If you have any queries about exams please contact:
Mrs D Dreeling - Examinations Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs T Ion - Examinations Assistant - email@example.com
9 to 1: A Brief Guide for Parents
What happens if I am ill on the day of an exam?
1. Call the Attendance line on 01323 514919 no later than 8.15am, who will alert the exam team. You must state the exact reason why you cannot attend.
2. Call your GP, even if you are unable to go to the surgery. The exams team will send you JCQ Form 14/Self Certification, which will need to be completed by you, your parent/carer and stamped by the GP practice. Return this form to Mrs. Dreeling / Mrs. Ion in the Exams office within 7 days. (Example is shown below)
3. The Examinations Officer will apply for Special Consideration on receipt of the Self Certification form.
What is Special Consideration?
*The following extracts have been taken from the JCQ booklet “A guide to the special consideration process General and Vocational qualifications With effect from 1 September 2016”.
*Special consideration is a post-examination adjustment to a candidate’s mark or grade to reflect temporary illness, temporary injury or some other event outside of the candidate's control at the time of the assessment, which has had, or is reasonably likely to have had, a material effect on a candidate’s ability to take an assessment or demonstrate his or her normal level of attainment in an assessment."
There are maximum allowances that an examination board will award in the case of a missed component. *Here are some examples taken from the JCQ booklet "A guide to the special consideration process General and Vocational qualifications With effect from 1 September 2016:
Up to 5% *terminal illness of the candidate; terminal illness of a parent/carer; very recent death of a member of the immediate family; very serious and disruptive domestic crisis at or near the time of the examination.
Up to 4% *life-threatening illness of candidate or member of the immediate family; major surgery at or near the time of the examination; severe disease; severe injury arising from a car accident; very recent death of member of extended family; severe or permanent bodily injury occurring at the time of the examination; serious domestic crisis at time of examinations.
Up to 3% *recent traumatic experience such as death of a close friend or distant relative; recent illness of a more serious nature; flare-up of severe congenital conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, severe asthmatic attack; recently broken limbs; organ disease; physical assault trauma before an examination; recent domestic crisis; witnessing a distressing event on the day of the examination.
Up to 2% *illness at the time of the assessment; broken limb on the mend; recent viral illness; concussion; effects of pregnancy (not pregnancy per se); hay fever on the day of an examination; extreme distress on the day of an examination; (not simply exam related stress); allowance on last paper taken in a day when a candidate has been entered for three or more examinations timetabled for the same day and the total duration of those papers is more than 5 hours 30 minutes (GCSE examinations) or more than 6 hours (GCE examinations). (Where extra time has been used following formal approval, this should be included in the calculation.) (Supervised rest breaks must not be included in the total duration of the papers when applying for special consideration.)
Up to 1% *noise during the examination which is more than momentary; illness of another candidate which leads to disruption in the examination room; stress or anxiety for which medication has been prescribed; minor ailments; a headache; minor upset arising from administrative problems, such as wrong time allocated."
0% *The application was reviewed but the addition of marks was deemed inappropriate. (Where the request fails to meet the criteria, it will be rejected.)"
Special Consideration is awarded on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed. Depending on the subject, the candidate is required to complete a minimum percentage before it will be granted for the missing component (i.e. 60/100%).
If you feel there is something wrong or disagree with any of the results that have been awarded you do have the right to appeal. Here is a document to explain more detail.
Some exam results are decided away from the exams room. Here are some documents giving some useful advice.
- JCQ Information for candidates controlled assessments
- JCQ Information for candidates coursework
- JCQ Information for candidates privacy notice
- JCQ Information for candidates social media
There are strict rules within the exam room regarding all electronic devices. Once you have entered the exams room candidates have to follow strict rules. If these rules are not followed candidates run the risk of being disqualified.
If you are taking written exams here are some basic rules you have to follow.
If you are taking onscreen exams here are some basic rules you have to follow.