Misconduct can lead to serious consequences. It is your responsibility to know and understand the rules

The NDEB considers the integrity of its application and examinations processes vital. As an examinee, it is your responsibility to know and understand NDEB rules and regulations.

The information below is to help you do that.

What does it mean when we say an examinee has compromised the integrity of the examination?

Simply stated, compromising the integrity of the exam means that you have cheated or not followed the regulations outlined in the exam protocol.

What happens if I am caught cheating or not following the regulations?

During an exam, any behavior that is considered to potentially compromise the integrity of the examination will be documented by the Test Administrator and submitted to the NDEB. Allegations of misconduct are investigated by staff and reviewed by the Examinations Committee. The consequences for compromising the integrity of an examination can be significant.

Examples of misconduct

Misconduct can occur at different stages in the application and examination process. The following are examples of behaviours that may be considered misconduct. This is not a complete list.

  • Providing false or altered credentials
  • Providing or obtaining access to unauthorized exam resources
  • Taking an exam for someone
  • Making notes of any kind in the exam room on material other than what is provided to you by the NDEB
  • Reproducing exam content
  • Communicating about specific exam items before, during, or after an examination
  • Bringing prohibited items into an examination room
  • Removing test items from the examination room
  • Seeking an advantage over another examinee


If the Examinations Committee determines that the behavior has compromised the integrity of the application or examination process, the consequence will be one of the following:

  • assign a grade of zero for any or all of the questions/requirements on an assessment or examination,
  • assign an overall grade of fail for the assessment or examination and grant permission to retake the assessment or examination on or after a specified date,
  • assign an overall grade of fail for the assessment or examination and prohibit the examinee from taking any future examinations or assessments,
  • require successful completion of courses as the Examinations Committee deems appropriate in the circumstances, or other sanctions deemed appropriate

Penalties given by the Examinations Committee

In the past year, the Examinations Committee has heard 34 cases of misconduct involving:

  • Prohibited material in the exam room including cell phones, watches, notes, and materials
  • Failure to follow test instructions by writing past the end exam time

Penalties given by the Committee for these infractions were most often the assignment of a zero score for the requirement or the exam.

As seen in the penalties given by the Examinations Committee, compromising the integrity of the application or examination process has significant potential consequences. Remember to read the exam protocol carefully and follow the regulations.