Other forms: proctors; proctored

A proctor keeps an eye on students who are taking a test to make sure they don't cheat. The invention of the cell phone has certainly made proctors' lives tougher.

For college entrance exams, students are often supervised by a professional proctor, while in less official situations, like a pop quiz, the proctor is usually the teacher herself. Proctor is both a noun and a verb, so you might say that a proctor's job is to proctor, or make sure no test-takers' eyes are straying. The Latin root word is procuratorem, which means "manager."

Definitions of proctor
  1. noun
    someone who supervises (an examination)
    synonyms: monitor
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    someone who watches examination candidates to prevent cheating
    type of:
    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
  2. verb
    watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
    synonyms: invigilate
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    type of:
    follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
    follow with the eyes or the mind
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