What happens during the exam? | Euroexam

What happens during the exam?

Before the exam

You should arrive at the local testing centre at least 20 minutes before the start of the exam and wait in front of your pre-allocated examination room. You will be invited in within 10-15 minutes before the start of the exam. You will need a photo ID (valid international or internal passport). We will check your identity before and during the exam. In the examination room the invigilator will tell you where to sit.

After the invigilator identified you, you will be given bar code stickers with your exam code, which you will have to stick on the answer sheets. You can only bring the following things to your desk (i) photo ID, (ii) pens, (iii) bar codes provided by the invigilator, and (iv) open food, drink and tissues. If you eat and drink, you mustn’t make a noise.

Finally, you will be asked to turn your mobile phone off. It is not sufficient to switch the phone to ‘Silent’ mode as calls can cause interference with the CD player.

During the written exam

Once the invigilator starts giving out the exam papers*, candidates must remain silent. Candidates must not open the question paper until they are told to do so. Instructions and information on the time available are displayed on the front page of the exam paper.

You need to place the bar code sticker on the answer sheets in the place assigned.

You can open the examination paper when the invigilator tells you so. You must transfer your answers onto the answer sheet! There is no extra time allocated for transferring the answers onto the answer sheet. Should you have any questions during the exam, raise your hand to notify the invigilator, but remember that understanding the task is part of the exam itself, therefore the invigilator is not allowed to help you with that.

The time allocated for a test is applicable for the entire test; the individual tasks within the test can be completed in any order. When the time is up, the invigilator tells candidates to stop writing and put their pens down, at which point candidates must stop writing immediately, remain silent and stay in their seats until all papers have been collected. In Listening tests, the instructions on the CD must be followed.

* The invigilator will tell you when and where you can use a dictionary (see also exam timetable below).

During the spoken exam

Make sure you are waiting in front of your pre-allocated examination room at least 5 minutes before the exam. You must remain quiet in the examination areas as the exam is already in progress. Candidates will be called in by name. Make sure you bring a photo ID, your exam bar code, and a dictionary (if you plan on using one). When invited in, take the seat allocated by the invigilator.

Instructions and information on the time available are displayed on the front page of the exam paper that will be given to you by the invigilator.

You need to place the bar code sticker on the speaking test mark sheet in the place assigned and also write your name on it.

You then have 10 minutes to prepare for the speaking task. You can take notes and use a dictionary in the preparation time. At the end of the ten minutes, you and the other candidate will be asked to stop writing and the two of you will be transferred to the speaking test room. You are not allowed to talk to anyone at this point! The interlocutor will greet you and from that moment on, you must follow the interlocutor’s instructions!

Please note that the above is for information only. Local exam centres are allowed to deviate from it if necessary.

 

Exam timetable at A1 level

Exam Part

Time Period

Notes

 

 

Start of the exam

Listening

35'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the last five minutes of the exam while you are copying your answers onto the answer sheet. Opening the dictionary while the CD is playing is not allowed!

Reading + Writing

25' + 20'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted for the whole duration of this part. Timing is just a recommendation.
Last exam part for candidates taking a written exam only.

Break

15'

Announcement of spoken exam schedule.

Speaking

10' in pairs

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the 10-minute preparation time.

 

Exam timetable at A2 level

Exam Part

Time Period

Notes

 

 

Start of the exam

Listening

30'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the last five minutes of the exam while you are copying your answers onto the answer sheet. Opening the dictionary while the CD is playing is not allowed!

Reading + Writing

35' + 30'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted for the whole duration of this part. Timing is just a recommendation.
Last exam part for candidates taking a written exam only.

Break

15'

Announcement of spoken exam schedule.

Speaking

20' in pairs

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the 10-minute preparation time.

  

Exam timetable at B1 level

Exam Part

Time Period

Notes

 

 

Start of the exam

Listening

30'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the last five minutes of the exam while you are copying your answers onto the answer sheet. Opening the dictionary while the CD is playing is not allowed!

Reading + Writing

35' + 50'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted for the whole duration of this part. Timing is just a recommendation.
Last exam part for candidates taking a written exam only.

Break

15'

Announcement of spoken exam schedule.

Speaking

20' in pairs

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the 10-minute preparation time.

  

Exam timetable at B2 level

Exam Part

Time Period

Notes

 

 

Start of the exam

Listening

35'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the last five minutes of the exam while you are copying your answers onto the answer sheet. Opening the dictionary while the CD is playing is not allowed!

Reading + Writing

35' + 50'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted for the whole duration of this part. Timing is just a recommendation.
Last exam part for candidates taking a written exam only.

Break

15'

Announcement of spoken exam schedule.

Speaking

20' in pairs

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the 10-minute preparation time.

  

Exam timetable at C1 level

Exam Part

Time Period

Notes

 

 

Start of the exam

Listening

40'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the last five minutes of the exam while you are copying your answers onto the answer sheet. Opening the dictionary while the CD is playing is not allowed!

Reading + Writing

45' + 60'

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted for the whole duration of this part.
Timing is just a recommendation.
Last exam part for candidates taking a written exam only.

Break

15'

Announcement of spoken exam schedule.

Speaking

20' in pairs

Printed (non-electronic) dictionary permitted in the 10-minute preparation time.