Using Exams in Arbor

The exams area of Arbor in Students > Examinations allows you to manage entries and results for your students, including who they should be shared with and when. 

You'll only have access to this area if you are in a Secondary, All-through or Secondary Special school.


We'd recommend assigning your Exams Officer with this business role - you can see how to do this here: Setting up your centre, exams and candidates

  • Qualifications: Administer All Students - Edit any area of the exam setup including entries, results and exports.
  • Qualifications: View All students - View entries, download statements and timetables and view results after the embargo. Please note this permission will not currently allow users to view the entries pages. We are currently working on fixing this.
  • Qualifications: View All students - View exams on the student profile.

 If someone can't access a certain area, you can give them the right permission using these instructions

Getting started

Before starting to use Arbor for Exams, we recommend:

  • Record all your key deadlines: Check your awarding organisation’s entry, amendment and coursework deadlines. Read the JCQ overview of exam entry and result deadlines here.
  • Review key exams terminology: Understand key exams terminology using our handy key terminology article or external sites found through an internet search.
  • Check out our common exam FAQs here.
  • Early entries preparation: Work with subject teachers as soon as possible to finalise candidate entries per qualification and stay on top of entries before the entry deadline. Check the awarding organisations for their deadlines and fees for submitting candidates late.

Exams in Arbor

First, get your site set up to manage your exams in Arbor, add the qualifications you'll be running this year and make sure you have added all your candidate information: Setting up your centre, exams and candidates

When it's time to submit students for exams, you'll need to enter them in Arbor, then send the entries off to the awarding organisations:

You can then set up your exam timetables, resolve any clashes and let students know what exams they're doing and when: Examination setup, entries and scheduling

Finally, use our results section to see how to import results, share them with students and export them to analysis systems: Examinations results and analysis

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