Writing answers in the correct space in GCSE History exams

10 February 2023

The following guidance serves as a gentle reminder to students, teachers and exam invigilators about the importance of writing answers in the correct space and continuing on a separate piece of paper if extra space is needed to ensure the full answer is seen by the examiner before a mark is awarded.

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It is important to write answers in the correct space and continue on a separate piece of paper if extra space is needed. This is to ensure that the full answer is seen by the examiner before a mark is awarded. The extra sheets of paper should not be attached so tightly that the answer booklet cannot be opened without ripping the papers.

Students should be made aware of these instructions by their subject teacher but also reminded of them by invigilators at the start of the examination and if they ask for extra paper during the examination.

Answers should be written in the correct answer space for each question.

If candidates need additional space for an answer, they should use a fresh sheet of paper, instead of continuing an answer elsewhere in the exam paper.

Candidates should also state in the answer space, that the answer has been continued on an additional sheet of paper.

Every additional sheet used should include the following details:

  • Centre number
  • Candidate number
  • Candidate name
  • Qualification and Paper code
  • Question number

The Paper 2 British Depth Study and Period Study should be treated as discrete units as they will be marked by different examiners. If additional paper is taken for either of these papers, please ensure it is attached to the correct booklet. If additional paper is taken for the British Depth Study and Period Study, separate pieces of paper should be used for each unit, and they should be attached to the correct answer booklet. Please do not merge answers for the British Depth and Period Study on the same additional piece of paper.

If candidates are using a word processor for Paper 2, please remind them to record their answers for the British Depth Study and Period Study on two separate word documents, clearly detailing centre/candidate/ paper details.

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