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A. We are based solely in Bristol (South-West England), although our students travel to us from across the UK. For the academic year 2017/18, over 60% of all our students came from outside Bristol, travelling an average of 58 miles to take their examinations.

International students from Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Mexico, Kuwait and the UAE visited us to sit their examinations.​​​​​​​
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A. You do not need to study a course or receive any tuition from us to sit examinations at our centre; you can simply study independently (either self-study or study through a distance learning provider) and attend at our centre on the relevant examination dates.
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A. Once you have provided us with your details, we typically appoint a tutor within 48 hours. Thereafter the tutor will contact you directly via phone (or email if preferred) to arrange a time for the first lesson.
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A. A GCSE pass is not required to sit the A-Level at our centre, but you may wish to consider arranging some focused one-to-one tuition to consolidate the key GCSE skills required for the A-Level.
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A. We cannot recommend specific qualifications although we can advise on the options available. The final decision remains with you, but please remember that access to further and higher education and employment are often dependent on securing specific qualifications most notably passes at GCSE in English Language and Maths.
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A. We offer oral examinations for a wide range of GCSE, IGCSE and A-Level Modern Foreign Languages, including French, German and Spanish. For a full list of the subjects we can support, please see our GCSE & IGCSE Examination Entry and A-Level Examination Entry pages.
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A. Presently we are only able to offer Functional Skills Maths Level 1 and Level 2 exams; however we can offer IGCSE English Language exams that are available in October/November, January and May/June.
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A. We are able to support the following admissions tests: -

BMAT, STEP, ELAT, TSA, PAT, HAT, MLAT, MAT, OLAT, CAT,
ASNCAA, AMESAA, ECAA, ENGAA, GAA, HAA, HSPSAA, NSAA, PBSAA, PHIL and the Test of Mathematics.

Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer AP and SAT examinations.
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A. We offer both fast track courses and private candidate examination entry.

Courses involve regular group lessons that are structured and teach you the skills and topics you need to take an examination. The examination is then taken at the end of the course. If you want to be taught the material for the examinations, our fast track courses are ideal.

Examinations are the final assessments by which you gain a qualification. If you do not require any teaching and just want to sit the examination, you can do this by registering as a private candidate. Of course, you can still request some one-to-one tuition to help you prepare, if needed.
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A. We support students of all ages. We have supported students as young as 7 with GCSE Maths and Science examinations and individuals in their 80’s with various qualifications that were of interest.
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  • A. You simply need to complete and return our examination entry form – to request a copy please contact us – centre staff are available to help at every step in the process.
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A. You can pay for your examinations by debit / credit card, cheque, PayPal, cash (if registering in person) or bank transfer. Fees can be paid in full when returning the exam entry form or alternatively over an extended period through one of our interest-free instalment plans.
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A. There is no restriction on how many qualifications you can take in one examination series.
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A. We do not currently offer any discounts; but all fees can be paid over an extended period through one of our interest-free instalment plans.
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A. Exam availability is dependent on the subject, board and level. Please see our Examination Entry Fees & Entry Deadlines page for further details.
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A. The examination dates are set by the examination board and must be adhered to by us, the centre. The notable exception is Functional Skills Mathematics, which is available at our centre daily throughout the year.
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A. You will receive a Statement of Entry (that lists your examination dates), as well as other important examination documents in the months prior to your first examination. Typically, these documents are sent to students sitting examinations in November by late-September, in January by late-October and in May/June by mid-March.
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A. It is vitally important that you attend all the examination dates listed on your Statement of Entry.
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A. Unless specifically indicated, all morning examinations start at 9.00 AM and afternoon examinations start at 1.30 PM.
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A. If you have two or more papers timetabled for the same session and the total time is more than that recommended by the examination board, you will sit an examination in an earlier or later session within the same day. But you will need to remain under invigilation throughout the day until all examinations have been completed.
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A. All GCSE, IGCSE and A-Level oral examinations will take place in April (i.e. prior to the written examinations in May/June). Oral exam dates will not be confirmed until the start of March; however, we can confirm that they will not take place on any bank holiday or weekend dates in April.

Students taking CIE IGCSE and A-Level Modern Foreign Languages in the October/November examination series will take their oral examinations in October, these dates will be confirmed in late-September.
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A. There are many hotels, guest houses and B&Bs local to our examination centre – we can send you an up-to-date list of all accommodation near our centre, if required.
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A. GCSE, IGCSE and A-Level results are supplied in the form of a Statement of Results, which is sent via email as an attachment on results publication day. You will be notified of your results publication date at the end of your examination series. Formal certificates are provided by the examining boards 8-12 weeks after the results have been published. We will re-contact you once they are received, to confirm your postal details and preferences.
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Find Our More About Our Services

To book an examination, a place on one of our fast-track courses or arrange some one-to-one tuition, please call us today on 0117 910 9931 or email us at enquiries@3at.org.uk or contact us using this form.