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.
Online Test Proctoring
There are two options for online test proctoring:
Monitor, by Respondus
Monitor provides automated exam proctoring and enables students to take assessments within Blackboard. After a one-time installation of a plugin, each student follows a startup sequence that guides them through completion of requirements set by the instructor (these requirements are entered when you set up your assessment in Blackboard). Monitor records each student’s session for later review and applies monitoring algorithms to notify instructors of the timestamp of any suspicious activity for their review. This product is integrated in Blackboard, and available for use at no cost to students, instructors, or academic departments.
The secure online test proctoring service, ProctorU, allows students to take exams at times and locations that are convenient to them. ProctorU's services are accessed using a computer equipped with 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 email@example.com or call 803-777-2189.
ProctorU Resources Provided for Students
The secure online proctoring service, ProctorU, lets you schedule exam times and locations that fit your schedule. 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. You must also have access to a computer with a webcam and reliable Internet connection to use ProctorU.
Exams may be proctored using the secure online proctoring service, ProctorU, for a fee of $8-14 per exam, depending on the length of the exam. You must also have access to a computer with a webcam and reliable Internet connection to use ProctorU.
Approved Testing Sites
Online students may opt to take an exam at an alternative on- or off-campus approved testing site.
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.
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.