Teacher and Proctor Duties on Testing Days

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  • Remind students to go to the restroom and get a drink prior to test time.
  • Have students bring a book to read or an assignment to complete when they have finished testing.
  • Make every effort to get classes to the lab on time for their designated time slot.
  • As students enter the lab, help the proctor ensure that each student is seated at his or her assigned computer.
  • Do not hover over students because it might make them nervous.
  • Remain in the lab with the students throughout the testing session.  Teachers are a second set of eyes and ears for the proctor.  This also models the importance of the test to the students.


  • Set up test workstations with the correct test and student before each group arrives at the lab.  Be sure to reference the seating charts you and the teacher created so students take the test under the correct student testing account.
  • Bring each workstation to the Start Test screen in MAP TestTaker.  This screen shows the student's name, which will help students find the right seat.  The name of the selected test also appears at the top left of the Start Test screen so you can verify the workstation is set up with the correct test.
  • When students have been seated in their assigned seats, read the Student Directions for the test that will be administered and ask students if they have any questions before the test begins.
  • Record student absences so those students can be scheduled for a make-up test session.  If a student is absent, exit his or her test via the Proctor Administration Menu;  press Ctrl+Shift+P (Windows® or Intel® Mac® operating systems) or Apple+Shift+P (Mac OS®), and click the Terminate button.
  • Observe and monitor students.  Be aware of student progress during the test.  If necessary, advise students moving too slowly to continue to make progress, or students moving too quickly to pay careful attention to the items.
  • Monitor for books and talking.  Students should not have access to reference books or other instructional materials during the test, nor should there be any visiting.
  • Student questions.  No portion of the language usage or reading tests can be read to any student, including Special Education students, English as a Second Language students, or students on IEPs.  Words on the mathematics and science tests can be pronounced for any student.  Symbols cannot be read or explained, words cannot be defined, and hints or clarifications cannot be given.
  • Record student scores.  When students finish the test, they should raise their hands.  Go to the student's computer and either print the final score screen or record the final RIT and goal ranges displayed on the screen.
  • As students finish their tests and are dismissed, the proctor will set up the lab for the next group of students.
  • When testing is finished for the day, exit MAP TestTaker on all machines.  Upload all data to NWEA if this is one of the proctor-designated responsibilities.  Secure both the computer lab and passwords, and do anything necessary to get ready for the following day.

General reminders:

  • Protect the proctor password.  Be careful that students do not see or hear the proctor's password, either when logging on at the beginning of the testing session or when it is necessary to access the Proctor Administration Menu (Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows® or Intel® Mac® operating systems; Apple+Shift+P on Mac OS®).  Do not leave the password written on anything the students may find.
  • Provide a comparable test environment for all students.  Ensure the same information is given to all students.
  • MAP tests are not timed.  Every student should be allowed sufficient time to complete the test.
  • Choosing answers.  If a student struggles with the mouse to select answers, the up and down arrow keys or the keyboard letter/numbers can be used.
  • Breaks.  If students, especially younger ones, need a "wiggle" or water break, it is allowable.  Access the Proctor Administration Menu (Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows® or Intel® Mac® operating systems; Apple+Shift+P on Mac OS®) and leave the blue screen up.  When the student returns, click the Close button and enter the proctor password.  When a test is resumed, the test will return to the same question number but it will display a different item.
  • Display problems.  If an items does not display correctly, try refreshing the screen by pressing Ctrl+Shift+R on Windows® or Intel® Mac® operating systems or Apple+Shift+R on Mac OS® machines.
  • Item problems.  If there is a problem with any test item, such as missing answers, questions, or instructions, try refreshing the screen.  If this does not work, record the following information and submit a Problem Item Report to NWEA:  (1) the name of the test being administered, (2) the item number found in the upper right corner of the item screen, and (3) a description of the problem.