How to Become an Exam Invigilator


What is an exam invigilator?

An exam invigilator is there to supervise the students during their exams and ensure exam regulations are met. There are a few main tasks you will be expected to complete in the role:

  • Monitor that there is no speaking by students during the exam
  • Ensure there is no cheating
  • Provide students with the necessary equipment to complete the exam – e.g. paper, stationery
  • Distribute and collect exam papers
  • Support any students that may be unwell during the exam
  • Start and finish the exams  

Would I suit the role?

You require no previous experience to become an exam invigilator, as all training is provided. An exam invigilator is only required during exam periods which is usually January, May and June, however, exams can fall outside this time too. 

Generally, you will be required for around 3 hours at a time. The role would be a great stepping stone for someone looking to move into the education sector. It would also suit a student who may have some spare time whilst at university, or a mum or dad with a bit of time to spare during work hours.

Whilst the job takes very little physical effort, it does require someone that is switched on and alert. A patient and calm character would benefit the role as you can be dealing with potentially stressed and panicked students.

How much can I earn?

At Tradewind the average wage for an exam invigilator is £8 per hour, and most exams you would be expected to work for around 3 hours. If you were to work one exam per day for one month, you could earn yourself around £500 per month! The amount of exams you work is normally down to your choice, so you can do as many or as few as you like.