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Day of the exam


You must wear your full, normal school uniform for all your examinations.

Being late

It is very important that you are not late for your examinations as your paper might be disqualified. If you are going to be late you should telephone the school and make your way in as quickly as possible. You are strongly advised that you remain under the supervision of your parent/carer until you are handed over to a member of the school’s staff. You might be allowed to start your examination late, but this will be at the discretion of the school. If you are very late for your examination then you will usually be disqualified.

Mobile phones and other electronic devices

The use or possession of: mobile phones, watches, pagers, organisers, music players, headphones or any other type of electronic communication or storage device is strictly not allowed in examination rooms or isolation rooms. These are not permitted under any circumstances, even if turned off and in your bag. If you are discovered with a mobile phone or other device, even if it is turned off, you will be reported and will usually face disqualification.

Notes and markings

If you have any revision notes or other pieces of paper on you (e.g. in your pockets) ensure you hand these in or put them in your bag before the examination. Make sure you have no markings on your hands, arms, clothing or equipment. All such markings, notes and messages discovered after the start of the examination will be reported to the examination board and you will usually face disqualification.

Missing an examination

You must attend all the examinations that are shown on your individual candidate timetable. Missing an examination for any reason will usually result in being awarded a zero mark (and possibly a charge).

If you have severe illness you should telephone the school as soon as possible of the morning on the examination. You will usually need to provide a doctor’s note/medical letter and the school will explain when this is required. In some cases the school may be willing to apply for special consideration (see below).

Special consideration

If something has seriously affected your performance in an examination (i.e. a death in the family), or has caused you to miss an entire examination then, in some cases, the school may apply for special consideration. It is important to let the school know quickly about any such occurrence and evidence will be required.


Apart from specialist resources, you must provide all your own equipment for the examination. The following equipment should be brought to every examination:

  • 2 pens (black ink only)
  • 2 HB pencils
  • Ruler
  • Pencil sharpener (which catches the shavings)
  • Eraser

For certain examinations you may also need the following:

  • Compass
  • Protractor
  • Calculator
  • Coloured pencil crayons
  • Relevant set texts (e.g. in English Literature)

If you are unsure what you need to bring, speak with your teacher. The invigilators have a limited amount of spare equipment but you must not rely on using these.

The candidate is responsible for ensuring they have the correct equipment. All equipment must be brought in a clear plastic bag or transparent pencil case. No graffiti, notes or messages are allowed on any of the equipment or cases. Borrowing from other candidates is not allowed. Correction fluid must not be used.