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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE ARRIVAL AND FINISHING TIMES FOR PRACTICE EXAMS?
The published time for our examinations is the actual starting time for each exam. Please aim to arrive with your child 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but reserve the right to refuse admission.
The examination period lasts for 2.5 hours and parents / guardians must be available to collect their children no later than 3 hours after the booked examination time. Children will not be permitted to leave the examination venue without a parent / legal guardian present to collect the child.
WHAT SHOULD I / MY CHILD BRING WITH ME TO THE EXAM VENUE?
Please ensure that you bring your child's government-issued photo identification to present upon arrival at the venue. If your child will be collected by someone other than the person who brings your child to the venue, in order to prevent delays, please provide their name in advance or when registering your child on the day.
We will also ask to see government-issued photo identification for the person collecting your child, at the time of collection. Please note, the person collecting your child must be at least 16 years old.
For the exam itself, your child does not need to bring anything. Standard writing instruments will be provided, along with some rough paper and anything else which may be required or helpful during the exam. Calculators are not supplied, nor are they permitted.
Candidates will be given a short break during which water, squash and biscuits will be available. Please do not send any drinks or snacks with your child, unless agreed with us beforehand in order to meet any special dietary or medical requirements. If your child will be bringing any medication / an inhaler / EpiPen, etc., please inform us in advance so that we are aware of this.
CAN I WAIT FOR MY CHILD AT THE VENUE OR MEET MY CHILD DURING BREAK?
In order to minimise disruption, unless agreed in advance to cater for any special or medical needs, we ask that all parents / guardians who wish to wait for their child make use of one of the many nearby off-site facilities in order to do so and only return at the end of the examination session in order to collect their child.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE RESULTS AFTER AN EXAMINATION?
We aim to mark all exams and provide results within 5 - 7 working days after an exam has been completed. Whenever possible, the more detailed personalised report will be provided at the same time, or shortly thereafter.
CAN YOU STORE COATS AND BELONGINGS AT THE VENUE?
Certainly, we are happy to accommodate coats and bags for students on site. Please note however, that all items are left at the owner's own risk and we are unable to accept any responsibility for them, including responsibility for loss or damage. Please note that visitors and their bags / belongings may be subjected to a scan or search by the security staff.
WHICH EXAM PAPERS SHOULD I CHOOSE?
For GL assessments, you should double check the admissions policy for your chosen school(s) or contact the school in order to confirm which subjects will be tested. We would also be happy to assist you in choosing the most suitable papers for your child, as we are very familiar with the requirements of most schools and offer mock papers for all GL papers except spatial reasoning.
If your child will be sitting the ISEB pre-test, or taking more than two GL exam papers for their chosen school(s), we would recommend taking advantage of our combined papers which test all four areas. Alternatively, you can book your child in for two mock exam sessions, selecting two different papers out of the four available for each exam session.
We recommend that all other students sit the Battle Brains style examination papers, which provide excellent practice for CEM style exams, as well as exams set internally by schools (or consortia).