Entrance Examination Procedure

There is, at present, separate ranking for Greek, Turkish and English speakers for Year One entrance.

The results of the Greek/Turkish/English, Maths and NVR papers (all equally weighted) are added together and the results list is generated from this.  Students are selected accordingly. 
The entrance exam papers are created by our subject specialist Heads of Department, under strict security procedures. No Head Department or teacher is ever involved in the preparation stage of writing, checking or viewing potential question papers, if they have a child sitting the examination in that academic year.

The school considers that the process for marking papers is scrupulous and totally anonymous since no names appear on the exam paper where candidates write their answers. Additionally, there is barcoding of all scripts.

In practice, candidates check the cover sheet attached to the exam paper is correct before each examination so that nothing is written on the exam paper itself apart from their answers. This cover sheet is detached before marking.

Markers cannot in any way identify the candidate through the barcode. Once exam scripts have been marked and ranking is finalised, only then do candidate numbers (issued at the time of registration), appear on the internal pass list which is ultimately generated. Thus no-one is aware at any stage in the process of candidates' names or even their original registration numbers.
Papers are all double-marked by members of the relevant Departments. The papers of students in the borderline area are again remarked by additional markers on Sunday. All marking takes place in school and at other times papers are locked in the school strong room.

All marking and assessment is carried out only by members of Staff. At this stage the results will be definitive since borderline candidates will have been thoroughly re-assessed.

It is important to note that it is school policy that candidates’ scripts cannot be returned or shown to candidates.
The school is aware that the examination process is inevitably a stressful one but believes that its process is both fair and transparent. In practice, it gives all candidates an equal chance and subsequent research, taking into account the longer term, has shown that the papers do select the appropriate students for the school.
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