Exam Invigilators

The invigilator is the person in the examination room responsible for conducting a particular examination session in the presence of the candidates. Invigilators have a key role in upholding the integrity of the external examination/assessment process.

What’s involved

The invigilator’s role includes:

  • ensuring all candidates have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities
  • ensuring the security of the examination before, during and after the examination
  • preventing possible candidate malpractice
  • preventing possible administrative failures
  • liaising with the examination officer and senior invigilator

Regulations also state that invigilators must:

  • be familiar with JCQ’s ‘Instructions for Conducting Examinations’, the ‘Warning to Candidates’, Information for Candidates’ and ‘Mobile Phone’ posters, and any specific instructions relating to the subjects being examined
  • give all their attention to conducting the examination properly
  • be able to observe each candidate in the examination room at all times
  • inform the head of centre if they are suspicious of the security of the examination papers

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