The Covid-19 pandemic led us to fast-track existing plans to move exams to digital format and the November 2020 session was the first held online.
Yes. We do not anticipate that we will set hand-written examinations in physical centres again.
No, unfortunately we are unable to offer this option as we will no longer be booking physical centres and invigilation teams.
You can sit the examination anywhere which offers the right conditions, which is mainly a room by yourself, with a computer and WiFi connection. Your exam has a set start and end time and you need to log into a portal to complete the exam under set conditions. Your whole examination is observed by an invigilator remotely, using cameras and the technology included in the online examination platform.
Many students find this way of taking exams more convenient than going to a centre, and many value the opportunity to type answers. In terms of academic challenge, the examination paper is exactly the same format as before. The procedure and checks in place for the online examination mean the examination remains a timed, closed-book exam with invigilation in place.
An invigilator will be able to see what is happening on your computer screen and will also be observing you via webcam (face-on view) and a second camera using your phone or tablet (side-view). There is a chat function with the invigilator so they can step in if they notice anything going wrong, and so you can alert them to any problems.
You will need a computer which you can type on, with internet connection, webcam and a microphone. If you have a laptop, then webcam and microphone are probably already built in. If you are using a PC you may need to attach these. You will not be able to use a tablet or phone to complete your examination because you need to have a keyboard to type.
To aid exam security, we also require you to have another camera in the room, positioned to the side of your desk. For this, you will need to have a smart-phone or tablet device with camera and WiFi connection.
We are using an online platform specially designed for computer-based assessment, combined with live remote invigilation services. This means that your computer and webcam are accessed by the system and a live invigilator is checking on you to ensure that this remains a closed book exam with no collusion or cheating. You are also required to verify your identity by showing photo ID in the exam set-up time.
Go to our website, www.cgi.org.uk and click ‘Sign in’ in the top right corner. Enter your student login details to access MyCG. In the menu on the right-hand side of the screen, under ‘Examinations’ choose ‘Examination timetable and key dates’. Under ‘Guidance’ choose ‘Online exam instructions’.