The Invigilator Digital Accreditation (IDA) is annually updated on an academic year basis

Access to the IDA is included within your centre membership to The Exams Office

 

What the accreditation offers

An online timed assessment designed to assess and measure the knowledge and understanding of invigilators (and where relevant, facilitators of access arrangements) of what is expected of them when supervising and supporting candidates under examination conditions

The units within the IDA do not address centre-specific requirements and processes (within the regulations) which invigilators should be separately briefed on/trained in by their centre

What the IDA contains

(Section 1) Invigilation arrangements

Designed to assess knowledge of Section 12 of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations Invigilation arrangements

(Section 2) Preparing for the examination

Designed to assess knowledge of Sections 6-11 and Appendices 2, 4 & 7 of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations Preparing for the examination. This includes:

  • Starting times for examinations
  • Timetable clashes
  • Overnight supervision arrangements
  • Resources for examinations
  • Using calculators
  • Accommodation

(Section 3) At the beginning of the examination

Designed to assess knowledge of Sections 16-19 and Appendices 3 & 8 of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations At the beginning of the examination. This includes:

  • Identifying candidates
  • The people present
  • Question papers, stationery, materials and other equipment
  • Starting the examination

(Section 4) During the examination

Designed to assess knowledge of Sections 20-25 of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations During the examination. This includes:

  • Supervising the candidates
  • Candidates who arrive late
  • Completing the attendance register
  • Leaving the examination room
  • Malpractice
  • Emergencies

(Section 5) At the end of, and after, the examination

Designed to assess knowledge of Sections 26 -28 & 30 of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations At the end of, and after, the examination. This includes:

  • Finishing the examination
  • Collecting the scripts
  • Packing scripts
  • Unused stationery

(Section 6) On-screen tests

Designed to assess knowledge of Appendix 1 of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations Instructions for conducting on-screen tests. This includes:

  • Security
  • Timetabling of tests
  • Use of calculators
  • Resources
  • Accommodation
  • Invigilation arrangements
  • Emergencies
  • Finishing the examination

(Section 7) Invigilating and facilitating access arrangements

Designed to assess knowledge of access arrangements in relation to the role of an invigilator (and facilitator acting as a reader, scribe, practical assistant or prompter).

The questions in this section refer to the relevant sections of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations and Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments publications focusing upon the following arrangements:

  • Computer reader/reader
  • Read aloud and/or the use of an examination reading pen
  • Scribe/speech recognition technology
  • Practical Assistant
  • The role of a roving invigilator
  • Prompter
  • Other arrangements:
    • Supervised rest breaks
    • Separate invigilation within the centre
    • Word processors
    • Bilingual translation dictionaries
    • Colour naming by the invigilator for candidates who are colour blind
    • Extra time
    • Modified papers

The unit does not cover the specialist facilitator roles: Communication ProfessionalLanguage Modifier.

(Note where a facilitator is supporting a candidate in an exam room on a 1:1 basis and (where permitted by the regulations) also acting as the invigilator, as well as facilitator trained the facilitator must also be invigilator trained)

Assessment

The IDA is an ‘open-book’ assessment where invigilators are permitted to consult the regulations whilst completing all sections

As the IDA is updated on an academic year basis to reflect any regulation changes that impact on their role, invigilators should therefore complete the accreditation on an annual basis to confirm an up-to-date knowledge of current regulations

The total number of questions to be answered is 75 and the total/maximum time allocated is 40 minutes as follows:

(Section 1) Invigilation arrangements – 10 questions, maximum time allocation 5 minutes

(Section 2) Preparing for an examination – 15 questions, maximum time allocation 8 minutes

(Section 3) At the beginning of the examination – 15 questions, maximum time allocation 8 minutes

(Section 4) During the examination – 10 questions, maximum time allocation 5 minutes

(Section 5) At the end of, and after, the examination – 10 questions, maximum time allocation 5 minutes

(Section 6) On-screen tests – 5 questions, maximum time allocation 3 minutes

(Section 7) Invigilating and facilitating access arrangements – 10 questions, maximum time allocation 6 minutes

 

Some users may complete a section in less time than allocated to the section

If a user has not finished a section within the allocated time limit, the section will have to be restarte

Questions are selected randomly from a bank of questions, and the accreditation can only be claimed when 100% is achieved across all seven assessment sections

Before certification is able to be claimed the IDA can be attempted as many times as required, and each section (where full marks have not been achieved) can be restarted until 100% is achieved across all seven sections

Certification

Upon successful completion, the IDA can be submitted to claim certification. This will generate an online certificate which confirms that a Pass has been achieved and the date of submission

The administrator (very likely the exams officer) will have access to the invigilator’s online certificate and a further document which details the content covered in each of the seven assessment sections

A certificate can be obtained each academic year upon successful completion of the current IDA

The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in centres as a result of the information provided on our website, Online Portal or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of centres to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.