Exam Day Checklist

  • Leave plenty of time to get to school – there may be delays
  • Arrive at least 10/15 minutes before the start
  • Check the Exams Notice Board for changes
  • Check the room and desk number
  • Know what paper/tier you are taking. Tell the invigilator if you are given the wrong paper.
  • Have the correct equipment
  • Check what sort of paper is going to be?
  • Is it long answers or multiple choice?
  • Are you only supposed to answer certain questions? Or all of them? You will loose valuable marks if you get this wrong. Ask your teacher if you are unsure.

What to bring:

  • Clear 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.)
    • Bring your own calculator! Borrowed calculators may work differently or the buttons may be in different places! This may be the difference between getting the marks on that vital question…or not getting the marks at all.
  • 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. All labels removed.
  • Mints (but NOT chewing gum) in a clear plastic bag. All labels removed.
  • Analogue watches can be put on the desk but may NOT be worn in an exam.

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.
  • No phones or internet enabled watches even if switched off.
  • 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 on your answers at all.
  • Food (other than water and mints) are not permitted in an exam room
  • If you have a medical condition, such as diabetes, then please discuss this confidentially with the Exams Manager before your first exam.

Uniform and clothing for exams

Students must wear normal school uniform for ALL exams (including exams after May Half Term) 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.