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Find an Exam Proctor

As an online student, before registering for a course, you will need to identify an exam proctor and testing site for proctored exams.

What Is an Exam Proctor?

An exam proctor will receive your exam materials, administer the exam to you, and return your exam materials to Purdue for grading. If someone from your organization has already taken online courses through Purdue, there is most likely a certified exam proctor already on site for you to use. If your employer has not yet partnered with Purdue, you'll need to find someone who will serve as your exam proctor-typically someone from your organization's HR department, a supervisor, or a member of a training and development team.

Who Can Be a Proctor?

Individuals who are approved proctor types include:

  • Adult learning center employees
  • Commanding officers
  • Employer, school, or public librarians
  • Human resource or educational/training representatives
  • Local college testing center staff
  • Managers or supervisors
  • Teachers/professors (academic relationship only)


Contact a qualified person to make sure they are willing to serve as your proctor. Your exam proctor must have access to a computer, printer, and scanner. Proctors must follow our Regulations for Administering Exams and have flexibility to be present during the entire period of each examination. You are able to use more than one exam proctor as you take courses through Purdue.

Who Cannot Serve as Proctors?

There are certain individuals who cannot serve as your exam proctor, including:

  • Athletic or assistant coaches
  • Colleagues with equivalent title/responsibilities
  •  Direct reports/employees
  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Spouses
  • Students

Where Do I Take My Exams?

Many of our students are able to find a suitable testing location at their place of employment. If this isn't the case for you, arrangements will need to be made to find a public viewing site where you'll take your proctored exams. Usual sites include a local community college or public library. The National College Testing Association offers a list of public testing sites, and payment of any fees for usage of your public viewing site will be your responsibility.