Here you can find out what to expect on the day, including guidance and advice on dealing with any unexpected issues that may come up and some tips on approaching your exam.
You've done all your revision and studied hard to get here, so please take these rules seriously. Don't ruin your chances at getting the results you deserve by making avoidable mistakes.
Depending on the type of exam, your school/college will provide your question paper, answer sheets and additional materials. Always check with your teacher beforehand if there are any specific instructions for your exam, or additional equipment or stationery you need to provide, such as a calculator for Maths.
Generally, you can take the following into your exam:
Please read JCQ's Information for candidates for a list of instructions on exam room conduct and permissible materials and equipment.
Writing your paper is your opportunity to apply all your hard work and show what you can do.
While your teachers are the best people to help you prepare for your exams and determine your 'exam strategy', please read our general advice to help you on the day.
We do our best to avoid errors, but if this does happen, our top priority is to ensure that no student is disadvantaged as a result. An exam paper error doesn't mean you will get a lower grade. We have processes to manage the rare instances of question paper errors.
Throughout the process of creating a question paper, the questions are continuously reviewed by experts and independent reviewers.
We check our question papers at various stages, including just before and after they are printed. We also continue to review papers after they have been delivered to schools and colleges. If an error is spotted at this stage, we communicate with all schools and colleges to manage the issue before the exam takes place. For example, students might be asked to correct a spelling mistake on the paper before they start the exam.
Speak to the exams officer at your school or college, who will contact us.
We will ensure that if there has been a mistake this won't affect your result. If you feel that the error may have affected your overall performance in the exam, then talk to your teacher. If they agree, the exams officer at your school can apply for you to get special consideration.
If you are sick on the day of your exam, please ring your school/college to let them know as soon as possible. Your exams officer will let us know.
You will need a medical certificate from the GP.
Where possible, all exams will go ahead as planned. If your school/college can open, you will sit your exams as normal.
Please always check with your school/college if you are concerned or unsure. In some instances they may send you to an alternative venue or choose to withdraw you from the exam and ask you to sit it in the next available exam series.
If you have changed school/college, or need to write your exam somewhere else for some reason, you don't need to tell us. The exams officers at the respective schools/colleges will arrange everything for you and will let you know if they need more information.