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Examination Procedures

1. How are the exams produced?
2. How do you ensure consistency across languages and years?
3. What happens if something goes wrong in the examination?

4. How can I be sure that the marking of my examination will be totally unbiased?
5. What do I do if I have a complaint?
6. Are candidates allowed to use dictionaries or other reference material?

7. Where do I get past examination material from?

8. Where can I find model answers for past papers?

9. Do you make allowances for regional varieties of language?


1. How are the exams produced?

It varies from syllabus to syllabus, but the basic standard procedures remain the same. The Examination Manager commissions setters and proofreaders in the required languages whose work is moderated by a Chief Examiner or Chief Moderator. For some examinations as many as ten different native speakers of the same language are required to set, mark and moderate an examination in that language.

2. How do you ensure consistency across languages and years?

Within a syllabus the Chief Examiner/Moderator will check through a series of pre- and post-examination moderation exercises to ensure that the same level is maintained across the years, across languages and (where applicable) across options.

3. What happens if something goes wrong in the examination?

Examination centres complete a Certificate of Completed Examinations which must contain details of any unprecedented even that took place during the examination. Candidates should also contact the Institute directly after the examination if necessary, as waiting to register a complaint through the Appeals system after the results have been issued only delays the process.
Further info: Candidate Regulations


4. How can I be sure that the marking of my examination will be totally unbiased?

Candidates are marked "blind" (i.e. only candidate numbers are given to examiners and not candidate names.). In the oral examinations the oral examiner has to notify the Institute if the candidate is known to him/her.

5. What do I do if I have a complaint?

Candidates should in the first instance speak to the centre and contact the Institute in writing. Otherwise, once results have been issued they can follow the Remark procedures.
Further info: Candidate Regulations

6. Are candidates allowed to use dictionaries or other reference material?

It varies from examination to examination. Please consult the appropriate handbook.

Further info: Materials & Publications

7. Where do I get past examination material from?

An order form for such materials can be downloaded from the Institute's website, or the printers who produce and despatch the material (pwpfs Print and Design) can be contacted on email: pastpaper@pwpfs.com

Further info: Materials & Publications

8. Where can I find model answers for past papers?

The Institute does not supply model answers as these are often challenged. See on-line seminars for Dip Trans and DPSI.

 

9. Do you make allowances for regional varieties of language?

IoLET examiners are trained to be able to handle major regional variations.


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