• Coronavirus: AQA exam portal is 'ripe for human error', schools warn

    An exam board’s online portal that requires schools to input potentially thousands of teacher-assessed grades one-by-one is “ripe for human error” and could result in “horribly wrong” grades, school staff have warned. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across England are providing centre-assessment grades and rankings for each pupil after summer exams were cancelled. Exam

    5.00 Jun. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Exam board furloughs some examiners and offers £250 goodwill payment to others

    An exam board is furloughing some of its examiners, but offering others a £250 one-off “goodwill” payment instead. Cambridge Assessment, which owns exam boards OCR and Cambridge International, is the first organisation to tell examiners of its pay arrangements in light of exam cancellations this summer. Whether the boards can use government help to pay

    15.00 May. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Complaints against leading exam boards double in two years

    The number of complaints received by Ofqual about England’s largest exam boards has nearly doubled over the past two years, latest figures show. Statistics released by the exams regulator today reveal that there were 143 complaints made against AQA, Pearson and OCR in 2018-19. This is a rise of 54 per cent from the 93

    17.15 Sep. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Investigation launched after pupils given question 'copied' from textbook

    An investigation has been launched after it emerged a question used in the Edexcel GCSE maths paper 3 this week was almost identical to one used in a revision textbook. Pupils took to social media to share their frustration after they were faced with the same diagram, values and answer in Tuesday’s GCSE higher tier

    15.06 Jun. 13th, 2019 | News

  • Edexcel allows exam candidates to opt out of gender classifications

    Pupils taking exams this summer have been offered the chance to opt out of gender classifications for the first time. Pearson, the education company that owns the exam board Edexcel, made the step forward, by presenting candidates with the option of removing the male or female classification for their qualifications. The idea of a gender-neutral

    17.19 Aug. 15th, 2018 | News

  • OCR suffers 20% drop in awards as schools flee iGCSE

    A major exam board has reported a huge slump in certifications as schools shun iGCSEs in favour of more traditional qualifications. According to Ofqual’s annual qualifications market report, OCR, the third-largest provider of GCSE and equivalent qualifications, awarded 21 per cent fewer certificates last year. Exam boards WJEC and Pearson also saw falls of 17

    15.00 Mar. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Thousands of examiners’ personal details stolen in AQA cyber-attack

    Tens of thousands of examiners have had their personal details hacked after the exam board AQA was victim to a cyber-attack. Data relating to 64,000 current and former examiners stored on some of AQA’s online systems has been stolen by attackers, including examiners’ name, address, personal phone numbers, and passwords. However the board stressed the

    10.57 Apr. 12th, 2017 | News

  • How long do A level exam remarks take? From five days… to 22!

    Note: This is a story from 2015 – the 2018 information on A-level re-marks is here. A level exam remarks took up to 22 days last year, figures released by Ofqual show – a sobering reminder for nervous candidates ahead of this week’s results. The figures released by exam regulator Ofqual relate to the summer

    19.00 Aug. 11th, 2015 | Exam results, News

  • How do examiners decide grades?

    The exams are finished and GCSE and A-level students are heading off for summer. But there are 12 weeks – and a lot of work – from “pens down” to results day Did you hear that noise? It’s the sound of thousands of students collectively breathing a sigh of relief. If April is the cruellest

    7.30 Jul. 12th, 2015 | Opinion