Malpractice and plagiarism | Pearson qualifications
Exams Guidance and administration


This page provides our approved centres with guidance on how to let us know about any suspicions or incidents of malpractice, in accordance with JCQ regulations.

Whether the malpractice involves learners, teachers, invigilators or other administrative staff, this cooperation is essential to guarantee the fairness and integrity of Pearson qualifications.

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Candidate malpractice

If you discover any irregularity in the internally assessed elements of qualifications before a learner has signed the declaration of authentication, you don't need to report this to us. Instead, you should follow your centre’s academic misconduct/malpractice policy in resolving the matter.

If you discover an irregularity after a candidate has signed the declaration of authentication, or you suspect any malpractice by a candidate during an external assessment, you must submit full details of the case to us at the earliest opportunity by emailing a JCQ Form M1 with supporting documentation to

Staff malpractice

If you suspect that a member of staff has committed malpractice or that maladministration of the qualification may have occurred, you must let us know by emailing a completed JCQ M2 Form to

Our Investigations team will review the documentation that you provide and advise you on the next steps.

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