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Online Assessment Checklist: A rundown of everything you need to know for your Big Day

Although the world seems to be resuming its action, we have a feeling that online education is here to stay. Over the last year, lessons, exams, extracurricular activities found a new space of existence, which is online. And as it seems, the option of doing everything through a screen works well, for most of its parts.

So, let’s have a look at online assessments, shall we?

While online assessments take place over the internet, learners need a space to take their exam in. Most of the time this can be within their own rooms. We suggest you find a plain wall/background to stand in front of, and tidy up your space in order to avoid destructions.

Learners under the age of 16 will need to have a chaperone during their exam. Chaperones are expected to help the learner set up their space and devices so they are ready for the exam. They will also need to be on hand during the exam to troubleshoot if there are any technical issues, and also look after the online safety of the learner.

Online assessments take place mainly over Zoom, or other online platforms. To use this, learners need a device with internet access. This can be a tablet, desktop computer, laptop or mobile phone, although phones are the most unstable ones so make sure it’s set up nice and steady. They won’t need to download anything. They can just click the link that the examiner organisation provides to access to the meeting where the exam will take place.

They will also need: a webcam, microphone, earphones (or headphones, although we recommend against it as we have found that earphones allow the learner to be better engaged during their exam), their exam materials and a good internet connection.

Be aware that every organisation has their one online safety agreement that sets out a list of rules that will help keep learners safe online. This agreement must be signed by parents or guardians when the learner is under the age of 16, or by the learners themselves if they are 16 or over.

Digital Examinations sit alongside face-to-face exams, providing even more choice and flexibility in how a regulated graded qualification can be achieved. Comprehensive online resources provide support to candidates and teachers throughout their digital exam journey, so there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Just get ready for you Bid Day, and have fun!

Marlen Vasilopoulou, Director of Music

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