An overview of the National Reference Test

Background information on the National Reference Test, held in February and March each year.


An overview of the National Reference Test


Ofqual has introduced the National Reference Test to provide additional information to support the awarding of GCSEs. The information from the test will be considered each year by Ofqual and the exam boards before GCSEs are awarded. The test will provide information on changes in performance over time. It will be based on results from a nationally representative sample of students who will take the test shortly before taking their GCSEs.

Published 2 September 2016
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