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Test Proctoring

Online courses often require one or more proctored exams. Instructors can rely on on our supervised testing services whether onsite at a testing center or remotely administered online.

Three Flexible Options

We provide test proctoring services for courses offered through the Office of Distributed Learning. Access administrative support and test proctoring options for paper and computer formats.

Testing Center — Columbia Campus

Students may take proctored exams in the Office of Distributed Learning Testing Center on the Columbia Campus. The center, which is located at 1716 College Street, has 9 computers/testing workstations. The center is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Remote Proctor

Our secure online proctoring service ProctorU allows students to take exams at times and locations that are convenient to them. Accessed using a webcam and internet connection ProctorU verifies the student's identity, records the testing session, and has every testing session reviewed by a certified proctor to ensure integrity. An $8-14 fee for online proctoring, depending on the length of the exam, is paid by students directly to ProctorU during their exam.

Instructors wishing to register an exam in ProctorU should contact Shannon Carson at or call 803-777-2189.

Approved Testing Sites

Students may opt to take an exam at an alternative on- or off-campus approved testing site. 

USC System Sites
Students must inform the Office of Distributed Learning of their preferred testing site, and contact the site coordinator at least one week before each exam to schedule a test appointment.

Location Coordinator Email Phone County Keywords
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USC Aiken Maureen Quinn 803-641-3435 Aiken tag 1, tag2
USC Beaufort — Historic Beaufort Campus Geni Flowers 843-521-4122 Beaufort  
USC Beaufort — Hilton Head Gateway Campus in Bluffton Melanie Hanes-Ramos 843-208-8022 Beaufort  
USC Columbia Campus Shannon Carson 803-777-2189 Richland  
USC Lancaster Pamela Ellis 803-313-7101 Lancaster  
USC Lancaster Summer Truesdale 803-313-7071 Lancaster  
USC Salkehatchie — West Campus, Allendale Dan Johnson 800-922-5500 or
803-584-3446 (ext. 153)
USC Salkehatchie — East Campus, Walterboro Sheila Smoak 843-549-6314 Colleton   
USC Upstate Testing Center Staff 864-503-7422 Spartanburg  
USC Sumter* Sharon Chapman 803-938-3736 Sumter  
USC Sumter* Connie Pender 803-938-3797 Sumter  
USC Union Kendra Owens 800-768-5566 Union  
USC Union — Laurens Connie Parker 864-681-1456 Laurens  


* USC Sumter students must have parking decals. Decals can be picked up from the business office in the main administration building. With a decal, a student can park in any designated student parking area.

Off-Campus Sites
Students may use a proctor from any accredited college or university that has testing services available. Most institutions have testing facilities or testing services offered through their online program. Students will need to complete a Proctor Request Form [PDF] for approval to take exams at an off-campus testing location.

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