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Proctoring the Massachusetts Bar Exam

Proctors are an integral part of administering the bar exam.

The Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) administers the bar exam under standard and non-standard testing conditions to persons applying to be licensed Massachusetts attorneys twice each year. The bar exam is administered simultaneously in Boston, MA  and Springfield, MA. Proctors assist the BBE in the professional and secure administration of the bar exam.

 

Proctor Duties

  • Follow the Test Administration Timeline
  • Assists examinees as needed with seating location
  • Greets, takes attendance, and identifies the examinees with a government issued photo ID
  • Communicates with examinees according to BBE policy in a clear, calm and professional manner at all times
  • Maintains the security of all testing materials
  • Distributes, collects and accounts for all examinee testing materials
  • Completes exam report forms with accuracy and speed
  • Monitors examinees to ensure a secure testing environment and to deter cheating
  • Reports any suspected irregularities to the Area Supervisor
  • Walks quietly (every 15- 20 minutes) to monitor examinee conduct
  • Completes written Incident Reports as required
  • Attends all meetings as needed or required
  • Sign in and out each testing day on the Attendance Report
  • Adhere to scheduled breaks and lunch times and 15 minute warnings
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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Proctor Qualifications

To be a proctor for the bar exam, you must be:

  • a minimum 21 years of age and be a high school or college graduate with no criminal record
  • proficient in the English language with an ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • able to understand and adhere to written and oral direction and instruction and have strong organizational skills and be detailed oriented
  • able to work with and provide direction to examinees under stressful conditions in a calm and courteous manner
  • able to stand and walk up to 80% of the time throughout the testing sessions
  • able to lift up to 20 lbs. and work a 10-12 hour day
  • able to remain attentive and observant throughout the testing sessions

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