Support for students, parents and carers
We want to make sure students have got the best possible support ahead of the May/June 2022 exam series. On this page we’ll provide you with up-to-date information and relevant links to help you understand any changes for 2022 to help you prepare for your assessments.
The Department for Education has confirmed that they expect exams to go ahead in 2022 and does not expect that to change, except in the unlikely event of a public health emergency which would prevent students being able to physically sit the exams. But there will be a few changes that will help guide and prioritise your revision, and make sure you are not disadvantaged for any work you’ve missed in the last two years.
Please take a look at our video that explains these changes.
What you need to know for Summer 2022
Optionality, advance information, formulae and equations
For GCSE and International GCSE English Literature, Geography and History, you will not be tested on one option from your course. Do check with your teachers to see which option you will not be tested on.
Advance information is available for all subjects except GCSE and International GCSE English Literature, Geography, History, Art and Design and A level Art and Design. This is because there are different forms of help for those qualifications.
For many subjects, the advance information will tell you which content from the specification will be assessed on which exam paper. However, it’s important to remember that the advance information for a subject will be similar across different exam boards.
You won’t be given information about specific questions. You might still need to use other knowledge and skills from your whole course. This will often be the case for questions that carry very few marks (sometimes referred to as ‘low tariff’ questions) and questions that draw upon different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across the course (these are called ‘synoptic’ questions).
The advance information will help to focus revision on the areas worth the most marks. The instructions given in the advance information will give more information about what is included in it. It is important that you have a good understanding of all the specification content areas across all your subjects. This will make sure you are fully prepared for the summer exams.
What are ‘low tariff’ and ‘high tariff’ questions?
While this will vary between different specifications and assessments, ‘tariff’ is the number of marks allocated to a given question. Most low tariff questions are worth single marks. High tariff questions tend to have higher marks e.g. 8 or 12 marks .
What a ‘low tariff’ and ‘high tariff’ question look like will be different in different subjects. Usually, the more you have to do beyond simply giving a single word or sentence response, the more likely it is to be a ‘high tariff’ question.
It may also be the case that some questions that are considered ‘low tariff’ are covered by advance information provided for ‘high tariff’ questions if an area of content were to appear in different questions.
Not every subject’s advance information will focus solely on high tariff aspects of the exams, so this might not be applicable to you. High tariff questions are not necessarily the hardest questions on a paper. Having advance information on what could be covered in the high tariff parts of the exam should help focus your revision and provide you with the knowledge you need to better respond to the types of questions that may require you to show more of your knowledge in one answer.
We have updated some of the advance information documents where minor amendments were needed due to typographical reasons OR to meet the principles of advance information content agreed by all exam boards. The qualifications and type of amendments are listed below.
The updates are demarcated in the document on the left-hand sidebar. A grey line in the sidebar shows where the change to the document was made.
Please make sure you are using the latest version for these qualifications that are linked from the table.
|Qualification||Version||Link to final version||Details of amendments|
|GCSE Biblical Hebrew||V2||Final Document
||Content - Bullet point 4 on page 3 has been removed.|
|GCSE Mathematics||V2||Final Document||Typographical - AI updated to include all detail in both the individual paper lists and the collated paper lists. These updates are reflected on pages 6 and 21.|
|GCSE Physical Education||V2||Final Document||Content – Bullet point removed on information section and page 3.|
|GCSE Physical Education (Short Course)||V2||Final Document||Content – Bullet point removed on information section and page 3.|
|A level Economics A||V3||Final Document||Content - Quantitative skills have been added on pages 4 and 5.|
|AS Economics A||V3||Final Document||Content - Quantitative skills have been added on pages 5, 7 and 9.|
|A level Geography||V2||Final Document||Typographical – Headings 1.7.a and 1.7.c amended.|
|A level History||V2||Final Document||Typographical - Topic 37.2 title has been changed to say Section A and Section B.|
|A level Physical Education||V2||Final Document||Content – Bullet point removed on information section and page 3.|
|A level Politics||V2||Final Document||Content – Full specification points added to page 6 and 7.|
|A level Religious Studies||V2||Final Document||Typographical – Removal of erroneous number on page 9.|
Links to the advance information can be found on our main Summer 2022 support page. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and under the heading Summer 2022 support, click on the qualification drop down box, then select your subject. The advance information for that subject will be in the top right-hand corner of the page.
Formulae and equations
In a normal exam year, you would need to memorise formulae and equations for GCSE Maths, Physics, Combined Science and International GCSE Physics, Science Single Award, and Science Double Award. For 2022, you will be given lists of these formulae and equations in your exams. You don’t have to memorise the formulae this year, but make sure you’re familiar with them and know how to use them to solve problems.
Getting ready for exams
For most of you, this summer will be the first time you've sat a formal exam, while for others it may have been some time since you last sat one. We've produced a guide to getting ready for exams to help you prepare and know what to expect on exam day. It includes some useful tips on what to take into the exam room, and importantly what you cannot take in with you.
We understand that you might be feeling anxious as the exams approach. That's why the guide also includes tips and helpful information for wellbeing during exams and where you can find further support should you need it.
Download the guide now.
Joint Council for Qualifications guidance for students, parents and carers
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have produced some guidance and frequently asked questions about advance information for students. Please do take a look at this information below.
Ofqual and Department for Education guidance for students
Ofqual have created a number of guides for students, including one about how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded this summer, taking into account the disruption to education caused by the pandemic.
Access to past exam papers – private candidates
Please see the information on our Private candidates page which explains how private candidates can access locked past exam papers.
Your school will tell you when your exam dates are, but you can also check on our Exam timetables page.
2022 results days
This year results days are:
- Thursday 18 August for AS and A level
- Thursday 25 August for GCSE and International GCSE