Exam times explained

Scheduling exams with learners and invigilators in different locations can be tricky.  MyExams makes it easy.

All MyExams sessions are scheduled using Coordinated Universal Time or UTC.  UTC is not a time zone, but a time standard which forms the basis for all time zones internationally.  We use UTC as it is not affected by Daylight Savings Time, however note that the country your user resides in may change time zone over the course of the year.

For example, candidates in the UK are either in UTC, or UTC+1 depending on the time of year.

Setting up your session

Invigilator time zone (UTC +/-)

This time zone is set within the user profile, to match the country where they are located.  Once you select an invigilator, the correct time for their location will auto populate.

Exam start time (UTC)

This is the time your learners are actually due to start their exam in UTC.

Session start time (UTC)

This is the time that your invigilator and learners should enter the session on either their mobile app (learners) or on your myexams.com custom domain.  It is set to default to 30 minutes in advance of the Exam start time but you can adjust this time to be longer or shorter depending on your requirements.  Invigilators typically use this time to conduct any pre exam checks required.

Session end time (UTC)

This is the time the session will automatically close.  MyExams sessions are set to default to 8 hours in length total.  If you require a longer continuous exam session then please contact us.  You can adjust the session length to less than 8 hours if you require.

On the Session Information Page

Two times are displayed for each category:

UTC

This is the time that you have scheduled the exam in UTC.

Local

This is the time that your invigilator should join the session and start the exam, in their local time.

On the MyExams mobile app

Candidates will see the Session start time displayed on their MyExams app, adjusted to their local time zone.  This adjustment is based on the local time settings of their device.