In February and March year 11 students from over 300 schools in England took part in the third National Reference Test (NRT) in English and maths. This blog explains how the NRT evidence will be used when the exam boards set grade boundaries in GCSE English language and maths this summer.
Making sure that qualifications are fair requires careful design, analysis and evaluation of all aspects of qualification delivery. Fairness sits at the heart of our work and is something we are thinking about all the time.
Around 200,000 16 to 18-year-old students took Applied Generals or Tech Level qualifications in 2018 in subjects areas ranging from applied science, business, and health and social care, to accountancy and horticulture. This blog discusses how the qualifications are assessed and regulated to ensure fairness for all those who take them.
From September, all new students starting an FSQ in English or maths will be enrolled onto the reformed qualifications. This blog will take you through some of the changes.
The reforms to GCSEs, AS and A levels were the biggest in a generation. We asked more than 500 teachers for their experiences of teaching them and we were delighted by their engagement, professionalism and insight.
Reflecting on recent interest in the comparability of GCSEs and International GCSEs, this blog provides further information about the two types of qualification and how they operate in England.
Running exams is a tough job and one that requires all-year-round effort. Ofqual has been in discussions with exams officers since last summer to find ways we can help them run a smooth, incident-free series.
This latest blog in our series on test anxiety offer strategies which teachers might find useful to help reduce their students’ experiences of exam anxiety.
This blog discusses how school staff can help students through exam time, looking at whole-school approaches and supporting individual needs.
While students are getting ready to take their exams this summer, exam boards are also busy, completing their examiner recruitment and finalising their arrangements for the series. This is no mean feat. Last summer alone, 63,000 examiners were needed to …