22 Apr 2021

IB Examinations – April/May 2021

Dear Year 13 Students and parents/guardians,

The IB examinations will take place from Thursday April 29th to Thursday May 20th.   

Attached to this letter are the following documents:

Please make sure that you know the start time of all your exams and be at the designated examination room at least 15 minutes before your exams are due to start.

Details of what you can and cannot do during the examinations. Please read this document very carefully.

Please read the following carefully.

Typhoons and Rainstorm Warnings

In the event of a typhoon 8 signal, all examinations will be postponed. In the event of a red/black rainstorm warning, please listen to the radio for announcements with regard to exams and check the school website. You must assume that exams will take place, even if schools are closed, unless there is a separate announcement postponing exams. In the event of postponements, there will be announcements about re-scheduling. Again listen to the radio and check for information on the school website or contact the exams office on 2699 1811 or 2607 9119.


TI – Nspire: All calculators must be in “press to test” mode for all exams that allow the use of a calculator.

TI 84: any RAM/ROM memory or data stored on calculators must be reset before exams such that only approved apps remain in the calculator memory and all programs are deleted.

Please note that the only permitted and useful Apps on your TI84 are: PolySmlt and CtlgHlp. In addition, Finance cannot be removed and Language Support Apps are permitted. No programs are permitted.

Random checks will be made during the exams.              


To accommodate the scanning of scripts so that clear images can be created and sent to examiners for marking, it is essential that candidates observe the following:

  • Candidates must write their answers using black ink and draw graphs using a pencil with a soft lead. Other colours can only be used in geography examinations.
  • If a candidate wishes to write a plan for an answer or work out the answer to a question (perhaps in mathematics), this plan or working-out must be shown in their answer booklet and not on separate scrap/rough paper or a separate answer booklet.
  • Graph paper must only be used for drawing graphs, and should not be used as answer paper for text responses. Candidates must write their name and session number on each sheet of graph paper used.
  • The instructions for completing the coversheet, and the way in which question numbers should be written in the answer booklets, must be observed.
  • On e-marked examination papers, candidates must write their answers within the boxes on the paper.  If candidates are unable to complete their answer in the box given, they should continue their answer on supplementary answer booklets and indicate that they have done this within the box.
  • When joining together the items that comprise a script, the following sequence must be observed:
  1. The (blue) answer cover sheet.
  2. The structured/write-on examination paper, if appropriate to the examination.
  3. Answer booklets in the order in which they were used.
  4. Graph paper, if appropriate.

These items must be secured together using the string tag provided by the IB.

Candidates’ use of pencil in examinations

Candidates must write in black ink (except for multiple choice papers). Candidates should use HB pencils for drawing and for multiple choice papers.

Late or illness

If for any reason a student is late, he/she should try to contact the school on 2699 1811 or 2607 9119 to inform us that he/she is going to be late, but that he/she is on his/her way. Every effort must be taken by students not to be late. If students are late, the examination board will be notified and papers will be only be marked at the discretion of the Board.

If a student is ill, he/she must make every effort to come to school to take the examination. He/she and/or parents must inform Ms. Fagan or Ms. Wan and an appropriate Special Consideration form will be completed for the student. A doctor’s certificate must be provided without delay so that application can be made to the examination board for this special consideration. However, if an examination is missed due to illness (except COVID-19), it is not always possible for the exam board to award a grade. Under no circumstances can the public examinations be rescheduled due to lateness or illness.

Enquiry upon Results

  1. Should you wish to ask for a re-mark you must contact Ms. Wan by e-mail or in person in Room 127.  Please note the following:
  • Grades can go up or down
  • No enquiry can be made until the required fee has been paid
  • Component scores will be emailed to candidates on July 12th 2021
  • The deadline for re-marks is September 10th 2021

2. Should you wish to re-take any examinations in November 2021, you must contact Ms. Wan by e-mail or in person in Room 127.  The deadline for re-take entries is July 27th 2021. After this date the higher fees will be applied.  Full examination fees must be paid on registration.

Note to candidates:

Please note that students will not be allowed to take bags, smart/digital watches and phones into the Hall. These will need to be stored in a secure location outside the Hall and it is the responsibility of each individual student to ensure the security of their belongings.

All students must register in and out of the school using their Octopus cards in the normal manner and also sign in/out on the paper registers in Reception.

You must put your Hong Kong ID card on the top right hand corner of your table during the examination.

If you or your parents have any queries about the examinations please feel free to e-mail Ms. Wan at iris.wan@shatincollege.edu.hk.

Finally, a very big good luck to you all.



Iris Wan                                                                                            Kellie Fagan

Examinations Manager                                                                       IB Coordinator/Vice Principal