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Responsibilities of the Central Examination Board

The responsibilities of the Central Examination Board include:

  1. preparing and setting examination materials, including without limitation questions and papers for the eighth-grade examination, matriculation examination, vocational examination and extramural examinations (hereinafter referred to collectively as “examinations”);
  2. preparing and setting mark schemes for examination questions to ensure comparability of marking standards;
  3. developing guides which contain (without limitation) sample examination questions with answers and publishing them in the Public Information Bulletin on the Central Examination Board’s website;
  4. arranging for the printing and distribution of examination materials;
  5. analysing examination results and submitting annual examination result reports to the minister in charge of schooling and education;
  6. collaborating with the minister in charge of higher education;
  7. preparing training materials for examiners and examiner applicants in collaboration with Regional Examination Boards;
  8. collaborating with national and foreign institutions with respect to the examination process;
  9. initiating or organising studies, analyses and diagnostic tests and developing new solutions with respect to the examination process;
  10. implementing international and cross-governmental agreements with respect to the conduct of examinations;
  11. publishing the following on an annual basis in the Public Information Bulletin on the Central Examination Board’s website:

a. announcements concerning:

  • the examination timetable (including results days and deadlines by which certificates must be submitted to schools) — by 20 August of the academic year preceding the year in which the examinations are to be conducted;
  • supporting materials and items which can be used during examinations (including a list of operating systems, application
    software and programming languages for the matriculation examination in Computer Science) — by 10 September
    of the academic year preceding the year in which the examinations are to be conducted;
  • detailed procedures for making adjustments to examination conditions or arrangements — by 10 September
    of the academic year preceding the year in which the examinations are to be conducted (for the eighth-grade,
    lower-secondary school and matriculation examinations);
  • detailed procedures for making adjustments to examination conditions or arrangements — by 1 September
    of the academic year preceding the year in which the examinations are to be conducted (for the vocational and extramural examinations);

b. notices regarding the organisation and conduct of examinations — by 10 September of the academic year preceding the year

in which the examinations are to be conducted.

Since 1 January 2016, the Director of the Central Examination Board has also been responsible for overseeing the operation of Regional Examination Boards.