Each student MUST bring his own personal set of equipments for ALL the examinations.  Equipment required will vary depending on the exam, but will include the following:

  • Pens (Black biro only)
  • Calculator (NOT permitted in some exams)
  • Pencils & Sharpener
  • Pair of compasses
  • Eraser (but NOT correcting fluid)
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Coloured pens/pencils

Each subject teacher will inform the students of any other materials, such as dictionaries, set texts and scripts, required for examinations.

All equipment should be in a clear pencil case or plastic bag only. The use of correction fluid (e.g. “Tippex”) and correction pens is not permitted.

Students without the correct equipment may penalise their own examination performance.  THE SCHOOL WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY EQUIPMENT AND YOU MAY NOT BORROW EQUIPMENT FROM ANY OTHER STUDENT DURING THE EXAM.

Mobile phones, CD players, MP3 players or TVs, electronic or radio communication devices, are NOT allowed into the examination room. Possession of unauthorised material is an infringement of the regulations even if you do not intend to use it.

Mobile Telephones

Students who take a mobile phone with them to their seat, even though it is switched off, are in breach of the regulations.  Mobile phones cannot be used as calculators or clocks, either. Candidates in possession of mobile phones are, at the very least, likely to be disqualified from the subject where the phone was in their possession and the mobile will be confiscated as per the school rules.

Any breach of exam regulations will result in the student being reported to the relevant awarding body. The awarding body will then decide the course of action to be taken. This could be as serious as to disqualify the student from all examinations with that Exam Board.



  • Make sure you wear the correct school uniform; otherwise you may be refused entry to the exam room.
  • Before every examination you should check the seating plan to make sure where you are sitting.
  • Make sure you have all the equipment and authorised materials you need ready to take in with you. You cannot share equipment with other students. Do not try to take in prohibited materials.
  • No food or drink will be permitted in the exam room.
  • Before the examination you should line up outside the exam room and wait silently until you are told to go into the exam room.
  • When you are told to enter the examination room, you should do so quietly and remain silent until after you have left the exam room.
  • Leave your books/bags where instructed (usually at the front of/outside the room) and go to your seat quickly and quietly.
  • Once you have entered the exam room you should NOT communicate with any other student via any means.
  • Make sure you are given the correct question paper – check the correct number of pages has been given to you. If you are unsure raise your hand. Mistakes cannot be rectified afterwards.
  • Listen carefully to the instructions you are given by the invigilator. If you do not follow instructions, the exam board may refuse to mark your paper.
  • Make sure you write in BLACK ink only. Anything else is unacceptable and the examiner will refuse to mark your exam paper.
  • Do not use correction fluid (Tippex), liquid paper or correction pens as the use of these is forbidden. Do not scribble, draw or doodle on your exam paper – the examiner may refuse to mark it.
  • Do not graffiti on the desks – they will be checked before you leave and you will be asked to clean any graffiti found at your desk or be expected to pay for a new table.
  • Once you have entered the room, you will not be allowed to leave except in the case of an emergency. Make sure you have used the toilet before your exam starts.
  • If you have any problem during the course of the exam you MUST raise your hand and wait for an invigilator.
  • Students will NOT be allowed to leave the examination room before the scheduled finishing time. If you have any time left before the end of your exam make sure you use it sensibly to check your work and make sure you have answered ALL the questions as per the instructions and check you have filled the front of your answer paper correctly.
  • At the end of the examination, sit silently until you are told you may leave. You will remain under exam conditions until you leave the exam room.



Starting from the mock exams, you can prepare your knowledge and mental ‘toolkit’.

  • Remember, the mock is your trial run. Use it to test yourself under exam conditions. Review your performance, assess what you need to do to progress, and then move on.
  • Set your ‘start revision’ date as soon as you get your mock results. Think about what you need to cover. What do you need to go over again? How can you develop your exam technique? Make a plan of action.
  • Your time is now precious, so make it work for you. Starting early will give you the stress-free ‘little and often’ approach. In other words, planning not cramming.
  • Stay focused in every revision period. Decide what you are going to do, do it, then review what you have done. Concentrate on the detail. Don’t worry about the exam in these sessions.
  • When you are ready, time yourself and simulate exam conditions. Get a set question from your teacher or create one for yourself. Do it to time, and then review your performance. Work in this way more and more as you approach the exam dates.
  • Take time out to review your progress. Reschedule your plan as necessary.
  • If / when panic sets in, do something else for a while! Then, take a deep breath and start again.



The format of any examination question is intended to assist you decide the length and depth of your answer. You should therefore look out for the following key words and understand their meaning before attempting each question:

  • Define or state – it requires a short brief answer, usually a recall concept or that you give the exact meaning of a term;
  • Outline or highlight – usually requires a short response in point or bullet form or may carry the same meaning as described without detail – give the main feature of;
  • Calculate or determine – may require use of formulae. Care should be taken on the use of units and significant figures;
  • Describe or Discuss – give an account of or may require recall and reasoning skills, depending on the context. It must be answered in details;
  • Deduce or Predict – requires use of the given information to see how they connect. May require drawing and interpreting graphs;
  • Suggest – here the student is required to apply a general knowledge in an area not directly studied.
  • Account for – to give reasons for or explain
  • Analyse – to break or separate a topic down to component parts
  • Assess – weigh up and evaluate options or arguments. Determine the importance of something
  • Comment – draw conclusions from the evidence in the form of a stated opinion
  • Compare – identify similarities and differences
  • Consider – weigh up the options
  • Critically analyse – look in depth at an issue from the perspective of a critic
  • Discuss – put forward both sides of a case before coming to a conclusion
  • Discuss critically – discuss, with a view of possibility of skepticism of the theory under question or being discussed.
  • Distinguish between – demonstrate an understanding of the differences between two concepts
  • Evaluate – make a reasoned judgment about the validity of a particular argument or statement
  • Examine – inspect closely, investigate
  • Explain – make clear and give reasons
  • How – show details of hoe something is achieved and so on
  • Justify – give good reasons for a particular point of view
  • State your assumption – state the factors you assume before reaching your conclusion



Do yourself justice!

You’ve reviewed; revised, re-learnt … everything is in shape. It’s now time to prove what you can do and get the best result you’re capable of.

  • Put away the revision and get some sleep the night before the exam. It’s too late now and a late night will burn up the mental energy you’ll need tomorrow.
  • Spend 5 minutes reading the whole question paper carefully. This will give you time to calm down and relax into the exam.
  • Plan out your time in the exam. Identify the questions that carry the most marks and plan your time accordingly. Stick to it to get the best marks …
  • Read the questions two, three, four times. Don’t answer until you are sure what they’re asking. Circle or underline the key parts of the question to be double sure.
  • Plan your answers. It might be an essay or 20 multiple-choice questions – either way, a few minutes’ preparation will help you to improve your performance no end.
  • Leave time to review. Check and double-check your work. Look for the ‘errors under pressure’ in the easier questions. Review the harder questions if you have time.
  • When time is up, finish and forget. You’ve got another exam tomorrow. Stay focused.



If you are unwell, you must contact the main office as soon as possible on 022-2150161. You MUST also obtain a medical certificate or note from your doctor and send it to the Principal within three days of the examination.  If you are unwell on the day of the exam, providing you have obtained a medical certificate, the school may be able to request special consideration for you from the relevant exam board.

If you are late, phone the school and let us know.  Get into school as quickly as possible (it is best if someone can bring you) and report to the main office without speaking to any other student. If you arrive more than 30 minutes after the start of the exam, you will be allowed the full time to sit your exam, but the examination board may refuse to accept your paper. If you arrive after the exam has finished you will not be able to sit the exam.

If you are absent from the exam, the school will phone you as quickly as possible to find out where you are and to remind you that you should be in an exam.  If you do not turn up for an exam that you have been entered for you may be billed for the cost of the entry.

If you have any problems, either personal or exam related, during exam time, please tell the Invigilator or another member of staff as soon as possible and we will do our best to help you.

It will not be possible, for whatever reason, for you to sit an exam at another time or on another day.

If you misbehave during an exam, disrupt another candidate or you break any of the rules, we must report the incident to the exam board who will decide what action to take.  The action will range from disqualifying you from the exam to you being barred from entering for one or more examinations for a set period of time.

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