Bar exam technology company Extegrity has announced that it will not offer remote proctoring services for October 2020 bar exams.
In a statement posted by Bar Exam Tracker on Twitter Thursday, Extegrity said that the decision to hold extensive remote bar exams across the country in October would make it difficult to properly proctor the exams. Extegrity said that both its human and artificial intelligence-powered remote proctoring services were “not envisioned for use on large-scale, simultaneous-start event exams” that many states are considering for the October exam. The company called for the remote bar exams to be redesigned from the ground up, and said they should include “randomized multiple-choice questions, more-but-shorter essays, open-book components, or other innovations” to fit better within the technological limitations of remote proctoring. Extegrity has offered bar exam proctoring services and technology since the mid-1990s.
The move comes at a contentious time for graduating law school students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many states have delayed in-person bar exams or moved precipitously to a remote testing system, while others have adopted diploma privilege for students who have just graduated. Read more of JURIST’s coverage of Bar Exams in the Pandemic.