Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Tainted_Praise
Posts: 196
Joined: Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:20 pm

Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby Tainted_Praise » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:06 am

Soooo. Who had the incompetent proctor? The power hungry proctor? Stories pleeeeease.

User avatar
joebloe
Posts: 376
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:02 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby joebloe » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:53 am

Had a proctor order someone to blow his nose. Of course the guy was sniffing somewhat loudly pretty constantly. And of course it didn't help the guy.

ChicagoBear
Posts: 12
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:12 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby ChicagoBear » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:06 am

I already posted about my power hungry proctor, who wrote up three people (including myself) in a room of fifteen for writing answers after the timer went off. In two of the cases (mine being one of them), he openly acknowledged that we had our pencils down before he told us to. At the same time, he seemed to be a nice guy who was informed by his supervisor to report anything suspicious. I don't think that he understood the ramifications of what he has subjected us to, and once he did, he seemed to be apologizing for writing us up (but he still sent the reports). Still, it is frustrating to have to deal with this stressful situation when I didn't cheat and didn't gain any benefit from what I was written up for. The proctor also had his phone go off loudly twice during the test (which, if the rule is to "stop at the buzzer" could obviously have led to a momentary distraction).

cupcake.
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:36 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby cupcake. » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:24 am

My proctor(s) were the modern day Golden Girls. No seriously, like 5 little old ladies in floral prints and glasses with the rope to go around the neck...

The funniest thing that happened was the head proctor called some guy out for doodling on a post-it and ordered him to stop in a room full of at least 80 people. Kinda eased my nerves to laugh at him so I appreciated it :)

User avatar
SgtL
Posts: 25
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:00 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby SgtL » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:28 am

ChicagoBear wrote:I already posted about my power hungry proctor, who wrote up three people (including myself) in a room of fifteen for writing answers after the timer went off. In two of the cases (mine being one of them), he openly acknowledged that we had our pencils down before he told us to. At the same time, he seemed to be a nice guy who was informed by his supervisor to report anything suspicious. I don't think that he understood the ramifications of what he has subjected us to, and once he did, he seemed to be apologizing for writing us up (but he still sent the reports). Still, it is frustrating to have to deal with this stressful situation when I didn't cheat and didn't gain any benefit from what I was written up for. The proctor also had his phone go off loudly twice during the test (which, if the rule is to "stop at the buzzer" could obviously have led to a momentary distraction).


That is effin' terrible. Supervisor or not, sometimes discretion has to play a factor if you're going to put someone in a situation that you don't even know the potential consequences of. I'm sure it'll pan out though. Maybe there is an appeal process you can utilize and make note of his acknowledgment regarding the pencils down thing.

At least for a little while, enjoy your accomplishment, and the huge step you took. If you can do anything to rectify the issue, you'll figure it out... if not, well little use in killing yourself over uncontrollable stuff. Really a bummer though. Sorry.

My proctors were okay. I had a guy who was definitely designated the tough proctor, but several sweet little older ladies were doing our booklets and stuff. Really nice, one of them I think was actually considering escorting me outside to smoke, but then I told her I was joking and that I'd be fine for the rest of the test. She gave me gum. Pretty sure it wasn't allowed. When she was collecting my answer sheet pre-writing sample she asked "Can I take this from you now?". Part of me really wanted to not yet, but Ill let you know as soon as I'm done.. for comedic value, but the whole irregularity thing.., I didn't want the Proctor/Bouncer to have any misunderstandings.

User avatar
SgtL
Posts: 25
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:00 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby SgtL » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:29 am

cupcake. wrote:My proctor(s) were the modern day Golden Girls. No seriously, like 5 little old ladies in floral prints and glasses with the rope to go around the neck...

The funniest thing that happened was the head proctor called some guy out for doodling on a post-it and ordered him to stop in a room full of at least 80 people. Kinda eased my nerves to laugh at him so I appreciated it :)


I had a group of old ladies that resembled the golden girls too! and a big guy proctor, but don't recall a post-it incident. You didnt take it in NJ did you?

postn0bills
Posts: 160
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:09 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby postn0bills » Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:59 am

I had a proctor from hell. I'm pretty sure she was just being overly cautious about adhering to the rules, but it was a little too much. Where in a previous administration I was allowed to bring in chapstick and a small bottle of diet coke to drink during the break, she made me throw them out prior to entering the room. Really? I asked her about the LSAT ticket referring to hygiene/medical products and beverages in a clear plastic bottle. She proceeded to inform me that hygiene products only referred to feminine hygiene products, and beverages in a clear plastic bottle only meant clear beverages (water) in a plastic bottle. She would fail LR so badly.

Also, she did not call five minutes on the third section. When several of us spoke up about it, she refused to accept it.

User avatar
Quan292
Posts: 283
Joined: Sun May 22, 2011 2:03 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby Quan292 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:16 am

I had a proctor who let one person go to the bathroom before the test started. Then of course everyone wanted to go so half the room left the room. While out of the room one kid gets on his cell phone and a proctor sees him and kicks him out the test. They get to arguing and after finally leaving the room the test starts immediately. However they decide to continue arguing right outside the door so the first couple of mins I had to to LR with a screaming match going on in the background.

User avatar
Magnolia
Posts: 548
Joined: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:06 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby Magnolia » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:21 am

I’m pretty sure my proctor was a homeless man that LSAC found on the street corner an hour before the test started. He had no idea what was going on, and had apparently never taken a standardized test in his life.

First, he had to be told by one of the test takers that there was a proctor book that he was supposed to read. Then as he’s going through it, he’s reading things like “I will now pass out the writing prompt,” and then he’d just go “Yea, no, I’m not doing that,” and move on.

Less than halfway through the proctor speech, and before he had walked us through filling out all of our personal information on our answer sheets, he just stops reading and says, “Ok, you can go ahead and start now.” Thankfully, I saw him start the timer, so I started on the first section, but most people in the room assumed he meant start filling out your name and LSAC number. During the break I found out that most people hadn’t realized the test had started until 10 or 15 minutes in.

Then, the proctor decided he didn’t feel like collecting our test booklets during the break, so we kept them on our desks. Because we hadn’t filled out our personal information at the beginning, we had to extend the break by 10 minutes so that everyone had time to do it then. That’s right. We were bubbling our answer sheets during the break, including the time while the proctor was in the hall being reprimanded by his supervisor for not following protocol at the beginning of the test. Then, because the proctor didn’t tell us that we had to write that LSAC honesty vow thing in cursive, we had to extend the break even longer so that we could all go back and rewrite it. Then we had to take another 5 minute break before the writing section so that he could pass out the prompts that he’d refused to give us earlier.

The whole thing was insane and awful and hilarious, all in one. I was shocked that LSAC didn’t void the scores of everyone in that room due to the extreme testing irregularities.

postn0bills
Posts: 160
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:09 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby postn0bills » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:28 am

Magnolia wrote: ...Then, because the proctor didn’t tell us that we had to write that LSAC honesty vow thing in cursive, we had to extend the break even longer so that we could all go back and rewrite it...


Our proctor told us it didn't have to be in cursive...

User avatar
UnamSanctam
Posts: 7174
Joined: Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:17 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby UnamSanctam » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:31 am

Magnolia wrote: Then, because the proctor didn’t tell us that we had to write that LSAC honesty vow thing in cursive


Guess it's a good thing I know I'm retaking in October, because I didn't write in cursive, our proctor never told us we had to write in cursive, and he didn't give us enough time to read the back of the answer sheet so I could be certain of what all it told us. Lawl.

bball1997
Posts: 80
Joined: Tue May 03, 2011 11:02 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby bball1997 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:44 am

UnamSanctam wrote:
Magnolia wrote: Then, because the proctor didn’t tell us that we had to write that LSAC honesty vow thing in cursive


Guess it's a good thing I know I'm retaking in October, because I didn't write in cursive, our proctor never told us we had to write in cursive, and he didn't give us enough time to read the back of the answer sheet so I could be certain of what all it told us. Lawl.


My proctor never indicated it had to be in cursive either. I decided to go ahead and connect a lot of the letters anyway while it was still normal print.

bball1997
Posts: 80
Joined: Tue May 03, 2011 11:02 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby bball1997 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:47 am

Also I forget to start my watch at the beginning of section 5 and only realized it when I was halfway through my LR section. That happened to be the section that they forgot to call the 5 minute break so I had no idea how my pace was the whole way through the section. Luckily I finished 2-3 minutes before the section was done.

jw176
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:57 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby jw176 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:58 am

What happens if the honesty vow wasn't written in cursive? I'm really slow at bubbling so I was still bubbling in the personal info when the proctor moved on. I'm quite certain that she didn't mention anything about cursive though.

User avatar
joeshmo39
Posts: 533
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:15 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby joeshmo39 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:04 pm

I took the test in London and apparently botched the honesty vow. LSAC e-mailed me a copy, made me recopy it, and fax it back to them. They originally sent it snail mail to my house in the states but there was not way I was going to wait for that. I didn't even notice I messed it up until right before scores came out and I had a hold on my account. I had to go to an internet cafe and meticulously copy the honor pledge, I kid you not.

User avatar
joebloe
Posts: 376
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:02 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby joebloe » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:07 pm

My honesty vow... god... I should have bought pencil cushions. I knew this was going to be a problem too. I have tendonitis in my wrists and get severe cramping in my hand sometimes when I write. Being nervous didn't help things. Strangely, bubbling isn't what hurt so much as writing. And the freaking writing section for that matter...

Wonder if I could have/should have tried to get an accommodation...

jw176
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:57 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby jw176 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:09 pm

joeshmo39 wrote:I took the test in London and apparently botched the honesty vow. LSAC e-mailed me a copy, made me recopy it, and fax it back to them. They originally sent it snail mail to my house in the states but there was not way I was going to wait for that. I didn't even notice I messed it up until right before scores came out and I had a hold on my account. I had to go to an internet cafe and meticulously copy the honor pledge, I kid you not.



Wow. So how much longer did you have to wait for your score then? I'm already considering cancelling, so this might just push me over the edge.

ttf1867
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:27 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby ttf1867 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:13 pm

postn0bills wrote:I had a proctor from hell. I'm pretty sure she was just being overly cautious about adhering to the rules, but it was a little too much. Where in a previous administration I was allowed to bring in chapstick and a small bottle of diet coke to drink during the break, she made me throw them out prior to entering the room. Really? I asked her about the LSAT ticket referring to hygiene/medical products and beverages in a clear plastic bottle. She proceeded to inform me that hygiene products only referred to feminine hygiene products, and beverages in a clear plastic bottle only meant clear beverages (water) in a plastic bottle. She would fail LR so badly.



+1

ttf1867
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:27 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby ttf1867 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:16 pm

I took it in a big room with about 100 people and the proctor elected to stand at the podium for all five sections reading a book and breathing heavily into the microphone that she refused to turn off. It sounded like the LSAC gods were breathing down my neck for the entirety of the exam. No thanks.

User avatar
jessedvhs
Posts: 114
Joined: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:24 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby jessedvhs » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:29 pm

Univ Texas-Austin was a much better experience than UTSA last year. The subordinate proctors were actually sort of friendly and positive. One new "Soup Nazi-im" stipulation: that you could not sharpen your pencils once you went in to the classroom, which I hadn't heard before. (It's their world and you are living in it). The actual proctor was behind the 5 minute warning at times and seem to speed through the section cues. Again, still better than UTSA October 2010.

User avatar
AlabamaIceman
Posts: 94
Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:32 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby AlabamaIceman » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:33 pm

My proctor was a deep-south good ol' boy (test was at Auburn at Montgomery, so that's hardly surprising) who took his time and laboriously read each and every instruction.

The most memorable part was at the end though, where he got really solemn and named two people whose tests were not complete and should therefore remain afterwards to do something or other, then announced that he was joking and had made the names up, and that we were free to go.

Also, I was sitting towards the front of the room close to he and the other proctor, and he was whispering to her discussing the timing rules for the writing sample through much of the last LR section, I don't know if he thought he was quiet, but he was not. Pretty distracting.

jw176
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:57 am

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby jw176 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:38 pm

I think I'm freaking out too much about this cursive thing. I just called LSAC, and the rep told me that print was ok for the honesty vow.

bball1997
Posts: 80
Joined: Tue May 03, 2011 11:02 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby bball1997 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:42 pm

jw176 wrote:I think I'm freaking out too much about this cursive thing. I just called LSAC, and the rep told me that print was ok for the honesty vow.


Good to know, thanks for taking the time to check it out.

User avatar
Magnolia
Posts: 548
Joined: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:06 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby Magnolia » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:49 pm

jw176 wrote:I think I'm freaking out too much about this cursive thing. I just called LSAC, and the rep told me that print was ok for the honesty vow.

Guess my proctor made that rule up for fun, then. This shouldn't surprise me since he was incompetent at everything else. Sorry for the scare.

User avatar
gavinstevens
Posts: 291
Joined: Thu May 13, 2010 6:17 pm

Re: Proctor stories... Lemme have em...

Postby gavinstevens » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:00 pm

I also printed the honesty vow and just called LSAC about it. I spoke to Brian. He told me that it COULD be an issue. I asked why the uncertainty, and he told me it depended on who scanned my test. That seems uncharacteristic for LSAC. He said that they would contact me if it was a problem. The honesty vow box on the form said not to print. I considered cursive, but decided against it, thinking I was just stuck on the SAT policy. I don't know why it's required to be written in cursive.

He also said that the form codes are not machine reviewed so that won't be an issue. Apparently, they gave the proctors a standard way to address it (I don't recall which way he mentioned). My proctors improvised. I can't complain about my proctors though, they seemed competent otherwise.




Return to “LSAT Prep and Discussion Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 34iplaw, Alexandros, earldasquirel, Greenteachurro, The_Pluviophile and 7 guests