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Hello,

Does anyone know of any exam centres in London or Kent? In desperate need to resit as my school will not let me resit one of my AS exams and some surrounding exam centres have stopped taking entries now
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(Original post by Hunnybeebee)
Hello,

Does anyone know of any exam centres in London or Kent? In desperate need to resit as my school will not let me resit one of my AS exams and some surrounding exam centres have stopped taking entries now
which exam board are you looking for?
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which exam board are you looking for?
OCR, for biology, F212
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You need to ring OCR for their list of possible centres and also your local LEA.
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Does anyone know of any exam centres in London or Kent? In desperate need to resit as my school will not let me resit one of my AS exams and some surrounding exam centres have stopped taking entries now
Look at the OCR website for advice on centres for private candidates (and AQA's and Edexcel's as a centre registered with OCR is almost certain to be registered with AQA and Edexcel as well)). Most centres don't take private candidates and even fewer will now it's weeks past the main entry deadline so you'll have to be prepared to travel and to pay a lot.

When you do ring round exam centres, bear in mind that many exams officers are only paid to be in school during term time so you may not get an answer until term starts. The price will go up again on 22 April so don't leave it longer than you have to.

(I wouldn't imagine there is any point ringing your local authority, nor much in ringing OCR - they will only direct you to their website).
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(I wouldn't imagine there is any point ringing your local authority, nor much in ringing OCR - they will only direct you to their website).
Well thats the advice given by OCR in their guidance for private candidates. They hold a list for private candidates.
Have you read the guidelines?
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Well thats the advice given by OCR in their guidance for private candidates. They hold a list for private candidates.
Have you read the guidelines?
I have been an exams officer for some time. In that time I have hosted a couple of calls from our local authority and one from a neighbouring one saying they'd had a call asking about private candidates and had I any idea what to say as they knew nothing - one of them even said she had to ask the caller what a private candidate was as she had no idea. I suspect I can't be the only exams officer who has had a similar call from an LA so I don't see much value in ringing them near where I live at least.
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I have been an exams officer for some time. In that time I have hosted a couple of calls from our local authority and one from a neighbouring one saying they'd had a call asking about private candidates and had I any idea what to say as they knew nothing - one of them even said she had to ask the caller what a private candidate was as she had no idea. I suspect I can't be the only exams officer who has had a similar call from an LA so I don't see much value in ringing them near where I live at least.
Clearly there are a lot of school who cater for their students only and do not accpet private candidates. OCR produce guidance for private candidates on how they can locate exam centres which accept such candidates. They state they hold a list of possible places who might accept such candidates.

This would help as it can prevent much wasted time by going to places that have accepted private candidates in the past.

OCR suggest also ringing the local LA. there are many and they differ. Some are going to be better than others. Some employees are going to be more knowledgeable than others. You just have to get efficient at locating information.
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