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Test Proctoring

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 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.

 

System Requirements: Windows: 10 (but not 10S), 8, 7; Mac: OS X 10.12 or higher; or iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). Students must also have a web camera (internal or external) & microphone and a broadband internet connection

 

The secure online proctoring service, Respondus Monitor, lets you take assessments within Blackboard at times and locations that fit your schedule. You must also have access to a computer (Windows 7 or higher (but not 10S) or Mac OS X 10.12 or higher) with a webcam and reliable Internet connection to use Respondus Monitor.

Exams will be proctored using the secure online proctoring service, Respondus Monitor. You must also have access to a computer (Windows 7 or higher (but not 10S) or Mac OS X 10.12 or higher) with a webcam and reliable Internet connection to use Respondus Monitor.

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 scarson@mailbox.sc.edu or call 803-777-2189.

 

System Requirements: Windows: 10 (but not 10S), 8, 7, or Vista or Mac: OS X 10.5 or higher. Students must also have a web camera (internal or external) & microphone and a broadband internet connection.

 

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 (Windows Vista or higher (but not 10S) or Mac OS X 10.5 or higher) 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 (Windows Vista or higher (but not 10S) or Mac OS X 10.5 or higher) 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.

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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