Monday, September 25, 2017

Exam Day Checklist

  1. Leave plenty of time to get to school – just in case there are any delays on your journey.
  2. Aim to arrive at least 10/15 minutes before your exam start time
  3. Check the Exams Notice Board to make sure there haven’t been any last minute changes to the exam rooms
  4. Make sure you know which desk number you are sitting at – check your timetable or the seating plan if you’re not certain.
  5. Make sure you know which paper you are taking and which tier (Foundation or Higher) that you have been entered for – you will be asked to check this once the question papers are handed out so you will need to know! You must let an invigilator know if you are given the wrong paper.
  6. Check you have all the correct equipment
  7. Check you know what the requirements are of the paper you are about to sit:
    • Is it long answers or
    • Is it multiple choice?
    • Are you only supposed to answer certain questions? Or all of them? You will loose valuable marks if you get this wrong.
    • If so do you know which ones they are? Your teacher will have told you if this is the case – refer to any hand outs they may have given you.
    • If in doubt ASK!

 What to bring:

  • Only see-through plastic pencil cases are permitted (or a clear plastic bag will do)
  • Non programmable calculators (but only if they are permitted for the paper you are taking.)
    • Students should bring their own calculator! They may not be familiar with the functionality of a borrowed calculator and this may be the difference between getting the marks on that vital question….or not getting the marks at all.
  • Writing equipment:
  • Black pens only (preferably at least two - in case one runs out)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Coloured pens (for D&T subjects they are essential)
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Water in a clear bottle with a spill-proof cap. The label must be removed.
  • Mints (but NOT chewing gum) in a clear plastic bag. All labels removed.

What NOT to bring:

  • Calculator cases are not permitted and must be left in your bag.
  • NO revision notes or text books (unless the exam paper expressly permits these – your teacher will tell you if this is the case.)
  • NO electronic storage devices of any kind are permitted. Stow these in your bag or hand them in at the collection point. This includes internet enabled watches.
  • Gel pens
  • Correction fluid or tape
  • Highlighter pens MAY ONLY BE USED on the question areas of an exam paper and on the resource materials. They must NOT be used in your answers at all.
  • Food (other than water and mints) are not permitted in an exam room
  • If you have a medical condition which necessitates you having food with you such as diabetes then please discuss this confidentially with the Exams Manager before your first exam.

Uniform and clothing for exams

Up to and including ALL exams before May Half Term students are expected to wear normal school uniform for their exams but remember

  • any exam room can start to feel chilly when you have been sitting still for a long period of time
  • if you feel the cold (and even if you don’t) it is recommended that you always wear your school sweater as well as your jacket. You can always take them off if you get too hot
  • white t-shirts, with no visible slogan, may be worn under shirts and blouses
  • during the November exams sweatshirts may also be worn under jackets provided they are removed before and after exams and hoods are NOT worn up.
  • Hoodies, hats, gloves, coats and scarves may NOT be worn in an exam room at any time (this includes accessorising scarves worn by girls). This is because it contravenes exam regulations, the school uniform policy or both.

Exams taken after May Half Term

  • You and your parents/carers will receive a letter during March of Year 11 about the arrangements for you after the May Half Term holiday.
  • Provided these arrangements do not change between now and then you will not have to wear uniform when you come into school after the summer half term in Year 11. However, you are expected to dress appropriately! Clothing should not cause either a distraction to others or cause offence.
  • Hats, gloves, coats and scarves are still not permitted to be worn during an exam even if you are not expected to wear school uniform.



If you have any queries or questions then please contact the THS Exams Office staff:

Liz Ford, Exams Manager

Cathy Britton, Exams Assistant

Extension 263 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively use the contact form here. 

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