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Examination Information




Guides for Students, Parents and Carers

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if there is a clash on my timetable?

The exams officer 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 short break in a ‘quarantine room’ during which they will be supervised and must not have any communication with other candidates.  They will then sit the second subject paper. It may be necessary for you to bring a packed lunch if you have examinations in the morning and afternoon as you will have to remain in isolation until both examinations are completed.  If in doubt consult Miss Moore.

Q 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 tell the invigilator immediately

Q What do I do if I forget my Candidate Number?

Candidate Numbers are printed on LHS Student ID cards (which must be bought into the examination room), personalised timetables and seating lists (which are displayed outside the examination room). Invigilators will be able to help you find your number, which also appears on their examination registers.

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

The Centre Number is 25269 and will be clearly displayed in the examination room.

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

Inform Miss Moore 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 will also 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).

Q  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 covered the whole course but performance in the examination or in the production of coursework is affected by adverse circumstance beyond their control.  Examples or such circumstances may be illness, accident or injury, bereavement, domestic crisis.  Miss Moore must be informed immediately, so that the necessary paperwork can be completed. The candidate will be required to provide evidence to support such an application.

Q 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 and you feel this may have affected your performance.

Q If I miss the examination can I take it on another day?

No.  Timetables are regulated by the Examination Boards and you must attend on the given date and time.

Q Do I have to wear school uniform?

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

Q  What equipment should I bring for my exams?

You must have a clear pencil case

For most exams you should bring at least 2 pens (black ink only- No gel pens)

For some exams you will need a calculator, a ruler (marked with cm and mm), a pencil sharpener and a rubber, a pair of compasses, a protractor and coloured pencils.

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

Q What items are not allowed into the examination room?

  • Only materials that are listed on question papers (e.g. an insert) are permitted in the examination room and candidates who are found to have any materials with them that are not allowed will be reported to the appropriate Examinations Board.  In such circumstances, a candidate would normally be disqualified from the paper or the subject concerned.
  • Bags, coats and any other items not permitted under examination regulations must be left with the invigilators. Do not bring any valuables into school with you when you attend for an examination. 
  • Candidates may bring a drink to their examinations but this must be water and has to be in a clear plastic bottle or sports bottle without branding or any printing on. All labels must be removed. Anything other than water will be removed by the invigilator and returned after the exam is finished.
  • Mobile telephones, headphones, all watches and any other technological equipment must not be kept on your person even if it is turned off. You will be given an opportunity to hand these in to the invigilators but it is your responsibility to ensure that they are switched off.  Even if you have handed something in and it goes off you may still lose your marks for one or possibly all of your exams.
  • Failure to comply with this JCQ regulation will be treated as malpractice and will almost certainly lead to candidates being disqualified from their exam. Watches must be handed in with the mobile phones.

Q Why do JCQ Regulations state that I cannot bring my mobile telephone, watch or earphones into the exam room?

Being in possession of a mobile phone (or any other electronic communication device, e.g. iPod, watch, earphones), is regarded as cheating and is subject to a severe penalty from the awarding bodies.  The penalties are explained in section 5 of this handbook “Examination and Assessment Malpractice”.

Q 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 start and finish time of the exam on a flip chart or board at the front of the exam room.  There will be clocks in all examination rooms.      

Can I leave the exam early?

No - It is not the school’s policy to allow candidates to leave the examination room early, as this is disruptive to other candidates. Candidates must leave the examination room in a quiet orderly fashion at the end of the exam, showing consideration to other candidates who may still be taking a longer exam.

Q  May 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 any extra time.  Only one candidate can leave the examination room to go to the toilet at any time.

Q Why do I need to check the details on the Statement of Entry / Timetable?

The details on your Statement of Entry / 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 when you are asked to show your certificates to a potential employer or for 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.  Failure to notify the college of incorrect details or entries will involve certificate reprints or late entries having to be made which will be charged for.  Please note: all certificates and results are in your LEGAL name.

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

Some candidates with access arrangements have been granted an allowance of 25% extra time due to identified needs. Candidates may be seated in separate rooms or at the side of the room to minimise disturbance from other candidates who finish earlier.  The invigilators will include the additional time when they display the finishing time of your examination on board. Candidates entitled to extra time must remain in the examination room for the full duration of the examination, including extra time.

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