Who can have a test proctored at MPL?
We can proctor almost any type of exam: those related to Distance Education college programs, homeschoolers' special exams, license renewal exams and others. Each exam is proctored by one of our professional librarians at no charge. This service is available at all locations within the library system during our normal operating hours.
How do I make arrangements?
- Proctoring hours for the Main Branch Library are:
Monday 10AM-12PM and 2PM-4PM
Thursday 2PM-4PM and 6PM-8PM
Please contact Lark Branch and Palm View Branch Libraries for their proctoring availability.
- At least 48 hours prior to your exam, contact the information desk of the library location you prefer and request a test proctor.
- Provide the librarian with your full name and contact information, plus the name of the school or institution which will be sending the exam. If your institution requires a signed proctor's statement before the exam will be sent, please present that in person at the library when making initial arrangements. If the library needs to retain a record of the exam, let the librarian know at the time of scheduling. Records will be retained for a maximum of three months.
- Provide your school or institution with the proctor's contact information so that the exam may be sent.
What if it is an online exam?
Please tell the librarian when you first begin making arrangements. The computer used for testing must be reserved in advance and the procedure for doing this varies by location. We need to know if any particular computer software or applications are required. If we cannot provide what is necessary for your examination we cannot proctor your exam. Please also note that online exams are administered in a public area where there is some ambient noise.
What if it is a paper exam?
Your institution or licensing agency will send us the examination and related paperwork. We will contact you once the library has received this packet. We will work with you in determining a mutually agreeable testing date and time. Weekend arrangements may vary, according to staff availability.
What should I bring with me when I take my test?
We will follow the testing requirements of your institution. All exam takers must present a current photo ID which will be copied and the copy sent with your answer sheets to the school providing the exam. Students have the responsibility of providing their own materials (such as #2 pencils, pens, scratch paper, calculators or textbooks if allowed, etc.) Students cannot have cellphones or similar devices while taking their exams. We have very limited storage space for personal items, so we ask you to please bring into the library only what is allowed by your school.
What happens after I take my exam?
Once the exam is completed we will return it with any required paperwork, as instructed by the school or agency. If there are postage or delivery fees, they are the responsibility of the student and must be prepaid. The library will not pay postage or courier fees, nor make such arrangements on your behalf. If your institution accepts faxed answer sheets, we will fax the necessary material at no charge to the student. Other faxes between the student and the institution will be paid by the student at our usual rates. Your institution will then notify you of your results. The test taker may request that the library retain a record of the exam. All such requests must be made when the exam is scheduled. The library will retain this record for a maximum of three months.