Published below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions from potential students when considering embarking on one of our equivalency courses. However, if you cannot find an answer to a specific question, please feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and please do not forget to add your contact number so we can call you directly. You area also welcome to attend one of our free information sessions where you can meet members of our team. Again, please use the email address for more information.
Always check with your teacher training provider for their specific requirements and deadlines. Generally the following are required before the course commences and those with “conditional acceptance” on a course should check the dates by which the requirements need to be met.
If you haven’t achieved the required GCSEs, there an option of passing a GCSE Equivalency Exam.
If you studied outside the UK, check the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website (link is external) to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.
GCSE Equivalency Exams are intended for students who cannot evidence they have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C or above in the GCSE examinations. The equivalency exam result is used as an alternative to completing a GCSE for the purpose of meeting the entry requirements of teacher training programmes. It is not a GCSE.
A* Star Equivalencies have been leaders in administering equivalency exams for over a decade and our certificates are accepted by most teacher training providers. However, as there are hundreds of existing providers, new providers and policies can be subject to change we advise candidates to always check with their proposed provider.
If there appears to be any issues with your training provider please email email@example.com as we can generally assist.
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Widely Accepted (*)
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(*) Note since there now so many providers and policies are subject to change we ask examinees to first check with their chosen training provider before booking. If any issues arise please pass your details and the provider’s details to firstname.lastname@example.org as we can generally assist.
Exams charges paid for you
One hour information/help sessions carried out from 5.00pm-6.00 pm on Tuesdays in the Angel Office N1 0QH. Our Information and Help Sesisons are designed to provide clear guidance to those with issues surrounding pre requisites for teacher training courses.
Our facilitators have extensive experience working with Initial Teacher Training issues. In addition they are familiar with issues relating to pre requisites for teacher training courses including all aspects (and subjects) of equivalency and skills tests.
These sessions are ideal for teachers who have already looked these frequently asked questions (FAQ) and emailed for support email@example.com but require more assistance as they:
Professional skills tests
UCAS Teaching training guide
DfE get into teaching
NB. A* Star Equivalency’s sister company A* Star Teachers that recruits staff to supply, short , long term and permanent roles from institutions from Nursery though to A levels in London and its surrounds. They will pay the costs of exams for referrals for school staff looking for work and/or schools or nurseries interested in using them for free trials.
There is a range of course options designed to support your preparation:
These courses are designed to deliver maximum impact and accelerate candidates with basic skills and experience through well -structured revision material. These courses are held just prior to each scheduled
How do these options benefit you?
Examination options: There is a range of exam options designed to meet your needs:
All candidates must arrive by 5.30pm to the centre. Photo ID is required prior to entering the exam room.
YOU CHOOSE WHEN (Select scheduled exam and then check this as an optional extra)
This option suits candidates
You choose when to sit your exam?
YOU CHOOSE WHERE
NB Discounts apply for multiple examinees at the same school firstname.lastname@example.org
This exam suits those who
You benefit from
Fast Track with 24 -48 hour results Select scheduled exam and then check this optional extra.
50% Discount applies when this option is selected with YOU CHOOSE WHEN
This service is best suited for candidates who
NB. A* Star Equivalency has a sister company A* Star Teachers that recruits staff to supply, short , long term and permanent roles from institutions from Nursery though to A levels in London and its surrounds. They are prepared to pay the costs of exams for referrals for school staff looking for work and/or schools or nurseries interested in using them for free trials.
Please ensure you need to do the equivalency exam courses as payments are non-refundable
What are the Exam and Course Dates? We have a scheduled exam once per month, exam dates can be found in exam booking section. Exams must be booked online in advance.
What are the Exam times? Exams start 5.50 pm. Candidates MUST arrive at 5.30pm on the day of the exam, Please do not attend earlier as we can only hire premises from 5.30pm. Your Photo ID can be copied prior to the exam. Late candidates will be refused entry to the exam room. If times and / or dates do not suit your needs please use “Your Choice When” option. Once booked, it is the candidate's responsibility to attend at the correct time and date. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM/ JUNK FOLDER FOR CONFIRMATION EMAIL
What do I need to bring to exam? You will need to bring Photo ID in the form of your passport or photo card driver's license to enable an identity check to be made. If you do not bring the valid ID you will not be able to sit the test. Student cards, paper licenses etc are not sufficient.
Can I sit exams in more than one subject? You can complete more than one exam BUT you can only complete one exam per booking date. However, if you have a genuine problem regarding an application deadline, please outline the issue to email@example.com with a contact number.
Where are the Exam and tuition classes held? All revision classes and “Your Choice When” exams are held at the Suite 210 Business Design Centre in Angel, Islington N1 0QH
Scheduled exams are held at Premier Training in Finsbury Park. Directions to this centre, will be emailed to you the week before the exam, however it is directly opposite Starbucks outside the Wells Terrace exit of Finsbury Park underground on Clifton Terrace (N4 3JP).
What is an equivalency exam and does my training provider accept A*Star Teachers equivalency? An equivalency is not a GCSE. It is a GCSE equivalency for the purpose of meeting the pre-requisites for certain teacher training programmes. It is your responsibility to check if your training provider accepts A*Star Teacher equivalency.
When do I get the Exam results? Results usually take one to two weeks after you sit the exam. Candidates are sent official notification via email. A certificate is sent to the postal address provided on your booking. If you require a quick turnaround of results (24 -48 hrs) we offer a fast track service.. Please select this option when making a booking.
What if I need to re-sit? Candidates can re-sit examsby rebooking an exam. The exam will be similar but will be a different exam.
How do I book an exam or course? Click Book Now and follow directions. Once you have made a booking you will receive a confirmation email.
If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder.
I need to change my exam date. How do I do this?A change of exam date can be done by clicking the option in bookings and will incur a change of booking charge.
At least 48 hours notice must be given when changing your exam date. If less than 48 hours notice the change cannot be made and fees are not refundable