Definition of proctor in English:



  • 1British An officer (usually one of two) at certain universities, appointed annually and having mainly disciplinary functions.

    • ‘I suspect that she, or her proctor, used this phrasing because it was just vague enough to make its defamatory value uncertain, even under the emerging rules in the London consistory.’
    • ‘He held various university posts during this time including proctor and he received a number of degrees such as M.A. in 1323 and B.Th. some time before 1333.’
    • ‘On the morning of the seventh day - as my exhausted hand added the last feeble marks of punctuation - the proctor (to whom the local constabulary had given permission to re-enter the building) returned.’
    • ‘Anyone found to have breached university regulations on computer use would be referred to the proctors, and would be subject to investigation.’
    • ‘Breaking the code could result in a £70 fine from the university proctors.’
    • ‘A Calvinist proctor in the nineteenth century had noticed its contributors were all insubordinates and shut it down: by fines or flogging where possible, arson where not.’
    • ‘Chief proctor and Head of the Department of Urdu of Government Raza PT College, Khan had devoted his life to the service of Urdu.’
    • ‘The police and proctors have been informed, and College has been liaising with both on the appropriate measures to be followed.’
    • ‘The kilt ban was sparked after university proctors - officials responsible for student discipline - complained about the variety of flamboyant clothing being worn to graduations.’
    • ‘Part of the thrill is eluding the proctors who scan the rooftops late at night, listening for the scrape of heels.’
    • ‘The Vice Chancellor, proctor and many faculty members, scholars of AMU were present at the funeral.’
    • ‘The pair feel they have been treated harshly but are co-operating with college authorities, confessing their actions to university proctors.’
    • ‘The memoirs note the nightly patrols by proctors searching for students, an offence liable to bring hefty fines and other impositions.’
    • ‘They have been called before the proctors after they violated the University regulations by exposing flaws in the University IT security system.’
    • ‘Yang Yang says she hasn't had too many unpleasant dealings as of yet, but that previous proctors have had their share of altercations with unhappy simpletons.’
    • ‘He was known for his mysterious changes in status, for at one time he might be a lackey, the next a noble, then a musketeer to an abbe or all the way to being a proctor.’
    • ‘Any students enrolled in the program will require a proctor at their plant or office location.’
  • 2North American An invigilator at a university or college examination.

    • ‘In reality, the examiners help the proctors in all the counting and recounting, both to save time and because it's also their necks on the line if anything goes missing.’
    • ‘The ritual started more than eight months earlier at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., when combat control proctors realized he wasn't being physically challenged.’
    • ‘The exam was scheduled to begin at 9 AM, but the proctors in the ‘special’ room did not hand out the test papers until closer to 10.’
    • ‘A proctor read the scales out loud to the students with learning disabilities, since their reading levels were generally low and they tended to have difficulty with the instructions.’
    • ‘The proctor will administer tests and act as liaison with Purdue University.’
    • ‘When you get thousands of students writing an exam in the gym, the number of proctors are simply never enough to prevent the determined cheaters.’
    • ‘Yesterday they posted the tentative list of accepted ACET proctors, and I was one of them!’
    • ‘When a proctor admitted us into the exam room, single file, he checked my ID and directed me to table number 14.’
    • ‘Because the participants were told that they had to answer every question, even if they had to guess, the proctor informed them when half the allotted time had elapsed so that they could pace their remaining responses as required.’
    • ‘I don't stay in the room the whole time like a regular proctor.’
    • ‘Whether he's using his digital kung-fu skills to single-handedly stomp an army of simulacra or engaging in sweaty coitus with Carrie-Anne Moss, he looks about as concerned as your average high school exam proctor.’
    • ‘This resolves many issues, mainly the increasing issue of false fire-alarms, proctor issues and abnormal waiting periods between exams.’
    • ‘Tristyn cautiously pulled out her small box of colored pencils, taking precautions not to disturb the proctor.’
    • ‘Assuming everything checks out, the proctor records the fingerprints (some number of them) of the person and he is issued a V-ID card.’
    • ‘I took a deep breath, when the proctor asked me if I wanted to do my solo, scales or sight reading first.’
    • ‘When instructors are not acting as proctors or detectives hoping to stifle cheating or ferret out dishonest students, some are dreaming up schemes of their own.’
    • ‘The proctor mailed the completed student exams and assignments to the instructor in a postage paid envelope that the proctor received with the exam.’
    • ‘Mr. Landon had called out sick, and the proctor assigned to our 8th period Literature class dismissed us early for the weekend.’
  • 3(in the Church of England) an elected representative of the clergy in the convocation of Canterbury or York.

    1. 3.1historical A qualified practitioner of law in ecclesiastical and certain other courts.
      • ‘As I recall it, it confers on the court jurisdiction to deal with the admission and discipline of attorneys, solicitors and proctors.’
      • ‘The proctor (an ecclesiastical court solicitor) launched the defamation proceedings.’


[with object]North American
  • Invigilate (an examination)

    ‘18% of the faculty reported that graduate assistants frequently proctored exams’
    • ‘The examination is proctored and administered by the fellowship director or designee at program sites.’
    • ‘A self-administered questionnaire was presented to the class by the senior investigators and was proctored in the classroom by trained data collectors.’
    • ‘The students are taking the exam in two different rooms, so I did not want to proctor.’
    • ‘Other support services that would be beneficial are administering achievement tests and proctoring exams.’
    • ‘I haven't finished writing an exam that's scheduled for Monday at 1:30, and I'm proctoring my other exam at 8:30 Sunday morning.’
    • ‘If I was doing a math test that couldn't be done on computer, my mother would write for me and they would send a scribe or tutor to write for me and proctor my exams.’
    • ‘These quizzes were proctored in a computer laboratory classroom.’
    • ‘Only 3rd-grade teachers are permitted to give the exam to their own students; in other grades, teachers generally switch classrooms to proctor the exam.’
    • ‘The one area that I have seen, as online and telecourse classes have the exams proctored by my office, is the greater freedom for adults who want to continue their education.’
    • ‘The authors chose to proctor the online quizzes by scheduling quizzes in a computer facility during a specified time frame.’
    • ‘I proctored for the entrance exam (Ateneo College Entrance Test) at our school last Sunday.’
    • ‘‘Midterm and Final can be proctored by an approved official, such as a librarian, military educational officer or other school official’.’
    • ‘A test proctoring program allows students to use adaptive equipment and take exams in a monitored environment free from distraction.’
    • ‘This past Monday night I was proctoring a first-year computer science exam.’
    • ‘The pilots access the application on the Web, then sign up to go to a proctored location to take the online tests.’
    • ‘Student examinations are administered by paper/pencil either on-campus or off-campus in a proctored setting or via computer assisted testing.’
    • ‘Campuses used funds to purchase equipment for training and testing and hired new staff to coordinate marketing, enrollments, test proctoring, and other responsibilities associated with certification.’
    • ‘The vocational instructor is licensed to administer and proctor the exam.’
    • ‘Exams that can be taken at home followed by proctored tests in a classroom setting were the preferred methods of testing.’
    • ‘I just proctor my own exams because I don't mind it and in case anything comes up.’
    • ‘Homeschool students must take AP exams in proctored settings at public or private schools that offer an AP testing program.’


Late Middle English: contraction of procurator.