View related sites
Cambridge Assessment English
Why choose us?
Exams and tests
You are here:
Here are some tips so you know what to expect on the day of the exam. These tips are for your written, paper-based exams (not including the Speaking test or Cambridge English: Young Learners exams).
Register for our Online Results Service using your Candidate ID and Secret Number from your Confirmation of Entry.
Check the date, time and address of your exam. Your centre will send you this information. If you have any questions, contact your centre before the exam day.
Remember to check how long it will take you to travel to the exam.
Get to the exam centre at the right time. Your centre will tell you when you need to arrive. They will ask you to arrive before the start time of the exam, so that they can perform ID/security checks and explain what you should do on the exam day.
The centre may take your photo for identification before the exam.
You cannot bring your phone or anything else electronic inside the exam room. Your centre should have told you whether they will be able to store your phone securely - if they can't you should consider leaving your electronic items at home. If you have any questions, contact your centre before the exam day.
Bring your identification (ID), for example a passport or national ID card. It must be an original (not a copy) with a photo of you.
Bring pens and pencils with erasers. Your centre will give you extra pens and pencils if you need them.
Do not bring food or drink to your desk in the exam room (apart from a bottle of water).
You cannot bring your bag to your desk. You cannot bring your mobile phone or anything else electronic inside the exam room. Your centre will tell you what to do with these belongings.
Your centre will tell you where to put your bags, etc. There will be a clock in the exam room. Take your ID out of your bag and put it on your desk.
Listen carefully to the instructions which the invigilator will read out, and make sure you follow them. If you have any questions, need help or want to leave the room, raise your hand to ask for help.
Do not talk to other people, or try to see what they are writing during the exam.
If you are doing a Listening test, check that you can hear the test properly. Raise your hand immediately if you cannot hear the recording.
Stop writing immediately when the invigilator tells you to do so.
Give all papers to the invigilator, including question papers, answer sheets, paper for notes, etc.
Stay in your seat until the invigilator tells you to leave the room.
If you have any questions or problems, tell the invigilator immediately.
Remember, you will not be able to use your phone and other electronic items in the breaks.
If you have registered for our Online Results Service we will email you as soon as your results are released.
Using the profile you created, log in to the Online Results Service and check your results.
Good luck with your exam!
Would you like to print these tips?
Download Cambridge English paper-based exam day tips