Remote session exam

Remote session exams

Due to Covid-19 restrictions it may not be possible to offer centre-based exams in all some locations. For full information on how centre-based exams may be impacted in your location visit our exam availability page.

If you are unable to take your exam at an exam centre, you may be able to take your exam remotely. Remote session CBEs wil be available to students who: 

  • Cannot take their exam at one of our exam centres.
  • Have the necessary equipment which meet the minimum technical requirements to take the exam successfully. Work laptops or computers are not advised as these generally have more restrictions that may prevent successful delivery. 
  • have access to a quiet and private location on exam day.
  • have a strong and stable internet connection on exam day.

Before you book a remote session exam

Equipment and Technical checks

You must complete a system check. This check is carried out via our testing partner and will confirm your internet speed, webcam and microphone performance. To complete the system check you need to use the computer/laptop and location where you'll be on your exam day.

Complete the system test

You will also need to ensure you meet the minimum technical specification - please note that passing the system test does not necessarily mean that you fulfill the minimum technical specification.  It is therefore important to complete both checks and confirm you successfully meet both criteria.

Check the minimum technical specifications

It's important to know that...

There are some aspects of the exam which are different from centre-based exams. You will be required to agree to these when signing the Terms and Conditions before booking your exam, but please be aware of the following:

  • You are only permitted one 5 minute bathroom break from when you start the check-in process until the conclusion of the exam.
  • There are some restrictions to what is allowed on your desk, including no access to scrap paper or additional monitors. View what you are allowed on your desk
  • You will be filmed throughout the exam and these and other data will be shared with 3rd parties for the sole purposes of running the exam and for other related post-exam activities.

How to book a remote session exam

Booking your exam

You will be contacted by email if remote exams become are available in your location. You should then follow our step-by-step guide on how to book your exam through Exam Planner.  

On exam day

You'll launch your exam through Exam Planner. Read our guide to familiarise yourself with the steps you'll need to take.

Access our guide on how to launch your remote session CBE

For more information please visit our Getting ready for remote exam day page and remote session CBE frequently asked questions