International Exams Officer Training

Join us in Dubai on 14 & 15 November 2021 for our annual International Exams Officer training event. We will be focussing upon exam changes for the 2021/2022 academic year and good practice, hints and tips to help you manage and administer examinations in your centre, with particular attention paid to key tasks which need to be undertaken by exams officers from November to February.

All delegates attending the exams officer training on 14 & 15 November, and up to 4 of their invigilators, will also have exclusive, free access to a half-day invigilator training session held on 11 November 2021.

Delegates will also receive a free membership to The Exams Office until July 2022 (including full access to the website and Online Portal), and a free copy of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations booklet.



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The Exams Office (in conjunction with Pearson/Edexcel) stage an annual training session for International exams officers. In November 2021, these sessions will be held in Dubai at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.




The Exams Office will be hosting exams training for overseas centres on 14 & 15 November 2021…with access to free invigilator training for all delegates – and up to 4 of their invigilators – taking place on 11 November. See below for further details.


Dates: 14 & 15 November (9.00am – 4.00/4.15pm)

14 November – Exam changes 2021/2022

15 November – Key exams-related tasks from November to February


Date: 11 November (10.00am – 2.00/2.15pm) – Invigilator training


Location: Dubai

Venue: Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Building 14, Dubai Healthcare City
P.O Box 505055, Dubai UAE

Cost: £595 per delegate – additional delegates are charged at £295 per delegate – for attendance at all 3 events listed above

Please note: Delegates have access to all events – Exam changes 2021/2022, Key exams-related tasks from November to February and the Invigilator Training (non-attendance at any event does not acquire a reduced delegate rate)

The delegate rate includes:

  • Access to The Exams Office website to 30 July 2022 (from the point of payment of invoice)
  • Attendance for up to 4 invigilators/exams office staff (this number may be increased depending on capacity) at the half-day invigilator training session taking place at MBRU on 11 November
  • This training/support, if purchased separately, would cost over £850


All delegates will receive a free copy of the 2021/2022 JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations booklet




Day 1 (14 November) – Registration from 8.15am

Session starts at 9.00am and ends at 4.00/4.15pm

Morning session

Understanding AQA, Pearson and Cambridge exam changes for the 2021/2022 academic year

A comprehensive review of the exam changes relating to AQA, Pearson and Cambridge qualifications for the new academic year. Our team of exams experts will help delegates interpret the changes and the impact upon their centre.

Delegates will also have an opportunity to discuss the changes with fellow delegates and consider how to implement these within their centre.

Key changes in the following publications will be addressed:

  • General Regulations for Approved Centres
  • Instructions for conducting examinations
  • Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (areas relevant to exams officers)
  • Suspected Malpractice Policies and Procedures
  • A guide to the special consideration process
  • Instructions for conducting non-examination assessments
  • Information for candidates – written exams, non-examination assessments, coursework, on-screen tests, Privacy Notice and Social Media


Afternoon session

Stakeholder update for the 2021/2022 academic year

An update will be provided from key stakeholders (DfE, Ofqual and the awarding bodies) relating to examinations taking place during the 2021/2022 academic year.

Understanding Cambridge Assessment International Education exam changes for the 2020/2021 academic year

A guide to the key regulation changes relating to Cambridge Assessment International Education (previously Cambridge International Examinations) examinations.

The Exams Office support for exams officers

A guide to the latest information and resources available on The Exams Office website.


Day 2 (15 November) – Registration from 8.15am

Session starts at 9.00am and ends at 4.00/4.15pm

This training event has been designed to supported both those exams officers who are new to the exams officer role, and experienced exams officers who want a ‘refresher’ course, or a guide to the key exams-related tasks which must be undertaken from November to February.

The areas covered will include (this is an indicative list):

  • Key deadlines
  • Exam policies
  • Storing confidential exam materials
  • Centre inspections
  • Contingency planning
  • Briefing candidates and staff
  • The role of the Senior Leadership Team/Head of centre
  • Access arrangements – the role of an exams officer
  • Managing the exam entries process
  • Managing your invigilation team
  • Preparing candidates for exam days


Invigilator training (11 November) – Registration from 9.15am

Session starts at 10.00am and ends at 2.00/2.15pm

A training session for those invigilating or training invigilators for Pearson and AQA examinations during the 2021/2022 academic year.

Each centre can send up to 4 delegates (numbers may be increased based upon capacity).

The following areas will be covered:

  • The qualities required to invigilate
  • The role of an invigilator
  • Preparing for the examination
  • At the beginning of the examination
  • During the examination
  • Dealing with irregularities
  • At the end of, and after, the examination
  • Instructions for conducting on-screen tests
  • Exam regulation changes for 2021/2022
  • Access arrangements (for invigilators supervising candidates and facilitators supporting candidates)