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How should candidates be seated in a Science practical exam?

When seated in a practical exam, the minimum distance in all directions from the centre of one candidate’s chair to the centre of another’s should be 1.25 metres. If you seat candidates such that they are not all facing the same direction you should use screens between candidates to make sure that they cannot see each other’s work. However, you may have to use additional invigilators to monitor candidates if the view of the candidates is obstructed by the screens see ‘Seating arrangements’ section of the Cambridge Handbook 2024.

It is also the invigilators responsibility to make sure that candidates do not communicate with each other, especially where they might need to move from one part of the room to another to access communal equipment or chemicals.

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