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What is a proctor and why do I need one?

To obtain an Appraisal license or upgrade to a higher license level you are required to take and pass a proctored final examination. A proctor is an approved person that administers an exam and upholds the integrity the exam-taking process.  Students must take their proctored course final exam within 3 months (90 days) of completing their course chapters.

Since you are taking an online class – your exam is taken online using a proctor.  Exceptions are AR, GA, IL,  & NY only.  Before you may access your online exam you will need to do the following:

  1. Find a qualified proctor who will be available to proctor your exam in person on a computer, and monitor you during the entire examination
  2. Have the proctor register to proctor exams with McKissock – click HERE.
  3. Schedule a time with your proctor to take your online exam. You will need access to a computer with internet as you will need to login to your McKissock course online to access the proctored final exam.

Once your proctor has been chosen, is registered with McKissock, and an exam date is scheduled, you will proceed to your student dashboard to take your proctored final exam.

A proctor is an approved person that administers an exam and upholds the integrity the exam-taking process. It is the student’s responsibility to find their own proctor. Short of providing suggestions of types of people who could be asked, McKissock cannot provide any further assistance in finding a proctor.

Examples of people who could serve as a proctor would be librarians, teachers, police officers, community volunteers, religious leaders, or someone who works in the public service industry.  McKissock would prefer that you take your proctored exam at an educational facility – like a public library, community college, university or other place where education occurs – although it is not required.  These facilities have computer banks, seasoned educators who are familiar with exam taking and provide a quiet atmosphere that is more conducive to exam taking.  Other examples would be post office, attorney’s office, police station, notary’s office, or other suitable location, by a proctor who represents the public interest in this transaction.

Ineligible proctors would be family, your supervisor, a co-worker, or someone with whom you intend to be employed.  Anyone who holds an appraisal license would also be ineligible to proctor exams.

It is the obligation of the student to arrange for the test with a suitable proctor.   Choose someone who does not have a vested interest in whether you pass the exam.  If audited, you would not want your proctor choice to stand between you and your career.  It is generally not appropriate or advised to take the exam at a private residence.  Your proctor must be present and able to view you and your screen for the duration of the exam.

Proctor duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Check your photo ID before you login to take your exam
  • Verify that you did not bring any materials into the exam or have any materials in your possession while taking the exam which includes your cell phone
  • Verify that you did not leave the testing site during the exam
  • Verify that you were not on your phone or accessing other websites or materials during the exam
  • Verify that you did not talk with or have contact with anyone while taking your exam
  • Collect any scratch paper or materials that you may have used to work math problems

You can view the proctor requirements on the state requirements pages on our website.

You can view the full proctor policy HERE.

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