Exam papers and stationery

We'll send you the exam materials and some of the stationery you'll need for exam day. You and your students might need to provide other stationery yourselves.

You must have a secure storage area where you can store confidential exam materials such as question papers, answer booklets and supplementary booklets and sheets. See the requirements in JCQ's instructions for conducting examinations.

What you provide

You'll need to provide certain stationery to students on exam day (in addition to what we'll send you). There's more about this in the stationery summary lists on the Secure Key Materials (SKM) area of e-AQA. It's also important that you check the instructions in your question paper pack to make sure you're providing everything students need.

Order stationery, anthologies and booklets

What we send you

We'll send you exam materials throughout the year. There are three types of exam materials we'll send to you:

  1. stationery and forms, which we'll send based on your entries
  2. early question papers that we send or make available to you before exam day (sometimes called preliminary or pre-release)
  3. exam day question papers and answer booklets.

The tables below show everything we'll send you by date. For early exam materials, you can also use our early question paper dates.

Confidential materials by date 2017/18

When we'll send it to youQuestion paper typeDo we send this from estimated entries only?Exams seriesExam / pre-release issue date

Mid/late September

(Pack 1)

Functional Skills pre-releaseYes17BG9 October 2017

Mid October (before half term)

(Pack 2)

AQA Certificate, GCSE and Functional Skills papersNo17BG1–9 November 2017
GCE pre-releaseYes186A1 November 2017

Functional Skills pre-release

Yes181A1 December 2017

Early December

(before Christmas)

(Pack 3)

GCSE and Functional Skills papersNo181A15–26 January 2018
Applied General papersNo181A17–26 January 2018
Functional Skills pre-releaseYes183G4 February 2018
GCSE pre-releaseYes186G2 January 2018
GCE pre-releaseYes186A1 February 2018

Early December

(before Christmas)

(Pack 20

GCE International papersNo181X15–25 January 2018

Early December

(before Christmas)

(Pack 30)

January TVQ papersNo181A15–26 January 2018

Late January to early February

(before half term)

(Pack 4)

Functional Skills papersNo183G26–27 February 2018
GCSE pre-releaseYes186G1 March 2018
GCE pre-releaseYes186A1–22 March 2018
GCE MFL speaking testsYes186A7 March–15 May 2018

Mid/late March

(before Easter)

(Pack 5)

Functional Skills pre-releaseNo186A17 April 2018
GCE/FSMQ pre-releaseNo186A23 April–11 May 2018
GCE MFL speaking testsNo186A10 April–12 May 2018
AQA Certificate MFL speaking testsNo186G9 April–11 May 2018
GCSE/FSMQ pre-releaseNo186G24 April–7 May 2018

Mid/late March

(before Easter)

(Pack 21)

GCSE International speaking testNo186Y9 April–11 May 2018

Mid/late April

(after Easter)

(Pack 6)

GCE/FSMQ/L3 papersNo186A7–21 May 2018
GCSE and FSMQ papersNo186G
Functional Skills papersNo186A

Mid/late April

(after Easter)

(Pack 22)

GCE International papersNo186X8–31 May 2018
GCSE International papersNo186Y

Mid/late April

(after Easter)

(Pack 7)

GCE/FSMQ/L3 papersNo186A22 May–5 June 2018
GCSE and FSMQ papersNo186G

Late April to early May

(Pack 31)

Summer TVQ papersNo186A25 May–15 June 2018

Early/mid May

(Pack 8)

GCE papersNo186A6–15 June 2018
GCSE papersNo186G

Mid May

(Pack 23

GCE International papersNo186X4–25 June 2018
GCSE International papersNo186Y4–7 June 2018

Mid/late May

(after half term)

(Pack 9)

GCE papersNo186A18–26 June 2018
GCSE papersNo186G

Non-confidential materials by date 2017/18

When we'll send it to youItemExams series

Early to mid September. Sent on request via order form

GCSE and AS/A-level AQA English Anthologies (printed version)

2017/18

Mid September. Sent on request via order form

A-level Maths and Statistics Formulae and Statistical Tables booklet (printed version)

186A

Mid October (before half term)

Attendance records (AQA Certificate, GCSE and Functional Skills)

17BG

Mid October (before half term)

Stationery: includes additional answer books (SLAB4), graph paper, S1 script envelopes, S3 coursework sacks

17BG

Mid/late October

Yellow exam dispatch labels (fixed address)

17BG

Early December (before Christmas)

Attendance records (GCSE, Functional Skills and Applied General exams)

181A

Attendance records (International exams)

181X

Early December (before Christmas)Stationery: includes additional answer books (SLAB4), graph paper, S1 script envelopes, S3 coursework sacks

181A

181X

Mid December (before Christmas)

Yellow exam dispatch labels (fixed address and blank stationery)

181A

181X

Late January to early February (before half term)

Attendance records (Functional Skills exams)

183G

Late January to early February (before half term)

Stationery: includes additional answer books (SLAB4), graph paper, S1 script envelopes, S3 coursework sacks

183G

Early February

Yellow exam dispatch labels (fixed address)

183G