Appendix 2: Your test environment

Appendix 2: Your test environment

It is your choice as to where you choose to sit the test. It must be a private location where you will be free from disruption. The room should be well lit and have walls and a closed door. Other people cannot be present while you are testing. The only exception to this is if you are under 18 you will need a legal guardian with you for the authorisation process at the beginning.

Please ensure the following:

  • No one else can be in the room at the time you are taking the test.
  • Your location and deskspace is clear of any items including any notes and books.
  • This includes any personal items.
  • Please ensure you do not have any unauthorised material inside the test room for example math formulas and/or vocabulary words visible. This also includes any personal information on the wall behind you.
  • You must only have your blank rough paper and wood pencil on your desk.
  • Your location and deskspace will be checked by the Proctor at the beginning of the test and during the test if required. This check is compulsory and may take a few minutes before your test starts. The Proctor will ask you to move your camera/laptop to provide a 360-degree view of your testing space.

You will not be able to access any personal items during the test. This includes the following:

  • Watches including smart watches – there is a countdown timer on the screen
  • Headphones/Earphones/AirPods
  • Electronic devices including calculators and mobile phones/tablets
  • Dictionaries
  • Food (unless authorised for a medical reasoning e.g. diabetes)
  • Hats, scarfs
  • Handbags, purses, or wallets

Permitted exceptions are:

  • Religious apparel– please be aware you maybe asked to show your ears to prove that you are not wearing any earphones
  • Headwear worn for medical reasons
  • Medication
  • Water in a clear plastic bottle with label removed
  • Tissues