COVID – 19 Exam Arrangements
At the request of some training providers we have further broadened the examination options to meet their needs through this difficult period.
Alternative arrangements such as online and embassy exams, are ONLY offered where you have evidence of your training provider’s approval for you to sit the examination this way. To maintain transparency with our training providers, the alternative option used is clearly recorded on the equivalency certificate with our standard unique security code for training provider’s reference.
Remember all certificate details, including security codes, can be checked with our compliance at any time.
More information on these options below.
Equivalency Exams are operating daily under the “new normal” social distancing regime.
We exceed government expectations with
FREE Multiple slots – when you book your date above we will email you offering multiple exams slots over a period of 2 weeks from the chosen exam day to find one that suits you. This free additional service is offered in addition to the others below to keep attendance numbers extremely low and keep you safe.
Equivalency Exams are operating daily under the “new normal” social distancing regime. We have exceeded government expectations with an alternative venue at Suite 210, The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH (closest tube station Angel ) using thermal temperature detectors, individual isolation rooms along with the mandatory facemasks, hand sanitisers and social distancing.
In addition we continue to use high quality examinations benchmarked on AQA and Edexcel GCSE syllabuses administered under JCQ (Joint for Qualifications) regulations, by trained invigilators and marked by a team of independent markers who have/or currently mark for the exam boards.
We are ensuring the needs of all students are being met safely and well within the required time!
School Based Testing
This option is used by some candidates where the headteacher is prepared to commit to the school hosting while following our security procedures and JCQ examination protocol to ensure the security and integrity of the equivalency examination.
If you have a school prepared to support your exam please check for more details by viewing the “You Choose Where” Option.
Alternative Arrangements (require evidence of training provider approval)
At the request of some training providers through the COVID period we provide ONLINE EXAMINATIONS. Check with your training provider BEFORE BOOKING for approval to sit your examination ONLINE. These exams are the same as the standard scheduled equivalency exams. They are administered using technology specifically designed to ensure the highest security standards in remote testing. Examinees are closely monitored throughout the process and their Photo ID is verified (Photo Driver’s Licence or Passport).
To maintain transparency with our training providers the Equivalency Certificate awarded will state the Equivalency Test was administered online.
To do these exams you require a computer with camera, microphone, key board, browser with a stable internet connection and a phone with the ability to scan or photograph. No special hardware, software or training is required.
Embassy/ British Council based testing
We are working with embassies and the British Council for special cases where students are overseas and travel restrictions preclude their attendance to an Equivalency Examination in the UK.
Again these are ONLY offered where you have evidence of your training provider’s approval for you to sit the examination this way. To maintain transparency with our training providers, the alternative option used is clearly recorded on the equivalency certificate with our standard unique security code for training provider’s reference.
General Exam Information
NB We also offer additional extra flexibility in Science equivalency exam dates with the “You Choose When” option.
Who should sit this GCSE (single award) Combined Science equivalency Exam?
You require a GCSE Science equivalency for entry into a higher education course that accepts GCSE equivalencies.
How to prepare for the Science Equivalency Exam?
Please refer to Science equivalency test guide on Preparing for Science Equivalency Exam page for exam content. We strongly recommend candidates use these recommended and inexpensive revision books. Other books maybe also useful but ensure they match with all topics outlined in the guide above.
- EDEXCEL Modular science – The Revision Guide – ISBN Number – 1841469416
- EDEXCEL Modular science – The Workbook – ISBN Number – 1841469483
- NB It is not necessary to purchase the science workbook if you are booking a science “KICK START” or “BOOSTER CLASS” as a workbook is provided
These revision materials should only cost a few pounds delivered to you and there is no need to spend more money on further resources. Also remember online resources such as BBC Bitesize are free. If you are short of time or after reviewing the revision guide you feel you require some support it is advisable (although not compulsory) that you use one of our Combined Science revision course options. These are specifically designed for the GCSE Science Equivalency Exam. There are a variety of options using experienced teaching professionals who have successfully helped people like you. This is preferable to sitting an exam ill prepared and not passing.
What’s in the GCSE Combined Science equivalency exam?
The (Single Science) Combined Science equivalency exam is specially prepared 2 hr test covering the 2 Biology modules, 2 Chemistry Modules and 2 Physics Modules. The details of the topics as outlined in the Science Test guide.
To enable thorough coverage of the syllabus material in the time provided each module is made up of 24 multiple choice questions (worth 1 mark each). The GCSE equivalency exam therefore totals 144 (6 modules x 24 marks). A grade C/4 threshold requires a minimum of 78/144 marks or 55%. The remaining grade thresholds are outlined in Preparing for Science Equivalency Exam .
Where and when is the GCSE Combined Science equivalency exam held?
The scheduled Combined Science equivalency exam will be held in Islington Arts and Media College, Turle Road, Islington, London, N4 3LS
We also offer flexible Science equivalency exam dates with the “You Choose When” option to sit your GCSE Science equivalency exam anytime during office hours at Suite 210, The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH
With school support we offer “You Choose Where” as an option to sit the Science equivalency exam in a school anywhere in the UK
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Useful Information – GCSE Combined Science equivalency exam.
Results are returned to you within 12 working days via email (NEED SOONER – check out our FAST TRACK within 48 hrs service). You will receive an official GCSE Science equivalency certificate (sent to the address you registered on website) with a security code on it. A* Star Equivalency Testing has been the leader in delivering Equivalency Tests since 2002 and this Science equivalency exam and certificate is accepted by most training providers. However, as there are hundreds of existing providers, new providers and policies can be subject to change, we advise candidates to always check with their proposed provider as we do not offer any refunds.
If there appears to be any issues with your training provider please email email@example.com as we can generally assist.
NB Once the Combined Science equivalency course is booked candidates must contact us to inform us of a date change up to 48 hours before the exam or the booking is lost with no refund. A change of date charge is required to enable a change to the Combined Science equivalency exam date through the system and ensure the records and the certificate security code are kept correct.
Please be advised that the Science equivalency exam paper remains the property of A*Star Equivalency Testing. Candidates are not permitted to take their exam paper, pictures of or photocopies of the paper. And as such by agreeing to our terms and conditions you agree to the above. All candidates must arrive by 5.30 pm to the exam centre. Photo ID (license or passport) is required prior to entering the Science equivalency exam room.