No, you cannot use students' Preferred Names for exam seating plans, it has to be their Legal Name.
This is because both exam entries and seating plans are part of the administration documentation sent to the exams board, so the Legal name is required. The Legal Name will also be used on the exam certificates.
If this is inspected by one of the exam boards, they could state this is maladministration, as the Legal name has not been submitted with the documentation for the exam.
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