Notary Bulletin Alternate Income Opportunity: Mobile Exam Proctors By David Thun on January 22, 2014 in Alternate Income Opportunities, Small Business & Entrepreneurs Though the mortgage market is sluggish, there’s a growing field with work potential for Notaries seeking to supplement their primary careers and make extra money — proctoring exams for online students. Many educational institutions are expanding their curriculum to allow students to take classes and study online. But when it comes to taking tests, it’s still essential to have a physical proctor present to ensure students don’t cheat, said Andrew Davis, program manager for SmarterProctoring, an educational service that helps online school programs locate qualified proctors for their tests. Davis said that when a student takes tests for an online course, typically the student is required to take the test outside the home — at a library, business or anywhere outside the residence with an Internet connection. To ensure academic integrity, a mobile proctor is typically assigned to meet the student at the testing location. Notaries are well-qualified to serve as proctors. Though proctoring does not require a Notary commission, many Notaries are background checked, whether through the commissioning process as in California or individually as part of working as a signing agent — and a background check is the key qualification for a proctor. “A background check lets the school know the Notary is a model citizen. The student knows the Notary is trustworthy and can be comfortable,” Davis said. The typical fee for proctoring an exam is $25-30 per hour. Availability of assignments varies, but can range from 10-20 exams per semester, according to Davis. “I don’t think people will give up their other work for proctoring, but depending on the Notary, it can be a nice way to earn supplemental income,” he said. SmarterProctoring is currently looking for proctors, and anyone interested should register for possible assignments. There is no charge to register, Davis said. Students who need a proctor submit a request, which includes their offered proctor fee and three appointment options. The prospective proctor is then offered the assignment. David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association. Email Share 15 Comments Add your commentMARIA ELISA SARRAFF03 Feb 2015I WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP TO BE A PROCTOR. I AM A NOTARY PUBLIC AND I AM VERY INTERESTED IN EDUCATION AREA.firstname.lastname@example.org Mar 2015I WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP TO BE A PROCTOR. I AM A NOTARY PUBLIC AND I AM VERY INTERESTED IN EDUCATION AREAJEANNE DAVIS29 Mar 2015I WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP TO BE A PROCTOR.KELLY13 Apr 2015I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BECOME A PROCTORDavid Boyd27 Apr 2015I'll like to sign as a proctorTina Heathington11 May 2015I would like to sign up to be a Proctor. I am Signing Agent, Notary, background checkedCynthia Duncanson19 May 2015I would like to sign up to be a Proctor.National Notary Association19 May 2015Hello. If you're interested in becoming a proctor, we suggest contacting local educational institutions in your area that offer online courses/exams to see if they need proctoring services. Good luck!Lorraine vanella25 May 2015I am interested in becoming a proctor in the education system in Florida.Deborah Arzaluz 01 Jun 2015I am interested in become a proctor, I live in California.Freida 05 Jun 2015I'm interested in becoming a proctor, In GA.Maria Barraza09 Jun 2015I'm interested in becoming a Proctor. I live in Brea CaliforniaCarol Walton12 Jun 2015I would very much like to be A Proctor here in the Louisville, Ky area. I am a Notary Public.Maria Barraza17 Jun 2015I'm interested in becoming a Proctor. I live in Brea CaliforniaBarbara McKee24 Aug 2015I am very iinterested and would to sign up.Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.