Proctor Information

Proctor Description:

A proctor is an individual who agrees to receive the tests from the student’s instructor, administer them in an approved environment, and return them to the instructor.  Your instructor should notify you in the course syllabus or other course instructions if a proctor is required. The proctor must verify the student completed the test according to the specific instructions provided by the instructor. In some cases the student will take the test online using Canvas or another test management program. In this case a password is sent to the proctor. After the student logs in to the course and clicks to start the test the proctor at the approved testing center will enter the password in to the computer so that the student may gain access to the online test in a controlled environment.

Appropriate Proctors:

  • NIACC Student Learning Center (SLC)
  • College or university testing center
  • College or university personnel: administrator, faculty member, counselor, or librarian
  • Public or private school personnel: superintendent, principal, guidance counselor, librarian, or teacher
  • Staff at a local Area Education Agency
  • A local public library
  • Members of the clergy
  • Commissioned Military officers

Inappropriate Proctors:

  • Relatives
  • Neighbors
  • Friends
  • High school students
  • College peers

Testing Locations:

  • NIACC’s Student Learning Center (Beem Center 103)
  • Instructor’s office (In some cases)
  • At an approved test proctor site

Arranging for a Proctor:

  • The student is responsible for identifying, nominating, and making ALL of the arrangements for the proctoring of the course tests.
  • The contact information for the proctor must then be sent to the instructor for the instructor’s approval.
  • If you are unable to find a suitable proctor, please contact your instructor immediately.
  • Proctor arrangements must be completed before the first proctored test or exam.
  • Contact your instructor for additional information

Online Test Monitoring

In some cases your instructor may require you to install and use the ‘Lockdown Browser’ and a web cam for ‘Respondus Monitor’ to take the test. LockDown Browser is a locked browser for taking quizzes in Canvas. It prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during the test. If a Canvas quiz requires that LockDown Browser be used, you will not be able to take the quiz with a standard web browser.

You may also be required to use LockDown Browser with a webcam, which will record you during an online, non-proctored exam. (The webcam feature is sometimes referred to as “Respondus Monitor.”) If required, your computer must have a functioning webcam and microphone. A broadband connection is also required. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser.