Exam Information for Students

Exam Information for Students

Each year I hold a pre-exam session with the students to go through the exam regulations, stationary, timetable, academic honesty, rules in the exam room and the equipment needed for each exam. I create a document based on the year’s exam code of conduct document that I create for invigilators. The 2019 document is below.

In this session I set up a mock student desk in the classroom and set the exam room up as close as possible to how it will look on the day of the exam (students already have some experience of this through their mock exams).

I go through the whole of the exam process from arriving at school to finishing the exam with the students.

All aspects are covered such as where students can have lunch, where they can study before an exam and how to contact school if they think they are going to be late. This session is also a good opportunity to go through how to use the exam stationary and the different types of exam.

The exam information document for students below contains the following information:

  • Types of exam.
  • Stationary.
  • Refreshments.
  • The exam room.
  • Seating arrangements.
  • Arrival of the students.
  • Starting the examination.
  • During the examination.
  • Attendance.
  • Finishing the exam.
  • Appendices.

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Exam Questions Staff Activity

This staff activity is designed to get teachers from different departments to work together to look at similarities in exam skills across the curriculum and to start collaborating with the aim of best preparing students for the exams.

The activity looks at a range of issues such as the skills the exam is asking students to show, ATLs, similarities between subjects, language issues, cultural issues, how to prepare for different types of questions, potential problems for students on the exam.

Before the activity I get a range of exam questions from each subject and put them on different tables in the room. Next to each exam question are A3 pieces of paper, with the following questions on:

  • What is the exam / a particular question asking the student to do? Are there similar instructions in your subject?
  • What Approaches to Learning skills does the student need to answer the question? Give reasons. (thinking, research, communication, social, self-management)
  • What Approaches to Teaching would best prepare the student for this paper / question? Give reasons (inquiry, conceptual understanding, local and social concepts, effective teamwork and collaboration, differentiation, informed by assessment)
  • Does your subject have similar skills that the student needs in this exam?—please explain.
  • What potential language issues are there for our students as a whole (give specific examples if you can)?
  • What potential cultural issues are there for our students as a whole?
  • How would you prepare a student for this type of exam / question? Look at the revision techniques handout and add your own ideas.
  • Make links between the requirements for this subject and yours (remember to write your name on your comments!)
  • What potential problems are there on this exam?
  • Staff work around the room looking at exam questions from different subject areas and adding their ideas. I ask teachers to write their name and subject area next to each comment so the subject area can make connections at a later date.

The activity focuses on IB philosophy as well as the students in the school and is aimed to give teacher to analyse how we can better prepare our students for the types of questions they will be facing in the exams.

The questions in the activity are designed to initiate collaboration between departments.

As Coordinator, I amalgamate the responses and share with staff. It is a good idea to have a reflection meeting on this activity where staff can discuss the issues that have arisen.

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Exam Schedule for Invigilators

Each exam session I create a day by day scheduler for invigilators. The documents, shown below, are emailed to staff at the beginning of the exam session and are put in the exam folder for invigilators.

The November 2018 exam schedule below contains the following information:

  • The subject and level.
  • The paper.
  • The exam length.
  • The start and finish times.
  • The invigilators and their times.
  • Exam information, such as the type of exam and stationary / booklets needed.

I have also attached a 2018 Mock exam schedule below, which has a different design to the one above. In this document there is an “invigilator instructions” box for each exam. You can also see here that we had ‘floating examiners’.

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Invigilation Training

To prepare my staff for invigilating the Diploma Programme exams, each exam session I create an invigilation document for staff, based on IBO`s “The Conduct of Diploma Programme Examinations” for the year. This document can be seen below.

I go through the document with staff at a meeting, where I create a mock up exam room to help explain the process.

In the meeting I go through the responsibilities of the invigilators as well as the procedures for setting up and running the exams. As Coordinator I set up the exam room and start and finish each exam.

I have trained another teacher to do this in case I cannot be at the school on the day in case of an unforeseen circumstance such as illness.

I also hold pre-exam sessions with the year 12 students to go through the exam regulations, exam stationary, timetable, rules in the exam room and the equipment needed for each exam.

The document below includes:

  • Types of exam
  • Stationary
  • Refreshments
  • The exam room
  • Seating arrangements
  • The arrival of students
  • Starting the examination
  • During the examination
  • Attendance
  • Finishing the exam

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