSU course exams via Honorlock.
FSU contracts with Honorlock to provide test proctoring services for distance learning courses. Students take their exam online on their own computer while Honorlock records the session, notifying the instructor if it detects unusual activity. Instructors review exam sessions, contacting students if they have questions or concerns about exam activity. Instructors, refer to Honorlock Resources for Instructors for more information. Students, follow the steps below if your instructor has directed you to use Honorlock for your course exam:
Familiarize yourself with Honorlock
Make sure your computer meets technical requirements
- A laptop or desktop computer that meets Honorlock’s minimum system requirements
Macs, Chromebooks, and PCs are supported, but please do not use a tablet or phone when testing as this may interfere with or invalidate your exam. MAC OS USERS: If you’ve recently upgraded to a newer version of the operating system, you may need to enable screen sharing of your desktop and other applications on your computer for any application like Honorlock that uses screen sharing. See Screen Sharing on macOS for instructions.
- A webcam and microphone
Most computers include a built-in webcam and microphone. If yours doesn’t, you may need a detached webcam and/or microphone to test with Honorlock.
- The Google Chrome web browser with the Honorlock Chrome Extension installed
Google Chrome is the only browser fully compatible with Honorlock. Before starting the exam, Honorlock will automatically request to install the extension on the browser. Afterwards, you can easily remove the Honorlock extension, but rest assured that Honorlock’s extension only runs while taking an Honorlock-enabled exam in Canvas.
- A stable, high-speed internet connection
Honorlock has a custom speed test tool you can run to ensure your internet connection meets or exceeds Honorlock's minimum internet speed.
Note: FSU Case Management Services may be able to help students in need of webcams or other equipment. Students can reach them at 850-644-9555. Students who need help getting internet access should check out the section titled "Connect to Wi-Fi" on the ITS website.
Review exam guidelines and policies
Be sure to closely review the instructor’s exam guidelines and any related policies on the course syllabus. Instructors are responsible for enforcing academic integrity in their classes and for reviewing exam recordings when Honorlock detects unusual activity.
- If your instructor suspects cheating, they will contact you to discuss any suspicious exam behaviors and determine if further action is warranted.
- Cheating on an exam can result in severe consequences such as receiving a zero on the test and being charged with an academic honor violation at the university.
- Students involved in alleged violations of the FSU Academic Honor Policy or Student Code of Conduct have due-process rights. Review the Academic Honor Policy to learn more about FSU’s academic integrity policies, including your rights and responsibilities.
Prepare your testing environment
- Have sufficient lighting for a clear ID check, room scan, and monitoring during the exam. Overhead lighting is preferred; if possible, light should not be directly behind you.
- Take the exam at a desk or table (not a bed or couch).
- If possible, take the exam alone and in a quiet area free of conversations, music, and other noises that may be identified as intentional interference. Headphones are generally disallowed.
- Ensure that your desk or table is clear of any unpermitted items and that walls and desk are clear of writing.
- If required by the instructor, show a recognizable photo ID. You can use your FSUID or any government-issued ID (ie, driver’s license, passport) as long as your photo and name on the card are clearly visible.
- If required to perform a room scan by the instructor, please scan your room a full 360 degrees, slowly and thoroughly, and include your entire desk area as shown in Honorlock's Completing a Room Scan video. You can repeat the room scan as often as needed until it’s acceptable.
- Before the exam, disable or remove any browser extensions that are not expressly permitted by the instructor. If you use Google Chrome’s Automatic Translation tool, we recommend disabling it as well.
If you have any questions or doubts about what is and isn’t allowed during your exam, double check your syllabus and exam instructions, and don’t hesitate to contact your instructor for exam-specific guidance well before the exam starts.
Need help with Honorlock?
Get technical support during your exam by selecting the chat bubble in the bottom-right corner of the Honorlock window (typical response time is under 5 minutes). We recommend contacting your professor after the exam to recap what happened or receive additional guidance. See the following additional resources for support:
- Troubleshooting the Honorlock Extension
- How to Uninstall and/or Reinstall the Honorlock Chrome Extension
- How to Disable Google Chrome's Automatic Translation Feature
Honorlock Frequently Asked Questions
How is my privacy protected?
FSU values the privacy and security of your data and has a formal agreement with Honorlock that supersedes Honorlock’s general Terms of Services, including specific legal requirements for the privacy and security of student information. This means that Honorlock is FERPA-compliant and uses securely encrypted protocols to save and view all test taker assets. If you have any questions about FSU’s contract with Honorlock and the information privacy and security measures in place, see the Honorlock Security and Privacy FAQ webpage.
Does Honorlock determine who is cheating?
No. Honorlock simply reports back possible incidents. Ultimately, your instructor determines if cheating occurred by viewing the exam recording and any notes made by Honorlock.
Why am I being prompted for an access code?
If you are being prompted for an access code, you may not be using Google Chrome or may not have the Honorlock Chrome Extension installed. If you are using Google Chrome and have the Honorlock extension installed, your instructor may not have activated Honorlock. In this case, please notify your instructor of the situation.
Do I have to pay for Honorlock?
No. FSU’s Office of Distance Learning contracts with Honorlock in order to provide online proctoring services free of charge to FSU students, instructors, and departments.
Is Honorlock accessible?
Honorlock states that its "interfaces for administrators, instructors, and end-users are fully ADA accessible and compliant with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act" and that it has been "developed and tested to conform to WCAG 2.1 level AA guidelines for accessible use” (Honorlock Accessibility Statement).
If you have a disability that inhibits your use of Honorlock, contact the Office of Accessibility Services for specific guidance and support.