On the day

Whilst exams can be stressful, you can make your life easier by preparing for the day well in advance.

Your examination centre will be running the exams and they have a set of rules which they must follow laid out by the exam boards and JCQ. They will inform you of the arrangements nearer the time.

Before the Exams

  1. Make sure that you know the time and location of your examination and have planned your journey so you arrive with time to spare
  2. Ensure you know who to contact at the exam centre if you have a problem on the day of your exam which will make you late or prevent you from attending
  3. Ensure that you have the appropriate “Exam Kit” Ready

On the day

What you can/should take into the exam room

  • A clear plastic pencil case
  • Two or more Black ballpoint pens.  Blue pens are not acceptable
  • A clear plastic water bottle

If it is relevant to your examination you may also take in

  • An approved calculator
  • Appropriate equipment such as a ruler or protractor
  • Absolutely clean copies of set texts if it is an “open book” exam

What you can’t take into the exam

  • Any form of telephone
  • Watches of any description, even if they are analogue
  • Any revision notes

General Advice for during the exam

  1. Always listen to the invigilator. Always follow their instructions.
  2. Tell the invigilator at once if:
    (a) you think you have not been given the right question paper, if any of the materials listed on the front of the paper are missing or if the question paper is incomplete or badly printed
    (b) if you are taken ill or have any other problem which will affect your exam performance
  3. Read carefully and follow the instructions printed on the question paper and/or on the answer booklet.
  4. Do not start writing anything until the invigilator tells you to fill in all the details required on the front of the question paper and/or the answer booklet before you start the exam. Do not open the question paper until you are instructed that the exam has begun.
  5. Remember to write your answers within the designated sections of the answer booklet.
  6. Do your rough work on the proper exam stationery. Cross it through and hand it in with your answers. Make sure you add your candidate details to any additional answer sheets that you use, including those used for rough work

JCQs guidance for candidates can be found here