This section provides guidance on the Cambridge Technicals (2016 suite) examined assessments, which take place on timetabled OCR-set dates (see exam timetables).
It should be read in conjunction with the centre handbooks and the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations.
See the entry rules page for details about entry and resit arrangements.
Once you have made your test unit entries, we will send you question papers as well as return address labels and envelopes approximately ten days before the first examination. NB For Performing Arts Units 1, 3 and 33, you will just receive labels and envelopes as pre-release materials are used instead of question papers.
Please check the quantities on the packing note against your entries. If there are any discrepancies, please email us.
You will receive a small number of extra question papers, which can be used for any additional candidates.
Once checked, please make sure your examination papers are stored in your safe.
You must not open the sealed question paper packets until the day of the exam and as per JCQ Instructions.
Centres must ensure candidates have or are provided with any equipment required to take the test, as well as for taking all reasonable steps to prevent candidates from having access to any unauthorised equipment or resources.
Candidates should only have access to items specified on the front page of the test paper, and must not have access to anything that could compromise the integrity of the test.
Candidates must be prepared and examinations must be conducted according to the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations.
Invigilators must know what equipment is permitted in each examination and that candidates take into the examination room only that which is allowed.
Centres must verify the identity of candidates taking the examination and must be satisfied the candidate taking the examination is the one whose name will be submitted to OCR.
Unless you have any candidates without entries (see below), you must submit the Cambridge Technicals attendance list online via Interchange on the same day you return the completed question papers (scripts).
Please print a copy of the attendance list to include with the completed question papers:
If you have any candidates without entries, do not complete the attendance list. In this case:
It’s really important every candidate has an entry (and therefore appears on the online attendance list) before you edit and submit the attendance list as this is how we process marks and issue your candidates’ results.
Pack your completed question papers or scripts in the same order as the attendance list and seal them securely in the envelopes provided.
Do not overfill the envelopes – each should contain a maximum of 20 scripts. Using the labels provided, attach one label per packet, making sure the qualification details match the scripts enclosed.
Scripts for different exams must not be despatched in the same envelope, even if the address on the label is the same.
Cambridge Technicals is part of the DfE yellow label service. For yellow label packets, fill in a despatch log sheet with one line for each packet you're sending. DfE's despatch of exam scripts page has a blank despatch log. Make sure the Parcelforce driver signs a printed copy of the despatch log to confirm collection of the number of packets listed and the date and time of the collection.
For all other packets, we recommend you keep a receipt as proof of posting or keep a record of the address you send the work to and the date of despatch including any tracking references.
Responsibility for the candidates’ work remains with the centre until it is received by the examiner.