The number of fully online and partially online seminaries and bible colleges are sky-rocketing today. While lots of online or distance learning bible training institutions have sophisticated online learning platforms where tests can be administered over the internet, many schools still have proctors watch students while they are taking a test to ensure that academic honesty standards are upheld.
Bible Colleges May Have Prerequisites for Proctors
Some schools require the proctor to have a certain level of education or other qualification themselves. For example, they may require that the test be proctored by another practicing clergy person or they may expect the proctor to take a short training experience so that they can make sure that they know their expectations. Such prerequisites are not unreasonable or out of the ordinary.
Schools Normally Require Statements from Exam Proctors
Nearly all institutions, especially accredited seminaries and Bible schools, will require the proctor to sign and return some type of academic honesty pledge or list of rules and responsibilities that they need to be completed. For regionally accredited institutions, these requirements are part of their own requirements imposed on the school by the credentialing agency to ensure that high standards of accuracy, honesty, and ethics are upheld.
Such standards are admirable and also give your future theological degree more credence, reputation, and validity. You should not be upset or aggravated by these standards as they are there to protect the learning institution so that it has a good reputation for demanding excellence from its students.
Check with Your Bible Institute for Specific Requirements
To understand your prospective college’s requirements for proctors, you should ask your college advisor and your class instructor. They can help you to choose the right person to help you in proctoring your tests. They may also have forms and academic honesty statements that will need to be signed and returned in advance before testing or proctoring can begin. So, never delay in reading your class syllabus and asking your teacher or advisor about the proper procedures for setting up proctoring.