Overview and Technology Requirements

All Distance Education students are required to take their Mid-term and Final Exams via Proctor U, an online proctoring service.  Proctor U provides online proctoring of students (via the Internet) from the privacy of one's home.  In other words, you can test right at home while an online proctor looks and monitors your exam visually through the use of a remote cameras.  Your Technology Fee (that you paid when you paid your tuition) covers the Proctor U fee, so no payment is due at the time of testing.  When you take an exam online, the student registers via Proctor U and schedules the date and time to take their exam, given the testing parameters the online instructor has set for testing.  Students can also opt to come to the Lawson's Testing Center to take the test via a "live" proctor.  However, you will still need to register and take the exam (via Proctor U).   In all cases (whether online or in person) an online students must present an official form of identification to validate their identity.  Proctor U also requires testers to answer specific questions to verify one's identify. 

Equipment Needed Prior to Testing:

Proctor U requires two critical pieces of equipment in order for your test to be proctored: (1) a computer with Internet access and (2) a removal (not built in) camera as pictured below.  Attachable computer cameras should always be tested prior to your exam.  These types of cameras can be purchased in the bookstore on both campuses of Lawson State or in any major chain to include Walmart, Target, etc...  The cost is minimal.  It is recommend that all online students purchase their camera at the same time they secure their textbook.

Proctor U:  See How It Works 


Proctor U:  How To Schedule An Appointment!

ProctorU is an online proctoring service that allows students to take exams online while ensuring the integrity of the exam for the institution. The service uses proctors who monitor exam takers in three ways. ProctorU proctors
  • Authenticate the test taker’s identity to ensure that the person being monitored is the correct student.
  • Observe the test taker via a webcam. The student is connected to a real person who guides him/her through the process.
  • Watch the test taker's screen in real time and can see everything the student is doing both at the location and on screen.

Click below and Take Your Exams.  Check Your System First

NOTE:  All Mid-term and Final Exams MUST be proctored via Proctored U.  Whether you take the exam at home or in a testing center, you MUST use Proctor U so your exam is recorded and proctored in accordance with eCollege policies regulating the authenticity of your results. 

Check Your System's Compatibility:

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General Information

  • A minimum of 72-hour notice is required to schedule an online exam with ProctorU.
  • All appointments should be made at least 3 days in advance, since reservations made within 72 hours of your exam are subject to a $5 late reservation fee.
  • The exam can be taken online at your convenience, at a specified date and time.
  • The exam is a timed, online exam (see the exam description in your course syllabus for course-specific exam time limits).
  • Two forms of photo ID, along with a webcam, microphone, and computer with Internet connection are required.
  • Exams proctored through ProctorU cost $14.75 (1-hr. exam), $21.50 (90-min. and 2-hour exam), or $30.25 (3-hour exam) billed when you schedule the exam. This fee covers the entire testing experience regardless of how much actual time it takes to complete the exam.
  • Refunds are given if the exam is canceled within 48 hours before the scheduled exam time.

Technical Requirements


Operating system

  • PC: A reliable computer running Windows XP or higher with 500 MB of RAM or higher
  • Mac: A reliable computer running Mac OS 10 or higher  

Other technical specifications

  • Webcam with 640x480 video pixel resolution
  • Headphones or working speakers connected to the computer
  • Microphone connected to the computer (we recommend having a webcam that has a built-in microphone)
  • Reliable high speed Internet connection (minimum 768 Kbps/128 Kbps)
  • Web browser with Adobe Flash Player installed (Flash Player 10 or higher recommended)
  • Authority to allow remote access to your computer and screen by one of our proctors  

System Test

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