Before adding awards and units - Set up and customise your exam centre

Before using exams in Arbor, you should ensure your centre is set up. Here you can also customise certain aspects of exam downloads and exports.


You'll need the Qualifications: Administer All Students permission to set up your centre and exams. If you don't have permissions, ask your administration team to give you permission using these instructions


Set up your centre

To set up the exams area for your school, go to Students > Examinations > Administration > Centre Setup. Click anywhere you see an arrow icon to add information.

Add the centre number in School Details

Add the school’s Centre Number - you can see more details on this here: Key terminology


Awarding Organisations

You don’t need to add Awarding Organisations, as these will appear when you add Qualifications.



Assign Exams Officers

Make sure your school's Exams officer(s) are listed. You can click on them to edit the assignment.

If there isn't anyone listed or you need to add further people, Exams Officers can be assigned to the role by giving them the Business Role of Exams Officer.


Default Sitting Times 

Check your default sitting times - you can see further guidance on this here.


Customise your Student Portal

Decide whether to show exam information on the Student Portal.


Update your register and printing settings

Add any custom text you want to display:



How to sort exam registers and candidate lists. You can select from:

  • Candidate last name
  • Candidate first name
  • Candidate number
  • Candidate seat



Whether to show Access Arrangement reasons on exam registers.



What's next?

Once you have checked your centre setup, you'll need to add the awards and units your school is offering.

There are different instructions depending on what type of qualification it is, and whether it is EDI or non-EDI. 

Click here to be directed to the right guidance: Add exam awards and units for different qualification types

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