A guide for our students taking part in the External Examinations May/June 2022 session

11 Mar 2022


Kuwait National English School – Secondary Department

A guide for our students taking part in the External Examinations May/June 2022 session:


We understand how important it is for our students to take their external exams and will do everything to run the June exam series safely and securely. Of course KNES will fully comply with guidance and instructions from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health in Kuwait. We will also follow the regulations from the examination boards. The safety of our candidates and staff is very important. To maintain the safety we will need to make sure that covid regulations, such as social distancing and hygiene procedures are maintained.


No extra allowance because of covid:

Cambridge Assessment International Examination is not able to offer special consideration to candidates because of covid. An exam grade on a certificate indicates to users of the grade (such as universities and employers) that the candidate has demonstrated a particular level of achievement to Cambridge in the exam. If Cambridge awarded grades to candidates who had not shown us that level of achievement that would be unfair to other candidates, disadvantaging them as they compete for opportunities in education or employment. To award grades to candidates who do not have the knowledge and skills required for the grade is to undermine the standard and risks the recognition and value of everybody’s grades.


Measures to be taken to protect our candidates:

The theatre will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.

Protective equipment (mask) must be worn.

Social distancing must be maintained.


Contingency plans before the examination series:

All contact details (Phone and E-mail) for students will be kept up to date in case there is a last-minute emergency.

Statements of entry:

Every registered candidate has received a copy of his/her statement of entry.  Candidates must check their entry details.

Important information:


Ø Examination Timetable: Our centre External Examination timetables are available at:


Ø Protective equipment: Question papers are Covid-19 free complies with UK government regulations. It is your responsibility to bring protective equipment, such as hand sanitiser or face masks, when you come for your examinations. Candidates can take hand sanitiser into the exam room - the packaging must be removed.


Ø Examination standard: All examinations (coursework, speaking and practical tests) will be delivered according to the syllabus requirements and instructions from the boards.  


Ø Venue: All the written examinations will take place in the school theatre, and we will maintain social distancing.   


Ø Timing of examinations: Candidates must arrive early for their exam:

Cambridge IGCSE/AS/A level:     {AM = 11:00 AM}    {PM = 3:00 PM}

Pearson/Edexcel IAS/IAL: {AM = 8:00 AM}      {PM = 11:00 AM}

Pearson/Edexcel Int GCSE:          {AM = 11:00 AM}               {PM = 15:30 PM}


Ø Identifying candidates:  Candidates must still be identified even if they are wearing a face covering.


Ø Windowed exams: The windowed exams will be scheduled as follows: March 30 – April 20, 2022.


Ø Speaking tests: For speaking tests, the test must be conducted face to face with the examiner.


Ø Information Technology Practical exams: Wednesday April 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm.


Ø Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design (0400/02):

All candidates must bring all the equipment they need for their practical exams on the 30th and 31st of March 2022:

>Sketchbook (A3), Eraser, metal ruler and cutting mat.

       > A range of drawing pencils/graphite sticks – HB, B1, B2, B3 and B6.

   > A selection of additional drawing/painting materials, such as Charcoal, Oil Paint/Pastels, Chalk pastels, Acrylic paint.

       > A selection of paintbrushes ranging from fine detail to decorating brushes

       > A selection of adhesives including masking tape and magic tape and or glue.

     Note: (i)  Candidates cannot share art equipment.

                              (ii) Your coursework must be handed in before you start your examination.


Ø At the end of the exam:  Follow the instructions of the examination supervisor.



Wishing you good luck on your external examinations.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Raouf Khodabocus, BSc, MSc, PhD, FCIC (Canada)

Assistant General Director

Kuwait National English School