The exam cycle

The exams management and administration process that needs to be undertaken for each exam series is often referred to as the exam cycle and relevant tasks required within this grouped into the exam cycle stages:

  • Planning
  • Entries
  • Pre-exams (exam preparation)
  • Exam time
  • Results and Post-Results

Key documents and resources to support the exam cycle

Key documents are divided into the stages of the exam cycle, supporting exams officers in understanding when these could be useful during the exams management and administration process

Guides provide overviews of processes and regulations, highlight key tasks and promote good practice

Checklists provide a means of self-assessment

Templates provide a starting point for undertaking/completing a key task or process and may be customised for use in a centre

Additional key documents – to support exams review and exams-related policies – are also provided 

Key documents are reviewed and updated each academic year


Additional support and resources

Updates and information

The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in centres as a result of the information provided on our website or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of schools/colleges to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.