Get ready for the exam with past papers
Past papers are so important for your revision as they help you understand the format of the paper, practice your timing and spot gaps in your knowledge.
Which papers you’ll need will depend on which awarding body the course you’ve opted to study is accredited by so make sure you’re using the right papers.
Most GCSE Science exams, including the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE Science Double Award, are made up of 3 papers sat on different dates. These cover your core subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
When you’re revising, set aside the same amount of time that you'll have in the real exam and complete a paper without looking at your notes. You'll immediately know which areas need work and can ask your tutor to explain anything you're struggling with.
When you study online you’ll still need to sit your exam in person on the same day as all other candidates.
You’ll need to book your exam yourself and can do this by contacting your local exam centre. Exam centres are usually schools or colleges that also have their own students sitting exams. It’s best that you book your exam about six months in advance, so you can be sure you’ll get a place. Also, make sure you prepare what you'll need to take to the exam on the day!
If you’re sitting a Pearson Edexcel exam, you can use this search tool to find exam centres near you; however, this won’t cover every centre, so we recommend getting in touch with local schools and colleges to check if they accept private candidates. AQA has a similar tool if you’re sitting their exam.
You’ll have to pay an additional admin fee to sit your exam which won’t be covered in the cost of your course as you’ll need to pay this directly to the exam centre. The cost of this will vary as each centre has different rates.
Once you’ve retaken your GCSE Science exam all that’s left to do is sit back and await your results!
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