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Ofqual has Issued a Statement on Exam Errors

Tuesday 5th July 2011

There have been a series of unacceptable errors in this summer’s GCSE and GCE AS and A2 examinations. Each awarding organisation is responsible for the quality of its examination papers and Ofqual is holding each of them to account for their errors.

On 7th June Ofqual, with the support of the qualifications’ regulators in Northern Ireland and Wales, wrote to each awarding organisation offering GCSEs and A levels requiring additional quality checks on the examinations that had yet to be taken, to ensure no further avoidable errors occurred. Each awarding organisation provided Ofqual with written assurances by 13th June that such additional quality checks had been or would be made before papers were taken. Since 7th June a further two errors in questions papers have been identified as well as a printing error in a paper, and Ofqual have received a serious complaint about instructions to centres about the use of a particular mark scheme. This is unacceptable as it affects candidates and it brings into question the assurances that Ofqual received. Therefore Ofqual are taking immediate steps to require awarding organisations to confirm the actions that have been taken in relation to the examination papers still to be sat between now and 28th June when this series of GCSEs and A levels comes to an end.  

Ofqual will be announcing full details of an inquiry into the errors identified this summer.


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