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Exams and Revision
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Exams and Revision
Public Examinations are the GCSE and A Level examinations taken by students across the country in May and June.
The five awarding bodies used by Forest Hill School for GCSE and A Level exams are:
- AQA www.aqa.org.uk
- CI E www.cie.org.uk
- Edexcel www.edexcel.com
- OCR www.ocr.org.uk
- WJEC www.wjec.co.uk
Useful information on the exams process is available from the above websites, which will also allow you to download free copies of past exam papers.
Year 11 students MUST wear full school uniform when attending school for revision classes and examinations. Any student who comes to school not in uniform will be asked to go home and change – he will not be allowed on school premises.
There are very strict rules about public exams which are enforced by the awarding bodies. Students must ensure they are familiar with the exam regulations; failure to comply can lead to loss of marks or disqualification.
Copies of the notices can be downloaded via the Joint Council for Qualifications website.
Equipment for Exams
Students must make sure they are properly equipped for every exam. They must bring two black ballpoint pens, a pencil, eraser, sharpener and a calculator. They should check with a teacher if they think they might need any specialist equipment in addition to this list, e.g. a Maths set for Maths exams (ruler, protractor, set of compasses).
GCSE Exams Advice
Click here to view useful advice on managing the exams process from one of the awarding bodies.
Click here for a handy guide of what to do and what NOT to do in exams.
A quick guide for parents can be downloaded here – Guide to Exam Preparation
Click here to view our Public Examinations FAQs.
Pre-Public Examination (PPE) Information
Pre-Public examinations are practice or ‘mock’ examinations which students take in Years 10 and 11 to help them prepare for their GCSEs. They are designed to replicate the experience of public exams.
At Forest Hill School, students take PPEs in July of Year 10, and December and March of Year 11. Further information and guidance about these exams are available here: Year 10 Summer Exams – Information for Parents
KS4 Revision and Independent Study Resources
Below are a range of resources and links for students and parents/carers to assist them in preparing effectively for PPE and public examinations, including Personal Learning Checklists, which detail the content and skills students need to revise.
Seneca – a free resource developed by neuroscientists to help students revise more effectively. It explicitly covers GCSE exam board content.
Click below for some handy guides to coping with stress around exam time.
Useful revision websites include:
BBC Bitesize – for most subjects
MyMaths – for Maths
Bibliomania – for study guides and full texts for English
Get Revising – for creating mindmaps and revision timetables
Useful revision documents include:
When looking for past papers, be aware that the awarding bodies refer to A Level papers as GCE. Do not confuse this with GCSE which are the exams students do in Year 11. You may need to search within different GCSE date categories to find the subject you are looking for.
Every subject has a course code and each paper has a component code – you will find it helpful to have this code to help you identify the correct exam papers.
Personal Learning Checklists
Click on the buttons below for downloadable PDFs