What is the role of an Exam Invigilator?


Exam invigilators are an essential part of the exams team in every school and college, ensuring there is no improper conduct, unfairness, advantage or disadvantage to any students.

With 2022s first set of exams looming, here’s all you need to know about the role of exam invigilators and the key qualifications you need to become one.

What to expect of the role

Exam invigilators are required to oversee exams during the main testing periods, usually during January, May and June.

Their presence ensures a level playing field for all students, as they are to prevent cheating, malpractice and administrative failures.

They’ll oversee pupils as they enter and leave the exam room, as well as during the exam itself, ensuring that the conditions faced by every candidate are the same in every exam room across the country.

As part of the role, an exam invigilator cannot carry out any other tasks, and must remain watchful through the exam period.

What key skills does an exam invigilator need?

Many of the essential skills for the role are similar to those in other school administrative settings, including the need to have good communication, IT and organisational skills.

In addition, an exam invigilator will need to work as part of a team and must adhere to the rules and regulations of the relevant exam board for the entirety of the exam they are overseeing.

They must also possess an ability to act quickly and decisively should an emergency situation mean disruption to the exam.

What experience does an exam invigilator require?

If you’re considering taking on the role of an exam invigilator, no previous experience is necessary, although some exam boards may require you to undertake some very basic training.

This training may be delivered via video or in person, and will explore the requirements of the role and ensure that each individual is aware of their responsibilities.

How long is an exam invigilator needed for?

Invigilators are often required during the key exam periods, and at other points during the year when exams may be taking place.

Generally speaking, the role will last for several hours at a time (depending on the length of the exam) which means it can provide a great base for considering a role in education.

These roles are often popular among students and those looking for part-time work, such as parents who may wish to work while also managing other responsibilities.