You can avoid any stress or delays on your exam day by bringing all of the correct forms and equipment. 

Before you set off:

  • If you are a school student, wear your school uniform. 
  • Aim to arrive 45 minutes before the start of the exam so that you can relax before it begins. 
  • Allow plenty of time for traffic or travel disruption (and always have an alternative travel plan in mind).

ID and statement of entry

You need to bring your ID and your Statement of Entry to all examinations.

What counts as acceptable ID?

Only the following is an acceptable form of ID: 

  • student's national identification card
  • student's passport.

If you do not have this, please speak to your teacher or school exams co-ordinator well in advance of your exams. 

What is a Statement of Entry?

A Statement of Entry is a document that confirms your exam registration. It will include a list of your chosen subjects and the exam dates for each module, as well as your name, date of birth and school. 

You should receive your Statement of Entry from your school before your exams. 

Things to bring to the exam room:

  • Pen
  • Pencil and transparent pencil case
  • Statement of entry
  • Passport or ID
  • Medication (agreed with supervisors)

Items that depend on the exam board

  • Calculator (only agreed types)
  • Geometric set (without its box)
  • Set Text and notes (based on board’s regulations)

Remember NOT to bring:

  • Mobile phone
  • Non-transparent pencil case
  • Coat/Jacket (if not wore)
  • Food and drink (except sweets for diabetic candidates - if needed)
  • Bags
  • Books
  • Calculator cases
  • Instruction leaflets
  • Computers of any sort
  • Electronic or radio communication devices
  • Any recording device
  • Tablet computers
  • E-readers
  • Any other electronic device that enables external communication or the storage and retrieval of data
  • Cameras
  • Bluetooth headsets
  • Portable music players
  • Wallets

This list does not include every possible item that would be considered ‘unauthorised’. You should use your judgement for any items not on the list above by asking yourself whether the item potentially enables a candidate to conceal or access information in the exam room.

Please note that specific regulations, which may differ from the above, apply to practical, oral, IT and art/design exams. 

Find more exam tips and support.

Find out how to make special arrangements.

See exam timetables.