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Misconduct and Examination Security

Know the Rules. Not following the rules can result in a failing grade. Specific regulations for each exam are found in your exam protocol. Example of forbidden items. Outerwear: including hats, scarves, jackets and coats. Magnification: with lights. Discussion of content: during or after the examination. Food or drink: including candies and snacks except for water. Large jewlery: including watches. Mobile devices: including cell phones, tablets and devices with recording or transmitting features. Supplies: including erasers, notes, pens and pencils.

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.

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:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply stated, compromising the integrity of the exam means that an examinee has cheated or not followed the regulations outlined in the exam protocol.
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.