What to do when you get your exam timetable

It could be tempting when you get your exam timetable to put it away and not look at until a week before your exams. After all, they often get given out quite a long time before your exams start and it can be easy to think that you have ages before you need to start thinking about exams. However, doing a few easy things when you get your timetable will help prevent any last-minute problems.

Check you have the right exams

It sounds obvious but you need to check that you have actually been entered for the right exams. For example if you know you have two biology exams, are there two written on your timetable? Likewise, check you haven’t accidentally been entered for something you shouldn’t have been. If you are at all unsure, check as soon as possible with your subject teachers or an exams officer.

Check clashes

When you have a lot of exams it is possible that some of your exams might clash and be at the same time. This is obviously a bit of a problem but is something that should be fairly easy to sort out. I had this once during my GCSE exams and I just ended doing them straight after each other with a small gap in between where I had to stay with an invigilator and my sister (who had the same clash as me). This is however something that you should get sorted out early on. There should be an exams officer or someone similar who you can tell who will be able to sort a solution out for you if you let them know.

Check extra time if appropriate

If you are entitled to extra time, for example if you are dyslexic or for another reason, check this has been added onto your timetable. It might say you have extra time or your exams might be strange lengths rather than the length it says on the front of past papers. Alternatively, compare the length of your exams to a friends timetable if they have the same exams and see if your extra time has been added. If you are in any doubt talk to someone like your exams officer as soon as possible to get it sorted out.

Along a similar line, if you have any extra requirements such as using a laptop or having a scribe, etc. make sure these are sorted out as soon as possible.

Check the locations

Make sure you know where all your exams are. If they are at school then they are likely to just be in a sports hall/ gym but it is worth checking this. This might be especially relevant for university exams where they might be on a different part of the campus or in a building you don’t normally go in. Find time to check where they will be in plenty of time so you aren’t running around half an hour before your exam trying to find the venue.

Put them in your diary

Once you know when your exams are, put them in your diary or planner. This will mean you don’t need to constantly carry your timetable around to know when your exams are (although don’t get rid of it). This might also give you a better idea of how spread out they are.

Start making a revision timetable

If you haven’t already made one, now is a good time to start making a revision timetable.This doesn’t mean you actually need to start revising but having at least an idea of when you will start and what you will need to cover will be helpful.


I hope you have found this post helpful – leave a comment to let me know if there is anything else you like to check when you get your timetable 🙂

Ellen Allsop

Hello! I'm Ellen Allsop, the creator of EAsy :)

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