Taking exams as a private candidate? Last date to enter for summer exams fast approaching.

Please note that the following information relates specifically to the UK.

Private candidates wishing to take GCSE, iGCSE or A’Level exams this summer need to get their exam entries in quick. The date set by the exam boards for entries, without incurring ‘late fees’, is the 21st February 2017. Exam centres need to get paperwork and payments to the exam boards on or before this date. This means that centres will require entry forms and payment from candidates even earlier.

Individual exam centres set their own dates by which they need to receive entries – these will vary but are likely to be two or three weeks earlier than the date set by the exam boards (i.e. very soon).

So if you want to take any exams this summer and haven’t got around to entering yet then make sure you get in touch with your chosen exam centre. Check when they need payment and get that paperwork filled out fast. Late entries will incur additional charges, or ‘late fees’. As we get closer to exam time there will be a further increase in the cost of entries. ‘Very late fees’ come into force on the 17th April for CiE and the 21st April for other boards.

It may still be possible to enter for the summer exams as late as a week before the timetable begins. But be warned not all exam boards accept very late entries and the cost of ‘extremely late fees’ can be as much as three times the standard fee.

Are you taking exams this year? Do you have any questions about exams and home education?

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