Students should go to the toilet before entering the hall. If there is an urgent need during the examination, an invigilator will have to go too! Coats, hats, bags will be left usually at the back of the hall. Valuables can be handed to the invigilator for safe-keeping.
The Hall is a place of silence. There must be no communication whatsoever between students. If there is a need to speak to the Invigilator, a student should just raise his or her hand and wait for him or her to come to them.
The Hall will be set out with the students’ candidate numbers on the desks. Where appropriate, there will also be a blue tab indicating that extra time is allowed. If students do not find a blue tab and think they should have one, they should ask the Invigilator immediately.
Any examination material on the desk, and especially the papers, should not be touched until candidates are invited to do so. Personal details will have to be filled in on the answer sheet/booklet. Sometimes this will be just a student’s name and candidate number, and the College’s centre number, 10101; sometimes students will have to complete the title and details of the paper being sat as well.
Students must not leave their desk for any reason except with the permission of the Invigilator
The Invigilator will say when to begin the exam and will give occasional time-checks, although a clock will always be clearly visible in the Hall.
Candidates will be warned when the examination is finishing. When the final instruction to stop is given, students must do so straight away.
Candidates may not leave an examination until 1 hour has passed. For examinations longer than that and/or if extra time is allowed, students may not normally leave during the last half an hour (in order to minimise disruption to others). If extra time is allowed, (it is optional) students will be expected to stay until the end of it.