1. Before you book

All you need to know before you book a remote session exam - including system tests and equipment checks

To run a remote session exam successfully you'll need to meet certain requirements, which are explained on this page. Please make sure you understand these requirements, and complete any system checks and tests to ensure you can meet them, before you book.

1. Check availability

Remote session exams are only available to students in selected locations.  Please visit our exam availability and booking page for information on whether these exams are available in your location.

2. Check your equipment and internet connection

The video "Remote session exams - your required setup" details the internet connectivity and computer equipment you'll need in order to run a remote session exam successfully. You should watch the video, and then complete the equipment and technical checks below.

Successfully carrying out these system checks will greatly reduce the risk of you experiencing a technical disruption on exam day.


Video: remote session exams - your required setup

Pre-booking equipment and technical checks

You need to ensure you meet the minimum technical requirements to run the exam the successfully.

Check the minimum technical specifications

If you can confirm your device and connectivity can meet these requirements you must then complete a system check.

This check is carried out via our testing partner and will confirm your internet speed, webcam and microphone performance.  It’s important to complete these tests on the same network and computer you will use on exam day, in the same location. 

If your computer or internet access has any upgrades after you run the system test, and before your exam, it's important that you re-run this test before exam day. 

Complete the system test

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.

If you can't meet these pre-booking entry requirements you should not enter for the exam as the exam won't run successfully.

3. Make sure you understand the exam rules, including room and desk setup

In order for remote exams to be taken as securely and rigorously as our centre-based exams, there are some room and desk setup requirements which students need to adhere to. These include:

  • Taking your exam in a private and quiet room for the full duration of the exam.
  • No scrap paper for notes or secondary monitors are permitted to be used.

We have created a useful visual guide to help you meet the room and setup requirements 

View our guide on how to setup your desk and room

Additionally, before entering for your exam you're advised that:

  • You are only permitted one 5 minute bathroom break from when you start the check-in process until the conclusion of the exam.
  • 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.

View the full rules and regulations for remote exams or watch our video below for more information.

Video: Remote session exam rules and regulations

Any questions? 

If you still have any questions prior to booking please visit our frequently asked questions

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