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FAQ: Examinations

What do I do if there’s a clash on my timetable?

The school will re‐schedule papers internally (on the same day) where there is a clash of subjects. Candidates will normally sit one paper then have a break during which they will be supervised and must not have any communication with other candidates. They will then sit the second subject paper. Correct times should be on your individual candidate timetable. It may be necessary for you to bring a packed lunch if you have exams in the morning and afternoon as you will have to remain in isolation until both examinations are completed. If in doubt please consult the Examinations Officer.

What do I do if I think I have the wrong paper?

Invigilators will ask you to check before the exam starts. If you think something is wrong put your hand up and inform the invigilator immediately.

What do I do if I forget my Candidate Number?

Candidate numbers are displayed on a notice board at the end of the corridor next to the Welfare Office. Your candidate number will also be available on your personalised exam label which will be on your desk when you enter the examination room. Invigilators will be able to help you find your number if you have any problems.

What do I do if I forget the school Centre Number?

The Centre Number is: 64145. It will clearly be displayed in the examination rooms.

What do I do if I have an accident or am ill before the exam?

Inform the school at the earliest possible point so we can help or advise you. In the case of an accident that means you are unable to write it may be possible to provide you with a scribe to write your answers but we will need as much prior notice as possible.

You may need to obtain medical evidence (from your GP or hospital) if you wish the school to make an appeal for Special Consideration on your behalf (see below).

What is an Appeal for Special Consideration?

Special Consideration is an adjustment to the marks or grades of a candidate who is eligible for consideration. The allowance for special consideration is from 0% (consideration given but addition of marks considered inappropriate) to 5% (reserved for exceptional cases). Parents should be aware that any adjustment is likely to be small and no feedback is ever provided. Candidates will only be eligible for special consideration if they have been fully prepared and covered the whole course but performance in the examination or in the production of coursework is affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control. Examples of such circumstances may be illness, accident or injury, bereavement, domestic crisis. The Examination Officer must be informed immediately, so that necessary paperwork can be completed (within 7 days of the last exam session for each subject) and the candidate will be required to provide evidence to support such an application.

What do I do if I feel ill during the exam?

Put your hand up and an invigilator will assist you. You should inform an invigilator if you feel ill before or during an exam as this may have an effect on your performance.

If I’m late can I still sit the examination?

Provided you are not more then 1 hour late, it may still be possible for you to sit the examination. You should get to school as quickly as possible and report to reception. A member of staff will escort you to the examination room. You must not enter an examination room without permission after an examination has begun. It may be possible to allow you extra time if you start the examination late. You should also be aware that if you start the exam more then 30 minutes after the published starting time, the school must inform the exam board and it is possible that the Board may decide not to accept your work. Please ensure that you allow enough time to get to school so that if you are delayed (e.g. through transport problems) you will still arrive on time.

If I miss an examination can I take it on another day?

No. Timetables are regulated by the exam boards and you must attend on the given date and time.

Do I have to wear school uniform?

Yes. Normal school regulations apply to uniform, hair, jewellery, make‐up, etc.

What equipment should I bring for my exams?

For most exams you should bring at least 2 pens black ink only.
For Science and Maths where you need to draw diagrams you need 2 pencils.
For some exams you will need a calculator (Maths / Science / General Studies), a 30cm ruler (marked with cm & mm), pencil sharpener and eraser, compasses, protractor, coloured pencils (not gel pens) set texts (e.g. for English Literature).

You are responsible for providing your own equipment for examinations. You must not attempt to borrow equipment from another candidate during the examination.

Why can’t I bring my mobile telephone into the exam room?

Being in possession of a mobile telephone (or any other electronic communication device, e.g. iPod, MP3/4 players, headphones) is regarded as cheating and is subject to severe penalty from the awarding bodies:

The minimum penalties are as follows:

Device found on you and turned ON – disqualification for the entire subject award.
Device found on you and turned OFF – disqualification from the subject specific paper you are sitting at the time.

Phone rings during the exam wherever it is in the room the exam board must be informed and you may be disqualified from all papers for the subject (including any already taken).

How do I know how long the exam is?

The length of the examination is shown in minutes on your individual timetable
under the heading ‘duration’. Invigilators will tell you when to start and finish the
exam. They will write the finish time of the exam on a board at the front of the
examination rooms.

Can I leave the exam early?

It is a requirement of the exam boards that you must stay in the examination room for at least one hour after the published start time of the exam (or for the duration of the exam if it is less then one hour). It is not the school’s policy to allow candidates to leave the exam room early, as this is disruptive to other candidates. A candidate may not leave the examination room without the permission of the invigilators.

What do I do if the fire alarm goes off?

The examination invigilators will tell you what to do. If you have to evacuate the room leave everything on your desk and leave the room in silence. You must not attempt to communicate with any other candidate during the evacuation.

Can I go to the toilet during the exam?

Only if it is absolutely necessary. You will be escorted by an invigilator and will not be allowed extra time.

If I have more than one exam on a day can I get lunch at school?

Pupils who have examinations in both morning and afternoon sessions may obtain lunch from the canteen in the usual way or bring a packed lunch.

Why do I need to check my details on my Individual Exam timetable?

The personal details on you Exam timetable will be used when certificates are printed. If the name or date of birth on your certificates does not match your birth certificate it could cause you problems if you are asked to show your certificates to a potential employer or college/university at some time in the future. You should also check that the subjects and tiers of entry you are entered for are correct and that no subjects are missing.

What are Modular Exams?

Many subjects at GCSE level are now modular. This means taking written
examinations on sections of the syllabus at intervals throughout the course as well as final examinations in the summer of Year 11. It is possible to retake modules if advised to do so by your teacher. It is important that pupils complete all the requisite modules, as marks will contribute towards their final grade at GCSE. All A level subjects are split into either 4 or 6 units. Half of these are AS units which are normally taken in Year 12 and the A2 is completed in Year 13.

What are Controlled Assessments?

These are tests which have taken the place of coursework in some subjects and are done in a normal classroom environment, supervised by teachers.

I am entitled to extra time – how will this affect the way I take my exams?

Some students receive an allowance of up to 25% extra time. Where possible such candidates will be seated together to minimize disturbance from other candidates who finish earlier. The invigilators will include the additional time and display it separately on the board.

What do I do if I have two exams timetabled at the same time?

The Exams Officer will resolve any clash of exams by giving you special timetable arrangements. The maximum time for more than two exams in a session is three hours. So candidates may be asked to do both exams in a session with a supervised break in between. Or it may mean moving one of your exams to the morning or afternoon of that day. If this is the case you will be kept under supervision between your morning and afternoon exams and will need to bring in a packed lunch. You will not be able to use mobile phones or the internet during this time.

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