Summer 2022 Exam Arrangements

Overview

The Department for Education (DfE) explains it has introduced a range of adjustments to maximise fairness for those taking exams in summer 2022.

This is due to the disruption which students have faced during the pandemic over the last two years.

For the majority of GCSE and all AS and A level subjects, students will be able to view information published by exam boards on some of the exam content, texts, topics and sub-topics, themes and skills due to be assessed.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) explains that advance information is intended to communicate the focus of the content of the exams (or part of the exams) that will be assessed in the exam papers. As stated by DfE, the purpose of advance information is to support revision.

In this support article, we provide a summary of exam arrangements for summer 2022 linking to information from the DfE, JCQ and Ofqual.

Do students get to see the questions in advance?

The DfE explains that the additional information aims to focus students’ revision without providing exact questions that will appear.

A common set of principles have been developed for advance information, for example, avoiding providing so much detail that answers could be pre-prepared and memorised, but the information will look different for each subject and exam board, reflecting the nature of those subjects and their assessments.

There will be choices of topics or content in GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography, and a formulae or expanded equations sheet available in exams for GCSE maths, physics and combined science.

There are also changes to the requirements for practical assessments in sciences and art and design, recognising how the pandemic will have affected students’ opportunities in these subjects.

How will grading work?

Ofqual’s plans for grading this summer mean that grading profiles will not return to pre-pandemic levels immediately, recognising the challenges these students have faced.

This summer will be a transition year and exam boards will set grade boundaries to reflect a midway point between 2021 and pre-pandemic grading.

This will mean that more students get higher grades in 2022 than before the pandemic and will provide a safety net for those students who might otherwise just miss out on a higher grade.

In 2023, Ofqual aims to return to results that are in line with those in pre-pandemic years.

If you are an Edapt subscriber and you are concerned about exam maladministration you can contact us for support and advice.

We have also published a support article on how to report exam maladministration. 

Summer 2022 exams: additional information

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