The Integrity Agreement and Identity Check is a feature intended to reduce fraud behaviors. Research into cheating prevention suggests that one way to reduce cheating is by enhancing a test taker’s sense of self. Most people associate this sense of self with honesty. With this elevated sense of honesty, the test taker commits to the expected behaviors of the test on the Integrity Agreement. The timing of this is deliberate. Research confirms that when this type of Integrity Agreement is committed immediately before a test begins, it is effective at reducing and eliminating a significant number of fraud behaviors. The Integrity Agreement also ensures that someone doesn’t inadvertently engage in fraud behaviors as a result of misunderstanding the expectations of the test.
Before the test taker can begin taking the test they agree to the following actions.
They will take the test alone in a quiet place.
They will close all other applications and browser tabs.
They will turn-off and put away all other devices.
They will clear the area around them. The test taker confirms that they will follow these standards during the test. They are also notified that the test administrator will receive audio recordings that can inform them if these standards were met.
They can confirm that they are the intended candidate and that they can show a photo identification upon request.