During your exams

Taking exams can be a daunting experience so here's some information on what to expect when you enter the exam hall.

Students chatting at locker


Invigilators supervise the exam and make sure the rules are followed. Follow any instructions given by the invigilator and ask them for help if you feel unwell or upset.


If your school/college allocates a specific desk for exams, make sure you know what desk number is yours.

Arriving late

For your own peace of mind, arrive 10 minutes before the exam. If you're late, the teacher/lecturer in charge will tell you if you can sit the exam.

In the exam room

During the exam, you're only allowed to take items needed for the exam to your allocated seat. You're not allowed:

If you want to use your own dictionary for any Modern Languages exam, make sure you get it checked first: your teacher or lecturer will be able to tell you how.


Question papers and answer booklets

Check that you have the correct exam question paper and let the invigilator know if you don't. Read the instructions on the front of each question paper and follow them carefully.

If you need extra paper, ask the Invigilator and remember to put your name, Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) and school/college name on each sheet before putting it inside your answer booklet.

Writing your answers

Write neatly with black or blue ink. Do not use gel pens - these can sometimes cause your answers to fade. If using unlined answer books, leave a centimetre of space between lines, to make sure markers can read your writing.

Do not use text language, or any abusive, offensive or discriminatory language or images in your answers.

Rough work

Remember to cross out all unwanted answers and rough work before you hand in your answer booklet.

Leaving the exam room

If you've answered as much as you can, the invigilator can let you leave early, depending on the length of the exam. Hand in your answer booklet and question paper (and their contents) to the invigilator before you leave or you could lose all the marks.


If you can't sit the exam for any valid reason, tell your teacher/lecturer. If you feel ill or upset during the exam, tell the invigilator.