Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) is a new testing option that allows you to take your certification exam securely from your home instead of traveling to a testing center. It's a great option for those eligible for RMA or RPT who need an alternative to the traditional testing center.
Now some AMT certification exams can be taken at home
With the right equipment, a stable internet connection and a private place to test without interruption, some AMT exams are available to be taken in the comfort of home. Right now, it’s an option for those taking either the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) or Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) exams.
The process involves web camera and microphone monitoring by a live proctor that observes you throughout your testing experience, as would happen if you were testing at your school or a secure testing center.
How to test via LRP
If you are interested in LRP for taking your test, it’s important to make sure that you have access to
- the right technology to enable LRP, and
- a secure private location to take your exam.
You can find out right now by testing your system and reading about the location requirements.
How to register for the examination
Testing is conducted through Pearson VUE’s proprietary OnVUE system. When you apply to AMT to test, you’ll select your preferred testing option—either at a Pearson VUE testing center near you or via LRP.
The purpose of the requirements for exam security
Security around a certification exam for an allied health role is a big deal for a couple of reasons. First: it’s a high-stakes exam. The person who passes the exam is qualified for work that has a direct impact on patient care. That means AMT members are collecting patient specimens, running diagnostic tests, administering injections—providing skilled care that matters.
Second, but important, is that when the test environment is secure, it is a fairer experience for those who test. You know that someone else isn’t “taking shortcuts” (to put it nicely) to get the same certification as you. And when you present your credentials to get hired, your employer is assured that you have met the high standards that stand behind the AMT certification credential.
Some of the security measures to note:
- Children, other people, and pets are not allowed in the testing room/space
- You cannot be observed looking around the room or looking down (as if looking at a phone), etc
- The room must be clear of any books or test preparation material. You will be required to scan the room for the proctor before the examination will be started
AMT takes testing security and exam integrity very seriously. If any suspicious activity is noticed or suspected, the proctor will immediately end the session and will report it to AMT. Should this occur, the recorded documentation will be reviewed to determine whether the examinee can retest. A retesting fee will be required.
What to do if you can’t take the exam at home
While LRP is a nice option for some taking AMT exams, many people find it equally convenient to take their exam at one of the Pearson VUE testing centers located across the country. Choose your option, testing either on site at a Pearson VUE test center location or via LRP (for RMA or RPT only) when you schedule your exam.
Read the full Frequently Asked Questions and Best Practices information about LRP.
Watch our instructional video, Live Remote Proctoring: Who is it Right for?