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Public Examinations: some important information


Since public examinations can be an extremely stressful time for both candidates and parents it is vital that those involved are made fully aware of all procedures, rules and regulations. These are in effect designed to ensure the smoothest running of the examinations period as possible.
The school makes every effort to ensure that students are properly prepared for all their public examinations. Part of this process is the administrative arrangements that need to be made, so that all exams are conducted in such a way as to allow all candidates to perform to the best of their abilities.
The aim of this booklet is to provide information regarding the examinations procedures and for answers to be supplied for the most common questions that arise before, during and after the examinations period. Please note that expectations regarding the conduct of exams apply to internal mock examinations also.
If you have any questions regarding the examinations, please do contact:
Exams email: exams@englishschool.ac.cy
a) Ms. Ursula Pantelides, Assistant Head i/c Examinations, Admissions, Data and Timetabling
T: 22799315
E: ursula.pantelides@englishschool.ac.cy
b) Ms. Elena Gregoriou Kazantzi, Examinations and Assessment Coordinator
T: 22799303
E: elena.kazantzi@englishschool.ac.cy
c) Ms. Christina Kkolou, Admissions and Data Officer
T: 22799353
E: christina.kkolou@englishschool.ac.cy
On exam days it is probably preferable that a message is left with the Reception: 22799300 or Main Office: 22799304. 

Who is entered for public exams?

The policy of the school is that students enter for all their exam subjects at IGCSE/GCSE, GCE (AS/A2) and IAL. The subjects which students are expected to enter are indicated on the entries form sent out to all students prior to their registration for public exams. It may be the case that a candidate is also following a course of study outside school and wishes to sit an exam in that subject. It is important that entries for any subjects studied outside school are made through the school. It is an exam board regulation that a candidate must sit all his/her exams through a single examination centre. The only exception is CIE (Cambridge International Examinations), whereby students may, if they wish, register through the institution they are taking lessons with. For all other boards this needs to be done through the school. The English School is an accredited examinations centre for all Pearson/ Edexcel, CIE, OCR and AQA examinations.

What arrangements are made for study leave?

Study leave generally begins in May depending on the timing of Easter. The precise dates are provided by the school and are on the school calendar.  Different study leave dates apply for 5th, 6th and 7th Forms as the exam periods for GCSE, GCE (AS/A2) and IAL subjects do not coincide. During study leave students do not normally attend school unless special arrangements have been made with individual subject teachers for tutorials. No study leave is normally permitted for exams in January (IAL).

What information do candidates get regarding their exams?

Once all entries have been made on the School’s Exams microsite, these are uploaded onto spreadsheets and checked for any inaccuracies. All entries are then sent electronically to the exam boards. Once they receive our entries, exam boards will issue Statements of Entry which show individual timetables for each candidate.
The school will then provide the below two documents:
  1. The English School Individual Exams Schedule showing:
    • Name of the candidate
    • Candidate Number
    • Subject of the exam
    • Date of the exam
    • Location of the exam
    • Seat number of the student
    • Clash arrangements made
  2. Exam Board Statement of entries
The English School Individual Exams Schedule is the document that the candidates should have with them during the exam period.  Candidates should not lose this or forget this document on the day of the exams. As you can see above, it contains very important information.  Also, it is essential that these documents are kept clean of any notes.
Any errors on either of the documents, spelling of names, date of birth, unit codes etc MUST be communicated immediately to the Data and Exams office. 
An email can also be sent to exams@englishschool.ac.cy highlighting the issue.
It is very important that these documents are not lost and the students should keep them until Results Day.   Note it is very difficult for the school to reproduce all the relevant documents. 

Where will the exams be held?

Unless special arrangements have been made in particular cases, all examinations take place at The English School. Candidates are advised on The English School Individual Exams Schedule where their exams will take place, this includes room number and seat number.  Floor plans will be placed outside the exam rooms so seat numbers can easily be identified.
On reaching the exam room, candidates must wait outside. Invigilators will call in candidates by name and they will be directed to sit accordingly. In all cases, candidates will be asked to sit at a pre-determined desk and seat number.

What about days and times of exams?

The Statement of Entry tells you on which day the exam takes place, and if it is allocated to the morning or afternoon session.  It is important to note the below:
For internal exams (e.g. mock exams): morning sessions start at 08.00 and afternoon sessions start at 14.00.  Students are expected to be at school 20 minutes before the exam starts.
For external exams:
Official Exam Start Times
Exam Board AM PM
Pearson/ Edexcel, AQA, OCR 10:30 08:30 15:00 12:30
CIE 11:30 NA 15:00 NA
It is useful if parents make a photocopy of the Individual Exams Schedule and Statement of Entries as a back-up to ensure that a candidate does not miss an exam!
Exam starting times may have been shifted to accommodate clashes, therefore, please check the Individual Exams Schedule for the starting time of each examination.
In certain cases, candidates may receive extra time for their exam so finishing times may be later. Those involved will be aware of this. However, it is the candidate’s responsibility to know the start time of all his/her exams. Parents are kindly requested to ensure their son/daughter checks dates and times prior to examinations, especially on the previous evening.

What will happen if a candidate is scheduled to have two exams at the same time?

Such a situation is known as a clash. If a candidate is timetabled for two (or more) exams at the same time, we have a system in place to identify these cases, and arrangements will be shown on the Individual Exams Schedule received by the students.   Should candidates identify any errors they should immediately report this to the Exams Office. The arrangements usually made are one of the exams to be taken at a later or earlier time on the same day. The candidate will have to remain under supervision between the two exams to ensure the security of exams is not compromised.
If an exam is delayed from morning to afternoon, it is advisable for a candidate to have some food with them and a drink. During this period, they will continue to be supervised. No attempt to communicate with other candidates will be allowed. Mobile phones and other electronic means of communication are also not permitted.

What will happen if a candidate is late?

If a candidate is going to be late due to traffic/ transport problems etc, the school must be notified immediately (call the school reception 22799300 or main office 22799304). If a candidate arrives 30 minutes after the start time for an exam, the Examination Board will make the decision whether to accept the candidate’s scripts, depending on whether the security of the exam has been breached.
If a candidate arrives after the scheduled end of the examination, s/he will not be allowed to sit the exam.

What should candidates bring to the exam?

Candidates should bring writing equipment, including pens, pencils, erasers, etc. Clear, transparent pencil cases should be used. If a pencil case is not transparent, students will be asked to remove their writing equipment and enter the exam room without their pencil case.
Candidates should only bring calculators into the exam where permitted, without the cover. Their subject teachers will inform them whether they are allowed calculators. 
It is the responsibility of candidates to bring all their own writing equipment to the exam. They should not expect the school or invigilators to provide pens, pencils etc. Please note that correction fluids or Tippex tape/pens are not permitted.

What is not permitted in the exam room?

There are a number of items that are banned from exam rooms. If you are in possession of a banned item, this will be considered a violation of examination regulations and will be reported by the Examinations Officer to the Examination Board. Such items are:
  1. Mobile Phones. These must not be brought into the exam room. They must be switched off and left in Room 1. The school is not liable for any mobile phones going missing, therefore, if it is absolutely necessary for the student to have a mobile phone with him/her this should be an old phone (of little value). It is important to note that: if a candidate is found in possession of a mobile phone – even if switched off – this is a serious violation of exam regulations.
  1. Calculators must not be brought into the exam rooms when the subject prohibits their use.
  1. Notes, books, papers must not be brought into the room but left at home or outside the exam room.
  1. Bags, lucky mascots, etc are not permitted in the exam room.
  1. No food, chewing gum or fizzy drinks, fruit juices are allowed. Candidates may only take one bottle of still water into the exam room; the label of the bottle needs to be removed.

What if a candidate is absent from an exam they have entered for?

If a candidate is absent without a doctor’s note or an acceptable reason for special consideration, the exam grade will be based only on the units/papers sat.

How should candidates behave during examinations?

It is extremely important for all candidates to behave appropriately to ensure the smooth running of examinations.  Candidates are expected to be outside the designated exam room 20 minutes before the exam starts.
Candidates will be called by the invigilators to enter the room.  
Once inside the exam room candidates must sit in the designated seat and must not talk. Once inside the exam room regulations for the conduct of exams are in force. Candidates should wait patiently for all to be seated and should then listen to the invigilator’s instructions. Once exam papers have been given out and details entered on the front of the exam script (invigilators will supply details on these), candidates should wait for the invigilator to start the exam.
When the time is up, candidates are permitted to finish their sentence, they must remain seated and must not talk. Exam papers will then be collected by invigilators. Once invigilators are satisfied all papers are in, and have counted them, candidates will be dismissed row by row.  Students should leave quickly and quietly. This is especially important if there are other exams still in progress in the same exam room.
It cannot be over-emphasised that any misconduct will not be tolerated, for the sake of all candidates. Parents are requested to impress on their sons/daughters the seriousness of any misbehaviour or misconduct.

What can candidates wear?

For Internal Exams: Candidates MUST be in school uniform.  Should a candidate not be in proper school uniform, the school will ask the student to leave the exam room.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain correct school uniform to be allowed to sit the exam.  No extra time will be given to the candidate for the time lost to obtain the correct uniform.
For Public Exams: Candidates are not expected to wear school uniform for public exams. However, they are expected to be appropriately dressed and should avoid wearing shirts or tops of a provocative design or with offensive messages, as has sometimes been the case in the past. Candidates who are inappropriately dressed may not be permitted into the exam room. Please also avoid rings or bracelets that may make unnecessary noise and can be considered a disruption for other candidates.

What should we do if a candidate has a problem which may affect his/her performance in an exam?

In these cases, candidates may be eligible for extra time. These are known as access arrangements and applications for such arrangements must be made to the Examinations Officer with supporting evidence from a relevant specialist.  This needs to be submitted to the Exam Office when applying to take the exams.  Upon completion of the online application form, a copy of this must be submitted to the Exams Office.
Any sudden illness or situations related to family circumstances which may affect exam performance should be reported to the Exam Office. Firstly via email (exams@englishschool.ac.cy) followed by the original letter, in an envelope hand delivered to the Exams Office between 07:30-08:30 Monday to Friday.  This will be used to notify the Examination Board for Special Consideration.

When and how are results distributed?

Public exam results are released in August as follows: 10/08/2017 all Cambridge results, 17/08/2017 GCE and IAL results and 24/08/2017 GCSE and IGCSE results. Hard copies of results can be collected from the Main Office. For Pearson/ Edexcel and Cambridge, exam subject results can be accessed online through Pearson ResultsPlus and CIE Direct by candidates.  Information will be found in the Exam Information Packs given to the students via their Form Tutors.  Should you have any issues accessing these sites, an email needs to be forwarded to the Exams Office (email: exams@englishschool.ac.cy) with full details of the issues faced.  Please allow up to 48 hours for the issue to be resolved.
Please note: examination results will not be given over the phone. If you wish, you may send an authorised person to collect hard copy results, but this person should bring a signed note of authorisation from you.

What if the results are not what I expected?

If a candidate seriously feels there are grounds for questioning the grade for a particular exam subject, a review of marking can be requested for any of the units sat. A form can be collected from the Exams Office and a fee is charged. If the review of marking is urgent, a priority enquiry about a result can be made for a slightly higher charge. Candidates can also request the return of scripts, though this can take longer. All requests must be submitted normally by middle of September. Official deadlines will be communicated on our website.  Note that if a priority review of marking is requested, the deadline is normally a week after results day. Please note that in the vast majority of cases, grades remain unchanged after a review of marking. For this reason, it is worth talking with the subject teacher first and then considering seriously whether there is a real need for a review of marking.

What about resits?

Resits for IGCSE and IAL exams are possible in January and for Cambridge exams in November.  Please note that the school offers public (external) exams only during summer sessions.  Therefore, resit registrations for November and January should be arranged through the British Council.
Kindly note that GCE (AS/A2) exams are only available during the summer sessions and therefore, students should register through the school for them during the November registrations windows together with the rest of their examinations for the summer session.

When are certificates sent out?

Certificates usually arrive at the school in November and should be signed for when collected.  Students that have graduated and are unable to collect their certificate should send someone with a signed authorisation. If certificates are not collected after at least a year following the exam, they may be destroyed. Replacement certificates can be obtained from Exam Board and the cost varies from EUR85.00 to EUR120.00.
We trust you find this document helpful and wish students every success in their examinations.








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