|Public exams set by a number of exam boards, including Edexcel International and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) are taken around the world, in different timezones and at different times. We would also highlight that this includes the Mathematics Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) exams. To discourage malpractice and to make the exams as fair as possible, TSR operates a strict policy to remove and/or close any threads/posts discussing these exams until 12 hours (Edexcel) or 24 hours (STEP and IB) have passed from the end of the UK exam sitting.
This means no discussion AT ALL - not even "I found it hard/easy" or "I dropped my pencil". The line between
- "I found it hard" and
- "I found question 2 hard" and
- "I found question 2 about <insert subject> hard"
is very blurred. What starts as innocent discussion can turn into disclosures of exam content. We're therefore operating a zero tolerance policy on discussing exams:
- For Edexcel: morning exams may not be discussed until 12:00 midnight (UK time) and afternoon exams until 4:30 AM (UK time).
- For STEP/IB: allow 24 hours to pass from the end of each exam before any discussion.
- Oral exams: Do not discuss these at all until the end of the exams season.
- Exams from the examination boards AQA, OCR, CCEA, WJEC and CIE (other than orals) are fine to talk about straight after the exams because exams from these boards take place at the same time in all centres.
Anyone found to be breaking this rule on TSR will receive a 10 point warning and may be banned from the site.
PLEASE NOTE: this rule applies to Private Messages (PM) as well as posts in threads. Anyone found to be discussing Edexcel, STEP, IB or oral exams via PM before sufficient time has passed will also receive a warning.
Once the time restriction has been lifted, discussion of IB exams should take place in the IB forum and discussion of Scottish exams (for which there is no time restriction) should take place in the Scottish Qualifications forum.
All other exam discussion should take place in the specific subject forum (and in the "Exams" sub-forum where one exists). If there is no sub-forum for your subject then use the top-level discipline forum (e.g., Arts and Humanities) instead. Please search the forum to first to see if a thread already exists before creating a new one. Thread titles should be as descriptive as possible, stating the level (e.g. GCSE), subject, module, specification (where appropriate), exam board and date of the exam.
Good luck to everyone sitting exams!