Proctoring Options for Online Quizzes

Proctoring Online Exams

Proctoring exams validates the integrity of an exam by providing varying levels of supervision for students taking the exam. Lone Star College offers multiple options for proctoring exams.

Lone Star College Testing Centers 

Not Available During COVID-19 Social Distancing

Lone Star College Testing Centers provide in-person proctoring for online exams. Students enrolled in online or hybrid courses can take online exams at a testing center. Prior arrangements with the testing center must be made through a form in the MyLoneStar portal. (TestingCenterRequest(instructions).pdf. Contact OTS for additional assistance with that form.)

In addition, students can find alternate testing centers for completing proctored exams outside of LSC. Certified testing centers can be found on the National College Testing Association website. When using alternate testing sites, students are required to complete the Proctor Agreement Form for Alternate Testing Sites and Proctors and submit the completed form to their instructor for approval prior to the exam. 

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to dissuade cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor is not a live proctoring solution. The webcam recordings are saved and available for review through the Respondus Dashboard within Brightspace. For more information, you can view the following recorded webinar or view step by step instructions for LockDown Browser & Monitor Dashboard - Preparation and LockDown Browser & Monitor Dashboard - Settings.

ProctorU and SmarterProctoring

ProctorU and SmarterProctoring are optional live online proctoring services which allow students to schedule exam sessions with a live proctor who will monitor the entire testing session. There is a student fee assessed on a per session basis as outlined below.  (If you plan to use one of these as a requirement in your course, students should be made aware of this additional cost prior to their enrollment.)

Proctor U

The examinee will pay applicable charges with a credit or debit card (pricing as follows). The examinee will be required to enter payment information into a secure page connected to a third-party card processor. The page is encrypted and ProctorU does not see or store the credit card data. Examinees will have to re-enter payment information each time new charges are incurred.

Exam Length

Flex Scheduling (appointment made at least 72 hours before desired start time)

Take it Soon (allows exam to be scheduled within 72 hours of the desired start time)*

Take it Now (schedule on –demand with no appointment)*

30 minutes or less




31-60 minutes




61-120 minutes




121-180 minutes




181 minutes or more




* These options are for the convenience of the examinee and are not required. If these options are selected, all charges must be paid by the examinee.


Fee structure as follows:

Exam Length


30 minutes or less


31-60 minutes


61-90 minutes


91-120 minutes


121-180 minutes


Each hour over 3 hours

$5.00 * number of additional hours + $30.00

NOTE: Pricing is based on the total allowed time for each exam.

Comparison between Proctoring Options

Testing Centers Respondus Monitor ProctorU SmarterProctoring

Student Cost



$9.50 - $40.25

$10.00 - $30.00+

Type of Proctoring

In-person proctors monitor exams in real time.

Video monitoring that is recorded; not monitored in real time.

Online proctors monitor exam through online video monitoring in real time.

Online proctors monitor exam through online video monitoring in real time.

Student Experience

Students must go to an approved testing center where in-person proctors actively monitor all exams being taken.

Students must have a webcam. Exams are taken online and session is recorded for viewing by instructor if needed. Exam is not monitored in real time.

Students must schedule exam time 72 hours in advance with a proctor and pay fees at time of schedule. “Take It Now” and “Take It Soon” options allow students to schedule sooner but additional fees apply.

Students must schedule exam using times available through Smarter-Proctoring. No “take it now” option, but typically a time can be found same day at no extra charge.

Instructor Experience

Exams must require Respondus LockDown Browser and be password protected. Testing Center Request form must be submitted to testing center prior to exam.

Instructor sets up Monitor requirements through the Respondus Dashboard within the LMS.

Must manually set up exam sessions in the Instructor Dashboard. Exams must be password protected.

Exams created in the LMS are available to select in Instructor Dashboard, saving time setting up exam. Exams can also be manually created in Dashboard if needed. Exams must be password protected.