Guidelines for facilities administering a Digital Europe examination

  1. The facility administering the exam must provide a suitable venue and technical infrastructure to ensure the adequate administration of the exam.
  2. Guidelines for the venue and technical infrastructure ensuring the adequate administration of the exam:
  • located in a quiet and peaceful area, easily accessible by car,
  • easily accessible for all candidates (including candidates with impaired mobility if applicable),
  • well lit,
  • equipped with an air-conditioning system and well heated (min. 20°C, max. 25°C),
  • kept clean,
  • with emergency exits easily accessible,
  • with an area designated for candidates’ personal belongings.
  • toilets provided with toilet paper, soap, a hand drier or paper towels,
  • a waiting area.
  • Stable and tested Internet connection, for 10 candidates min. 5Mb/s download speed (DL) and min. 0.5Mb/s upload speed (UL). It’s important to note that during the exam the Internet connection must not be utilised by other users who may reduce the transfer speed (by downloading large files from an external server);
  • a version of Linux, Windows or MacOS operating systems supported by the manufacturer and updated with the latest safety patches available at the time of the exam;
  • the latest version of one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Opera, without ad blocking software installed or with the ad blocker disabled if that functionality is integrated with the browser;
  • computers without additional software or safety features, which may negatively affect the stability of the operating system, the browser, or the Internet, especially software blocking network traffic with the use of protocols such as TCP, UDP and HTTP/HTTPS;
  • one workstation equipped with a CPU with at least 2 cores x86, minimum 2GB of RAM for a 32-bit version of the operating system and 4GB of RAM for a 64-bit system, a sound card and graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c and more up-to-date versions.
  • a minimum 13-inch monitor screen with the minimum resolution 1366x768px (16:9) or 1280×960px (4:3);
  • a mouse with minimum two buttons, a scroll wheel, an optical or laser sensor and minimum sensitivity 600DPI;
  • spare workstations for candidates in case of technical problems (1 spare workstation for each 7 candidates);
  • it should be ensured that the technical equipment is connected and configured by a qualified technician early enough prior to test commencement to allow for possible troubleshooting.
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  • the number of desks and chairs equates to the number of candidates;
  • each candidate works at a separate workstation (table/desk);
  • the arrangement of workstations and the distance between them prevents contact among candidates;
  • there must be a designated area for the exam supervisor, who must be present in the examination room for the duration of the exam.
  • the number of workstations must be greater than or equal to the number of candidates in a session (there must be 1 exam administrator to monitor the 24 candidates taking the exam, the total number of people in the examination hall must not exceed 60);
  • under no circumstances should any display material which might be helpful to students be available (visible) in the examination room;
  • the conditions in the examination halls must comply with the basic occupational and fire safety standards;
  • the facility must provide access to toilets with adequate sanitary conditions;
  • żadne hałasy nie dochodzą z zewnątrz;
  • w przypadku egzaminów składających się z pięciu modułów do czasu egzaminu (5x 25min) należy doliczyć dodatkowe 25min czasu do wykorzystania przez egzaminatora między innymi na przełączanie się pomiędzy poszczególnymi modułami oraz powtórne logowanie uczestników egzaminu na platformę egzaminacyjną. W takim przypadku całkowity, przewidywany czas egzaminu to 150min.

On the day before the exam session there must be a test exam organized in order to check the equipment.

  1. To ensure the adequate commencement of the exam the candidates must adhere to the following guidelines:
  • arrive 10-15 minutes (in case of large groups 25 minutes) before the time of exam commencement, so that the examiner can check the list of attendance and the candidates’ IDs.
  • sign the attendance list on entering the examination room and go to the workstation assigned by the examiner;
  • carry a valid photo-based ID card; if a candidate does not have a national identity card they may use a driving licence, a passport, or a student ID. If a candidate does not have a photo-based proof of identity they may not take the exam;
  • be familiar with the rules and procedures of Digital Europe exams and accept those terms and conditions;
  • late arrivals are allowed in exceptional circumstances but require contact with the Examination Centre beforehand.
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