International Exams Officer Training

Join us in Dubai on 8 November 2020 for our annual International exams officer training session. We will be focussing upon exam changes for the 2020/2021 academic year and good practice, hints and tips to help you manage and administer examinations in your centre.

All delegates, and up to 8 of their invigilators, will also have exclusive, free access to an invigilator training session held on 9 November 2020.

Delegates also receive a free membership to The Exams Office website until July 2021, and a free copy of the JCQ’s Instructions for conducting examinations booklet.


Health & Safety


Our international exams officer and invigilator training events are proceeding as planned on 8 & 9 November 2020. We would like to thank colleagues at MBRU for their hard work in ensuring that they can accommodate our delegates.

We appreciate that as a result of the current uncertainty, some delegates may be anxious about committing to attending this event. To alleviate this, MBRU are following Ministry of Health and Dubai Tourism Covid-19 directives including strict social distancing at all times. The Exams Office will also provide face coverings for all delegates.

An additional measure is the reduction of the capacity at each event to a maximum of 56 delegates.

If you have any question, please email

If the training event taking place on 8 November is cancelled, delegates will receive a full refund.


In association with


The Exams Office (in conjunction with Pearson/Edexcel) stage an annual training session for International exams officers. In November 2020, this session 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 8 November 2020…with access to free invigilator training for all delegates – and invigilators from Dubai-based attendees/centres – taking place on 9 November. See below for further details.


Dates: 8 & 9 November

Day 1 – Exams officer training

(9.00am – 4.00pm)

Day 2 – Invigilator training

(9.00am – 12noon session repeated at 1.00pm – 4.00pm)

Location: Dubai

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

Cost: £495 per delegate – additional delegates are charged at £200 per delegate

This includes:

  • Access to The Exams Office website to 30 July 2021 (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 9 November


All delegates will receive a free copy of the 2020/2021 JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations booklet




Day 1 – capacity limited to 45 delegates

Morning – 9.00am to 12noon (registration from 8.30am)

Understanding Pearson and AQA exam changes for the 2020/2021 academic year

A comprehensive review of the exam changes relating to AQA and Pearson 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 – 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Stakeholder update for the 2020/2021 academic year

An update will be provided from key stakeholders (DfE, Ofqual and the awarding bodies) relating to examinations taking place during the 2020/2021 academic year.


The Exams Office support for exams officers

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

There will be an explanation of all, and a demonstration of some, of the following tools on The Exams Office’s Online Portal:

  • Invigilator Training and Assessment Module
  • New Exams Officer Training and Assessment Module
  • Senior Leader/Line Manager Training and Assessment Module
  • Exams Officer Digital Accreditation
  • Exams Timetable Tool
  • Key Dates Calendar Tool
  • Policy Generator Tool
  • Provisional Exams Timetable Tool
  • Online Handbook
  • Training Videos


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

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

or for those not engaging in Cambridge qualifications…

Exams officer key tasks, role and responsibilities

A brief guide to the key tasks which exams officers must undertake ahead of the summer exam series.


Day 2 (session repeated – capacity limited to 56 delegates per session)

  • Morning session – 9.00am to 12noon (registration from 8.30am)


  • Afternoon session – 1.00pm to 4.00pm (registration from 12.30pm)

Invigilator training

A training session for those invigilating or training invigilators for Pearson and AQA examinations during the 2020/2021 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 2020/2021
  • Access arrangements (for invigilators supervising candidates and facilitators supporting candidates)