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Cambridge English Language Assessment
Why Cambridge English?
Cambridge English has a responsibility to candidates, test centres and other stakeholders to ensure the integrity of our examinations by putting in place robust measures to identify and deal with instances of candidate or test centre malpractice.
The Cambridge English Language Assessment Malpractice Procedure deals with cases of suspected irregular conduct.
Irregular conduct is any action which gives or aims to give unfair advantage to a candidate or causes disadvantage to other candidates. The Notice to Candidates, which is displayed outside all examination rooms, warns candidates of the consequences of such actions.
Cambridge English has rigorous procedures in place to detect instances of malpractice.
Malpractice Panel meeting
Cambridge English has a dedicated Malpractice Panel which looks at cases, taking into account a statement by the candidate and any other additional information. After carefully considering the case, the Panel may be asked to help us to decide whether the candidate's result should be released or permanently withheld. The centre is then asked to inform the candidate.
If it is decided that a candidate's results can be released, the original results will be issued, unchanged. If it is decided that the results should be permanently withheld, the candidate will not receive a result.
This procedure is designed to ensure that all decisions are consistent, fair and based on the fullest information available. We aim to complete the investigation of suspected malpractice cases within 12 weeks of the test date.
There is an appeals procedure for candidates who wish to appeal against a decision to withhold their result. Information about the appeals procedure can be found on the enquiries and appeals page, or obtained from their test centre.
If you would like information or advice, please first contact the centre where you registered to take the test.
For information or advice about Special Circumstances please contact the Cambridge English Helpdesk team.