What Is a Proctor?

Posted: November 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM CST

student studying for testIn online courses, sometimes preparing for an exam takes more than a review of the material. If your course requires a proctored exam, an approved proctor must verify that your test is administered under the appropriate conditions for academic integrity and the instructor’s specifications. 

See the following FAQ from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) for an overview of the test proctoring process:

How do I know if I need a proctor? Check the syllabus of your online course to determine if any exams require a proctor. Then follow instructions provided in your syllabus or from your course instructor about how to proceed.

Who can be a proctor? Approved proctors cannot be a student’s relative, workplace supervisor, or another student in the course. They can be individuals such as public school teachers, guidance counselors, school principals, or school superintendents. Additionally, online proctoring services are available through UNK to schedule an approved proctor located in your area.

How do I schedule a proctor? Your instructor will provide detailed instructions about how to schedule your proctor, but if you have any questions, be sure to ask. Schedule your proctor as early as possible so you don’t miss an exam deadline. Some exam appointment dates fill up quickly, especially with the approach of semester mid-terms or finals.

Where do I take my proctored exam? Appropriate locations to take proctored exams can include college testing centers in your area or your local public library. If you are close enough to Kearney, Nebraska, you might consider coming to campus for your test—and maybe a campus tour.

How does the online proctoring service work? UNK offers ProctorU as a secure proctoring service that administers tests to students in online courses. This service ensures that proctors are approved and that tests are administered under the proper conditions. The ProctorU service may require a fee depending on how your course exam is set up.

Learn more about UNK proctor information and forms, and good luck on your next exam!

By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

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