October-November 2020 exams series

Following the approval of the Oman Ministry of Education to resume October- November 2020 exams series, we confirm that the British Council will administer school exams fully in line with the latest health and safety regulations issued by the Oman Government, the examining boards guidelines as well as with the British Council school exams global standards which have been developed in light of Covid-19.

The exams series will take place with proper dispositions in place, including:


Health and safety measures: we have set clear guidance on health and safety measures and standards for our exams venue (Muscat University) to follow, including:

·Temperature check for candidates and staff.

· Mandatory facemasks and gloves on site at all times.

·  A bespoke policy for handling personal belongings, waiting areas, testing rooms and exits.

Enhanced hygiene measures: Exam Venue will be cleaned in advance of the exam session. Cleaning staff will be on site whenever we are open to ensure prompt sanitisation of surfaces and bathroom facilities after every use.

Emergencies response: we have developed a comprehensive policy for emergency cases' management. It engulfs two essential elements: enhancing the pre-test readiness of the exams team and managing any medical emergencies on the test day.

Staff training: all staff and venue staff will be fully trained on these health and safety measures including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), management of emergency cases as well as the layout and standards of the customer journey to ensure effective and safe management of the exam session.

Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, the British Council will continue to follow all directives made by the Oman Government.

Should the situation change and affect plans for exams, we will communicate with candidates and schools and liaise with exam partners on the next steps..  for more information

In addition, for the latest information and guidance we recommend you visit the Examination board websites:

Cambridge International: www.cambridgeinternational.org/

Oxford AQA: https://www.oxfordaqaexams.org.uk/support/news

Pearson Edexcel:  https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/campaigns/rest-of-world-covid-19-coronavirus-update.html

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