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Instructions Regarding School Examinations

Based on ‘Instructions to Candidates’ for the GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ level Examinations, Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board (SEAB) and is in accordance with TWSS’s Rules and Regulations for Students.

A. General

  • The 24-hr clock is used to show time in the examination timetables. For example, 8.00am is shown as 0800hrs and 2.30pm is shown as 1430hrs.
  • There are usually two sessions of examinations in a day. Students taking papers in the morning (first session) must report to school for assembly and flag-raising ceremony first. For second session examinations, students are to be at the Examination venue at least 15 minutes before the start of the paper.
  • Absentees must submit a medical certificate from doctors listed under the Registry of General Practitioners if they are ill and are not able to sit for the paper. A letter of excuse is not acceptable. A zero will be awarded for papers which are not covered by a medical certificate.

B. Appearance and Attire

Students are expected to display the appropriate decorum to be accorded for any examination. This will include the following:

  • Students are required to be in their school uniforms when sitting for the examinations. They should wear their school uniform properly, i.e. shirts/ blouses tucked in neatly, no wearing of altered uniform.
  • Students should not be wearing T-shirts, slippers and/or sandals unless they have a medical condition that has been reported to their form teachers and if necessary, to Internal Examinations Committee (IEC) Chairperson and/or Vice Chairpersons.
  • Female students with long hair are to tie up their hair neatly. Those who have long fringes should clip up their hair neatly.
  • Male students should have short hair in accordance with our school rules.

C. Before the Start of the Exam

  • Students must be punctual. Latecomers must report to the Invigilator. Students who are late will not be given extra time.
  • All books and notes, files and other materials must be placed neatly at the front of the classroom / side of the Hall before the examination begins.
  • Students should observe silence and be seated according to the examination class seating plan.
  • Students taking ‘N’ and ‘O’ level preliminary examinations are required toplace their NRIC / foreign identification documents / student pass and entry proof on their desks throughout the examination.
  • Students are to ensure that they have their own materials: black or dark blue pens, erasers, 2B pencils, rulers, construction sets, approved calculators or paints necessary for the paper. Any attempt to borrow any items from any other student(s) is disallowed and action will be taken. See section on ‘Malpractice and Dishonesty’.
  • Students must inform the invigilator immediately by raising their hands should they find that:
    • there is a blank page where there should be questions;
    • a wrong question paper has been given;
    • the print is unclear;
    • materials such as periodic tables or maps required by a paper have not been given.
  • Students should not start writing until they are told to do so.
  • Student(s) who require any assistance are to approach the invigilator directly. Any attempt to communicate with other students before, during and at the end of the examination, whilst still in the examination venue, is disallowed and action will be taken. See section on ‘Malpractice and Dishonesty’.
  • Students must ensure that their names, index numbers/register numbers and their classes are written clearly on every sheet of answer paper, map, graph or drawing paper. Chinese students should write their Hanyu Pinyin names in brackets against their dialect names.

 D. During the Examination

  • Students are advised to read the questions carefully. They are also advised that good time management is essential. They should not spend too much time on a few questions and leave no time for others.
  • Students should use pens and not pencils when answering questions unless specifically instructed to do so.
  • Correction fluid or tape must not be used.
  • Students should not be behaving in a manner that would make them liable for suspicion of intent to cheat, such as looking around, staring at another student’s scripts, singing, talking, and learning forward or backward towards other students. See section on ‘Malpractice and Dishonesty’.

E. At the End of Examination

  • As soon as students are told to stop writing, they should do so promptly. Theyshould then tie their scripts together using string(s) provided, in accordance with instructions laid down in the question paper.
  • Students are to remain silent and seated while their papers are being collected.
  • No student is allowed to take any writing paper, used or unused, out of the examination room/hall.
  • No student is allowed to leave the examination room/hall before the end of the period allotted to the paper.

F. Malpractice and Dishonesty

  • Malpractice refers to actions of students, either pre-meditated or otherwise, which goes against the examination rules and regulations and which afford students an advantage in the examination or enable them to sabotage other students’ examination performance.
  • Examples of Malpractice may include:
    • Collusion or attempted collusion with other persons;
    • Copying from other student(s) and/or allowing his/her answers to be copied;
    • Submission of another student’s work as if it were the candidate’s work;
    • Plagiarism;
    • Looking around / staring at another student’s scripts;
    • Singing / mumbling / talking to oneself and/or others;
    • Leaning forward or backward;
    • Possession of books, notes, memoranda or any other reference materials not authorized for use in the examination;
    • Possession of electronic devices (e.g. pocket PC, PDA, MP3/4), communication devices (e.g. pagers, mobile phones) and computerized aids (e.g. computerized wrist-watches) capable of storing and displaying visual and verbal information prohibited in the examination room;
    • Removal from the room any used or unused writing paper.
  • An irregularity report will be filed and follow-up disciplinary actions will be taken in accordance to the school’s demerit point system.
  • One or more of the following may be taken against students who deliberately breach any material provision of these instructions, rules and regulations of examinations:
    • Expelled from the examination room/hall and prohibited from continuing the paper in question,
    • Have the examination paper cancelled (i.e. awarded a zero for the paper in question); and/or
    • Refused entry for subsequent papers and be awarded a zero.
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