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Proctored Exams FAQs

General Proctored Exam Questions

A proctored exam is an exam that is overseen by an impartial individual, called a proctor, who monitors or supervises you while you are taking the exam. The proctor ensures the security and integrity of the exam process. A valid form of ID is always required before beginning a proctored exam. If you’ve ever taken an SAT/ACT/etc. exam, the procedure is similar in nature. There are rules and protocols that must be followed.

Yes, a proctored experience is required for successful completion of an eCore course. In courses requiring only one proctored exam, failure to take that exam will result in a failing grade for the course regardless of the average of other grades. In courses in which the instructor requires two proctored exams, you may or may not pass the course as long as you take at least one of them, depending on your other grades. In other words, the zero you receive on the missed exam will lower your average grade for the course significantly, perhaps below the passing mark.

Exam costs may range from $15 to $35 per exam. These costs vary for each location. They are payment for the use of a testing facility, as well as the proctor's time to monitor your exam. Some testing centers may require prepayment while others will require you to pay when you arrive at the testing center. Appointment confirmations will be sent to your home institution email address.

If you are a currently enrolled student at one of the following schools, you are able to take your exam at your school's testing center without cost: Fort Valley State University, South Georgia State College, Savannah State University, Albany State University, and East Georgia State College. You will be required to pay the proctoring cost If you are currently enrolled in one of the schools listed above and you schedule with a testing center at a school where you are not currently enrolled.

ProctorU - Base cost is $19.75 per session. There may be a surcharge for scheduling within 72 hours of the exam. Payment is due at the time the appointment is scheduled.

eCore students have the following options for taking proctored exams:

In-Person/Face-to-Face
  • eCore Network Testing Centers (**Most Popular**) - These testing centers are located at your home institution or other participating USG eCore institutions.
  • eCore Network Testing Centers Remote Proctoring - Some USG testing centers may have limited remote proctoring opportunities. Through this modality students can schedule to take an exam with a local USG testing center which will then remotely proctor the exam via remote conferencing software.
  • Non-Network Testing Centers - these are testing centers located at institutions of higher education in Georgia that are not eCore network schools. They include other approved colleges, universities, and technical colleges in the state.
  • High School Dual-enrollment - The high school proctors in this section only proctor their own dual-enrolled students. Not all high schools are represented.
  • Military/Specialized - These are specialized proctors that only proctor for a specific subset of students (i.e. military members, employees of specific organizations, etc).
  • Out-of-State - These are pre-approved testing centers located outside the state of Georgia.
Live Online Proctoring

ProctorU - this is a live online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from home or another quiet, enclosed location. ProctorU is available 24/7. Students must test their Where can I take my proctored exam(s)computers. Additional information can be found on the ProctorU website.

Any students that cannot use one of the above options will need to contact the eCore testing coordinators at 678-839-4900 or etesting@ecampus.usg.edu at the beginning of each semester to discuss testing options.

Check your course syllabus as soon as you can access your online course. Not all classes have BOTH a proctored midterm AND a proctored final. Some classes have only a proctored midterm OR a proctored final.

For more information, review the posted eCore Academic Calendar

eCore classes require a minimum of one, with a maximum of two proctored exams per course. Whether you must take one or two proctored exams in your course is dependent on what your professor has selected. These proctored exams can include either a proctored midterm, a proctored final, or both. Keep in mind, in courses requiring only one proctored exam, failure to take that exam will result in a failing grade for the course regardless of the average of other grades. In courses in which the instructor requires two proctored exams, you may or may not pass the course as long as you take at least one of them, depending on your other grades. In other words, the zero you receive on the missed exam will lower your average grade for the course significantly, perhaps below the passing mark.

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