It is the aim of St Thomas More School to make the examination experience as stress-free and successful as possible for all candidates.

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Exam results are held in school from 2004 onwards. If you have never collected your exam certificates, it is possible that we still have them in school. We do not have “copies” of certificates, replacements must be obtained directly from exam boards. If you have mislaid your certificates for exams taken prior to 2004, you will need to contact the exam boards direct.

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What do I do if there’s a clash on my timetable?

The Exams Officer will re-schedule papers internally (on the same day) where there is a clash of subjects.  Candidates will normally sit one paper then may have a short supervised break during which they must not have any communication with other candidates.  They will then sit the second subject paper.  Correct times will be on your individual candidate timetable.  It may be necessary for you to bring a packed lunch if you have exams in the morning and afternoon as you will have to remain in isolation until both examinations are completed.  If in doubt consult the Examinations Officer.

What do I do if I think I have the wrong paper?

Invigilators will ask you to check before the exam starts.  If you think something is wrong put your hand up and tell the invigilator immediately.

What is an Appeal for Special Consideration?

Special Consideration is an adjustment to the marks or grades of a candidate who is eligible for consideration.  The allowance for Special Consideration is from 0% (consideration given but addition of marks considered inappropriate) to 5% (reserved for exceptional cases).  Parents should be aware that any adjustment is likely to be small and no feedback is provided.  Candidates will only be eligible for Special Consideration if they have been fully prepared and covered the whole course but performance in the examination or in the production of coursework is affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control.  Examples of such circumstances may be illness, accident or injury, bereavement, domestic crisis.  The Examination Officer must be informed immediately, so that the necessary paperwork can be completed (within 7 days of the exam for each subject) in some circumstances, the candidate will be required to provide evidence to support such an application.

What do I do if I feel ill during the exam?

Put your hand up and an invigilator will assist you.  You should inform an invigilator if you feel ill before or during an exam and state whether you feel this may have affected your performance.

If I’m late can I still sit the examination?

Provided you are not more than 1 hour late (or less for a shorter exam) it may still be possible for you to sit the examination.  You should get to school as quickly as possible and report to Reception.  A member of staff will escort you to the exam room.  You must not enter an examination room without permission after an examination has begun. You should also be aware that if you start the exam more than 30 minutes after the published starting time, the school must inform the exam board and it is possible that the Board may decide not to accept your work.  Please ensure that you allow enough time to get to school so that if you are delayed (e.g. through transport problems) you will still arrive on time. You cannot sit the exam once the normal end time of the exam has been reached.

What do I do if I think I have the wrong paper?

Invigilators will ask you to check before the exam starts. If you think something is wrong put your hand up and tell the invigilator immediately.

Can I leave the exam early?

It is a requirement of the exam boards that you must stay in the examination room for at least one hour after the published start time of the exam (or for the duration of the exam if it is less than one hour).  It is the school’s policy that all candidates stay until the full time of the exam has elapsed in order to prevent disruption to other candidates.  Only in exceptional circumstances may a candidate be allowed to leave before the end of the exam.   A candidate may not leave the examination room without the permission of the invigilators.

What do I do if the fire alarm goes?

You should stop work and await instructions from the invigilator.  If you have to evacuate the room leave everything on your desk and leave the room in silence.  You must not attempt to communicate with any other candidates during the evacuation. 

Can I go to the toilet during the exam?

Only if it is absolutely necessary.  You will be escorted by an invigilator and will not be allowed any extra time. You should make sure you visit the toilet before your exam in order to avoid this during the exam.

If I have more than one exam on a day can I get lunch at school?

Students who have examinations in both morning and afternoon sessions may obtain lunch from the dining hall in the usual way or bring a packed lunch.  If you are a clash candidate and are having a supervised lunch break, you will be escorted to and from the dining room.

Why do I need to check the details my timetable?

The details on your timetable will be used when certificates are printed.  If the name or date of birth on your certificates does not match your birth certificate it could cause you problems if you are asked to show your certificates to a potential employer or for college/university at some time in the future.  You should also check that the subjects and tiers of entry you are entered for are correct and that no subjects are missing. 

What do I do if I forget my Candidate Number?

Candidate Numbers are printed on your exam TIMETABLE (always bring your timetable with you to exams and you will have all the information you need to sit the exam) and seating plans which are displayed inside and outside of the exam rooms, and on attendance registers.  Invigilators will be able to help you find your number.  Alternatively, you can check it on the seating plan, before going into the exam room.

What do I do if I forget the school Centre Number?

The Centre Number is 20881.  This number will be on the desk number cards in the examination rooms. 

What do I do if I have an accident or am ill before the exam?

Inform school at the earliest possible point so we can help or advise you.  In the case of an accident that means you are unable to write it may be possible to provide you with a scribe to write your answers but we will need as much prior notice as possible. You may need to obtain medical evidence (from your GP or hospital) if you wish the school to make an appeal for Special Consideration on your behalf.

If I miss the examination can I take it on another day?

No. Timetables are regulated by the exam boards and you must attend on the given date and time. There are no exceptions. Misreading the timetable is not an acceptable excuse for missing an exam.

Do I have to wear school uniform?

Yes. Normal school regulations apply to uniform, hair, jewellery, make-up, etc.

What equipment should I bring for my exams?

For most exams you should bring at least 2 pens (black ink only).

  • 2 x HB pencils.
  • For Mathematics, pencils must be used for diagrammatic work.
  • For some exams you will need a calculator (Maths/Science), a 30cm ruler (marked with cm and mm), pencil sharpener and rubber, compasses, protractor, coloured pencil crayons (not gel pens), set texts (e.g. for English Literature).

You are responsible for providing your own equipment for examinations.  You must not attempt to borrow equipment from another candidate during the examination.

What items are not allowed into the examination room?

Only material that is listed on question papers is permitted in the examination room.  Students who are found to have any unauthorised material, will be reported to the appropriate examinations board.  Using unauthorised materials in an exam, will almost certainly result in disqualification from the paper or the subject concerned. Bags and coats and any other items not permitted under examination regulations, must be left in the care of the invigilators at the front/back of the room. Do not bring any valuables into school with you when you attend for an examination. No food is allowed in the exam room.  You may bring a bottle of water. Mobile telephones must not be brought into the exam room even if they are turned off.

Why can’t I bring my mobile telephone into the exam room?

Being in possession of a mobile ‘phone (or any other electronic communication device, e.g. ipod, headphones) may be regarded as cheating and is subject to severe penalty from the awarding bodies:   
The minimum penalties are as follows: Device found on you and turned ON  - disqualification for the entire subject award.   Device found on you and turned OFF – disqualification from the specific paper you are sitting at the time. Phone rings during the exam wherever it is in the room the exam board must be informed and you may be disqualified from all papers for the subject (including any already taken). If there is an emergency that requires that you bring a mobile telephone to school, you must switch it off and leave it in a named envelope with one of the invigilators on entering the examination room.  You are responsible for collecting it at the end of the examination. 

How do I know how long the exam is?

The length of the examination is shown in minutes on your individual timetable under the heading ‘duration’.  Invigilators will tell you when to start and finish the exam.  They will write the finish time of the exam on a board at the front/side of the exam room.  There will be a clock in all examination rooms.

I am entitled to extra time – how will this affect the way I take my exams?

Some students receive an allowance of 25% extra time. Where possible such candidates will be seated together to minimise disturbance from other candidates who finish earlier.  The invigilators will include the additional time when they display the finishing time of your exam on the board.

What do I do if I don’t get the grades I need for college?

Teaching staff will be available to advise you on results day.  If you feel strongly that it is necessary to make an enquiry about your result you should first consult your subject teacher to obtain their advice regarding the possibility of requesting a re-mark.  You should be aware that your mark could go down, go up or stay the same.  Re-mark requests must be submitted to the Examinations Officer by 15th September.  You must complete a Candidate consent form and return it with the correct payment to cover the cost.