Question papers and stationery

Information for schools and colleges about what you need to provide and what we will send you, including issue dates and how to order extra exam stationery.

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.

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.

Since summer 2019 we've changed 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 that use the new format.

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.

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.

Summer 2020 series

LevelItem Exam / pre-release issue date When we'll send it to you Initially sent using estimated entries?

GCSE

Question paper pack 4 – GCSE pre-release

19 March 2020

Late January to early February (before half term)

Yes

A-level

Question paper pack 5 – GCE MFL speaking tests

14 April to 22 May 2020

Mid to late March (before Easter)

No

GCSE Question paper pack 5 – GCSE MFL speaking tests 6 April to 15 May 2020 Mid to late March (before Easter) No
A-level GCE English Language and Literature B Anthology – exam use copies   Late March  
GCSE and A-level Stationery: includes additional answer books (SLAB4), graph paper, S1 script sacks, S3 coursework sacks   Late March to early April  
A-level Attendance records (Functional Skills and non-timetabled components)   Late March to early April  
GCSE Attendance records (for exams 11–22 May and non-timetabled components)   Late March to early April  
GCSE and A-level NLL yellow exam dispatch labels (fixed address and blank stationery)   Early to mid April  
A-level Question paper pack 6 – GCE/L3 papers 11–18 May 2020 Mid to late April (after Easter) No
GCSE Question paper pack 6 – GCSE papers 11–18 May 2020 Mid to late April (after Easter) No
A-level Question paper pack 6 – Functional Skills papers 11–18 May 2020 Mid to late April (after Easter) No
A-level Question paper pack 7 – GCE/L3 papers 19 May to 2 June 2020 Mid to late April (after Easter) No
GCSE Question paper pack 7 – GCSE papers 19 May to 2 June 2020 Mid to late April (after Easter) No
A-level Attendance records (timetabled components)   Mid to late April (after Easter)  
GCSE Attendance records (for exams 1–24 June)   Late April  
Tech-level Question paper pack 31 – TVQ papers 11 May to 5 June 2020 Late April No
A-level Question paper pack 8 – GCE papers 3–10 June 2020 Late April to mid May No
GCSE Question paper pack 8 – GCSE papers 3–10 June 2020 Late April to mid May No
A-level Question paper pack 9 – GCE papers 11–23 June 2020 Mid to late May (after half term) No
GCSE Question paper pack 9 – GCSE papers 11–23 June 2020 Mid to late May (after half term) No