This guidance relates to the following qualifications:
For Languages listening tests, centres should refer to the JCQ Instructions for conducting MFL Listening exams; dictionaries are not permitted in any Languages listening test.
We strongly advise holding listening tests in a room which is suitable for no more than 30 candidates:
CDs may be retained after the exam, please contact the Assessment Production Team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to reuse the CD.
Centres will be supplied with a CD in audio and MP3 format.
These CDs must be spot-checked for recording and sound quality upon receipt.
In order to check the acoustics, one of the CDs (GCSE) should be spot-checked in the exam room in accordance with the instructions supplied with the CDs.
The CDs must not be listened to in full and must not be removed from the centre for checking.
If equipment fails during the exam, please contact us to make alternative arrangements for the conduct of the recorded listening test.
The CD(s) must be spot-checked for recording and sound quality two working days before the date of the exam, preferably in the exam room using the playback equipment that will be used for the tests.
For AS and A Level, a single selected CD should be fully checked using the same equipment to be used by candidates if possible.
CDs must not be removed from the centre for checking.
After each check, Language and Music recordings must be returned to your centre’s confidential exam materials store.
In AS and A Level specifications, the listening CD is operated by individual candidates (personal playback machines used must have a fast-rewind facility). However, where recordings are controlled by the invigilator, the CD must not be stopped except in the case of a serious emergency.
Noise from outside the exam room does not constitute a serious emergency and the recording must not be stopped. Please warn candidates of this before the test begins.
In the event of the CD being stopped in a serious emergency, it should be restarted at exactly the same place.
A statement from the invigilator indicating at which point on the recording the interruption took place, the nature of the incident and the length of the interruption, should be included with the candidates’ scripts.
If there is good reason to doubt whether certain items have been heard by all candidates, these items should be identified in the report and the reason for doubt given.