Exam training videos


Each academic year, The Exams Office will be producing a range of training videos to support exams officers in their role

These videos cover the management, administration and conducting of examinations

The following categories of video are available:

  • Managing an exam series
  • Actions for Autumn
  • Exam Changes 2021/2022
  • Invigilator Training Presentation
  • Invigilator Training Videos


Exam support videos

The following is available:

  • Invigilator Announcement 2020/2021

How to access the videos

  • Login to the Online Portal
  • From the Members (Resources) area select Training Videos
  • Select Filter by Category
  • Select a category, for example Managing an exam series

Video details

Exam Changes 2021/2022 (available from October 2021)

This series of videos highlight exam regulation changes for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Areas covered include:

  • Changes in the following JCQ publications
    • General Regulations for Approved Centres
    • Instructions for conducting examinations
    • Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (where relevant to the exams officer role)
    • A guide to the special consideration process
    • Instructions for conducting GCSE & GCE MFL Listening examinations
    • Instructions for conducting non-examination assessments
    • Suspected Malpractice: Policies and Procedures
  • Conducting examinations during the 2021/2022 academic year – autumn and summer series
  • DfE and Ofqual information update
  • The Exams Office – 2021/2022 support update (including the launch of the National Association of Examinations Officers)

Actions for Autumn

This series of videos supports exams officers through the main tasks from October to February.

Areas covered include:

  • Exam planning
  • Exam entries
  • Confidential exam materials
  • Briefing candidates and staff
  • Access arrangements
  • Centre inspections
  • Exam policies
  • Managing and recruiting invigilators
  • Private candidates

Managing an exam series (Spring into Summer)

This series of videos supports exams officers in managing an exam series.

Areas covered include:

  • Meeting deadlines
  • Exam entries
  • Confidential exam materials
  • Timetabling, rooming and seating plans
  • Access arrangements
  • Training and preparing invigilators
  • Briefing candidates
  • Contingency planning
  • Before, and at the beginning of, the exam
  • During the exam
  • At the end of, and after, the exam
  • Packing and dispatching exam scripts
  • Managing results day
  • Post-Results

Invigilator Training Videos (available from October 2021)

A series of JCQ-compliant online video clips incorporating the latest rules and regulations relating to invigilation which will support exams officer in delivering their a centre-devised invigilator training session.

These video and animation clips have been created to enable exams officers who deliver their own presentation to include these videos to confirm key JCQ information and highlight scenarios of specific situations which will stimulate discussion during their invigilator training session.

Commentary within these clips was updated for use in the 2021/22 academic year in line with relevant JCQ publications.

Areas covered in the invigilator training videos include:

  • Section 1 (ICE, section 12)
    • What is expected of an invigilator
  • Section 2 (ICE, sections 9 – 11)
    • The examination room
    • Candidate resources/materials
  • Section 3 (ICE, sections 16, 17 & 18)
    • At the beginning of/before the examination
      • Identifying candidates
      • The People Present
      • Question papers, stationery, materials and other equipment
  • Section 4 (ICE, section 19)
    • Starting the examination
  • Section 5 (ICE, sections 20-25)
    • During the examination
      • Supervising the candidates
      • Candidates who arrive late
      • Completing the attendance register
      • Leaving the examination room
      • Malpractice
    • Emergencies/Irregularities
  • Section 6 (ICE, sections 26 & 27)
    • At the end of the examination
      • Finishing the examination
      • Collecting scripts
  • Section 7 (AA/RA, section 5)
    • Access arrangements
      • The role of a reader – animation
      • The role of a scribe – animation
      • Other access arrangements (prompter, practical assistant etc.) – slides
  • Section 8 (ICE, Appendix 1)
  • Conducting on-screen tests
  • Security and timetabling of tests
  • Use of calculators
  • Resources
  • Accommodation
  • Invigilation arrangements
  • Emergencies
  • Finishing the examination

Visit Invigilation Videos for more information

Invigilator Announcement

A suggested announcement given at the start of written examinations reflecting appendix 3 of JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations

This may be of particular use in centres where invigilators are wearing a face covering and may not be heard clearly by candidates

If using this announcement, invigilators should also be issued with the Invigilator Announcement Instructions which provide detail on how to control the recording along with other relevant information

MP3 version of the announcement also available here