Before, During and After Your Exam

Tips to help the day go as smoothly as possible for you.

The day before

Ensure that you know where the exam is taking place and what time the exam takes place  Make sure you are prepared and  that you get a good night’s sleep.  You could  find ways to relax – such as going for a walk or using relaxation techniques.

The day of the exam

Get to College in plenty of time and use relaxation techniques if feeling stressed.  You will need to hand your phone in prior to the exam so do that as soon as you arrive.    You will not be able to take your coat and bag into the exam room so please don’t bring unnecessary belongings.

During the exam

Read the instructions and questions carefully before starting and take a few deep breaths.  You will need to think about how much time you allocate to each question, so keep an eye on the time.

If you panic or feel your anxiety rising, pause for a moment, put the pen down, sit back, take a few deep breaths and use positive self-talk (something motivating and encouraging to yourself). If you feel unwell, let the invigilator know.

After the exam

Plan to reward yourself after your hard work, try to avoid discussing your answers with others and let go of “what if…” worries

Coping with results

If you have passed and are happy with your results, allow yourself to be pleased, relax and celebrate, reflect back on what helped you to achieve your mark and what you could do again in future.

If you haven’t achieved the results you wanted, be kind to yourself. Think about what you would you say to a friend in this position.

Unhappy with your GCSE Results? What now?

If you are unhappy with your result(s), then the Awarding Body offers the following post results services:

Service 1: Clerical check

Re-check of all clerical procedures, with access to scripts, leading to the issue of a result for externally assessed components/units for GCSE examinations.

Service 2: Review of marking

Review of externally assessed components/units for GCSE examinations by a senior examiner.

Service 3: Access to Scripts

Original Copy to support teaching and learning

Additionally, you are able to arrange an appointment with one of our Information, Advice & Guidance Advisors by calling 01702 445700 (option 1) or email .