In preparation for your exam day there are a number of things that you need to remember
See also the
- Exam news and updates page: check this page regularly for information about any changes that may affect your exam sitting
- Instructions to candidates document: for full information about sitting your exams
|Exam entry permits||Your exam entry permit will be available to download 2 weeks before the exam session starts. It is your responsibility to download and print the permit, and to take it with you to your exam.
The permit will: allow you entrance to the exam hall, confirm your exam booking, give you your candidate number and provide other important information.
|Proof of identity||You also need to bring photographic proof of identity with you to your exam. Suitable examples are a current passport, driving licence or identity card. This will be checked by the invigilator during the exam.|
|Exam start times||At some centres the exam start times are varied, due to the centre's local requirements. The time shown on your exam permit is the local start time at your centre, but make sure that you check the Exam news and updates page to see whether a late change has been notified at your centre.
Check the exam start time changes
|Reading time||All exams have 15 minutes reading time at the start. Make sure that you know what you are allowed to do during this time.
Read more about how to use this time
|Handwriting||Make sure that you write clearly, so that the examiners can read your work and give you full credit.
Read more about making your script clear
|Write with black pen||Remember to write in black pen as your exam script will be scanned ready for marking.|
|Calculators||You need to use an authorised calculator for your exams. Using an incorrect calculator in any exam will result in you receiving a mark of zero.
See the list of approved calculators
|Smartwatches||Smartwatches are not to be used during the exams. All other types of analogue and digital watches are allowed, but you will need to place your watch on your desk at the start of the exam. Clocks will be available in all exam rooms.|
|Mobile phones||Mobile phones are not permitted on your person in the exam room. They must be switched off, and left in your bag with your other personal belongings.|
|Formulae and Tables book||Where you need it, a copy of the Formulae and Tables book will be provided for you on your exam desk. You should not bring your own copy.
Read more about the Formulae and Tables book
After you have sat your exam
|Mitigating circumstances||If you were ill whilst taking your exam, or other serious circumstances prevented you doing your best, you can apply for this to be taken into consideration.
Read more about mitigating circumstances
|Comments about your exam sitting||If you have any general comments about the exam centre where you sat, please complete an exam comments form, and return this to us within three weeks of the exams taking place. These comments will then help us to improve our services to all students.
Download the form
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