Guidance for conducting exams in your school or college, including how to arrange for invigilation and what to do if you suspect malpractice.

Exams information from all the awarding bodies is published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).


Prepare for exams season with our video and accompanying PowerPoint slides on planning and conducting exams, including invigilation and what to do if the unexpected happens.

Video ¦ Slides


JCQ has set common regulations for schools and colleges that enter students for general qualifications. These regulations:

  • are re-issued each academic year
  • set out the key administrative requirements
  • reference the national agreements on the conduct of exams and special arrangements for individuals with particular requirements.

Supplementary regulations exist for overseas centres and for private candidates.

Conducting exams

Instructions for conducting exams within your school or college is available on the JCQ website.

JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations

Malpractice and irregularities

Read our malpractice page for more information on making an allegation and whistleblowing. You can also find shared information and guidance on malpractice and irregularities on the JCQ website.

JCQ Malpractice

Centre inspection

We administer the JCQ Centre Inspection Service which inspects schools and colleges in England and Scotland offering GCSE, A-level, ELC, Basic Skills, Key Skills, Functional Skills and Diploma Principal Learning exams and assessments on behalf of the JCQ awarding organisations.

Apply using the alternative site form available from the JCQ Centre Admin Portal, which you can access through e-AQA.

Becoming an inspector

Are you an ex-exams officer interested in becoming a JCQ Inspector? Please read the job description and person specification. If you meet the criteria contact us on 01483 556271 for further information and an application form.

JCQ Inspector - job description and person specification


You can find details about invigilation arrangements in schools and colleges in JCQ's Instructions for conducting examinations.

Standing Joint Committee

Each awarding organisation has an independent Standing Joint Committee. They provide a formal feedback mechanism for teachers to share comments and concerns about exam papers and exam administration.

Read more about the Standing Joint Committee for AQA