Question 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

Creating an attendance register

We’ll send attendance registers to you before the exams. However if you’re missing one for any reason then you can create your own on e-AQA:

  • go to 'Entries' and select the 'Current entry reports' option
  • select the 'Subject reports' tab and the specification, then 'Go'
  • select a component, then 'Run report'.

To run a report, you'll need to keep the entry code field set as 'All'. A link for the attendance record will display at the bottom of the page.

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.

From summer 2019 we’re changing the format of some our question papers by providing additional lined pages at the end of question papers for students to use if they run out of space. See the components which will use the new format.

Please notify us immediately by emailing irregularities-n@aqa.org.uk if a parcel or one of the packets has been opened during transit and therefore there may have been a breach of security. Please also tell us if material has been significantly damaged in transit or upon opening.

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 2019/20

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

Mid to late September

(Pack 1)

Functional Skills pre-release

Yes

19BG

11 October 2019

Mid-October (before half term)

(Pack 2)

GCSE and Functional Skills papers

No

19BG

4–11 November 2019

Early December

(before Christmas)

(Pack 3)

Functional Skills papersNo201A13–14 January 2020
Applied General papersNo201A15–24 January 2020
GCSE pre-releaseYes206G2 January 2020
GCE pre-releaseYes206A1 February 2020

Early December (before Christmas)

(Pack 30)

TVQ papers

No

Jan 20

13–24 January 2020

Late January to early February

(before half term)

(Pack 4)

Functional Skills papersNo203G25–26 February 2020
GCSE pre-releaseYes206G19 March 2020

Mid to late March

(before Easter)

(Pack 5)

GCE MFL speaking testsNo206A14 April–22 May 2020
GCSE MFL speaking testsNo196G6 April–15 May 2020

Mid to late April

(after Easter)

(Pack 6)

GCE/L3 papersNo206A

11 -18 May 2020

GCSE papersNo206G
Functional Skills papersNo206A

Mid to late April

(after Easter)

(Pack 7)

GCE/ L3 papersNo206A

19 May–2 June 2020

GCSE papersNo206G

Late April

(Pack 31)

TVQ papers

No

Summer 20

11 May – 5 Jun 2020

Late April to mid-May

(Pack 8)

GCE papers

No

206A

3 – 10 June 2020

GCSE papers

No

206G

Mid to late May

(after half term)

(Pack 9)

GCE papers

No

206A

11 -23 June 2020

GCSE papers

No

206G

Non-confidential materials by date 2019/20

When we'll send it to youItemExams series

From early September. Sent on request via order form

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

2019/20

From early September. Sent on request via order form

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

206A

Mid-October (before half term)

Attendance records

19BG

Mid-October (before half term)

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

19BG

Late OctoberNLL yellow exam dispatch labels (fixed address and blank stationery)

19BG