What to expect on exam day

What to do during the written exams

Before the exams start

  • Do not forget to take only your passport/ID (we cannot accept copies) and your Confirmation of Entry (exam invitation with your timetable) with you. We will provide any stationary needed for the exam.
  • Arrive at the exam venue at least 30 minutes before the start time. Look at the exam signs and locate your exam room. 
  • You need to register before the exam (in some cases we need to take your photo). We will collect all mobile phones, electronic devices and watches before the exam. You will get these back after the final written part of the exam has finished.
  • Place your personal belongings in the designated area. They will be safely locked during the exam.

During the exam

  • You may keep a transparent bottle of water without any label on it in the exam room. If you need to take any medicine during the exam, please let us know in advance.
  • After you are seated, the invigilator will ask to see your passport / ID in order to confirm that you are the indeed the correct candidate.
  • The invigilator will distribute the question papers (and in some cases a separate answer sheet and/or rough paper).
  • If the name printed on your question papers is not correct, please inform the invigilator immediately.
  • The invigilator will give specific instructions for each paper. Please pay attention and ask the invigilator if you have any questions about the procedure.

When the exam starts

  • Read the instructions on the front of the question paper (and the separate answer sheet if relevant). Do not open the question papers until the invigilator tells you to do so.
  • The invigilator will inform you about the duration of each paper. Make sure that you complete all tasks in the allocated time as you will not be allowed any extra time to transfer your answers. The invigilator will inform you if you need to use a pencil or a pen in order to complete your answers in each paper.
  • Listening: The test is divided into sections, and the recording on the CD is complete in itself, with all necessary pauses and instructions to candidates. Each part will be heard twice. You will be given time to transfer your answers and the CD will inform you when the test is finished.
  • You must not talk or cheat. You may be disqualified if you do.
  • If you wish to go to the toilet, an invigilator must accompany you for security reasons. Please raise your hand. No extra time will be given for a toilet break.
  • The invigilator will remind you when there are 10 and 5 minutes left in each part of the test.
  • The invigilator will collect all question papers, answer sheets and rough work before you are permitted to leave the exam room. You must remain seated while this happens.

After the exam

  • Make sure that you take all your personal belongings and that you have a copy of your Confirmation of Entry. You will be able to access your results with the codes available on your Confirmation of Entry. 
  • If you are under 18 (but over 11 years of age) on the day of the exam, you can only leave the exam premises accompanied by your guardian. If this is not possible, please bring us dully filled in and signed form (see bellow downloads). By signing this form your guardian gives you the permission to leave the exam venue unaccompanied. 

Reporting of Incidents

  • If something happens during the exam that may have affected your performance (e.g. if you were ill during the test or if a loud noise affected your Listening test) you must inform the centre Supervisor or Invigilator immediately.

What to do during the speaking exams

  • Take your passport/ID with you.
  • Be at the exam venue at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • We will check your photo IDs and your name against the attendance register. Once this is checked, you must remain in the designated area until your test.
  • Place any personal belongings and unauthorized items in the area designated by your invigilator.
  • The speaking tests are in pair format. Where there is an uneven number, the last candidates taking the test will form a group of three. The exams cannot be conducted with a single candidate.
  • You will be given a personalised mark sheet; do not fold, crease or write on it. You must hand it to the examiner when you enter the room.

Test day photos

When taking B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency exam it is mandatory for candidates to have their photograph taken on the day of the exam. Learn more information on test day photos.

Taking a Cambridge exam for UK visa purposes

If you are a non EU citizen and you are taking your exam for UK visa purposes, your voice will be recorded on the day of the Speaking test and/or the written papers. Learn more about taking a Cambridge exam for UK visa purposes.

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