To ensure we can run our admissions tests safely across the world, adhering to local social distancing guidelines, we may deliver tests computer-based. These tests can be delivered either at test centres or remotely proctored, allowing candidates to take them at any suitable private location. How the computer-based tests are delivered depends on the test session.
The following admissions test will be delivered computer-based:
- BMAT February on 20 February 2021 - The session will be remotely proctored for all candidates.
For updates on other test sessions in 2021, please check the article here.
All computer-based tests will be delivered using Mercer Mettl's platform, which is a browser based system. There is no need to download specific software to access the tests. You can find details about technical specification requirements in the article here.
You will need:
- a laptop or desktop computer
- an integrated webcam or USB webcam
- a microphone
The webcam and microphone are a requirement for all computer-based tests delivered on the Mercer Mettl platform.
You will not need headphones (you will not be given audio instructions for the test via the platform).
You must run a system check on the computer/laptop you will be using on the test day. Please use the link here to complete the check. Once you have clicked on the link, follow the on-screen guidance.
It is very important that you are registered for the test with your own valid email address that you can access on the test day. You will be send a demo and the live test link to this address.
If you need to change the email address you are registered with, please contact us as soon as possible.
Test links will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure you allow emails from this address to be received into your inbox.
Mercer Mettl will provide technical support for the demo test and on the actual test dates.
Email: email@example.com or
Phone: International (India): +91-82878-03040
We will send you a link to a demo test some time before the test date, so you can familiarise yourself with the test platform in advance.
- You may be asked to install the extension “Mettl Tests: Enable Screen Sharing”. Please install the extension.
- You will be asked to allow access to your microphone and camera. Please allow this access as the trial will not start otherwise.
Once you have loaded the test, registered and completed the photo/ID procedure you will be able to start the trial. Once the trial has finished you will be instructed to close the window.
Remotely proctored tests
Your test will be monitored by a Proctor and recorded using the Mercer Mettl Remote Proctoring System. Your Proctor is a real person who has been trained to monitor your test delivery and identify any behaviour that might break the test delivery rules. They can stop your test if they believe you have broken the test delivery rules (e.g. committing malpractice).
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing will be able access and review the recording of your test, this includes reviewing the recording where malpractice is suspected. This may lead to your results being withheld if malpractice is confirmed.
We issue full candidate remote proctor instructions in advance of the test. You must read this document prior to sitting the test.
Tests delivered at test centres
For some test sessions you will take your computer-delivered test at an approved test centre.
Test centres will provide the required computer equipment, including webcam and will carry out the necessary systems checks, although there may also be the option for you to bring your own equipment.
You will still access the test via a link sent to the email address with which you were registered, so it is important that you can open this email account.
It is not necessary for you to access the demo test at the test centre or on the computer you will be using for the live test.
If you are unable to attend the test centre on the test day due to COVID-19 restrictions, for example if you are required to isolate due to a positive test, you may be able to request a remotely proctored test instead. Information on how to request remote proctoring will be made available nearer the test date.
If you are taking a computer-based test at a test centre, please follow local or regional government advice regarding the wearing of face masks during the test. You will need to remove the mask briefly for ID checks. Candidates taking computer-based tests at an exam centre can wear a face mask during the test where this is required. This will not be considered fraudulent behaviour and you will not be penalised.
Computer-based tests delivered at a test centre will be invigilated by test centre staff. In addition the test will also be monitored via the Mercer Mettl platform's AI function.
The format of the test will not change. You can find out more information about the test format on the test specific pages on our website.
Frequently asked questions
Can I take a toilet break?
If you take the test at a test centre you are allowed to leave the test room temporarily to use the toilet escorted by a member of staff. You will not be given extra time for this though.
If you take the test remotely proctored, you may have a toilet break but will not be able to get the time back that you are away. You must inform the Proctor through the chat window at the bottom right of the test page before leaving your seat. You do not have to wait for a response from the Proctor before going to the toilet.
What forms of ID are acceptable?
You must have a valid photo ID, which will need to be captured by the test platform before you can start the test. Acceptable IDs include, but are not limited to:
- national identity card
- driving licence
- school/college IDs, if they have a photo
What are your Data Protection and Safeguarding policies?
As Cambridge Assessment is based within the UK we hold all candidate data in compliance with the GDPR and the data protection act 2018. Furthermore where the candidate is located in a jurisdiction outside the EU we also adhere to any local legislation relating to privacy and/or data protection. We ensure all our delivery partners regardless of their location also adhere to GDPR and DPA 2018.
The assessment is recorded for the purposes of security, transparency and assessment integrity. The information is initially gathered by Cambridge Assessment's delivery partner Mettl who provide the proctoring service. Cambridge Assessment stipulate in our contract with Mettl that they will only retain the recording for a period of 6 months. This is in order for Cambridge Assessment to ensure the assessment integrity is maintained and to conduct any necessary malpractice investigations.
Candidates under 18
If you are under the age of 18 on your test day you must have your parent or guardian’s permission to sit the test. This is to authorise that you have their consent to be recorded by the Mercer Mettl Remote Proctoring System.
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