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I'm in Year 11 and confused about the gaps between GCSE exams

I'm starting to panic about my GCSEs, we currently have mocks and I end up with about 13 over a two week period. I'm curious, are the real exams like this, as I feel that the gaps are just too short and make it very difficult to revise for.
Reply 1
You can find when your actual exams will be online.
-There are never any exams during May half-term (25th-29th May)
-There will sometimes be weeks with loads of exams, and some weeks you might not have any. I finished all but one of my GCSEs, and then had two weeks until my final exam.

-Also, mocks are much less spread out than the actual exams - compare a two-week mock period to an 8-week actual exam period

Don't panic about not having enough revision time - there will be plenty, especially for later exams!
Reply 2


This is my timetable, for an example. I have 20 exams, from the 12th May until the 12th June. Between that time there is 19 possible days to occur on, but a week off for half term. You can look online to find when your exams are.
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Original post by leahdw
You can find when your actual exams will be online.
-There are never any exams during May half-term (25th-29th May)
-There will sometimes be weeks with loads of exams, and some weeks you might not have any. I finished all but one of my GCSEs, and then had two weeks until my final exam.

-Also, mocks are much less spread out than the actual exams - compare a two-week mock period to an 8-week actual exam period

Don't panic about not having enough revision time - there will be plenty, especially for later exams!
Thanks for the info! Any idea on how I can check the dates of my exams online? I've never used the online system, not even for retrieving my GCSE grades, instead of attending the results days.
Original post by Trippyninja12
I'm starting to panic about my GCSEs, we currently have mocks and I end up with about 13 over a two week period. I'm curious, are the real exams like this, as I feel that the gaps are just too short and make it very difficult to revise for.

Hey, don't worry, I had about 17 exams over 2 weeks so can understand. For the real thing, it is more spread out. Some days you may get 3 a day and other exams with a few days apart. Also like the above person said, you have the May half term in the middle of exams, so have a week off exams which will give you an extra 7 days to revise. The exams will be over May and June, mine are over 6/7 weeks. But if you want to be sure, check your exam dates. My school has given out the provisional exam timetables but you can go on exam board websites and look for the 2015 provisional exam dates.

I think school do it over a shorter period because you'll have less exams (haven't covered all the syllabus yet) and to limit the amount of time lost, so more time for actual lessons :smile: It's still doable though :yep:
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Reply 5
Original post by Trippyninja12
Thanks for the info! Any idea on how I can check the dates of my exams online? I've never used the online system, not even for retrieving my GCSE grades, instead of attending the results days.


All the exam boards have published lists of exam days. Just google 'GCSE exam timetables June 2015' plus whichever boards you're doing, and you should find your exams.
Original post by leahdw
All the exam boards have published lists of exam days. Just google 'GCSE exam timetables June 2015' plus whichever boards you're doing, and you should find your exams.


Thanks!
Original post by Black Rose
Hey, don't worry, I had about 17 exams over 2 weeks so can understand. For the real thing, it is more spread out. Some days you may get 3 a day and other exams with a few days apart. Also like the above person said, you have the May half term in the middle of exams, so have a week off exams which will give you an extra 7 days to revise. The exams will be over May and June, mine are over 6/7 week. But if you want to be sure, check your exam dates. My school has given out the provisional exam timetables but you can go on exam board websites and loo for the 2015 provisional exam dates.

I think school do it over a shorter period because you'll have less exams (haven't covered all the syllabus yet) and to limit the amount of time lost, so more time for actual lessons :smile: It's still doable though :yep:


Honestly, I can't wait for these exams to be over, I've been doing mocks for three years now and I just want it all to end :biggrin: Roll on super long summer holidays... And expensive sixth form suits, and sixth form laptop and shoes and... Oh god, I'm not rich, now I have to worry about affording it all :biggrin:
I had 4 exams on one day during GCSEs, 2 back to back in the morning, then the same in the afternoon. This was the day that I became an atheist.
My exams go from the 12th May to the 18th June, and although I do have some weeks where I have exams every day and some weeks were I have only one exam in the whole week, overall things are a LOT more spread out than mocks, where I had all my exams in a week and a half :s-smilie:
Although, having said this, on the 12th May I have 4 exams. In one day. On my first day. Lord help me.
Original post by Trippyninja12
Honestly, I can't wait for these exams to be over, I've been doing mocks for three years now and I just want it all to end :biggrin: Roll on super long summer holidays... And expensive sixth form suits, and sixth form laptop and shoes and... Oh god, I'm not rich, now I have to worry about affording it all :biggrin:


I'm glad you're looking forward to it! I'm looking forward to starting my subjects, no uniform, the frees and I guess more independence. :biggrin: Haha, worry about that later, in the long summer break! Exams to go through first :tongue:
Original post by Trippyninja12
Thanks for the info! Any idea on how I can check the dates of my exams online? I've never used the online system, not even for retrieving my GCSE grades, instead of attending the results days.


Your school will have made the entries by now and, as far as I know, all the possible software system schools use have an option to print individual timetables from that. Try asking your exams officer for yours as it will be a lot simpler than making up a timetable from all the different exam board websites.
Original post by leahdw
You can find when your actual exams will be online.-There are never any exams during May half-term (25th-29th May)-There will sometimes be weeks with loads of exams, and some weeks you might not have any. I finished all but one of my GCSEs, and then had two weeks until my final exam.-Also, mocks are much less spread out than the actual exams - compare a two-week mock period to an 8-week actual exam periodDon't panic about not having enough revision time - there will be plenty, especially for later exams!
Is it possible that exams wont take place on the days mentioned online? For example my last exam is on 14th June 2024 , will it definetly happen on that day

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