FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

Proctor applicants are encouraged to review these FAQs and Proctor Job Description, which includes general information, requirements, and duties and responsibilities of a bar exam proctor prior to submitting an application to the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE).

  1. What is the bar exam?
  2. Who is responsible for giving the bar examination?
  3. When is the bar exam given?
  4. Where is the bar exam held?
  5. What tests are administered at the bar examination?
  6. What is a bar exam proctor?
  7. What qualities does the BBE seek in a proctor?
  8. Who is eligible to become a BBE proctor?
  9. How do I become a proctor?
  10. What happens next?
  11. What is the usual work schedule for a proctor?
  12. What is the compensation for a general proctor?
  13. Are proctors employees of the Massachusetts Judiciary?
  14. If my application is accepted will I work all future bar exams?
  15. If I was not selected, why?
  16. Are evaluations on my performance as a proctor done after each bar exam?
  17. Will I be guaranteed the same or similar proctoring opportunity at the bar exam?
  18. When will I be notified about the opportunity to proctor a bar exam?
  19. Do I have to file a Proctor Application for each bar exam?
  20. Does the Board of Bar Examiners have a Proctor Job Description that I can view?
  21. How do I file an application to become a proctor for the bar exam?
  22. Where do I mail the application?

1. What is the bar exam? 

The bar examination is a mandatory professional licensing examination given by the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) to law school graduates who have received a Juris Doctorate degree and who wish to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2. Who is responsible for giving the bar examination? 

The Board of Bar Examiners is entrusted with the responsibility to examine and recommend attorneys who meet the academic and character and fitness requirements to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

3. When is the bar exam given? 

The bar exam is administered twice each year on the last Wednesday and the following Thursday in the months of February and July.

4. Where is the bar exam held? 

The bar exam is held in Boston at one of two major convention sites and in Springfield at Western New England University.

5. What tests are administered at the bar examination? 

On Wednesday, the nation-wide Multiple Bar Examination (MBE) is administered and on Thursday, the Massachusetts written Essay Questions Exam.

6. What is a bar exam proctor? 

A bar exam proctor assists the BBE with the administration of the bar exam under general direction and direct supervision.

7. What qualities does the BBE seek in a proctor? 

The Board seeks proctors with experience in proctoring exams or who have supervisory experience.   Proctors must be 21 years of age and be a high school or college graduate with no criminal record.  Proctors must be proficient in the English language with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively; and be able to understand and adhere to written and oral direction and instructions.  Proctors should have strong organizational skills and be detailed oriented.  Proctors must be able to work with and provide direction to examinees testing in a stressful environment and have a calm and courteous manner in doing so.  Proctors stand and walk up to 80% of the testing time and must be able to carry and lift test materials.  Proctors need to remain attentive and observant when testing is in session.

8. Who is eligible to become a BBE proctor? 

The Board of Bar Examiners seeks current and retired teachers, professional trainers, university or law school proctors and other individuals experienced in providing support and instruction to examinees in a classroom or examination setting.

9. How do I become a proctor? 

Potential proctors for the Board of Bar Examiners must fully complete the Proctor Application, sign with an original signature, and mail to the Board of Bar Examiners, Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon Street, First Floor, Boston, MA 02114.  Faxed and emailed applications are not accepted. 

10. What happens next? 

Upon receipt, the proctor application will be reviewed and providing the applicant meets the requirements needed to proctor bar exams, will then be sent an email acknowledging acceptance of the application and thereafter entered into the Proctor database, which the BBE maintains for all its proctors. 

11. What is the usual work schedule for a proctor? 

Proctors usually work two days, although in some instances it may be less or more and typically work a 10-12 hour day depending on the examinees they are proctoring although in some instances it may be less.

12. What is the compensation for a general proctor? 

General proctors are compensated at a daily rate of $150.00.

13. Are proctors employees of the Massachusetts Judiciary? 

No, general proctors are considered vendors for the Commonwealth.

14. If my application is accepted will I work all future bar exams? 

No, the need for proctors is much greater for the July bar exam than for the February bar exam.  Decisions on proctor selection are made for each exam based on the level of experience needed and the number of open positions available for the exam.  There is an increased need for proctors for the July exam rather than the February exam due to the fact that there are an increased number of applicants who sit for the July bar exam.

15. If I was not selected, why? 

If a proctor is not selected it may be due to many factors including qualifications and experience or that the need for proctors is decreased due to the number of applicants sitting for an exam.  February exams are generally much smaller than the July exams.

16. Are evaluations on my performance as a proctor done after each bar exam? 

Yes, written proctor evaluations are done after each exam by the Area Supervisor.  Categories include "meets expectations," "needs improvement," or "does not meet expectations."  Area Supervisors evaluate proctors based on proctor actions, behavior, comments, timeliness and/or accounting errors made during the course of the bar exam.

17. Will I be guaranteed the same or similar proctoring opportunity at the bar exam? 

No proctor, new or experienced, is guaranteed a position at any bar exam.  Changes in assignment must always be expected.

18. When will I be notified about the opportunity to proctor a bar exam? 

Proctors are typically mailed an invitation letter on their availability to proctor an exam approximately 60 days prior to the actual exam.  Proctors are typically notified of acceptance to proctor the bar exam approximately three weeks prior to start of the actual exam date.  In some instances, due to cancellations or unforeseen circumstances, proctors may be contacted via email or telephone regarding availability and their acceptance to proctor the exam.

19. Do I have to file a Proctor Application for each bar exam? 

No.  Once your application has been accepted you remain active in the proctor database unless you notify us that you are no longer available to proctor. 

20. Does the Board of Bar Examiners have a Proctor Job Description that I can view? 

Yes, the Proctor Job Description can be viewed and printed.

21. How do I file an application to become a proctor for the bar exam? 

The application is available at http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/bbe/proctorapplication.pdf.   You can complete the fillable online application or the application can be printed and completed by hand.

22. Where do I mail the application? 

Please mail the completed and signed application to the: 

Board of Bar Examiners, 
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon Street, First Floor 
Boston, MA  02114

For any additional information, contact the Board of Bar Examiners at (617) 482-4466.