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Further information on Autumn GCSE English and maths examinations in November

21 October 2020

For those taking their GCSE English and maths examinations this autumn, the dates are as follows for November examinations: 

  • Monday 2 November, 9am - English Paper 1 
  • Tuesday 3 November, 9am - Maths Paper 1 (non-calculator) 
  • Wednesday 4 November, 9am - English Paper 2 
  • Thursday 5 November, 9am - Maths Paper 2 (calculator) 
  • Monday 9 November, 9am - Maths Paper 3 (calculator)

Here is some key information and guidance about the November GCSE English and maths resits. This includes key information about general examinations, in addition to how these exams will be run and what steps we are taking and request of you to keep you and others safe during these times.

  • Dates, start times and locations of your exams – please refer to your individual statement of entry.
  • Meeting times/arrival at exam room/venue – we will provide this to you separately. Depending on the location of your exam we may require you to arrive at a specific time and place. This will enable us to avoid larger gatherings of learners at the same time waiting to enter their exam. In all circumstances your exam will commence at 9am.
  • JCQ Information for Candidates – It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the enclosed JCQ regulations prior to your exams. 
  • What do I need to bring to the exam – you must provide your own equipment to sit your exams. No equipment will be available for you to borrow. This means you must bring:

For GCSE English examinations:

  • Your statement of entry (compulsory)

  • Two black pens (compulsory)

  • Water in a clear bottle with labels removed

For GCSE maths examinations:

  • Your statement of entry (compulsory)
  • Two black pens (compulsory)
  • A pencil
  • An eraser
  • Ruler
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Calculator (calculator paper only and without the cover)
  • All in a clear plastic pencil case or loose
  • Water in a clear bottle with labels removed

Other things to remember

  • Identification – you must bring photo ID to your exam. If you are a current student your student ID is okay. If you are no longer at the college, another form of Photo ID is required (passport, provisional or full driving license, etc.)
  • If you are feeling unwell, have tested positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of the exam, have Covid-19 related symptoms, have been informed to self-isolate or should self-isolate due to current government guidelines – do not attend the exam(s).
  • You will be sitting your exams at a spacing of two metres from other candidates.
  • Please wear your mask when entering buildings and communal areas. If you wish, you may wear a mask when sitting the exam. We will need to carry out an identity check, so may need you to confirm your identity if your mask obstructs us from doing this.
  • If you have an exam arrangement that includes the use of a human reader and/or scribe, it is mandatory for you to wear a mask or face shield during the exam due to the proximity of others when having this arrangement. 

If you no longer wish to resit any of your November exams, please contact your local Exams Office at the earliest opportunity.

Please note, should there be local lockdowns or if advice from central government changes, the following Autumn examinations are subject to amendments.   

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) 

Will exams be run in the same way as before? 

We expect examinations to be run in the way that we would have expected in June. 

Where will exams take place? 

Examinations will take place in colleges or local exam centres. 

What social distancing measures will be in place?  

Students will be socially distanced in exam rooms, which means they will sit two metres apart. 

Will exams be handwritten or completed on a computer? 

Students will complete their exams in handwriting unless they have an agreed access requirement that entitles them to use a computer. 

How will grades be awarded?  

Grades will be awarded on the basis of exam papers only and not predicted by teachers. 

When will I get my exam results?  

The results of November examinations will be published in January 2020.