Overview, Fees, Equipment and Technology Requirements

The Department of Education states that accrediting organizations require institutions(s) that offer distance education programs(s) to have processes by which it establishes that the student who registers in a distance education course or program is the same person who receives academic credit.  Therefore, eCollege has implemented proctored exams in online courses in order to verify that the student who registered for the course is the same student who is completing the work. Each student is to check the “Announcements” or “Exam Proctoring” menu button for the exam schedule.

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.  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. 

Testing Fees

As ground courses have built in expenses (gas to travel to campus), distance education courses have built in fees as well, mainly testing fees.  Thus, ProctorU is not a free service.  The testing fees are below and all eCollege students are required to pay these fees if they opt to use the ProctorU service.  Beginning Spring 2015, these fees will be automatically paid at the time of registration for all eCollege online students. Students CANNOT opt of these fees.  If the testing fees are a concern, please register for a ground course instead.  Online classes have inherent fees.

Plan Ahead and Save on Testing Fees

Lawson State is NOT responsible for making any payments to ProctorU.  Payment of all proctoring fess will be the obligation of the individual eCollege student who has elected to take an online course.  Any charges applicable to the examine must be paid with a credit or debit card.  The eCollege student will be required to enter payment information into a secure page connected to a third-party card processing company.  The page is encrypted and ProctorU does not see or store credit card/debit card data.  eCollege students will have to re-enter payment information each time a new charge or charges are incurred.

Exam Length
(in Minutes)

Flex Scheduling--
Scheduling 72 Hours
the Desired Start

Take It Soon Fees--
Scheduling WITHIN
72 Hours
of the Desired Start

Take it Now Fees!
Testing On Demand
Without Any Prior

 30 Minutes orLess        

 $8.75 per test

 $13.75 per test

 $17.50 per test

 31-60 Minutes

 $17.50 per test

 $22.50 per test

 $26.25 per test

 61-120 Minutes

 $25.00 per test

 $30.00 per test

 $33.75 per test

 121-180 Minutes

 $33.75 per test

 $38.75 per test

 $42.50 per test

 181 Minutes or More

 $42.50 per test

 $47.50 per test

 $51.25 per test

How to Save on Testing Fees:  

1.  Register for your exam early, at least 72 hours before the actual test.  Late registrations cost more.
2.  Test your equipment two hours  before testing 

Equipment Needed Prior to Testing (Additional Fees Related to Online Learning):

Proctor U requires three critical pieces of equipment in order for your test to be proctored: (1) a computer with Internet access and (2) a mountable (not built in) camera as pictured below; and (3) a audio w/microphone headset.  All equipment  should always be tested prior to your exam.  These types of cameras can be purchased in any Lawson State bookstore or within any major chain to include Walmart, Target, etc...  The cost is minimal.  It is recommend that all online students purchase their camera and audio headset at the same time they secure their textbook.

Proctor U:  See How It Works 


Proctor U:  How To Schedule An Appointment!

Click here for directions for Student Sign-up/Registration.

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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