A test proctor is a person or a facility that will supervise you while taking an exam. Proctored testing is required for most online courses to ensure academic integrity of the course as well as the online program.
Check your syllabus to see if your course has proctored exams.
Test descriptions, requirements, and schedules are provided by your instructor. Check your course syllabus for details.
- It is not necessary for local students to submit a Test Proctor Request Form if the course directs them to take exams in Instructional Testing Services or another on-campus location.
- If you wish to take an exam at the LCC Cottage Grove or Florence centers, you do not need to submit a Test Proctor Approval Form, but:
- contact the center in advance for exam availability and testing hours
- notify your instructor and ask them to ensure the exam is available at the center
Taking Proctored Exams at an Off-Campus Location:
If you are unable to take your exams on campus and live outside Lane County, you will need to make arrangements for a test proctor in your area. It is your responsibility to find an appropriate test proctor. Proctors may charge a fee for their service. You are responsible for any fees charged by the test proctor.
- Find a test proctor in your area following the guidelines below.
- Submit the Test Proctor Approval form.
- Schedule test appointments with your proctor.
- Email your instructor to request to have exam information sent to your proctor at least one week in advance of each exam date. Tell your instructor the days and times (including time zone) of your exam appointments.
- Tip: Don't wait until the last day to take an exam. Problems can occur--computer/technical issues, staffing problems, illness, etc.
Finding Your Own Proctor
Proctors must be pre-approved and Test Proctor Approval Forms may take a week or more to process. Selecting a proctor who does not meet acceptable criteria may delay your proctor request. Please make arrangements for proctored testing at the beginning of the term to prevent delays. Please consider--your instructor may have deadlines by which you must submit proctor requests and proctors may require making appointments several days in advance.
We reserve the right to reject any proposed proctor or any previously approved proctor at any time.
>> Submit your proctor request: Test Proctor Approval Form
After submitting the proctor approval form, we will contact the proctor to verify contact information and academic integrity requirements of the location. We will notify you when the proctor approval process is complete or if the proctor does not meet approval. You only need to submit one proctor approval form each term, unless you need to change proctors. If approved, your test proctor will be contacted by your instructor and provided access and instructions to administer your tests.
Note: The most common problem we encounter are incorrect email addresses, either yours or the proctor's. This slows the approval process until we get correct email addresses.
A test proctor must be a neutral third party professional employed with an educational institution, testing center, or other qualified location. There should be no conflict of interest between the proctor’s personal or professional relationship to you and their role as your proctor. The proctor will need to provide a secure testing environment and a computer with Internet access and agree to monitor you during the exam. Tests must be administered in a professional testing location and may not be taken in a private residence or business.
Proctors must have an official email address that has been assigned to them such as @lanecc.edu, @pcc.edu, or @us.army.mil. Personal email addresses cannot be used.
- College testing centers, including but not limited to the Consortium of College Testing Centers
- Librarians at a school, university, or public library
- College or university administrators, instructors, or academic advisers
- Learning/tutoring centers
- Educational officers of a corporation, military installation, or correctional facility
- Relatives, spouses/partners, "significant others"
- Co-workers, supervisors or business associates
- Undergraduate students
- Athletic coaches
- Anyone with a perceived or real conflict of interest
Taking your test
You are responsible for making arrangements with your proctor for test dates and times. Consult your syllabus or contact your instructor to determine which exams you must take. Test sites will not have this information; you must provide it.
- Bring a form of photo identification
- Know your L# and password
- Know the name of the course (e.g. HST1301), your instructor, and which exam you are taking (e.g. Quiz1, Midterm, etc.).
- Bring any items allowed as described in your course syllabus (i.e. calculator, book, notes, etc.)
- Reminder: cell phones, laptops, tablets/iPads, and/or smart watches are not allowed during your exam unless permitted by your instructor
- You will be expected to adhere to testing guidelines set by the instructor as well as any rules or policies in place at the test proctoring site.
Can't find a proctor? Ask for help.
Contact us for help at email@example.com. Let us know where you are and we'll give you ideas on how to find a proctor. If you're in a very remote location but have reliable internet service and a computer with webcam, mic, and speakers, a virtual proctor may also be an option. Use of a virtual proctor is subject to approval by your instructor.