Application availability and deadline

Applications for the 2021 ABSN cohort are now closed. We anticipate that applications for ABSN 2022 will launch in August 2021. The application deadline will be 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 15 to begin study the following autumn.

Write the proctored essay

Following the application deadline, all ABSN applicants must complete an online proctored essay. We will conduct the proctored essay online using a service called Proctorio.

The proctored essay is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020. You will be given one hour to complete this essay once it begins.

There are NO early or make-up sessions for the proctored essay.

If you will need disability accommodations to write the proctored essay, please read our instructions for accommodations confirmation.

Essay process

Those who apply by the deadline will receive a link by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, October 16, 2020, for a practice quiz. This practice quiz will allow you to test your hardware in the days leading up to the official proctored essay. It will also give you a sense of how Proctorio limits your computer activity during the essay (e.g., no copy and paste, no additional open browser windows, etc.).

When you begin the practice and official exams, Proctorio will ask you to show proof of ID. Please have this with you when you start the essay (see minimum requirements). During the exam, you may also use scratch paper when solving the math problems.

Please note that, while a camera and microphone are required, no one will watch you complete the exam.

You can complete the proctored essay between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. You will have one hour to complete the essay; please give yourself enough time before the deadline. If you start the proctored essay within the hour leading up to the deadline, you will only have until the deadline to complete it.

Technical support

Before the essay date, please contact Student and Academic Services (, 206.543.8736).

During the essay, Proctorio support is available to test takers via Live Chat and Email. Visit for information.

Minimum requirements

  • A desktop or tablet with a camera and microphone (iOS devices such as iPads will not work for the proctored essay)
  • A government or school-issued ID card with your name and photo (e.g., driver’s license, passport, school ID, military ID)
  • A stable Ethernet or WiFi connection for the duration of the essay
  • Chrome browser
  • Proctorio extension for Chrome