School Exams


The month of May is a stressful time for many young English school pupils as there are some important exams during this period.

When English children are 16 years old they take their general secondary school exams, called GCSEs. They take one exam in each subject so most pupils take about 10 major exams. To pass these exams they need to obtain either an A grade, a B grade or a C grade.   Teachers do their best to try to help pupils to study and revise in order to get a good result.

If they get more than 5 passes, they can continue on to advanced level courses for the next 2 years. Advanced level exams, or A-levels, are needed if pupils want to study at university. These advanced courses are more intensive so most pupils only study three or four subjects.  Once the exams are taken, there is a long, nervous wait for the results, which usually arrive at the end of August.


a pupil             a young person who goes to school

to revise          to study and learn what has been taught during the course

Learn a new phrasal verb:

to put up with something:  to tolerate something

I don’t really like living in the city, but I put up with it.