Harper College

Honorlock FAQ

Harper College has formally partnered with the online proctoring service, Honorlock, to provide online exams in a secure fashion. Honorlock is used for both the English and math (ALEKS) placement tests as well as many online course exams such as mid-term tests, quizzes, & final exams.

Honorlock Test-taking FAQ

In order to take an exam with HonorLock, students will need:

  • A desktop computer, laptop computer or Chromebook (tablets and smartphones will not work)
  • A webcam
  • Stable internet connection
  • Google Chrome web browser 
  • HonorLock’s Google Chrome extension

No, Honorlock testing does not require an appointment, it's all on-demand. In other words, test whenever you're ready!

Yes, but the initial Preview attempt remains an unproctored, practice attempt.

When you're ready for the proctored test attempt, or retest attempt, you'll access the ALEKS placement test the same way you did for the Preview by going through your MyHarper Student Portal. This time though, you must make sure you're accessing the test with the following requirements:

  • A desktop computer, laptop computer or Chromebook (tablets and smartphones will not work)
  • A webcam
  • Stable internet connection
  • Google Chrome web browser 
  • HonorLock’s Google Chrome extension 

Click here  for the step-by-step directions needed for accessing your ALEKS Math placement test. 

Yes. When you're ready to test, you can access the English placement test either through your MyHarper Student Portal under the "Registration and Records" area or by following this link. Make sure you're accessing the test with following requirements:

  • A desktop computer, laptop computer or Chromebook (tablets and smartphones will not work)
  • A webcam
  • Stable internet connection
  • Google Chrome web browser 
  • HonorLock’s Google Chrome extension 

Click here for the step-by-step directions needed for accessing your English placement test. 

It's likely, but not a guarantee. It's up to your teacher to decide whether or not they would like their tests proctored by Honorlock.

If you're being asked to enter a password, especially when taking ALEKS, the likeliest reason is that you either a) haven't successfully installed the Honorlock Chrome extension or b) you're not testing with Google Chrome as your web-browser.

If you're certain you've downloaded the Honorlock Extension and you're still being asked for a password, make sure the Honorlock extension is activated. You can do this by clicking the "Puzzle Piece" icon found in the upper right-hand corner of your Chrome browser. When you click the "Puzzle Piece" icon, next click "Manage Extensions". You'll know Honorlock is active if the slider bar is blue. PLEASE NOTE - if you've taken other remotely proctored exams using services like Proctorio or ProctorU, you will need to "deactivate" those extensions so that Honorlock is the only remote proctoring extension that's active. 

The Testing Center staff is available to assist. Please feel free to either call 847.925.6541 or email (testing@harpercollege.edu) with your questions. 

If the trouble you're having is more technical in nature, you might also want to connect with Honorlock's Support Team either by clicking here, or if you're in an Honorlock enabled test already, by clicking the blue circle with the white "thought bubble" in the corner of the page. 

Honorlock Privacy FAQ

As Harper College continues to operate in a remote learning environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in-person proctored testing has been suspended, it is critical that the College has a way to continue to make test integrity/security a priority. The College has partnered with Honorlock to provide secure proctoring of exams for purposes of detecting potential instances of academic dishonesty. It is not uncommon for institutions to utilize online proctoring companies like Honorlock to prevent academic integrity violations such as the  use of a false identity, unauthorized collaboration, use of materials not allowed during the exam, and the copying and/or distribution of test questions.

Each instructor will decide which test security measures to enable, but here are some possibilities:

  • Identity confirmation with a photo ID (Harper/student ID’s are acceptable)
  • A 360-degree visual sweep of your testing area
  • Recording your screen while testing
  • Recording you and the external testing environment
  • Monitoring your web browsing activity while you test
  • Limiting your web browsing capabilities while testing

All Honorlock exams require that the student remain visible during the entire length of the exam. Looking away, leaning out of sight, or walking away from the computer will likely raise a flag with the Honorlock AI proctoring technology and cause the exam to “pause” until you are back in focus.

Honorlock proctors your exam via a Chrome browser extension. The extension will “flag” certain behaviors that your instructor can review to determine if there is evidence of an academic integrity violation.

Honorlock merely flags behavior which is then reported to your instructor. Honorlock does not make determinations of whether flagged behavior constitutes academic dishonesty or violates the College’s Code of Student Conduct.

Per Honorlock’s Student Privacy Statement, Honorlock is only active while the student is testing; when the student completes and submits their exam within the learning management system, Honorlock automatically stops all recording and ends the exam session monitoring. This ends the recording of the webcam, the desktop screen, and the audio. 

Yes, you can remove the Honorlock extension from your Chrome browser after you finish your exam. Instructions on how to remove the Honorlock extension can be found in Honorlock’s Student Privacy Statement

Harper College takes its students’ privacy seriously.  The College and Honorlock have a formal agreement in place, which supersedes Honorlock’s general Terms of Service, and which includes specific terms governing the privacy and security of student information.

As part of the College’s agreement with Honorlock, Honorlock has agreed to comply the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and to safeguard and keep confidential any personally identifiable student information that it receives in connection with the services it provides.

For more information on Honorlock’s data privacy and security policies and practices, please click on the following links:


Last Updated: 3/19/24