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PRONTO online testing experience?
June 25, 2018
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elizabeth moses
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Hello,

Not certain if i'm jumping ahead by presenting my question here, but here goes. I have a disability and with the testing center i have additional time and also sit a separate room. Does PRONTO Online testing allow special accommodation?  

-Elizabeth

June 20, 2018
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bbembry@palmcoastgov.com
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What type of software does Pronto use to connect to your computer?  My IT department is asking.  And, what camera view does Pronto request?  

 

I am using a surface pro as my computer hooked up to monitors.  The surface pro has a built-in camera, is that sufficient? 

June 1, 2018
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david.gieser@mecklenburgcountync.gov said
I just took the Legal Module of the CBO.  It think it's much better to take the exam in your own space rather than going to a testing center.  Check-in was efficient and things generally went well.  However, about half way through the exam time, my testing window disappeared.  I started clicking and got a message from the proctor saying "not yet".  Apparently they changed my proctor half way through the exam and they took away the exam window while they changed.  The new proctor made be go through the whole security process again.  This was very troubling.  I didn't know if I lost what I had completed.  The change over only took about 1 minute.  I'm not sure I lost any time because I was not looking at the clock when it happened.  Anyway, it was generally a good experience and I will take other ICC exams though Pronto, but they really need to keep one proctor through the whole exam.  

David, thanks for providing input to us on your experience - I can certainly look into why the exam window disappears when changing proctors, as I can understand why this might be distracting. Stay tuned, and feel free to reach out to me directly for updates.

Michelle Porter

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June 1, 2018
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Bisom@aboutcis.com said
I have taken the Pronto online testing for my last 2 certifications (M2, E2). I like that there is little to no wait and that it is on your own time table. Everyone of the online proctors I have encountered (didn't say I only took each test once) has been extremely efficient, courteous, and professional. The only negative comment I have, is about the plan reading sections. The plans are extremely small and hard to see, and when you scroll over with your cursor, it enlarges the image way too much so that it is hard to read in the complete opposite way, which can cause extreme frustration on a timed test. It may be my computer settings, I'm not positive, but if this were fixed, I would give PRONTO a solid 10 out of 10, as it stands, I give PRONTO 9 out of 10. Just a little constructive criticism that I hope will be heard as I plan to continue to use this for computer based testing.

Cheers 

Thanks so much for the feedback - plan viewing is something we're currently working on enhancing as much as we can, given the vast differences between devices used to take our exams. We definitely appreciate the notes!

May 17, 2018
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I just took the Legal Module of the CBO.  It think it's much better to take the exam in your own space rather than going to a testing center.  Check-in was efficient and things generally went well.  However, about half way through the exam time, my testing window disappeared.  I started clicking and got a message from the proctor saying "not yet".  Apparently they changed my proctor half way through the exam and they took away the exam window while they changed.  The new proctor made be go through the whole security process again.  This was very troubling.  I didn't know if I lost what I had completed.  The change over only took about 1 minute.  I'm not sure I lost any time because I was not looking at the clock when it happened.  Anyway, it was generally a good experience and I will take other ICC exams though Pronto, but they really need to keep one proctor through the whole exam.  

March 1, 2018
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I have taken the Pronto online testing for my last 2 certifications (M2, E2). I like that there is little to no wait and that it is on your own time table. Everyone of the online proctors I have encountered (didn't say I only took each test once) has been extremely efficient, courteous, and professional. The only negative comment I have, is about the plan reading sections. The plans are extremely small and hard to see, and when you scroll over with your cursor, it enlarges the image way too much so that it is hard to read in the complete opposite way, which can cause extreme frustration on a timed test. It may be my computer settings, I'm not positive, but if this were fixed, I would give PRONTO a solid 10 out of 10, as it stands, I give PRONTO 9 out of 10. Just a little constructive criticism that I hope will be heard as I plan to continue to use this for computer based testing.

Cheers 

December 13, 2017
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That's awesome - congrats! And thanks so much for posting feedback!

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December 6, 2017
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I wanted to post a follow-up in case others have the same questions that I did.

I did take the PRONTO exam, and it couldn't have been an easier process.  (Though the test was a challenge!)

Michelle, you were correct.  I just used the book and the tabs to find the info that I needed and it was fine.  I didn't have to glue or tape or staple the tabs to the book.

I didn't need any scratch paper, digital or otherwise.  I can't remember off the top of my head if I needed the calculator, but if I did it was just for one or two questions.  Most of the "technical" questions required knowing how to read the various tables in the code book.

I will definitely consider the PRONTO option for further certifications that I am pursuing.  And I like that it is available 24 hours a day and didn't require a pre-scheduled appointment.  (Although sometimes having a deadline does help motivate me to study.)  Overall it was a great experience and I will definitely recommend it to my colleagues.

October 18, 2017
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Hi - I can answer a couple of your questions, although I'll definitely follow this thread to see what type of feedback you receive from recent PRONTO testers.

As far as the tabs issue, as long as you're not moving them around during the exam, you should be OK. The proctors understand that these are open-book exams and that you'll be flipping through the books, but I'd discourage pulling off tabs and changing their position.

You should not need any scratch paper or writing instruments - there's actually both a calculator and "scratch pad" built into the exam, such that you can take notes and do any calculations directly on-screen. No need for additional materials, so your desk should be pretty clear.

Please follow up either here or with me directly if you take an exam - we really want to hear from test-takers who are taking the leap into PRONTO. Your feedback helps us improve our systems, and our relationship with our proctors.

Thanks -

Michelle Porter

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October 17, 2017
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I am wondering if anyone has taken any of these exams using the new PRONTO service?  What has your experience been like?

I currently hold the commercial inspector (B-2) and plans examiner (B-3) certifications (I took these tests with the 2009 IBC), and I am looking to take the 2015 Residential Inspector (R-1) exam with the 2015 IRC.

My first two exams were taken at the same PearsonVUE center.  I had a different experience each time, using the exact same code book that I had self-tabbed.  I had used the Post-It writable tabs (and marketed as "repositionable") at the advice of several coworkers, saying that is what they had used with no issues.  For the first exam, the gal gave them a quick tug and they stayed in place, and all was well.  For the second exam, they had me sit in the lobby for about 30 minutes prior to the test and gave me the option to either tape or staple each tab into "permanent" place.  (Which I am grateful that they didn't flat-out turn me away and at least let me do that in their lobby.)

So I'm wondering how the online proctor will test the tabs?  If I need to sit here and tape/glue/staple each tab in to place, I will gladly do so prior to the test.  But I also don't want to waste my time if it's not needed.

I'm also wondering if we are allowed to have a piece of paper and a pencil to use for scratch?  It's not listed in the approved materials, yet a calculator is.  I only recall a handful of practice questions requiring any math, but it would be nice to have scratch paper if it may be needed.

Thanks!