Rules for the Conduct of Exams

Materials to be supplied by candidates

Candidates shall provide their own writing instruments at an examination and may provide for their own use calculators of a non-programmable nature, calculators cannot be mains operated or have any printout facilities they must be portable, silent, self-powered and fit on a standard examination table and must be used for numerical calculations only. The use of rulers and log tables is permitted; candidates should use either black or blue ink for written scripts and use other inks for underlining only.

Materials Not Normally Permitted in an Examination

Unless advised to the contrary for a particular examination, candidates shall not retain about their person, the following materials or items in the examination room:

  • writing, blotting, or other paper;
  • textbooks and other reference material;
  • electronic devices including diaries, organisers, dictionaries, laptop or palmtop computers;
  • mobile telephones or other communication devices.

Unauthorised Examination Materials

All materials taken into an examination room may be subject to checking as follows:

  • a check for unauthorized material may commence when students enter the examination room;
  • once students are seated, the principal invigilator will advise students that their examination 
materials may be checked and will ask them to check that they have not brought into the examination room any unauthorised material and that if they have, to raise their hand so that it can be collected from them

Means of Identification

Candidates shall bring with them to the examination room a form of picture identification (passport or driving license). Students shall produce or keep displayed their ID in accordance with any direction given by notice displayed in the examination room, by direction of an examination book, or by the Presiding Invigilator.

Bags and Personal Effects

Candidates may take into the examination room a small handbag, a wallet or purse which must be placed on the floor next to the candidate’s desk. Briefcases, shopping bags and other property or personal effects must not be taken into the examination room but may be left, at the owner’s risk, in an area set aside for such items.

Reading Time

All written examinations will be preceded by 10 minutes reading time. Regulations governing the conduct of candidates come into force at the start of reading time. Candidates must not commence writing their answers during the period of reading time and will be authorised by the Examination Invigilator to commence at the end of reading time.

Late Admission to the Examination Room

Candidates may be admitted late to an examination room. Such candidates will not be given an extension of time to complete the examination. Only in exceptional circumstances will candidates be admitted more than 30 minutes after the start of an examination and their names shall be reported to the Institute.

Communication in the Examination Room

Candidates shall not have any communication whatsoever with other candidates from the time of commencement of the exam until leaving the examination room. Candidates wishing to communicate with an invigilator shall do so by raising their hand and waiting for attention.

Instructions to Candidates

Candidates shall observe all instructions issued by an invigilator and all instructions printed on the examination paper, answer booklets or answer sheets.

No Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in an examination room.

Departure from the Examination Room

Candidates shall not leave an examination room within the first 30 minutes of the examination. Likewise, candidates shall not leave an examination room during the last 15 minutes of the examination.

Removal of Material from the Examination Room

Candidates shall not remove from an examination room any writing paper or other issued material during a temporary absence from the examination room, nor at the conclusion of the examination. An exception to this is examination question papers which may be removed by candidates at the end of an examination.

Conclusion of the Examination

The Presiding Invigilator shall indicate when 30 minutes of examination time remains. On the announcement, “stop writing”, candidates will stop writing immediately and remain seated until the answer booklets and papers have been collected by an invigilator.

Disruption/Disturbances in the Examination Room

If, in the opinion of the Presiding Invigilator, a candidate’s behaviour is such as to disturb or distract any other candidate, the Presiding Invigilator may require the offending candidate to leave the examination room and will report the circumstances in writing to the institute as soon as possible.