Need a Proctor?

Instructors may require your exam to be proctored, or monitored, in a public location. We facilitate the proctoring process for online distance students and will proctor exams from other schools and programs. However, distance students will need to work with individual proctors/centers on specific charges or fees.

NOTE:  If the exam you need to take is NOT an academic exam for an Iowa State course please use the form provided; otherwise proceed to “Finding a Proctor” below.

Here’s how to get started!

What does your proctor need to know?

  • You should share your ISU Net ID (this is the portion of your Iowa State email address prior to the @), the course name(s) and number(s), and the exam format (written, online, etc.)
  • Proctors must have access to the Internet, official email account (not Hotmail, gmail accounts etc.), static IP address for student and proctor computers.
  • For written exams, the proctor needs access to a printer and scanner or fax machine.
  • If he/she is proctoring multiple courses, each course needs to be added to the proctoring system by selecting the CTRL key.
  • For each course, it is assumed proctors will administer ALL exams for the course.
  • Proctors must be renewed each semester for each course.  

What if you need a substitute proctor?

  • Your proctor is not available: check if another person in the same office can substitute; if so, send their email to the ISU Testing Center.
  • You are away from your proctor: use the normal process to get temporary proctor approval. Contact us when you are ready to reinstate your proctor.

What happens after I have registered my proctor?

  1. Emails will be sent to student and proctor confirming the approval.
  2. Immediately upon receipt, Students should verify their proctor has received an email and notify the ISU testing center of any problems.
  3. When the exam is released by the instructor, you and your proctor will be emailed exam instructions.
  4. Arrange a time to take the exam with your proctor.


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