Exam day tips
  • Paper based exams
  • Computer based exams
  • Speaking Test
  • Linguaskill with online proctoring
  • Candidate obligations
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES - COVID-19
  • COVID-19 - EXAM SESSIONS
 
Cambridge English PAPER-BASED exams
Here are some tips so you know what to expect on the exam day. These tips are for the paper based exam (not the Speaking test or Cambridge English: Young Learners exams).

Before the exam

Check the date, time and address of your exam. Your centre will send you this information. If you have any questions, contact your centre before the exam day.

Remember to check how long it will take you to travel to the exam, especially if your exam is at a weekend or on a holiday.

Get to the exam early! Follow the direction signs to find the exam room or go to the reception of the building and ask for directions. Your centre should send you a summary of the exam regulations, make sure you are familiar with them.

You can see the full regulations here...




What to bring to the exam

Bring your identification, for example a passport. It must be an original (not a copy) and must have a photo of you.

Bring pens and pencils. Your centre will also give you pens and pencils if you need them.

Do not bring food or drink to your desk in the exam room (except a bottle of water).

You cannot bring your phone or any other electronic devices to your desk in the exam. Your centre will tell you where to put them during the exam.




During the exam

Do not bring bags, phones, etc. to your desk. Listen carefully to the instructions which the invigilator will read out.

Do not talk to other people, or try to see what they are writing.

Make sure you follow the exam instructions. If you have any questions, need help or want to leave the room, raise your hand to ask for help.

There will be a clock in the exam room to help you with your timing.




At the end of each part

At the end of each paper (e.g. the Writing paper, the Reading paper, etc.), the invigilator will tell you to stop writing. You must stop immediately.

Give all papers to the invigilator, including question papers, answer sheets, rough paper, etc.

Always stay in your seat until the invigilator gives you permission to leave the room.

If you have any questions or problems, tell the invigilator immediately.




After the exam

If you have registered for our Online Results Service we will email you as soon as your results are released.

Using the profile you created, log in to the Online Results Service and check your results.


Good luck with your exam!

Download Cambridge English paper-based exam day tips


Cheating warning
Cheating is treated very seriously by Cambridge English and if you cheat
you will not get a result or a certificate.
Please view this poster and make sure that you understand what it says.
Cambridge English COMPUTER-BASED exams
Here are some tips so you know what to expect on the exam day. These tips are for the parts of the exam that you do on a computer (not the Speaking test).


Before the exam

Check the date, time and address of your exam. Your centre will send you this information. If you have any questions, contact your centre before the exam day.

Remember to check how long it will take you to travel to the exam, especially if your exam is at a weekend or on a holiday.

Get to the exam early! Follow the direction signs to find the exam room or go to the reception of the building and ask for directions. Your centre should send you a summary of the exam regulations, make sure you are familiar with them.




Things to bring to the exam

Bring your identification, for example a passport. It must be an original (not a copy) and must have a photo of you.

Bring pens and pencils. Your centre will also give you pens and pencils if you need them.

Do not bring food or drink to your desk in the exam room (except a bottle of water).

You cannot bring your phone or any other electronic devices to your desk in the exam. Your centre will tell you where to put them during the exam.



During the exam

Listen carefully to the instructions which the invigilator will read out.

Make sure you follow the exam instructions on your computer screen.

There is a timer on the screen which will tell you how much time you have to complete that section of the exam.

Do not talk to other people, or try to see what they are typing. If you have any questions, need help or want to leave the room, raise your hand to ask for help.

If you are doing a Listening test, check that you can hear the test properly. Raise your hand immediately if you cannot hear the recording.




At the end of each paper

At the end of each paper, leave any paper that you have used for notes on the desk. Do not take it out of the exam room.

Always stay in your seat until the invigilator gives you permission to leave the room.

If you have any questions or problems, tell the invigilator immediately.




After the exam

If you have registered for our Online Results Service we will email you as soon as your results are released.

Using the profile you created, log in to the Online Results Service and check your results.


Good luck with your exam!

 Download Cambridge English computer-based exam day tips


Cheating warning
Cheating is treated very seriously by Cambridge English and if you cheat
you will not get a result or a certificate.
 Please view this poster and make sure that you understand what it says.

Cambridge English exams SPEAKING TEST
Here are some tips so you know what to expect on the day of the your Speaking test.

Before the exam

Check the date, time and address of your exam. Your centre will send you this information. If you have any questions, contact your centre before the exam day.

Remember to check how long it will take you to travel to the exam, especially if your exam is at a weekend or on a holiday.

The centre may take your photo for identification before the exam.

 You can see the full regulations here...



Things to bring to the exam

Bring your identification, for example a passport. It must be an original (not a copy) and must have a photo of you.



On the test day

Turn off anything electronic (for example, your mobile phone) when you arrive at the venue.

The supervisor will:
  • check your ID
  • give you your mark sheet – please do not fold it
  • tell you where to wait, and take you to the test room.

Follow the instructions and wait quietly for your test.


While waiting for your test 
you can practise your English by talking to the other candidates quietly in the waiting area.

Your supervisor will tell you where to put your bag during the test.

If you have any questions or problems, tell the supervisor immediately.



After the exam

Please leave quietly.

You must not speak to other candidates waiting to do their test.




Good luck with your exam!

  Download Cambridge English Speaking test exam day tips...


Cheating warning
Cheating is treated very seriously by Cambridge English and if you cheat
you will not get a result or a certificate.
 Please view this poster and make sure that you understand what it says.


Linguaskill with online proctoring
Here are some tips so you know what to expect on the day of your test.

Before the test

Make sure you know the date and time slot of your exam. If you have any questions you should contact our centre before the day of your test.

Make sure your computer has a webcam, your headset and microphone are connected and that the system is working correctly.

You must make arrangements for a quiet and undisturbed space for the entirety of the exam session (3 hours).

You can view the regulations here...



What do I need?

Remember to have your identification document with you, e.g., your DNI or passaport. An Id. check will be carried out before you take the exam and you will have to display your Id. document in front of the camera.




The day of the test

You will have to clearly show your ID to the camera

You will be required to complete a 360º webcam scan of the room and desk where you will take the exam.
The environment: Your test environment must comply with the following requirements.
  • You must sit at a clean desk or table.
  • The desk or walls around you must not have any writing (posters, signs).
  • No other person is allowed to enter the room while the exam is in session.
  • The lighting in the room must be bright enough to be considered “daylight” quality.
  • The source of light must not be behind you.
  • The room must be as quiet as possible.
  • The following items must not be on the desk or used during the proctored exam: books, paper, pens, textbooks, notebooks, phones, tablets.
The computer:
  • The computer used for the exam must not have more than one display or screen.
  • All other programs or windows must be closed before starting the exam
  • Only the exam window is allowed – all other programmes such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Skype, any other website pages must be closed.
During the test:
  • You must dress as in a public setting and avoid hats and headgear (except hijabs).
  • Except for the Listening Test, you must not use headphones, ear buds, or any other type of listening equipment..
  • You must not communicate with any other person by any means.
  • You must not use a phone for any reason.
  • Once you have introduced the entry code for each module, you must not under any circumstances leave the view of your web camera. Remote invigilation will detect any absences from the workstation and this will be deemed grounds for immediate disqualification from the module, and no results will be issued.


After the test

Test results will be issued 48 hours after the test date, 72 hours over the weekend.



Good luck in your exam!

Cheating warning
Cheating is treated very seriously by Cambridge English and if you cheat
you will not get a result or a certificate.
Please view this poster and make sure that you understand what it says.
Candidate obligations
If a candidate detects an error on his or her exam entry document (Confirmation of Entry - COE) this must be communicated to the Examination Centre so that it can be amended before the date of the test. Candidates requiring special needs or assistance on the day of their examination must make a written request to the Exam Centre on or before the examination entry deadline date and submit the necessary documents for approval. Candidates failing to do this may not be granted special needs.

All candidates are required to follow the instructions given by exam day staff and to comply with the guidelines set out in the following documents: Summary Regulations i Notice to Candidates. It is especially important for candidates to observe the following points:
  • The use and possession of mobile phones and electronic items in the examination rooms and during the breaks between components.
  • Malpractice and fraudulent behaviour (copying, communicating with other candidates, identity fraud, etc.)
  • Breach of any regulation, rule or instruction that has been given verbally or in writing.
All candidates are expressly required to abide by the conditions of service and the examination regulations as a prior condition to take the examination.

Fraud and malpractice
By accepting the examination regulations and conditions of service candidates agree to behave adequately at all times during the examination session and to abide by the examination regulations set out by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The rules and regulations on how candidates must behave during the examination are given in the Notice to Candidates. Centres will give a copy to each candidate. Anyone not following the instructions contained in this Notice may be stopped from taking the examination or may be subject to the Malpractice procedures, full details of which are available on www.cambridgeenglish.org/help/malpractice.

Malpractice such as copying is likely to be noticed by the invigilator or supervisor, but may also be detected by examiners during marking and by statistical checks applied to candidates’ answers. Any candidate found to have been involved in malpractice will not receive a result. Candidates have the right to appeal, via their Centre Exams Manager, against any decision relating to malpractice, and details of the Cambridge English Language Assessment Appeals Procedure are also available on www.cambridgeenglish.org.

The use of offensive, rude or racist language in examination answers will not be accepted and an examination will not be marked or a result given if the examiner finds language like this. Cambridge English Language Assessment’s decision on this is final.

Cambridge English examinations are marked by qualified examiners who are subject to a rigorous training and monitoring programme. Part of the monitoring of Speaking Examiners may involve the audio-recording of selected live interviews. Candidates should, therefore, be aware that their Speaking test may be recorded.

Any behaviour considered by the Cambridge English Language Assessment regulations to be fraudulent will result in the withdrawal of candidate results.

HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES - COVID-19
Exams Madrid takes all possible measures to ensure the health and safety of candidates and exam day staff during exam sessions, in accordance with the recommendations of the authorities. These measures will include:

Social distance

We will restrict the number of candidates per room so that the requisite distance can be maintained among candidates and between candidates and staff / examiners.

The centre will control the entrance to and exit from exam rooms so that social distancing is maintained.

We will remind candidates to maintain social distance during breaks.
Candidates with symptoms

We will ask any candidates with any possible symptoms of Covid-19 to self-isolate and not attend their exam session. Arranging for these candidates to swap to a future session.
You will be required to complete a declaration form stating that you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms and have not have been exposed to the disease. You must bring the completed signed form with you on the day of your exam.

Click to download the form
* Exams Madrid does not take candidates' temperatures when they arrive for their exam session. Nevertheless, certain external exam venues may require candidates's to have their temperature taken on arrival.




Hygiene measures

We will require that ALL candidates wear masks for the duration of the exam session.

The centre will provide masks for sale to any candidate not wearing a mask.

The centre will provide hydro-alcoholic hand sanitizer at all venues.

The centre will provide candidates with hydro-alcoholic wipes to clean computer keyboards before using.

Headphones

Exams Madrid will ensure that our own headphones are thoroughly sanitised between sessions.

Thaks for your collaboration and good luck in your exam!


COVID-19 - Specific measures to be adopted at exam sessions
In order to guarantee the health and saftey of candidates and exam day staff, our exam centre will implement a series of preventative measures at sessions while the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation lasts.

Before the exam...

Candidates and accompanying persons should stand in a line and maintain a distance of 2 metres. Please do not gather in groups outside the building.

Candidates over the age of 18 should come to the exam venue on their own.

Minors may be accompanied by one adult who should not enter the building.

If you need to bring a bag or backpack with you it should be as small as possible.



In the building...

Please go directly to your exam room; candidates must not gather in common areas.

All candidates must walk in single file along the right hand side and maintain a distance of 2 metres.

Face masks are obligatory.

Candiates must use sanitiser gel before they go into the exam room.


During the written test...

Pens, pencils and erasers will not be provided. You must bring your own.

You may not share any material with other candidates.

You can have a bottle of water on your desk which must be plastic and transparent.

You can bring food to your desk (cold snack). This must be in a  transparent plastic bag.

You will not be allowed to leave the exam room during breaks but
  • Candidates may go to the toilet in an orderly manner
  • You can stand up, stretch, etc.
Pleaser do not leave anything behind in the exam room. All materials will be destroyed after the session.



During the Speaking Test...

Face masks are obligatory.

Please do not touch the exam material.

If your Speaking Test is on the same day as the written test please leave the building and return no more than 15 minutes before the time of your test.



Good luck in your exam!

Important warning
Candidates must fully comply with the preventative measures required by Cambridge English and our exam centre. Non compliance may put others at risk and as such any candidate failing to comply will not be issued with a result or certificate.
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