Remote Testing

Institutions can elect to schedule an FLS remote testing event at their facility. Remote Testing pricing starts at  $500 for up to10 test takers, with an additional fee for extra days as requested. All eligible test takers must possess a valid FLS test voucher, which is not included in the remote testing fee. 

Please fill out a request form using the link below to request a date for remote testing for your facility. Dates for remote testing must be requested at least three months in advance and may include weekends. We will make every effort to accommodate one of your three requested dates as indicated on the form. Once we are able to confirm a requested date for remote testing, we will send you a confirmation email along with an invoice for the remote testing fee. Payment for remote testing must be received at least 30 days prior to the confirmed date. Your confirmation email will include pertinent information for preparation of an FLS Remote Testing event including the information that must be submitted to the SAGES office prior to the event.

Testing Materials

SAGES will ship the remote testing system, as well as all the consumable materials needed for testing (suture, endoloops, gauze, penrose drains, foam organs) to your institution approximately a week prior to your testing date. The facility is responsible for providing all other required equipment and supplies (trainer box, monitor, computers, etc). For more information regarding the required FLS testing materials, please go to: Remote Testing Required Materials

Institutional Responsibilities

You will be required to have:

  • Two facilitators who will act as the hands-on assistants for the remote proctor. 
    • At least one of the facilitators must be someone who works in the skills lab and/or has had some experience with the FLS trainer box and laparoscopic instruments. 
    • It is NOT recommended to have a physician/active clinician act as a facilitator
    • The facilitators must be present for the entirety of the testing day(s) and will need to monitor each test taker for the entire exam (skills and written portions). This will take approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours per test taker.
    • Will need to coordinate with SAGES regarding scheduling and registering of test takers.
    • Must be available for a set up and run through meeting 7-10 days prior to testing date. This must occur in the area where the skills test is going to be administered.
  • Someone from the institution’s IT department must be on call to help if there are technical difficulties.  
  • An internet connection
  • Three computer stations for administering the written portion of the exam.
  • Dedicated times for testing where the room(s) housing the simulator and computers are; should not be used by anyone else during the exam.
  • All test takers will need to have purchased a valid testing voucher from SAGES prior to the exam date.

For a list of remote testing requirements/responsibilities for institutions, please go to: Testing Requirements/Responsibilities.

Cost

The price for one day of FLS remote testing for up to 10 test takers is $500. Institutions with more than 10 test takers can schedule additional consecutive days of testing at a price of $250 per additional day.

Scheduling

You may request remote testing to take place on any day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday.

FLS Remote Testing Request Form

The remote testing request form can be found on our website here. For more information please email Deborah Beck (deborah@sages.org).

FLS Remote Testing Request Form

Email deborah@sages.org for more information.

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