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Mock Exams Timetable 2020

Year 11 Mock Exams 30th Nov. - 4th Dec. 2020

The new GCSE courses are very demanding qualifications. The removal of coursework and controlled assessment from most subjects means that all of the marks contributing to the final grade are a result of the performance in the final exams, because of this mock exams are now more important than ever.

The mock exams are written examination papers which last approximately 1h 45m to 2h 11m.  The papers will include structured questions, short-answer questions and practical-related questions.  

These exams are used both to assess students’ performance and also to prepare them for the forthcoming GCSE examination in June.  The students are expected to revise thoroughly for these exams and their performance will be reflected in their predicted grade for the final GCSE exams.

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Summer Public Exams 

All candidates are expected to be familiar with the rules and regulations before entering an exam room. The documents for these are to be found below:

Revision Tips For GCSE Students

 

If you want to achieve your best grades in your GCSEs in June 2020, then you need to know the best way to revise. You need to know how to develop good exam technique. You need to know how to build up your confidence. Here are some some revision techniques and tips, which could be work for you:

 

Create a Timetable. The first step is to create a realistic plan for your revision. It doesn't need to be pretty or high-tec, a piece of paper will do. Schedule when each GCSE Exam will take place. Break down each subject and plan the revision for each subject area. Schedule small chunks of revision and vary the subjects to begin to build some momentum. Once you start, it will become easier … as the inertia reduces.

 

Organise each Subject. You will be preparing for different GCSE Examinations. For each subject, gather together your notes, exercise books, text books and resources. Separate piles, separate folders.

 

Know the Exam Requirements. Print off a copy of the Exam Syllabus/Specification for each subject. Make sure that you know which Exam Board you are preparing for (EdexcelOCRAQAEduqasWJECBtec). The Exam Specification will provide you with a breakdown of the topics that you need to cover. It will also help you identify the demands of each of the separate exam papers.

 

Make Notes. Go through your school books and begin to make notes. Write notes again and again, each time more condensed. If you only read to revise, you will retain some of the content … if you write notes to revise, you will retain much more of the content. Use memory aids, mnemonics, flashcards, if you find them helpful. Listen to podcasts, watch videos or documentaries, move to a new study area. By the week of the exam, your notes should have become condensed to just one side of A4.

 

Practice Past Papers. You can access past exam papers online. Make sure that you choose the correct Exam Boards (EdexcelOCRAQAEduqasWJEC). Schedule one exam paper each week for each subject. Create your own exam conditions. Mark your own exam papers so that you understand the marking scheme. Ask your teacher or your friends for extra help, if there are topics that you do not understand.

 

Look after your Body. Take the time you need to rest and relax from your studies. Spend some planned time with your friends. Eat nutritious food. Drink lots of water. Sleep long and deep. Find a healthy balance.

 

Build Confidence. Confidence is built on accomplishment, so get things done. Small things to start with. Follow through on your plan. You will respect yourself if you say you're going to do something and then you do it. Recognise and reward your achievements.

 

On GCSE Exam Day. Eat a good breakfast. Read through your single page of notes a few times, to calm your nerves. Have all your equipment organised and ready to go. Get to school in good time.

 

Keep things in perspective, this is a GCSE Exam...

Curriculum Map for Year 11 Revision

Student Exam Guide and Advice

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Arrangements for appeals

Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.

A candidate can:

  • ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe:
    • the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
    • an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade

A candidate cannot:

  • appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal in respect of the process or procedure used by Falconer school in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body

 

Autumn 2020 Exam Dates

A full series of GCSE in all subjects will be available in autumn 2020 and these dates have now been confirmed.

The timetable will run as follows:

  • GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November.

The deadlines for entry are:

  • GCSE (except English Language and Mathematics) – 18 September exam board, internal deadline 16 September to enable processing of entry
  • GCSE (English Language and Mathematics) – 4 October exam board, internal deadline
    2 October to enable processing of entry

 

Results days:

  • GCSE Maths:  14 January 2021
  • Other GCSE: 11 February 2021

 

If you would like to be entered for an exam in the autumn please Examinations Officer Mr Abusef via email admin@falconer.herts.sch.uk as soon as possible.  All entry requests should be received by the 4th September 2020 . 

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