Shmoop Partners with ProctorU to Strengthen Academic Security

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Every Shmoop college credit course will now feature ProctorU Live+ online proctoring.

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As always, students can work through courses at their own pace, and now ProctorU's easy-to-use online proctoring gives a boost in security and credibility to a student’s final exam—all from the convenience of their home and at a very affordable price.

Shmoop may be in the business of being funny, but there's no room for funny business when it comes to academic integrity.

Shmoop (, a digital publisher known for its rigorous and hilarious online courses, is teaming up with ProctorU, the world's largest online proctoring and identity management solution. Shmoop's 57 ACE CREDIT® recommended courses will now feature ProctorU Live+, the industry's most secure online proctoring solution.

"We are thrilled to add ProctorU Live+ to all of our college courses," said David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "As always, students can work through courses at their own pace, and now ProctorU's easy-to-use online proctoring gives a boost in security and credibility to a student’s final exam—all from the convenience of their home and at a very affordable price."

Students will find Shmoop courses in just about every subject under the sun—from core general ed requirements like literature, math, and science, to major-specific courses like finance, psychology, and education. When it comes time to take the final exam in any ACE CREDIT recommended course, students will now show off their smarts in front of an online proctor.

ACE CREDIT recommendations are accepted as transfer credit by more than 2,000 colleges and universities across the United States. With more colleges requiring proctored exams, Shmoop is dedicated to delivering rigorous and engaging coursework with the extra dash of online security that students need. Students now get the added assurance of ProctorU's security behind their final exam, and they'll have a friendly proctor to compliment their stylish bunny pajamas. Talk about an extra dose of confidence before the exam starts.

ProctorU Live+ is the first live proctoring solution to combine human proctoring and machine learning in one solution, resulting in the most secure online proctoring in the market. A live proctor authenticates student identity, then launches and monitors the exam. Artificial intelligence supports the proctor by flagging any potential cheating behaviors. A highly-trained intervention specialist can then intervene when suspicious behaviors occur.

"ProctorU Live+ is the new industry standard for identity authentication and academic integrity. We are proud to partner with Shmoop to bring the latest innovation in online proctoring to their college credit courses, making a college education more accessible and affordable for everyone," said Scott McFarland, ProctorU CEO.

Individual users can subscribe to Shmoop and access all of Shmoop's ACE CREDIT® recommended courses for $87.68/month. With the ability to work on an unlimited number of courses, Shmoop's affordability is unmatched. Plus, schools and districts looking to offer dual enrollment courses or corporations looking to offer college credit for employees can get bulk discounts beyond Shmoop's already below-market rate.

About Shmoop

Shmoop offers hundreds of thousands of pages of original content. Their Online Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, Learning Guides and interactive Study Tools are written by teachers and experts and balance a student-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 16 million unique visitors a month across desktop and mobile. The company has won numerous awards including EdTech Digest, Tech & Learning and the Association of Educational Publishers. Launched in 2008, Shmoop makes the magic happen from a labradoodle-patrolled office in Los Altos, Calif.

About ProctorU

ProctorU provides a full suite of online proctoring and identity management solutions for education, professional development, and certification organizations. With 24/7 on-demand live proctoring and an automated platform utilizing artificial intelligence, ProctorU is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional test centers. ProctorU increases access to online learning while ensuring exam integrity and accountability for any test-taker with access to a computer, Internet and a webcam.

With over 4 million exams proctored since 2008, ProctorU provides partners with the highest levels of proctoring expertise and customer service in the industry. Brands such as Western Governors University (WGU) and the University of Florida use ProctorU to maintain the academic integrity of their online programs. To learn more, visit

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