Exam Advice

General Guidelines to help you through your examinations

  • Arrive at the examination room at least 15 minutes before the exam is due to start. If you arrive later you will need special permission to enter the exam room.
  • Only write in black ink. A fountain pen or good fibre pen may improve presentation. Always carry a spare pen.
  • Do not take any notes, exercise books or textbooks into the examination room. Bags should be neatly stacked in the foyer where cameras are in operation.
  • Bring a record of your examination number with you in order to avoid mistakes or delays. The hall will be arranged in examination number order. It is essential that numbers are never rearranged by students.
  • You may use calculators in some subjects. They must be small, silent, and battery operated and non-programmable. Calculators must not be left in their cases. They may not be borrowed from other candidates during the examination.
  • You must provide you own writing equipment. For multiple choice question papers a HB pencil and rubber are essential. You are also responsible for bringing such as calculators, protractors etc.
  • You must attend for all examinations in full school uniform. 
  • You will be given a clear warning at the start of each examination regarding conduct in the examination. If any of the regulations are breached you will be reported to the examination board and you will not be awarded a GCSE result.
  • If you miss an examination for any reason except illness you will have to repay the £25 examination fee. GCSE Science will cost £50.00 as it is a dual award. If you are too ill to take an exam you must provide a medical certificate. You cannot take an examination at a later date.
  • Your Year Tutor will issue with a clearance certificate, which must be signed by members of staff concerned as you return your books, all by a specific date. All books not returned will be charged to you.
  • Using Calculators
    For question papers where the use of calculators is allowed, candidates are responsible for making sure that their calculators meet the awarding bodies’ regulations.

    The instructions set out in this section apply to all examinations unless stated otherwise in the appropriate awarding body’s subject-specific instructions.

Candidates should be told these regulations beforehand. 

Calculators must be:

  • of a size suitable for use on the desk

  • battery or solar powered

Calculators must not:

  • be designed or adapted to offer any of these facilities:-
    • language translators
    • symbolic algebra manipulation
    • symbolic differentiation or integration
    • communication with other machines or the internet
    • be borrowed from another candidate during an examination for any reason
  • have retrievable information stored in them, this includes:-
    • databanks
    • dictionaries
    • mathematical formulas
    • text

The candidate is responsible for the following:

  • the calculator’s power supply 
  • the calculator’s working condition

Information given by the examiners about written work.

  • You must write in black ink or ballpoint pen, unless the instructions on the front of the question paper say otherwise

  • Write your name (except for CCEA examinations), centre number, candidate number and unit or component code or paper details on your answer booklets

  • Fill in any other details as necessary

  • You must do all work, including rough work, on examination stationery unless otherwise stated.

  • You should neatly cross through any rough work but not make it totally illegible, as it will be forwarded to the examiner

  • You must do any rough work for multiple-choice papers in the question book

You must not use:

  • correcting pens, fluid or tape
  • reading pens
  • highlighter pens in your answers (although you may use them to highlight questions within the question paper or question/answer booklet)
  • pale-coloured gel pens in your answers

Exam Instructions

  • Dates listed are provisional and are yet to be confirmed
  • For examinations which do not last the full session, students will be revising prior to the start;
  • Students will follow their normal timetable if they are not taking an exam;
  • Appointments for the French Speaking examination will be arranged individually.

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