Policy on the Violation of Rules and Cheating

Types of rule violations
& how they are processed

The following are the types of violations and how they are processed. For each type of rule violations, you will be banned from taking TEPS for the following period of time.

  • If you take a test without a valid IDyour score will be invalidated
  • If electronic devices you submitted cause a disturbanceyour score will be invalidated
  • If you disturb other test takersyour score will be invalidated
  • If you work on a section during the time given for another section6 months
  • If you mark your answer sheet before the start of the test or after the end of the test6 months
  • If you possess electronic devices but do not hand them in1 year
  • If electronic devices you did not submit cause a disturbance2 years

If you commit any violation of the rules, your score will be invalidated and your test fee will not be refunded. If you are caught committing any violation of the rules, you will be notified, escorted to the administration office where you will fill out a document acknowledging your violation, and then asked to leave the test center. In extreme cases, or in the case of other violations that are not specified here, the TEPS Council will examine the case and make decisions.

Types of cheating
& how they are processed

The following are the types of cheating and how they are processed. For each type of cheating, you will be banned from taking all tests administered by the TEPS Council for the following period of time.

  • If you disobey the proctor’s rightful instructions2 years
  • If you look at another test taker’s answer sheet or show yours to other test takers2 years
  • If you deliberately disturb the progress of the test2 years
  • If your misconduct is found during the scoring process after the test2 years
  • If you leak or distribute parts or all of the items or answers4 years
  • If you communicate the answers using an electronic device4 years
  • If you use or distribute items that have been leaked4 years
  • If you create a disturbance or commotion within the test site4 years
  • If you make notes or recordings of questions or answers4 years
  • If you take a test under someone else’s name (both will be punished)5 years
  • If you intentionally give your answers to others or receive them from others5 years
  • If you take a test using a forged ID5 years
  • If you have your score report forged and use it5 years
  • If you receive civil or criminal punishments due to cheating5 years from the date of the punishment