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So after weeks of revision I sat down in my A2 geography exam today and opened the paper. I then had a panic attack and subsequently fainted due to nerves, stress and seeing a hard question. I was escorted out the exam and told that because it’s an extenuating circumstance AQA will potentially give me an “estimate mark” based on how I do in the second/final exam and my coursework. I have full marks (60/60) in my coursework and it’s worth 20%, if I do well in my final exam what sort of mark could I expect. Also has anyone heard of this before/gone through the same thing?
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Hi everyone,

So after weeks of revision I sat down in my A2 geography exam today and opened the paper. I then had a panic attack and subsequently fainted due to nerves, stress and seeing a hard question. I was escorted out the exam and told that because it’s an extenuating circumstance AQA will potentially give me an “estimate mark” based on how I do in the second/final exam and my coursework. I have full marks (60/60) in my coursework and it’s worth 20%, if I do well in my final exam what sort of mark could I expect. Also has anyone heard of this before/gone through the same thing?
It's likely that you will get a mark and grade based on the other two assessments (exam and non-examined assessment) and should not be disadvantaged.

Compost - is an exams officer and can give really accurate guidance.
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It's likely that you will get a mark and grade based on the other two assessments (exam and non-examined assessment) and should not be disadvantaged.

Compost - is an exams officer and can give really accurate guidance.
I hope that’s the case. I’ve never had a panic attack before so didn’t know what was happening and freaked out. So would you say my priority would be to do as well as possible on the next one?
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I hope that’s the case. I’ve never had a panic attack before so didn’t know what was happening and freaked out. So would you say my priority would be to do as well as possible on the next one?
Yes, just put the last paper out of your mind and do your best.

But it's worth working out some strategies to prevent the same thing happening again if you can.
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Hey, this happened to my friend and her mark was estimated based upon her coursework and performance in her other exam - she got an A Sorry for you, that sounds really stressful, hope you feel okay now <3
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Hey, this happened to my friend and her mark was estimated based upon her coursework and performance in her other exam - she got an A Sorry for you, that sounds really stressful, hope you feel okay now <3
Haha yeah I felt really horrible. Thanks for the advice it makes me feel much better.
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Yes, just put the last paper out of your mind and do your best.

But it's worth working out some strategies to prevent the same thing happening again if you can.
Yeah definitely I don’t want it to happen again lol. Thanks for the help.
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Hi I’m sorry to hear about what happened. I pass out quite often (in comparison to everyone I know) and I have panic attacks aswell due to my anxiety, so in exams I get moved to the back of the hall (seated behind everyone else) just incase something happens. But I’ve found that since moving to the back my anxiety levels are a lot less, I feel really panicky when I’m surrounded my lots of people I found that this really helped! Also when I’m stressed I feel like I can breathe a bit easier. I haven’t actually passed out in an exam, although I almost have several times so I really understand how horrible it feels. But I think it’s down to the exam board, maybe have a look on their website and see if they say anything about it ! X
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I've never had anyone be unable to continue from panic or from fainting - normally after half an hour or so and a bit of tlc you can get them going again in a different room. However, if you were genuinely unable to continue then the school can apply for special consideration and a grade will be calculated following the guidance https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/...date-is-absent
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtF0T2fPvbI&t=275s
something that would help to listen to just before an exam to relieve your stress. Try to isolate yourself from other people just before entering in, and be in your own bubble xx
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I've never had anyone be unable to continue from panic or from fainting - normally after half an hour or so and a bit of tlc you can get them going again in a different room. However, if you were genuinely unable to continue then the school can apply for special consideration and a grade will be calculated following the guidance https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/...date-is-absent
Could the exam board reject the special consideration? And if so what are the reasons?
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Could the exam board reject the special consideration? And if so what are the reasons?
They can but probably won't from what you've said, even though I have had one rejected in the past on the grounds that exam stress is not a reason for special consideration as all candidates have exams and so this is normal. That was about 10 years ago and I would say they have become much more lenient in what they accept. You won't find out out for certain until results day although you will know whether it has been accepted or rejected in principle within a couple of weeks of the submission being made.
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Hi I’m in a similar situation, I fainted on the train while going to my Chemistry Paper 2 A-level and then once I got to school I decided I would still attempt the exam however started to feel faint again and left the exam after 10 minutes so I only completed the first multiple choice question. I’m really worried about how this will affect my grade and I still have one more paper to do. Do you think they will consider this as 0% into my overall mark?
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I've never had anyone be unable to continue from panic or from fainting - normally after half an hour or so and a bit of tlc you can get them going again in a different room. However, if you were genuinely unable to continue then the school can apply for special consideration and a grade will be calculated following the guidance https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/...date-is-absent
Hi a similar thing happened to me I fainted on the train to the exam but still decided to attempt it but after the first few minutes started to feel dizzy and faint my school said they would apply for special consideration however I saw in the link it says maximum added marks is 5% but I only did one question so would they give me 7% as the total grade? I am really worried about this any advice would be appreciated!
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