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How can schools apply for additional sittings?

If you do not have enough equipment or space for all of your candidates to take a practical or listening test at the same time, you may arrange one or more extra sessions on the same day. 

If you intend to hold extra sessions you must submit a additional sitting request as soon as possible and at least four weeks before the day of the practical exam. You must not administer additional sittings without our written approval. 

You must prepare detailed plans of the additional sittings including: 

  • timings of additional sittings 
  • seating plans for each sitting 
  • how you will apply Full Centre Supervision to prevent the groups of candidates from communicating with each other 
  • staff involved in invigilating the exams and periods of Full Centre Supervision.

Please keep these until the end of the enquiries about results period. For practical tests you must supply copies of the seating plan and attendance records with the supervisor’s report.

To apply for additional sittings, complete and send Additional Sittings - Preparation - Form 8 to with ‘Additional Sittings – Compliance’ in the subject line.

For more information, please refer to section 1.2.4 of the Cambridge Handbook, which can be downloaded from our public website here.

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