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

Definition of proctor

: supervisor, monitor specifically : one appointed to supervise students (as at an examination)

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Other Words from proctor

proctor verb
proctorial \ präk-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce proctorial (audio) \ adjective
proctorship \ ˈpräk-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce proctorship (audio) \ noun

Examples of proctor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also Wednesday, a college exam proctor accused of accepting bribes to allow cheating on SAT and ACT tests pleaded guilty. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "College admissions scandal: California real estate exec gets longest prison sentence yet," 14 Nov. 2019 Singer, who has pleaded guilty, was accused of bribing a test proctor to correct the teenager's answer. Jocelyn Gecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time in college scam," 15 Oct. 2019 Authorities say Caplan paid $75,000 to a college admissions consultant who then bribed a test proctor to correct his daughter’s ACT answers last year. Collin Binkley,, "Lawyer gets 1 month in prison for paying to rig daughter’s ACT exam in sweeping college admissions scandal," 3 Oct. 2019 Among those on Singer’s payroll were the man who ran the Los Angeles test site and a proctor, described by authorities as a Harvard grad with such prodigious test-taking ability that could secure whatever ACT score a parent ordered. Amanda Blanco,, "Greenwich lawyer Gordon Caplan sentenced to 1 month in prison for rigging daughter’s ACT score in college admissions scandal," 3 Oct. 2019 Huffman and Singer exchanged emails about how to get extra time on her daughter's SAT exam and ultimately arranged for a proctor to boost the scores after her daughter took the test, a criminal complaint says. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are two contrasting faces in the college admissions scam," 22 Oct. 2019 Authorities say Flaxman paid $75,000 to have a test proctor feed his daughter answers on her ACT exam in 2016. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Real estate developer gets 1 month in college bribery case," 18 Oct. 2019 Authorities contend the Abbotts paid $50,000 to have a corrupt test proctor correct their daughter's ACT exams in 2018 and another $75,000 to rig her SAT subject tests in math and literature. Andrew Fone, Fox News, "Husband, wife each get one month in jail in college admissions scandal," 9 Oct. 2019 Singer then arranged for cheating on Huffman’s daughter’s SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen’s answers after the fact. Jeff Truesdell,, "Ohio Mom Imprisoned for Falsifying Kids' School District Speaks Out on Felicity Huffman's Sentence," 16 Sep. 2019

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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

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9 Dec 2019

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“Proctor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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