Frequently asked questions

You must speak to your subject teacher or the exams officer as soon as possible.

The exams officer will reschedule any exams that clash and this will be shown on your individual timetable. In all cases where exams clash you MUST be supervised at all times.

Morning exams start at 8.00 and 10.00.
Afternoon exams start any time between 13.00 and 14.00.
Check the timetable carefully for clashes in exams starting at a different time.

In all cases you should try to attend all of your exams, however if you are unwell you MUST call the school as soon as possible.

In some cases of absence, it may be possible to apply for special consideration as long as you have completed at least 25% of the total assessment.  Special consideration is from 0% (consideration given, but addition of marks considered inappropriate) to 5% in exceptional circumstances.

You should be aware that any consideration is likely to be small. In all cases, medical evidence will be required before special consideration can be applied for, for example a letter from your GP or hospital.

Put your hand up and speak to the invigilator.

You should aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time of your exam. If you are more than 1 hour late for an exam (where an exam is more than 1 hour in duration) the awarding body must be told, and it will be their decision whether or not to accept your exam paper.

You should normally leave these items at home, however if you do not, you will be required to hand them in to an invigilator before entering the exam room. These items will be returned to you once you leave the exam room. Failure to HAND IN ANY ITEMS WHICH ARE NOT PERMITTED in the exam, may lead to one of the following sanctions:

  • Electronic device found on you and turned off – disqualification from the paper for which the item was found
  • Electronic device found on you and turned on – disqualification of the entire subject award
  • Electronic device rings during the exam regardless of whether it’s on you – disqualification from the subject including papers already taken
  • In all cases above the awarding body will be notified
All wrist watches (NOT iWATCHES/SMART WATCHES/DATA STORAGE WATCHES) MUST be removed and placed on the desk in front of you.
iWATCHES/SMART WATCHES/DATA STORAGE WATCHES must be handed in to an invigilator or kept in your bag/backpack outside the exam room.

No. You may bring your own water into the exam however the label must be removed before the exam starts. Only plastic bottles are allowed in the exam room.

No. You will be required to remain in the exam room for the entire duration of the exam. If you finish early, use the remaining time to check through your answers.

  • Exams of 1 hour duration or less – no Students will be allowed to leave the exam room.
  • Exams over 1 hour – students will be permitted to go the toilet after the first hour, but must be escorted by a member of staff. Where possible (especially in the last 10 to 15 mins) students will be asked to remain seated in the exam room until the exam has finished. A record of the disruption will be recorded.

Follow instructions from the invigilators. You must remain in silence throughout. Additional time will be added at the end of the exam where necessary.

No. Each exam is sat throughout the world at the same time on the same day. You will be marked absent.
  • Black ball-point pens
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Rulers and mathematical equipment, where required
  • Non-graphing calculators, where required, with lid/case removed (if you are not sure about your calculator, please check with your maths teacher)
  • Your equipment should be in a clear pencil case or plastic bag.
  • You may bring water to the exam room. Labels must be removed.

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