Assurance of exams

I am not rushing to the defence of the exam boards, the perennial “results day” articles* rarely fail to direct some meagre attack or critique towards them. This year, the exam boards have put forward their own infomercials,  here and here, to reassurance their various audiences. Furthermore, this year the spectre of yet more reform looms as Nick …

AQA share exam tips

A few months back I asked all the exam boards if they could share the most common exam mistakes made by candidates, common exam blind spots or pot holes. I did ask for trade secrets, nor what was going to be in the Geology GCSE paper, nor how to out fox the wily …

Walking, talking mocks – worthwhile

Confidence, reassurance, familiarity (with the environment, with exam rubrics and with questions), reading skills (decoding questions, responding to command words, identifying keywords) writing/responding skills, myth busting, what ever the benefit, walking pupils through an exam paper has benefit. This years vogue (2015), the “walking, talking mock,” (WTM). In fact the blog post stats would suggest …

MCQs get a mention from…

MCQs get a mention in Glenys Stacey’s speech at the recent Westminster Education Forum A Level Reform event. We also found differences in assessment [comparable international qualifications], for example, the more prevalent use of sophisticated multiple choice items in assessment elsewhere. Here we find multiple choice less attractive, and associate …