This section gives you some tips and advice on what to do during the written and speaking exams day.

What to do during the written exams


  • Take with you a pen, pencil, eraser, your passport and your timetable.

  •  Be at the exam venue two hours before the start time.

  •  Look at the exam signs and locate your designated exam room. The supervisor will inform you when it is time to enter. 

  •  Keep your timetable handy. Know your candidate number. You will be placed in a specific exam room and desk based on your candidate number.

  •  Switch off your mobile phone, including any alarms/reminders.

  •  Switch off any other electronic devices, including alarms on your watch.

  •  Place mobile phones and other unauthorised items (books, bags, etc) in the area that your invigilator will specify.



  • You may keep a transparent  water bottle , but place it on the floor next to your desk, so as to avoid any accidents.
  • 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).
  • 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.


  • Read the instructions on the front of the question paper (and the separate answer sheet if relevant).
  • Do not to 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.
  • Writing: please write within the grey lines in the spaces provided on the question paper. Use the blank pages to complete your rough work.
  • 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, copy, keep or use unauthorised items (such as mobile phones) because you risk being disqualified.
  • 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 you reach the last 10 and 5 minutes before the end of the written papers.


  •  At the end of the test you will be asked to put down your pens or pencils.
  • 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.


  • Before leaving the room, make sure that you take with you all your personal belongings.
  • Make sure that you keep a copy of your timetable. You will be able to access your results with the codes available on your timetable.


  • 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/invigilator immediately.

What to do during the speaking exams

  • Take your passport/ID and your timetable with you.
  • Be at the exam venue 20 min before the scheduled start time.
  • Look at the exam signs and locate the speaking exams area.
  • A marshal will check your photo IDs against the attendance register. Once this is checked, you must remain in the designated speaking exams area until your test.
  • While you are waiting to be examined, please keep quiet so as to avoid disrupting the exams of other candidates.
  • If there is an error in the spelling of your name, please inform the co-ordinator and he will make a note of the correction.
  • Switch off your mobile phone (and other electronic devices). Place your belongings in the area designated by your co-ordinator.
  • In case of absences or late even by few minutes, the candidate will need to reapply for a new test date. NO refunds and transfers will be made. 

Test day photos

Test day photos are mandatory for Cambridge English exams. Photos will be taken on the day of the written tests or Speaking test.

All candidates, or a parent/guardian, must sign the Declaration of consent form.