What You Need to Know About Proctors

Some World Campus courses require you to take exams while supervised by a proctor. You can find out if your course uses proctored exams by looking in the syllabus — it’s a good idea to review the syllabus when registering for a course so you will have time to find a proctor, if needed.

It is your responsibility to find a proctor. Examples of people who might be acceptable proctors include teachers, school administrators, librarians, and members of the clergy. We have some tips for locating a proctor on our website.

Reminders when looking for a proctor:

  • Your proctor must be approved before any exams can be taken.
  • While many proctors will serve on a voluntary basis, you are responsible for paying any expenses incurred in retaining a proctor.
  • For new proctors, you must complete a Proctor Information Form (available on the World Campus website) and submit it with the proctor verification documentation.
  • You will need to complete a Request for Examination for each exam. Specific instructions are located in ANGEL.
  • If you do not take your exam on the scheduled date, your proctor is required to contact the World Campus.
  • Each Penn State campus has pre-approved proctors. Contact our Student Enrollment Services team for a list of these proctors.

If you will be taking classes that require a proctor, you should start looking for one as early as possible, to ensure you have the documentation submitted and approved before you need to take an exam. Once your proctor is approved, the approval is valid for two years.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about proctoring or need suggestions as to where to locate a possible proctor.