It is important that young people are supported at home and school to prepare them well for Unit Assessments, prelim exams and other internal assessments as well as external exams.
The type of support required may depend upon the course assessment, which will normally be carried out using one or two assessment methods from seven possible types:
Regular attendance throughout the year will help to ensure that your child keeps up with course work and homework. If they do fall behind, through illness perhaps, do speak to the school about any support which can help them catch up.
Talking to your child to reassure and encourage them and taking an interest in what they are doing will help them get through what can be a stressful time and will help them to do their best.
There are so many calls on a young person's time that it is often difficult for them to decide where to start and what to do next.
Preparing for assessments and exams is often something that some children only begin to think about in the last few weeks (and sometimes only days) before the event.
Encourage your child to start revision in good time to avoid cramming and panic.
Help your child to plan a realistic timetable of study for each subject. Their school may have given them a revision planner which can be used to plan their own time. Subject teachers will give students information on when the Unit Assessments will take place.
Remember: Sometimes an exam is on a public holiday. The exam will definitely take place on that day and there will be no opportunity to sit it on another day. Schools and colleges are allowed to change the start times of exams slightly, so you should double-check the times of your examinations with your school / college. Courses will typically also have a second assessment element e.g. an assignment or a practical activity, depending on the subject being studied (or some courses may not have an exam element at all). Your child’s school will be able to give you more details on what this involves and the timing of any assessment.
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