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How to set the time, time zone and date on your laptop or PC

General Questions

Students who are completing and submitting digital assessments online, should check their computer/laptop time before they start – it should show the accurate time (for whatever country they are in at the time).

In some cases, a student's computer clock can get out of sync with its time zone by a few minutes or hours. This phenomenon is known as "clock drift" and is most likely to occur when a student travels between time zones with their computer. Not having the correct time on the device being used for the assessment may trigger warnings or lock the student out of the assessment.

Guidance on setting the time and time zone for different operating systems is provided below. If you cannot find your device operating system listed below, please use Google to find guidance relevant to your device: