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 2016/17

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

Mid-October (before half term)

(Pack 2)

GCSE pre-releaseYes6G171 November / 1 December 2016
AS/A-level pre-releaseYes6A171 November 2016

Functional Skills pre-release

Yes1A171 December 2016

Early December

(Pack 3)

Functional Skills exam papersNo1A1716–20 January 2017
Functional Skills pre-releaseYes3G1721 January 2017
GCSE pre-releaseYes6G171 January 2017
AS/A-level pre-releaseYes6A171 February 2017

Early December

(Pack 30)

Applied General examsNoJanuary 201723–30 January 2017

Mid-January

(Pack 4)

AQA Certificate and GCSE pre-releaseYes6G171 February 2017

Late January to early February

(Pack 5)

Functional Skills exam papersNo3G1727 February to 3 March 2017
AQA Certificate and GCSE pre-releaseYes6G171–15 March 2017
A-level pre-releaseYes6A1722 March 2017
MFL speaking testsYes6A177 March to 15 May 2017

Late January to early February

(Pack 31)

Applied General exams: March issue pre-releaseNoSummer 201731 March 2017

Mid-March

(Pack 6)

Functional Skills exam papersNo6A1717 April 2017
A-level/FSMQ pre-releaseNo6A1724 April to 3 May 2017
AQA Certificate/MFL speaking testsNo6G1724 April to 15 May 2017
GCSE/FSMQ pre-releaseNo6G1724 April to 4 May 2017
GCSE exam papersNo6G171–5 May 2017

End of April

(Pack 7)

AS/A-level/FSMQ/Level 3 Certificates exam papersNo6A1712–22 May 2017
A-level International exam papersNo6X17
GCSE and FSMQ exam papersNo6G17
Functional Skills exam papersNo6A17

Early May

(Pack 8)

AS/A-level/FSMQ/Level 3 Certificates exam papersNo6A1723 May to 6 June 2017
A-level International exam papersNo6X17
GCSE and FSMQ exam papersNo6G17

11–24 May

(Pack 9)

AS/A-level/Level 3 Certificates exam papersNo6A177–16 June 2017
GCSE exam papersNo6G17

Early June

(Pack 10)

AS/A-level exam papersNo6A1719–29 June 2017
GCSE exam papersNo6G17

Early June

(Pack 32)

Applied General examsNoSummer 201720–28 June 2017

Non-confidential materials by date 2016/17

When we'll send it to youItemExams series
Early to mid-September. Sent on request via order formGCSE and AS/A-level AQA English Anthologies (printed version)2016/17
Mid-September. Sent on request via order formA-level Maths and Statistics Formulae and Statistical Tables booklet (printed version)6A17
Late November Attendance records for January series1A17
Late NovemberStationery: includes additional answer books (SLAB4), graph paper, script envelopes, S3 coursework sacks, etc.1A17
Mid-DecemberYellow exam dispatch labels (fixed address and blank stationery) 1A17
Early FebruaryAttendance records for March series3G17
Early FebruaryStationery: includes additional answer books (SLAB4), graph paper, script envelopes, S3 coursework sacks, etc.3G17
Early to mid-FebruaryYellow exam dispatch labels (fixed address and blank stationery)3G17