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Proctor Eligibility Criteria

The AP Program uses the term proctor to refer to any adult authorized by the AP coordinator who helps administer an AP Exam. Proctor duties vary: A proctor typically supervises the testing room, reads the exam administration script, distributes and collects exam materials, and accepts responsibility for timing the exams and ensuring exam security.

When selecting proctors, consider the following: Reliability, attention to detail, maturity, understanding of the importance of the administration, and acceptance of the security policies mandated by the AP Program.

  • Proctors must be responsible adults; they may not be high school students.
  • Proctors may be educational professionals; AP coordinators; active, retired, or substitute teachers*; parents without a conflict of interest; or members of the administrative staff. 
  • Current, former, or retired teachers, including AP teachers, may serve as proctors for exams in a subject area other than the one they now teach or have ever taught.
  • An individual may not proctor an AP Exam or handle materials for an exam in the year an immediate family or household member may be taking that exam. This is the case whether the immediate family or household member is at the school where the proctor works or at any other school.
  • Proctors may not take any AP Exam or review in any manner the content of the exam.
  • Proctors may not be employed part or full time at a test preparation company.
  • Proctors may not participate in any coaching activity that addresses the content of secure College Board tests.

Please be aware that a conflict of interest may result in score cancellation.

*Individuals who serve as a substitute teacher in a subject for an extended period of time (i.e., a semester or school year) cannot serve as a proctor of an AP Exam in that subject area.

AP proctor training

Coordinators are expected to provide their proctors with specific information about exam administration procedures. A proctor training script is available in the AP Coordinator’s Manual.

Proctors should:

  • Familiarize themselves ahead of time with the administration and exam security procedures in the AP Coordinator’s Manual
  • Read all of the general and the appropriate subject-specific exam administration instructions to understand the flow of the administration