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There are rules and regulations for our examinations. Scroll down to look in details on what to do before, during and after examinations, what to do being hospitalised or faced with MRT train disruptions during examinations, and how to apply for deferment for examinations.

All candidates taking examinations at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) must comply with the following rules. Candidates who fail to observe any of these rules may be disqualified from the examinations.

1. Examination Schedule

1.1     Candidates are responsible for presenting themselves for examination on the date and time shown in My Exam Schedule via ITE Student Portal and report at least 20 minutes before the examination time.


2. Before Examination Day (for computer-based examinations¹)

2.1     Candidates should access the online practice examination via ITE Student Portal at https://myportal.ite.edu.sg to familiarise themselves with taking computer-based examinations.


2.2     Computer-based examinations are accessed through ITE Student Portal. Candidates should use the correct passwords to access the portal. Otherwise, they may lose time in resetting the password or not be able to take the examinations.


3. Before Start of the Examination

3.1     Only candidates who have registered for the examination are permitted to enter the examination centre.


3.2     Candidates must bring with them their photo ID (e.g. NRIC, Work Permit, ITE Student Ez-Link Card or Student’s Pass with Passport) for identification. (International candidates whose Student’s Pass or Work Permit has expired before the examination can seek approval from their Section Head to use their Passport for identification instead.  The candidate must write their Student’s Pass or Work Permit number on the answer scripts.)


3.3     Candidates are to place their photo ID on their desk throughout the examination for verification by Invigilators.  If the identity of the candidate is in doubt, Invigilators may take a photograph of the candidate for separate verification.


3.4     Candidates taking computer-based examinations should also refer to "Additional Instructions on Computer-based Examinations" and pay attention to the additional instructions announced by the Presiding Examiner or Invigilator at the examination centre before the commencement of the examination.


3.5     Candidates shall be expelled from the examination centre if their identification documents do not belong to them.


3.6     Candidates must be properly attired when they appear for the examination. Full-time candidates are required to be in their College uniforms when sitting for the examination in their College. Otherwise, they may be barred from the examination.


3.7     While in the examination centre, candidates are not allowed to possess books, documents, pictures, notes and any unauthorised materials other than those provided by the examination centre.  Electronic and communication devices (e.g. mobile phones, cameras, tablets, smart wrist watches/glasses, pen with image capturing capabilities etc.) that are capable of displaying or transmitting visual or audio information are also not allowed. Any candidate found to have such materials and devices will be liable to the same penalty as those detected for dishonesty during examinations.  If communication devices are left at the front or back of the examination room, they must be switched off. ITE will not be responsible for any loss of personal belongings


3.8     Candidates are not allowed to borrow stationery and mathematical instruments such as rulers and calculators from other candidates during examinations.


3.9     Candidates are permitted only to use non-programmable electronic calculators that are silent. Calculators that give out sounds need an external power supply or transmit signals are strictly prohibited. Calculators must not be used for the retrieval of stored data, text or instructions or the graphical representation of functions and data.


3.10   Candidates should refer to the guidelines on the unacceptable features of calculators use in ITE examinations. Candidates are not allowed to bring instruction manuals, external storage media and other peripherals into the examination centre.


3.11   Candidates are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke in the examination centre.


3.12   Paper-based Examinations²

          Candidates are given about 10 minutes before the scheduled examination start time to read the question paper. Candidates must not start writing until instructed to do so by the Presiding Examiner or Invigilator.


          Computer-based Examinations

          Candidates are given about 10 minutes to read the Administrative Instructions page, and Exam Paper Instructions displayed on candidates’ screens. At the start time of the examination, the system will allow candidates to begin the examination.


3.13   Candidates must inform the Presiding Examiner or Invigilator immediately if they are not issued the correct module examination or supplementary materials (e.g. formulae sheet). 

4. During the Examination

4.1     Candidates are not allowed to enter the examination centre once 30 minutes have passed from the scheduled start time of the examination.


4.2     Candidates may leave the examination centre after 30 minutes from the start of the examination. They will not be allowed to return to the examination centre unless an Invigilator or a person authorised by the Presiding Examiner has accompanied them while they were away. If the candidate needs to temporarily leave the examination room escorted by an Invigilator, navigate to the Progress Summary page to protect your responses.


4.3     Candidates are not allowed to place any documents, including ‘Instructions to Candidates’, on their desks during the examination.


4.4     Candidates must not, for any reason, communicate with other candidates during the examination. Candidates shall not do anything which causes unnecessary distractions to other candidates. Candidates who are guilty of improper conduct or misbehaviour may be expelled from the examination centre.


4.5     Candidates who wish to communicate with an Invigilator must remain seated and raise their hands.


4.6     Candidates will be stopped from proceeding further in the practical test if they continue to adopt unsafe or dangerous methods of operation despite warnings.  An unsafe or dangerous method of operation is one that may injure candidates or cause damage to machines or equipment.


4.7     Candidates are liable for any damage to machines, tools and equipment arising from their negligence.


4.8     Candidates should use black or blue ball-point pens during the examinations. Candidates are also reminded to use a soft lead pencil (e.g. 2B) to shade their answers on the Answer Sheet.  A soft eraser should be used for erasing if candidates wish to change their answers. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure that answers are presented clearly in Answer Sheet / Answer Scripts for marking.


4.9     Candidates who are allowed into the examination hall/room within 30 minutes after the scheduled start time of the examinations will not be given extra time at the end of the examination.

5. At the End of Examination

Paper-based Examinations


5.1     To facilitate the administration and collection of answer scripts, no candidate is allowed to leave the examination centre during the last 15 minutes of the examination.


5.2     Candidates should stop writing/working immediately when instructed to do so by the Presiding Examiner or Invigilator.


5.3     Candidates should remain seated while the answer scripts / practical works are being collected. Candidates can leave the examination hall/room only after they have been told to do so by the Presiding Examiner or Invigilator.


5.4     For examinations where more than one relay is carried out, candidates are not allowed to leave until the end of the examination, unless instructed by Presiding Examiner.


5.5     Candidates should not take question paper, used and unused answer booklets or any items issued by the Invigilator out of the examination hall/room unless stated.

Computer-based Examinations

5.6     After the first 30 minutes from the start of the examination, candidates must raise their hands if they have submitted the examination paper. Once confirmed by the Invigilator, the candidate can leave the examination room.


5.7     Examination paper will be auto-submitted by the system if the candidate has not submitted at the examination end time.


5.8     Candidates must not exit the application or shutdown the PC / notebook.

6. Academic Dishonesty

6.1     Candidates are guilty of dishonesty if they cheat or attempt to cheat during the examination.


6.2     Candidates found guilty of dishonesty will be awarded a ‘Fail’ grade and may face disciplinary action.

7. Posting of Examination Material Online

7.1     Candidates are not allowed to post any examination-related copyright material (e.g. whole or part of the question(s), question paper, answer script) on any social media or web page. Candidates who are found to have done so will be subject to disciplinary action.

8. Deferment of Examination

8.1     Candidates who are unable to sit for an examination but have a valid reason can seek for a deferment to the next examination series.  Candidates are to submit their requests to their Section Heads for approval before the date of examination.


8.2     For reasons of absence which cannot be known beforehand, candidates must submit their applications with supporting documents within the next two working days from the date of examination.  The supporting documents should preferably be the original copy.  However, in cases where the supporting documents are required by more than one party (e.g. more than one College/department for examinations at different Colleges), photocopies of the supporting documents may be accepted. However, the photocopy must be certified as true copy by ITE staff who are designated as Lecturers and above after original copy is sighted.

9. Absence from Examination

9.1     Candidates who are absent from an end-of-module examination without ITE’s approval will be considered to have failed the module.

10. Infectious Diseases and Hospitalised Students

10.1   Candidates who are suffering from any infectious disease (e.g. chicken pox, SARS, H1N1) are not allowed to sit for the examination in their usual examination centre.  Arrangements for a hospitalised candidate to sit for examination will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


11. Major Train Service Disruption

11.1   In the event of major train service disruption, candidates should still make their way to their examination centres. Candidates may be allowed to take examinations with full duration given if they arrive before the end of the examination and provided no other candidates have left the examination centre. Otherwise, candidates may be allowed to take make-up examinations.

¹ Computer-based examination refers to examinations conducted in ITE Integrated Assessment System (IAS).

² Paper-based examination refers to both written and practical examination.