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 and are available via the Online Portal

The following are/will be available:

  • Managing an exam series (free access to all members)
  • Actions for Autumn (PIN required for priority access)
  • Exam changes 2020/2021 (PIN required for priority access)
  • Invigilator training presentation (free access to all members)
  • Invigilator training videos (free access to all members)

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

Exam changes 2020/2021 (available mid-November)

This series of videos highlight exam regulation changes for the 2020/2021 academic year.

A follow-up video will be available in December which includes answers to questions raised by members of The Exams Office after they have viewed the Exam changes 2020/2021 video.

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 2020/2021 academic year
  • The Exams Office – 2020/2021 support update

Invigilator training presentation (available January 2021)

This series of videos provide access to an online invigilator training presentation delivered by Jugjit Chima and Jane Hickey.

A series of group activities and the videos listed below are incorporated into this presentation, thus enabling exams officers to deliver a comprehensive training session to their new and experienced invigilators in their own centre.

Areas covered include:

  • Introduction to invigilator training
  • The qualities required to invigilate
  • The role of an invigilator
  • Preparing for, and at the beginning of, an examination
  • During the exam – Dealing with irregularities
  • At the end of, and after, the examination
  • Changes for the 2020/2021 acdemic year
  • Invigilating and facilitating access arrangements

Invigilator training

A series of JCQ-compliant online video clips incorporating the latest rules and regulations relating to invigilation.

These clips (filmed at the start of the 2018/19 academic year) have been created to support our members in training their invigilators.

Commentary within these clips was updated for use in the 2019/20 academic year in line with relevant JCQ 2019/20 publications.

NOTE: Due to current public health restrictions, production of updated invigilator training videos for the 2020/2021 academic year has been postponed. The content of these videos still, however, reflects the current regulations unless specified

Areas covered in the invigilator training videos include:

  • The role of an invigilator
  • At the beginning of the examination (Starting the examination)
  • During the examination (Dealing with irregularities)
  • During the examination (Dealing with malpractice)
  • Ending the examination
  • Collecting the scripts
  • The role of a reader
  • The role of a scribe
  • Instructions for candidates

Visit Invigilation videos for more information

Actions for Autumn (available w/b 19 October)

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

*See the Managing an exam series videos

Managing an exam series

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