You know you must take a proctored exam to become a real estate agent in your state. What is the meaning of proctored? A proctor is a person who monitors students during an examination. They ensure the examination process is conducted fairly and according to established regulations. They monitor test takers, enforce exam protocols, and maintain the integrity of the testing environment. Let’s discuss what proctors do, the types of proctors, and how they may be utilized during the real estate licensing process. We’ll also tell you how to prepare for an online proctored exam.
What Is the Purpose of a Proctor?
A real estate exam proctor ensures that test-taking regulations are followed and upholds the integrity of the exam to be fair to all who take it. Here are some of the duties of a real estate exam proctor.
1. A proctor verifies the IDs of test takers.
Proctors may check each test taker’s ID to confirm their identity. It’s crucial that you understand what type of ID(s) and documents you must have on the day of the test, as this may vary from state to state.
2. A proctor explains the test instructions.
Proctors typically read from a script to explain the test instructions to ensure uniformity throughout the exam-taking process. They may clarify instructions and procedures but cannot answer questions about test content.
3. Proctors monitor test takers.
Proctors observe test takers during the exam to ensure they are not cheating or violating testing protocols. They ensure test-takers don’t leave the testing site, access other materials, or contact anyone during their exam. Proctors must report any irregularities or violations of testing protocols to the relevant authorities.
4. Proctors help with the logistics of the test-taking process.
Proctors ensure the technology runs smoothly for exam takers. They also ensure the test-taking environment is clean and comfortable for test takers and that the testing center is secure.
Types of Proctors
There are several different types of proctors in real estate. It’s important that you understand the differences and what type of proctor is required for your situation.
1. In-person testing center proctor
2. Remote proctor
Remote proctors use technology to monitor a person taking an exam in another location. They use webcam feeds and screen sharing to observe test takers.
3. Industry-specific proctor
Some proctors are trained to oversee exams related to licensing or certification in a specific industry – such as real estate.
States That Require Proctored Real Estate Course Exams
Each state has different requirements regarding the real estate licensing process. Some states require students to take a course final exam – in addition to a licensing exam – under the supervision of a proctor. Those states include the following:
- District of Columbia
- New York
- South Carolina
Some states now allow the use of an online proctor. However, some still require you to take the proctored test in person.
States That Require a Proctored Licensing Exam
Every state requires you to pass a proctored licensing exam to get your real estate license. (This exam differs from a course exam you may have to take at the end of your pre-licensing class, as outlined in the previous section.) Many of these tests are administered by a third-party testing provider such as Pearson Vue or PSI. Some allow for remote proctoring. However, some states administer the test themselves at set locations throughout the state.
How Does Virtual Proctoring Work?
If you have never taken a virtual proctored test, you may be curious about how the process works. While each online proctoring service has its own specific requirements, here’s what to expect.
Step 1: Ensure you have the required technology for the virtually proctored exam.
For example, you may need a computer with a camera and microphone – and a strong internet connection. Some testing providers will provide a pre-exam system test, which should be completed well before your scheduled testing day. You may be asked to download software to share your screen.
Besides ensuring that you have the correct technology for the virtually proctored exam, make sure you understand what time you need to check in with the proctor before taking the test.
Step 2: Clear your workspace of prohibited items.
Your online proctor will ask to see the entire workspace. Remove all clutter before the scheduled exam.
Step 3: Make sure you have the required IDs.
You will be asked to present your required IDs to your online proctor. Ensure you have the correct ID(s) and that your identification matches the registered name.
Please note that most online proctoring companies have a chat feature that allows you to ask questions during the exam. Of course, none of your questions can be related to the test’s content.
Are you worried about the real estate pre-licensing process? Are you concerned that you will need help with the technology required for online proctoring, or may you miss a critical step, such as your proctored course exam? You can rest easy if you choose Colibri Real Estate as your real estate school.
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