Year 11 GCSE Mock Exams
Dear Year 11 Student
GCSE Mock Exams: Monday 30th November – Friday 4th December
I am writing to inform you of the arrangements for the mock exams, advice on how you should prepare for the exams and the support available to you.
Why do the mock exams matter?
1. In just over six months’ time you will be taking your GCSE exams. The outcome of these exams will determine what you are able to do in the next stage of your education, training or employment.
2. GCSEs are demanding qualifications. With the removal of coursework from the majority of subjects all of the marks that contribute to your final grade are a result of your performance in the final exams.
3. As those final GCSE grades are based solely on exams you need to prepare for the mock exams as if they were the real thing so that you can get an accurate picture of how you are performing.
4. They are also very important for your teachers to get an accurate indication of your exam performance so that they can support you effectively in the preparation for summer exams.
What are the arrangements for the mock exams?
For the reasons outlined above your mock exams are a crucial step in the preparations for next May. We have therefore organised them to ensure that the exams are as close to the real thing as possible.
The mock exams run from Monday 30th November - Friday 4th December, the timetable is available on the exams webpage on the school’s website.
How should you prepare for the mocks?
1. If you have not done so already you should start revising immediately.
2. Prepare a revision timetable.
3. Ensure that you are clear what content will be covered in the exam for each subject.
4. Carry out an evaluation of your subject knowledge and identify areas about which you feel less confident.
5. Build your confidence in these areas using notes, revision guides or by speaking to your teachers.
6. Learn all of the subject content for the exam.
7. Get friends and family to test you. You need to know it all off by heart!
8. Practise past exam questions in timed conditions. More advice is available on the exams webpage.
Finally, remember how important these exams are. Work hard to ensure that your mock grades represent your best effort.
You need to get the best grades you possibly can next summer and we are here to support you. If you need any further help or advice regarding your mock exams please do not hesitate to speak to your teachers, your Head of Year or myself.
Acting Deputy Headteacher