Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the current lockdown in Hamburg the The Cambridge Exams Centre – Nord office is closed and the team are working remotely and not contactable by telephone. We apologise for the inconvenience.
For that reason please see the FAQ page before contacting the centre.
If the answer to your question is not given there, please use the Contact form to get in touch. Urgent matters will be dealt with as soon as possible.
We ask for your patience and understanding if you do not get an immediate reply.
“Cambridge Assessment English is monitoring the situation with the spread of Novel Coronavirus very closely. Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of candidates and their families, and of the staff in our centres. We will do everything we can to minimise disruption for candidates, parents and teachers, while complying fully with international best practice and the advice of national and local healthcare authorities.
We will publish regular updates on this page:
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Unless you have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, all candidates are advised to take a rapid test (schnelltest) on the morning of the exam, at least 30 minutes before arriving at the venue.
You will not be permitted to participate if you have acute signs of a cold (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle or joint pain, sore throat, headache, cold, diarrhoea) or an elevated temperature when you arrive at the centre.
After receiving an official confirmation of your registration from the Centre Manager, withrawals from a test or exam are only possible if:
– You live in a ‘high risk area’ and are unable to travel. This must be confirmed by the Robert Koch Institut or as the result of a regional or national lockdown.
– You are ill on the day of your test/exam. If you have acute signs of a cold (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle or joint pain, sore throat, headache, cold, diarrhoea) or any other illness you must stay at home and contact the centre manager immediately. In such cases we will arrange for you to take an exam on a different day.
– You, or a member of your immediate family have been tested positive for the coronavirus and you are in quarantine. In which case you must contact the Centre Manager immediately.
If you live in Germany, there are currently no restrictions which prevent you from taking an exam/test at one of our centres (Hamburg, Heide & Flensburg).
If you live in another country, and will be travelling to Germany within 14 days of your exam/test, you must send an outline of your travel plans to the Centre Manager immediately after your registration has been confirmed.
It is your responsibibility to regularly check the status of your region on the list of high risk areas according to the Robert Koch Institut (RKI). If your region appears on this list you must again contact the Centre Manager immediately.
If you travel to/from an area listed as high risk by the RKI within 14 days of the exam you will not be permitted to take the exam/test.
You must not visit the exams centre.
Send us a copy of your test result and we will arrange a transfer to an exam at a later date when you are well.
In the event of the unexpected closure of a school, or an exam venue, the exam will be postponed until the earliest available date after the venue re-opens.
If an exam has to be cancelled, however, you will be entitled to either a free transfer to the same exam at a later date, or a full refund your fee.
All candidates will be asked to wash their hands before the start of the written tests. The use of hand sanitiser/disinfectant are also strongly encouraged, but it is the candidate’s responsibility to provide these for their own use.
You must avoid shaking hands with any other candidates or exam day staff.
All candidates and exam day staff are currently required to wear an FFP2 (with no valve) or surgical mask, keeping their mouthes and noses covered, for as long as they remain in the examination area or on school grounds – this includes during all tests.
You may only remove your mask if you are able to provide medical evidence for the exemption of wearing a face mask.
As you will normally be seated for about five hours, depending on the exam you take, we recommend that you bring a second mask.
If an examination is cancelled we will immediately apply to Cambridge Assessment English for either a free transfer to an exam at a later date, or for a full refund of your fee.
If you need your result for an application for further study, we recommend that you contact your university or UCAS to explain the situation. We will gladly support this with an official confirmation.
The maximum number of candidates allowed in a standard classroom for exams depends on the condition that candidates will be seated at least 1.5 metres from one another, for both written and spoken tests.
Candidates will be seated 1.5 – 2 Metres apart from one another during the written and speaking tests.
Equipment will be disinfected before and after each exam.
Candidates for computer-based exams will also be provided with their own mouse and a pair of gloves, should they wish to wear these.
We ask that you bring your own set of wired (not Bluetooth) headphones for the listening test. These must be checked by the invigilation staff.