Welcome to the Examinations section of the QEGS website. Here you will find information on many aspects of the examinations process.
The school is registered and approved with all of the major Examination Boards: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC and ASDAN. Exam Boards and Subjects.
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General information about exams
Exams can cause stress, so this has been written to help you understand what to do when you have external exams to take at QEGS.
Show your exams timetable and accompanying booklet to other people such as your family, as the more people who know what to do, the less likely you are to make a mistake. Turning up too early can be mildly embarrassing - turning up too late would be disastrous - you CANNOT take an external exam on a different day or time. Read your timetable carefully and if you think there are any mistakes, then speak to the Exams Officer immediately.
Most of the exams will take place in the Sports Hall or Sixth Form Common Room, with some in specialist rooms. All exams start at 9.00 am in the morning or 1.30 pm in the afternoon. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of each exam.
For GCSE exams there will be a seating plan for the Exam room. For all exams, you must sit at the desk that has your candidate number and name on it. You will be expected to wear full and correct school uniform for all exams. You cannot bring food, sweets, snacks, chewing gum etc. into the exam room, but you may bring a drink in a clear plastic bottle. Be sure to have an adequate supply of stationery with you (pens, pencils, ruler etc) in a clear pencil case or clear plastic bag. You can only write in BLACK ink or ballpoint pen. If you need to bring a calculator for some exams, make sure it has a new battery. Take time to read all the instructions on the exam paper and carry them out exactly. Don't assume you have finished until you read the instruction 'END OF EXAMINATION' - candidates have been known to miss out whole questions.
Do not bring a mobile phone, iPod/MP3/MP4 player or any device which will store information. If you are found to have any of these in an exam room, the school must report this to the Examination Board and you will be disqualified from that exam and possibly from the whole subject! Please be sensible - IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK.
If you arrive late, don't panic! You can still take the exam so go straight to the exam room as soon as you arrive in school. If you arrive more than 30 minutes after the start of the exam, you can still take the exam but the Examination Board will decide whether they accept your reason for lateness and whether they will mark the paper. You will NOT be permitted to sit the exam if you arrive after the published finishing time for that exam.
ILLNESS AND OTHER EMERGENCIES
If you fall ill at home before an exam and cannot get into school to take your exam, you must telephone the Exams Office (01335 343685 extension 1392) as soon as you can. We need to know in all cases why candidates are absent from exams. If no acceptable reason is given for absence, then the school will expect re-payment of the full exam fee from you. The entry fee for one GCSE subject can be as much as £25.00, and £20 for one 'A' level module.
If you arrive for an exam and are feeling unwell, or you need special arrangements, such as additional room for a wheelchair, please let the Exams Officer know before you arrive so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
If you are taken ill during an exam, inform an invigilator that you are not feeling well and they will then be aware that you may need to leave the exam room for a short time. This will be under supervision.
All results are received in school and you will be told the results and given a paper copy. Some subjects have coursework/controlled assessments that make up part of the final grade. There is an Internal Appeals process that you can use if there is a problem with any of these marks. Details are available from the Exams Office. There is also a process to appeal against final marks given in exams. For example, your paper can be re-marked or you can have papers returned to you. These services must be requested immediately on receipt of your results as there is a strict time limit on how long these services are available, and you will be charged for these services.
If you have taken exams that will enable you to receive a certificate, then you will be informed how you can collect these when they are available. Certificates will not be posted unless you provide an addressed envelope with appropriate postage. Your certificates are your only official proof of your results so it is important that you collect them, and then keep them safe. If you lose them, we cannot obtain copies for you. You will however be able to purchase duplicate copies from the Exam Boards.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Exams Office on 01335 343685 extension 1392.
End of qualification GCE and GCSE results can be collected from school on the following days:-
- GCE on Thursday 15 August 2013
- GCSE on Thursday 22 August 2013
The dates and venues for the summer examination period for 2013 are available below:
Students will receive their own personalised timetables prior to each examination series. You can look at specific subjects on individual exam board websites.
Please note that in addition to these dates, students may be expected to take school assessments and have controlled assessment deadlines to meet.
The following policies relate to various aspects of exams. Please click on a policy to view it.
- Information for Candidates - Written Exams
- Information for Candidates - Onscreen Tests
- Warning to Candidates (JCQ)
- Mobile phones and electronic devices (JCQ)
- Controlled Assessments (JCQ)
- Exams Policy including Appeals against coursework/controlled assessment marks
The school accepts External/Private candidates under the following conditions:
- You must live within the school's catchment area. This can be found on the school website.
- You must be studying with the same Examination Board and studying the same syllabus for each subject as students on roll at the school.