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Examination Guidelines For Learners


1.         Learners must be silent when walking into the exam venue.

2.         Learners must be seated and silent before question papers and answer sheets are distributed.

3.         Candidates of the same grade must not be seated in adjacent rows.

4.         Learners must carry the necessary stationary required in a clear plastic sleeve. No pencil cases allowed.

5.         No calculator covers allowed.

6.         No eating or drinking allowed.

7.         Once question papers and answer sheets are distributed there should be no communication or movement.

8.         There should be no borrowing of calculators, rulers, erasers etc.

9.         Learners are not permitted to leave the exam venue during the exam session. In this regard learners are reminded to go and relieve themselves before they enter the exam venue.

10.       Learners must sign the attendance register in the presence of the invigilator.

11.       If a learner is absent for an exam, a Doctor’s Note must be produced on the day the learner returns to school. Failure to produce a Doctor’s note will result in the learner receiving a zero for the assessment.

12.       Learners are not allowed to have their bags next to them during the exam sessions.

13.       Cell phone searches will take place daily during exam sessions.

14.       Learners must follow all instructions given by the invigilators. Refusal to follow instructions is a serious offence and will be reported to The School Assessment Committee.

15.       If learners have concerns, they must raise their hands and wait for the invigilator to attend to them.

16.       Learners must wear their name badges at all times during the exam sessions.

17.       Learners are not allowed to enter an exam venue if the inigilator is not present.

18.       The Media centre and Blue Foyer will be out of bounds for the duration of the Examinations.

19.       Learner’s must study independently and silently during study sessions.

20.       Learners writing on lower campus must exit through lower campus gate after the exam sessions. Learners writing on upper campus must exit through front gate after the exam sessions.


Academic Dishonesty

Honesty and integrity are two of the most important values of Northwood School. Teachers and Learners share the responsibility for maintaining and preserving the high standards of excellence at Northwood. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable behaviour morally, ethically and legally and it cannot be justified or tolerated.

The following are examples of Academic Dishonesty

1.         Looking at another learners exam during an exam period


2.            Copying from another learner’s exam paper.


3.            Using signals to obtain answers from others


4.            Stealing or arranging for the theft of an exam paper.


5.            Knowingly reviewing an unauthorized copy of an exam


6.            Using notes or textbooks during an exam when prohibited.


7.            Possessing crib notes at the location and during the time of the exam.


8.            Feigning illness or telling lies to avoid taking an exam at the scheduled time.


9.            Claiming falsely that you took an exam at the scheduled time.


10.          Storing, receiving, and/or accessing course subject matter in a calculator, cellular phone or other electronic devices.


11.          Using learning aids not allowed by the invigilator.


12.          Attempting to influence a teacher’s mark allocation after an exam.


13.          Using bribery or threats to obtain undeserved marks.


14.          Changing an answer on a marked exam and claiming the learner response to the question was incorrectly marked wrong.


15.          Allowing another learner to copy from your test paper.


16.          Talking with another learner during the exam without the invigilator consent.


17.          Moving around the exam venue without the invigilators consent.


18.          Refusing to follow the instructions of the invigilator.


19.          Eating in the exam venue without the consent of the invigilator.


20.          Possession of cell phones in an exam venue

The invigilator will not answer any queries regarding the exam paper. If a learner has a query,

               he should make a note of it next to the question number in his answer sheet.  

If a learner is guilty of any of the above, it would be viewed as irregular behaviour and an attempt to cheat. The incident will be reported to Mr Govender who will investigate and apply the necessary regulations. Learners found guilty of cheating can have their marks lowered; be given a fail mark in the subject; be given a zero for the paper together with other sanctions.

NL Govender                                                                                     P McAvoy