proc·​tor | \ ˈpräk-tər How to pronounce proctor (audio) \
plural proctors

Definition of proctor

: someone who supervises or monitors students:
a US : someone who oversees student examinations The primary job of the proctor is to monitor students to ensure they're following testing room rules and not sharing answers.— Arika Harron If a test proctor isn't following protocol, or test-takers haven't been given the correct amount of time, results can be skewed.— Alizah Salario
b British : an officer at a university who is responsible especially for disciplinary measures At night proctors patrolled the street and dogged your steps if you tried to go into any haunt where the presence of vice was suspected.— Samuel Butler

— see also proctorial, proctorship

Other Words from proctor

proctor transitive + intransitive verb proctored; proctoring; proctors
proctor an exam Some of the teachers volunteered to proctor.

Examples of proctor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Testing must be supervised by a telehealth proctor who can confirm the person’s identity and test results. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2022 Singer, the test administrator and the proctor have all pleaded guilty to their roles and await sentencing. Fox News, 11 Dec. 2021 The other students went through the typical interview format, in which they were asked to solve the problem out loud with a proctor present. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 The tests will be administered in a school or a test center with a proctor present. NBC News, 25 Jan. 2022 Lou Palatella, paid $75,000 to have an SAT exam administrator allow a test proctor to secretly correct wrong answers on her son’s exam. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Dec. 2021 Singer, the test administrator and the proctor have all pleaded guilty to their roles and await sentencing. Fox News, 11 Dec. 2021 For example, at-home testing kits that can be administered without the supervision of a proctor won't fly. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 3 Dec. 2021 The new process, Sagaria said, is intended to add transparency and mitigate any impressions of favoritism or bias on the part of the proctor. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'proctor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of proctor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proctor

Middle English procutour procurator, proctor, alteration of procuratour

Learn More About proctor

Time Traveler for proctor

Time Traveler

The first known use of proctor was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near proctor




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for proctor

Cite this Entry

“Proctor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on proctor

Nglish: Translation of proctor for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about proctor


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!