From the convenience of your home or office, you can now take most NI Certification exams in a secure online environment. Online exams provide the freedom to schedule your exam for the date, time zone, and start time of your choice. Some aspects of the online environment may affect your decision. Review this document carefully to properly set your expectations and determine if an online exam is the right format for you.
The online exam format allows you to take an NI Certification Exam from the convenience of your home or office in a secure online environment. The exam content is the same as an exam proctored in-person at a test center, your office or an NI facility. The main difference is that a trained proctor monitors your progress remotely through the online environment.
How it works:
Figure 1: Example of an Online Exam Environment.
NI has partnered with an online exam provider, PSI, and your exam is delivered through their online system. When you sign into the system, you are essentially remoting into a virtual machine.
Note that you can only use one monitor during the online exam, so use the largest monitor available to you to maximize your working space. You can close and reposition windows and set the browser to full-screen.
For performance-based exams, the virtual machine is pre-installed with
The virtual machine will not have access to the Internet.
Please note that LabVIEW shortcuts do not work during online exams.
The same rules for taking the exam in person apply in the online environment, along a few online-exam-specific rules. Violations of rules, depending on severity, may result in immediate termination of the exam. For less severe violations the proctor will pause the exam, give a warning and, at the third occurrence, terminate the exam.
Here are a few factors that may help you decide. Compared to taking an exam at an NI office with an in-person proctor, online exams:
IMPORTANT: Overall, it is your decision which format you use. Review this document carefully to properly set your expectations before deciding whether to schedule an online exam.
The online exam makes use of your computer, Internet connection, and webcam. It is important that you verify your intended system and location meet the requirements of the online exam system.
After your computer is set up, may want to verify that the place you intend to take the exam will meet the requirements:
If your office or desk at work does not meet those requirements, you are welcome to take the exam at home or any other location you choose, so long as it meets the requirements. If no appropriate system/environment is available, please do not attempt to take the exam online. Instead, choose another delivery method.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find our preparation materials at the following links:
Remember that you cannot take notes using pen and paper during the exam. Therefore, when you take a sample exam, practice taking your notes on your computer in Notepad, MS Paint, and so on. Additionally, limit your practice to a single monitor to more accurately simulate the online exam environment.
Start by following steps 1-11 in “Verifying Your Computer and Workspace Compatibility section above. Then...
NOTE: Details can be found in this video overview of what you can expect when taking an exam online.
Start Your Exam on Time:
Launch your exam by:
After you have finished, your exam will be graded.