Examination Supervisor

Examination supervisors are hired by schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions of learning to proctor examinations and ensure students do not cheat. Examination supervisors may be hired on a one-off, freelance basis, or they may work as part of one particular institutions permanent supervising staff.

Duties and tasks

  • Announcing time left in examination at appropriate intervals
  • At times, grading or scoring examinations
  • Collecting examination materials
  • Looking out for cheating and taking appropriate steps to stop it; if necessary, reporting the student for disciplinary action
  • Monitoring classrooms to ensure silence
  • Preparing classrooms for examinations
  • Providing support to teachers and professors during examination periods

Skills required

  • Ability to react appropriately to student breaches in conduct
  • Active listening skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Public speaking abilities
  • Reading comprehension

Working conditions

Examination Supervisors necessarily work in quiet classrooms. These may be found in elementary or secondary schools, colleges or universities, or other institutions of learning like business schools, governmental testing sites, or language classes. Examination Supervisors may be based at one particular institution or they may offer their services on a freelance basis.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Education (WA)
Department of Education and Training (ACT)
NSW Teachers Federation
Queensland College of Teachers
Teachers Registration Board of South Australia
Victorian Institute of Teaching

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