What should I do if a candidate arrives late for an examination?
If a candidate arrives before the Key Time for an examination they can be allowed to enter the examination room if the Centre is willing to let them to sit the examination. Schools do not need to notify Cambridge.
If a candidate arrives after the Key Time but before the end of the examination they are allowed to enter the room and sit the examination. Schools must warn the candidate that Cambridge may not accept their script. Schools do need to tell Cambridge if this happens.
The school, at its discretion, may allow the full time for the examination for a candidate who arrives after the scheduled start time.
What should I do if a candidate arrives late for a period of Full Centre Supervision?
If a candidate arrives late for a period of required Full Centre Supervision before an examination, but after the Key Time for the examination, then the candidate can only be permitted to enter Full Centre Supervision if they do not have any contact or communication with any other candidates already under Full Centre Supervision.
What should I do if a candidate arrives after the examinations has finished?
A candidate who arrives after the other candidates have been released from the examination room must be dealt with as absent and schools should not allow them to take the examination. The school must tell the candidate that Cambridge may issue a ‘No Result’ in the subject in question.
How do I notify Cambridge of a late arrival?
Schools should notify Cambridge of a late arrival using an Exam day – Form 3 which is available from The Exams Officers section of our public website.
How will I be notified of the outcome/decision regarding a late arrival case?
Cambridge will send a conclusion letter once the case has been reviewed giving the school details of any penalties that may have been applied.
Can I appeal against a decision?
The school/candidate can appeal against a decision that has been made regarding a case of a late arrival. The school must support any appeal made by a candidate and new evidence or mitigating circumstance must be submitted with the appeal.