Good preparation for exams is crucial in gaining a good result. Here is some advice on what to expect during the year.
Upcoming Key Dates
Please be aware that important Controlled Assessment, Coursework, Practicals, Orals and a small number of other exams can take place at any time during the year.
Certificate Collection Evenings
- Thursday 1st December: 15:30-16:30 in G2
- Tuesday 6th December: 15:30-16:30 in G1
Certificates from June 2016 and earlier can be collected, in person by the candidate on these dates. If a 3rd party needs to collect them they need to bring with them a signed letter from the candidate giving the 3rd party (by name) permission to collect the certificates and some ID.
General Exam Information
Candidates will receive a personal timetable showing dates and times and rooms for each exam. These should be immediately copied into planner/diary etc. and kept carefully. A candidate should arrive at an exam knowing which room they will be in.
For the main summer exam season only, candidates may receive an early timetable just showing dates and times. These timetables may show more than one exam at the same time. These clashes will be sorted out on the later timetable which will also show room details and where relevant details of supervision required between exams.
Clashes and Supervision between Public exams
If a candidate has two or more exams due to start at the same time, one exam will follow immediately after the other. If the exams total more than 3 hours then one exam can be taken in the other session of that day. HOWEVER they will have to be supervised between the exams. At the end of their first exam they must not leave the exam room, as security may be compromised, until they have received instructions from the invigilator which they must obey carefully. If the supervision is over lunch they must bring a packed lunch and drink with them. They may not have access to any electronics, including their phones, during this time but they will be able to revise from books and talk to other candidates in the same situation and supervision room.
Every candidate has a four figure Candidate number. It stays with them all the time they are at this school and they need to learn it. It is printed on their timetables and will need to be entered on every exam paper.
Entering personal details on papers
Candidates will need to write their name and candidate number on all papers and additional sheets. They should use capital letters and remember to sign papers if required. On Public exam papers they must use their legal name if it is different from their preferred name.
Stationery and Equipment
Candidates must make sure they take into the exam room all the equipment they will need for each exam. They should not rely on equipment being available in the exam room. Equipment must be in a clear bag or pencil case. Candidates should always write in black ink.
Candidates must not take phones or other electronic equipment (except calculators) into the exam room. If candidates do take a phone in, it must be turned off and given to an invigilator before the exam starts. The phone will be put in an envelope and a receipt number given to the candidate. It is good practice for candidates to check their pockets physically every time before they take their seats.
HAVING A PHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE ON THEM – EVEN IF SWITCHED OFF – IS CONSIDERED MALPRACTICE BY THE EXAM BOARDS AND LIABLE TO LEAD TO THEIR PAPER BEING CANCELLED.
Water may be taken into the exam room. Bottles must be clear with all labels removed. Food is not allowed in the exam room unless medically required.
Candidates should arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of an exam. If candidates arrive late to a Public exam their paper may not be accepted by the Exam board. Morning exams start at 9am. Afternoon Public exams start at 1.30pm. Afternoon internal exams start between 1pm and 1:30pm – see timetables for exact start time
Exams in Halls and Gym
A seating guide and other important information will be displayed in the Crush Hall and candidates should check this to find their row. Candidates' names and numbers are on a card on each desk.
Problems on the day
If candidates are unwell or have other problems on the day of an exam, they should call school as early as possible and definitely before 8.30am.