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Exams and How To Survive Them Candidate Name: Candidate Number: DCHS Exams Office Contents Introduction Introduction 3 Exams: 4 Before During At the end What to bring (and what not to bring) to an exam 5 What happens if you are late or ill 6 Results 7 Revision 8 This booklet gives you information about exams at DCHS. Before you do anything else, please write your name on the front, together with your candidate number (make sure you know this). Then take some time to read through it - we hope you find it useful. If you or your parents have any questions or need help or advice at any time before, during or after your exams, please contact the Exams Officer, Mrs Kelly, in the school Exams Office. The school telephone number is 01494 763296. Here are some of the basics: For each of your exam sessions you will be sent a timetable showing the dates and times of all your exams. Check it and let the Exams Office know if you think it is wrong, then keep it safe! Arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of each exam. Make sure you have read the вЂ�Information for CandidatesвЂ™ notice on the exam noticeboards. Exams: before, during & at the end At the beginning of an exam, you must enter the exam room IN COMPLETE SILENCE and fill the seats starting with the front left corner of the room. Listen carefully to instructions and notices read out by the invigilators вЂ“ there may be amendments to the exam paper that you need to know about. During all exams you must be completely SILENT and this includes times when the exam papers are being given out and collected in. Any attempt to communicate will be regarded as cheating and you may be disqualified from all your exams. If you need to ask a question, please put up your hand and wait for an invigilator to come to you. At the end of an exam you will be instructed to stop writing, and you must put your pens down immediately. You must remain seated until all the exam scripts have been collected and checked. You will be released from the exam room one row at a time вЂ“ leave quietly as there may be girls still writing. There must be absolutely no talking until you are completely clear of the exam room. Remember - some exams may still be going on and the rest of the school may be in lessons so please be considerate. What to bring (and what not to bring) to an exam What you SHOULD bring to an exam: Please make sure that you only have the equipment that you need for your exam, plus your exam card. All your equipment вЂ“ pens, pencils, rubber, ruler etc. should be carried in a clear plastic bag. You should leave the lids to your calculators in your bags. Make sure your calculator has new batteries! You may only use BLACK ink for exams (ink pen or biro). What you should NOT bring to an exam: Please leave all valuables such as mobile phones, mp3 players and any money in your lockers. No mobile phones, ipods, mp3 players, coloured gel pens, tippex or eraser pens or bags are allowed in the exam room. You will be disqualified if you are found with a mobile phone or ipod/mp3 player in the exam room after the exam has started. No food or drink, including water, is allowed. What if you are late or ill? It is extremely important to be punctual for your exams because your work may not be accepted if you are late. As well as this, late arrivals disturb other candidates. If you are late due to circumstances beyond your control you may still be allowed to sit your exam. Please phone the school office if you know you are going to be late. The school telephone number is 01494 763296. If you feel ill and are unable to come to school please phone Matron or, if you are already at School, see your form tutor or the Exams Officer. If something goes wrongвЂ”for example you are ill or have an accident at exam time but still sit the exam, or if you are taken ill during an exam, you should let the Exams Office or an invigilator know. Results Results You will be given information about where and when to collect your results. Hopefully you will be delighted with your grades, but if not you have a couple of optionsвЂ”re-marks and re-sits. Re-marks and copies of scripts If your mark is near the top of a grade, you may decide to have your paper re-marked. Please bear in mind that marks can go up or down, and that most marks donвЂ™t change. You can also request a copy of your exam script. Forms requesting re-marks and/or scripts, together with details of costs, are available from the Exams Office, and strict deadlines apply. Re-sits You may decide to re-sit a paper at a later date. Again, forms are available from the Exams Office, and in almost all cases you will have to pay a fee. Revision Use textbooks - choose those that are relevant and right for you. Look at the resources and links on the VLE: http://learning.dchs.bucks.sch.uk/. If you havenвЂ™t already done so, enrol on the courses relevant to your subjects and level. There are also plenty of resources provided on the Examinations and Revision page. Ask your teachers for advice relating specifically to their subject. Years 10 and 11вЂ”donвЂ™t forget your PHSE booklet, which contains advice on revision techniques. Check out this useful exam planner: http:// store.aqa.org.uk/over/advice/a4s-revision-plannerprint.pdf. FinallyвЂ”donвЂ™t forget that the school Library has a range of books suitable for revision. If you canвЂ™t find what you need, Library staff are always happy to try to obtain it for you. Good luck!