Proctor Certification Committee

Part of NCTA's mission is "the promotion of professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs."  An ad hoc committee is designing an exam with Meazure Learning to evaluate and certify proctors who are meeting certain standards. Co-Chairs Dr. Cindy James and Dr. Sara Rieder Bennett co-presented with Meazure Learning psychometrician Andrew Dedes during the 2022 Annual Conference to update members on progress:

“Introducing the NCTA Proctor Certification Exam”

A standing Proctor Certification Committee was formed on August 18th, 2022 in the Professional Services Division to develop policies and procedures for proctor certification. Members interested in volunteering can contact [email protected] for further information.

NCTA does not provide training resources to prepare for the exam. However, a non-exhaustive list of references used in the development of exam content is available here:

  • American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, National Council on Measurement in Education. 2014. The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.  (available for free download).
  • American Psychological Association. (December 2020). “The Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations”
  • Association of Test Publishers, National College Testing Association. 2015. Proctoring Best Practices. ATP, NCTA. (free to members, hardcopy can be purchased)
  • Association of Test Publishers. (2015). ATP Security Survey Report
  • Bristol, T. (2017). Test and Examination Security Technology.
  • Caveon:  The Lockbox Blog (Available:, including: 
    • David Foster, PhD, CESP, CEO, Caveon Test Security. Caveon: The Lockbox Blog - Are Proctors Deterrents. Feb. 2022.
  • Gregory J. Cizek. 1999. Cheating on Tests: How to Do It, Detect it, and Prevent it. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
  • College Board. (2022-2023) SAT School Day Standard Testing Manual.
  • P. Ericsson & R. Haswell (eds.). Machine Scoring of Student Essays: Truth and Consequences
  • HESI Test Taker Portal
  • Honorlock. How to Reduce Test Anxiety.
  • International Test Commission (ITC). International Guidelines for the Security of Tests, Examinations, and Other Assessments. 2000.
  • Journal of NCTA (open access)
  • James Lang, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
  • Morin, M., Alves, C., & DeChamplain, A. 2022. The show must go on: Lessons learned from using remote proctoring in a high-stakes medical licensing exam program in response to severe disruption. Journal of Applies Testing Technology. 23.
  • Muckle, T.J., Meng, Y., & Johnson, S. 2022. A quantitative evaluation of live remote proctoring pilot. Journal of Applied Testing Technology. 23.
  • NCTA blog “The Value of Testing” (, including: 
    • Jarret Dyer, Rachel Hample, Sara Rieder Bennett. (May 2, 2019). The College Admissions Scandal Perspectives from Test Administrators 
  • NCTA Emergency Contingency and Planning Special Interest Group. Emergency Plan for Testing Services. NCTA. Draft copy reviewed 9/16/2022.
  • National College Testing Association. Proctor Certification Examination Classification System (2022). (available in candidate handbook and presentation handout from 2022 conference)
  • NCTA Proctoring & Monitoring Definitions (open access)
  • NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. NCTA. NCTA Professional Standards & Guidelines. Retrieved August 2022. (member login required)
  • NCTA webinar series (member login required)
  • National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Assessment Glossary
  • Olson, J. F., and Fremer, J (2013). TILSA Test Security Guidebook.
  • PearsonVUE Test Accommodations. Retrieved 9/8/2022.
  • Testing Times by Gordon Stobart
  • W. Willingham & N. Cole, Gender and Fair Assessment
  • James A. Wollack, John J. Fremer. 2013. Handbook of Test Security. New York, New York: Routledge.