This section applies to general qualifications. We'll send you the following materials you'll need for exam day:
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 the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations.
We send stationery such as graph paper, drawing paper and data booklets to centres before the examination in a general exam stationery despatch.
We issue formulae booklets for use in mathematics examinations of certain specifications and, where appropriate, mathematical and statistical tables.
Candidates must not take their own copies of tables or formulae booklets into the examination room.
Centres will receive one copy of the appropriate booklet for each candidate for the series.
We provide a full spreadsheet listing of materials for all examinations each series:
January 2019 stationery listing
June 2019 stationery listing
If you require any additional stationery, please request them from the Customer Contact Centre:
Request additional stationery
Information about answer booklets will be found on the front cover of relevant question papers, in the box.
In most cases, a generic answer booklet will be supplied.
These are sent to centres separately from question papers, as part of the general exam stationery despatch.
These are 12-page answer booklets (OCR12) and four-page continuation booklets (OCR4).
To find out which units or components require the use of the 12-page generic answer booklet, please see the stationery listing, above.
In a few cases, a specific answer booklet may be required.
These are sent to centres as part of the confidential question paper despatch and come in three formats:
Remember: the correct answer booklet must be used for each paper.
If a candidate runs out of space, they should be given an OCR 4-page continuation booklet (OCR4) to continue their answers.
If further space is required then another 4-page continuation booklet should be used (and so on).
The candidate’s name, candidate number, centre number and unit/component code must be clearly written on all continuation booklets, which should be inserted inside their exam script.
Treasury tags must not be used.
The dates for the despatches of question paper materials are given on the OCR key dates document and details of specific despatches are provided on our question paper despatch schedule.
We also send a despatch email which confirms what's been sent, together with a UPS number so you can track and manage the receipt of question papers.
We send early question paper material for particular units or components based on entry information (usually estimated entries).
Instructions for the distribution of the materials to candidates are included within the despatch.
We send exam-day question papers to arrive in centres at least five working days before the relevant exam.
They will be supplied in the following question paper packets:
Question papers are provided on the basis of final entries for a particular unit or component and thus we cannot guarantee question papers will be supplied where late entries have been made less than two weeks before the examination date.
We recommend you check thoroughly you have submitted all final entries before the deadline and received all the relevant materials in advance of the examination.
Under exceptional circumstances, we can make question papers available for secure download from Interchange shortly before the start of the examination.
If you need to make a request for a modified paper you can do this using the online tool, Access Arrangements Online, accessed via Interchange.
Please contact the Customer Support Centre if you have not received the necessary materials for an exam.
Attendance registers are sent to centres as close to the exam as possible to ensure they are as up to date as they can be.
Once we have sent attendance registers, we continue to generate and despatch updates for any late candidate entries.
However, it’s important you keep and send the original attendance register together with the updates, as the updates do not replace the original attendance register.
We supply plastic script return envelopes which should always be used for the despatch of OCR scripts, even for single scripts.
As the adhesive on envelopes can deteriorate over time (and we supply new ones each series), please ensure you dispose of the old ones by the ‘use-by date’ shown on the envelope.
You should not be able to reopen a sealed envelope without damaging it.
If you are despatching CDs, DVDs or USBs, these can be packaged in a bubble wrap envelope before being placed inside a correctly labelled plastic OCR script envelope.
These are provided as close to the exam as possible to ensure they are up to date.
However, once we have sent labels we continue to generate and despatch labels for any late changes.
Please destroy any old labels and use the new label for the despatch.
If you have a large entry for an examination we will provide additional labels (usually 1 extra for every 40 scripts) to make sure that script packets are not overfilled.
The labels you receive are based on your geographical location and whether the qualification is included in the DfE's Approved key stage 4 and 16 to 18 qualifications:
If, a week before an exam, you have not received labels for that exam, please contact the Customer Support Centre as soon as possible to request replacements.