Examination Information Summer 2017
Advice for students sitting examinations in Summer 2017
Please read the enclosed information carefully.
Year 10 : Tuesday 2nd May
Year 11 : Friday 5th May
6th Form : Monday 15th May
Exams End: Tuesday 27th June
Your exam timetable is the single most important piece of information that you will receive about your exams, it is personalised to your unique combination of exams and has any special considerations you receive accounted for on it.
The timetable will tell you the time, duration, room and seat number you will be in for every exam. It is important that you know this information when you arrive for your exam as it may result in a delay in you starting your paper and cause disruption to your exam, if you do not know it.
- Ensure you know if your exam is in the morning or the afternoon.
- Ensure you know the location of the exam and your seat number. Most exams are in the sport hall but not all.
- Check the duration of the exam so you know what time you will finish your exam, especially if it is in the afternoon and may run past 3pm.
Your prompt time keeping and punctual arrival will ensure that your and everyone else’s examinations run to schedule. Students turning up at the last minute can disrupt everyone’s exam and result in the examinations starting late.
- Arrive outside your exam room no less than 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam.
- Ensure that you have all the equipment with you before you arrive.
- Use the toilet before you arrive for your exam, some exams are long and you will only be allowed to use the toilet during the exam under special circumstances.
- Once you have entered the exam room you will not be allowed to leave it until the finish time of your exam unless there is an emergency.
- Ensure that you have checked the length of your exam so you can let your parents know approximately what time you will be home at.
In cases of clashing exams (exams which are set at the same time), you will usually sit one exam straight after another with a short break (under exam conditions) in between. In some cases, however, one exam may have to be moved to the morning or afternoon session. You should have been made aware of any timetable variations well in advance of your exam, but if clash arrangements are not clear to you, please see Mr Waters in good time.
If you have a clash which involves moving an exam to a different session, you may well need to have a supervised lunch break. If this is the case, you will be free to chat to other clash candidates, revise, read a book etc., but you will not be able to use your phone or the internet or talk to any other students or staff. You are not allowed to go anywhere between exams except for the toilet, when a member of staff will accompany you to ensure no verbal contact is made with other students.
Good preparation for an exam includes ensuring you have the required equipment with you, whilst the school endeavours to have spare equipment to ensure all students can sit their exam it is not possible to provide every student with equipment at the start of an exam.
As such the school expects every student to being the equipment they require for their exam. This should either be brought into the exam loose or in a transparent pencil case (please note that solid or opaque pencil cases will not be allowed into the exam room).
The standard equipment a student should provide when it is required for their exam is:
- Black Pen x2
- Pencil x2
- 30cm Ruler
- Scientific Calculator
- Pencil Sharpener
- Clear(transparent) Pencil Case to carry your equipment in
- Coloured Pencils (for certain exams)
In the examination
There are a number of rules that apply to sitting an exam. Breach of any of these rules my result in your disqualification from the examination and or all the examinations that you are entered for. Below are a summary of the main rules that all candidates must follow.
- You must not speak to or attempt to communicate with anyone else in the exam room at any point, if you need to attract the attention of an invigilator put you hand up and wait.
- You not have on you or near you any mobile phone or smart device, including smart watches, MP3 players, or programable calculators.
- If you have a mobile phone in your bag you must ensure it is turned off and not just in silent mode.
- You must follow all instructions given to you.
- You must not bring any written notes in to the exam unless the exam allows for you to have pre prepared work with you, if this is the case your class teacher will have told you.
- You must not leave the exam room at any time during the exam unless told to do so and accompanied by an invigilator.
- You must remain in silence until you have exited the building, talking in the bag area counts as malpractice.
If you are ill and have an exam in the near future, and think you may be absent of handicapped by your illness in the exam, let us know well before the exam.
Come in for all exams unless it is absolutely impossible – we will make special arrangements for you on the day. If you are suddenly ill on the day of the exam, your parent/guardian should telephone school on 0121 533 3750 by 8.30am.
Obtain a doctor’s note so that we have medical evidence – we can then apply for Special Consideration.
If you miss an exam without an approved reason the school may seek to recover the cost of the entry from your parent/guardian.
If you are late
If you are going to be late for an exam phone the school immediately on the above number, let us know why you will be late and what time you expect to arrive.
If there is a good reason for your lateness and exam security has not been breached, you will be allowed the full examination time.
DO NOT THINK THAT YOU ARE TOO LATE SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL MISS THE EXAM
~ YOU MUST COME IN! ~