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Exams and Testing

The University of South Carolina provides a range of options for both USC and non-USC students to complete any course-related distance learning exams. 

The university offers secure, professional test proctoring for USC students enrolled in online courses as well as non-USC students completing online courses through other universities. Testing is not available for students enrolled in traditional, face-to-face classes. Refer to your course syllabus for your professor's specific testing expectations and instructions.

Testing Options for USC Online Students

Online students can take tests and exams using one of several options — at the Testing Center, via remote proctor, or at an approved on- or off-campus testing site. Each professor will establish his or her own course testing instructions, which will be communicated in your course syllabus. Here are three different ways you can fulfill your online testing requirements along with any related policies and requirements for doing so.

Option 1: Testing Center — Columbia Campus

Proctored exams are available in the Distributed Learning Testing Center on the USC Columbia campus. The appointment-only center is located at 1716 College Street. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are not accepted.

Testing Center Policies

  • You must request a test appointment at least three business days in advance. To request a test appointment, please email Shannon Carson, testing coordinator, at scarson@mailbox.sc.edu or call 803-777-7210. 
  • You are required to bring a valid photo ID with you to your exam.
  • You must bring instructor-specified materials, such as graph or scratch paper, or a calculator, with you to the exam.
  • You will be monitored by audio and video surveillance while in the testing room.
  • Children are not permitted in the Testing Center and should not be left unattended in the waiting area.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the Testing Center.


Option 2: Online Proctoring

The secure online proctoring service, ProctorU, lets you schedule exam times and locations that fit your schedule. The service requires no prescheduling or special hardware or software beyond a webcam and internet connection. ProctorU verifies your identity and records your testing session. Each testing session is reviewed by a certified proctor to ensure integrity. You will be required to pay an $8-14 fee for online proctoring, depending on the length of the exam, directly to ProctorU during your exam.

Option 3: Approved Testing Sites

Online students may take an exam at an alternative on- or off-campus approved testing site. 

USC System Sites
The University of South Carolina System offers a number of approved testing sites. To schedule an exam, you must inform Distributed Learning of your preferred testing site, and then contact the site coordinator at least one week before each exam to schedule your appointment.

Off-Campus Sites
You can use a proctor from any accredited college or university that offers testing services. Most institutions have testing facilities or testing services offered through their online program. You will need to complete a Proctor Request Form [pdf] for approval to take an exam at an off-campus testing location.

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