Overall criteria for proctor selection, including eligibility criteria, is the same for paper and pencil exams and digital exams administered in school, but the role of the proctor differs for in school digital exams. For details about proctor duties for digital exams administered in school, review the “Administering Digital AP Exams in School” section in the AP Digital Testing Guide..
The Role of the Proctor
The AP Program uses the term proctor to refer to any adult authorized by the AP coordinator who is present during, and accountable for, the administration of an individual AP Exam. A proctor might be asked to supervise the testing room, read the exam administration script, help distribute or collect exam materials, or accept responsibility for timing the exams and ensuring exam security. The AP coordinators and the SSD coordinators supervise the work of the proctors, the latter for administrations involving students testing with approved accommodations.
New! Ensure that proctors selected for this year’s AP Exams understand and will adhere to any particular health and safety guidelines your school has in place. If you’re using more exam rooms and/or locations this year due to distancing protocols, ensure you’ll have enough proctors. All proctor criteria detailed in this section, including proctor/student ratios, must be followed.
Review the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2 for more information, including a proctor training script.
Keeping Exam Content Secure
Proctors may never discuss multiple-choice and any unreleased free-response exam content with anyone; they may only discuss free-response content if that content is released on the College Board website two days after the Administration 1 exam. (Late-testing content is not released and may never be discussed.)
The following criteria are in place to help ensure that exams are administered properly and to avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest. A conflict of interest may result in score cancellation. The proctor must meet all these criteria:
- Proctors must be responsible adults; they may not be high school students. When selecting proctors, consider the following: reliability, attention to detail, maturity, understanding of the importance of the administration, and understanding and acceptance of the security policies mandated by the AP Program.
- Proctors may be educational professionals; AP coordinators; active, retired, or substitute teachers; parents without a conflict of interest; or members of the administrative staff.
- Current, former, or retired teachers, including AP teachers, may serve as proctors for exams in a subject area other than the one they now teach or have ever taught. This policy also applies to AP coordinators, department heads, and substitute teachers.* For example, a ninth-grade English teacher may not proctor an AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition Exam but could proctor an AP Biology Exam. The only exception to this is AP Art and Design; AP Art and Design teachers are encouraged to participate in the AP Art and Design digital submission process.
- An individual may not proctor an AP Exam or handle materials for an exam in the year in which an immediate family or household member may be taking that exam. This is the case whether the immediate family or household member is at the school where the proctor works or at any other school or location.
- Proctors may not take any AP Exam or review in any manner the content of the exam.
- Proctors may not be employed part or full time at a test preparation company.
- Proctors may not participate in any coaching activity that addresses the content of secure College Board tests.
*Individuals who serve as a substitute teacher in a subject for an extended period of time (i.e., a semester or school year) cannot serve as a proctor of an AP Exam in that subject area.
AP coordinators are expected to provide their proctors with specific information about exam administration procedures. A proctor training script for paper and pencil exam administrations is available in the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 2.
Proctor Tasks and Duties
See proctor duties for a complete list of everything proctors must do before, during, and after the exam administration for paper and pencil exams.
Details about proctor duties for digital AP Exams are in the “Administering Digital AP Exams In School” section of the AP Digital Testing Guide.