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Reviews of marking and moderation for GCSE, AS and A Level: summer 2017 exam series

Reviews of marking and moderation (previously known as enquiries about results) for GCSE, AS and A level.

Documents

Reviews of Marking and Moderation 2017 report

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Reviews of Marking and Moderation 2017: Background Information

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Reviews of Marking and Moderation 2017 Tables England

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Reviews of Marking and Moderation 2017 Tables Wales

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Reviews of Marking and Moderation 2017 Tables Northern Ireland

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Erratum

This report has been updated following receipt of revised data from WJEC which includes the following corrections:

  1. WJEC discovered an error in their summer 2017 data; the pre-review raw unit marks supplied to Ofqual included special consideration adjustments but the post-review raw unit marks did not. This error affected statistics published on raw unit mark changes following review. WJEC have corrected this so that both the pre- and post-review raw unit marks include special consideration adjustments.
  2. WJEC have changed the way they report reviews of moderation to Ofqual and now report in line with the other exam boards. Previously, if a review of moderation resulted in no change in outcome, WJEC provided us with data for the sample of students whose work was initially moderated (and therefore re-moderated) whilst the other exam boards provided us with data for all the students in the centre who took the unit. WJEC have corrected their summer 2017 reviews of moderation data to include data for all students in the centre who took the unit irrespective of the outcome. This difference in reporting does not affect the number of reviews of moderation reported across years as these reviews are counted at centre level and not student level. However, it does affect the number of grades challenged – these figures will be lower for WJEC than the other exam boards for the years 2014 to 2016.
  • 5.9% of all GCSE grades awarded were challenged and 1.4% were changed, up from 5.3% and 1.0% respectively in 2016.
  • 4.6% of all AS and A level grades awarded were challenged and 1.0% were changed, up from 4.2% and 0.8% respectively in 2016.
  • 55% of GCSE, AS and A level reviews resulted in no mark change.
  • The most commonly challenged grade was grade D amongst GCSE A* to G grades that were challenged (29%), grade 3 amongst the GCSE 9 to 1 grades challenged (32%) and grade B amongst AS and A level grades challenged (32%).

Geographical coverage

The report presents data on the number of requests for reviews in England. Reports published in previous years included data for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland as well. As such, historical figures in this year’s report reflect data for England and may differ from previously published figures.

For all statistical releases for the academic year 2016 to 2017, Ofqual will publish separate data tables for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland, without commentary.

Responsibility for publishing data for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland has been passed to Qualifications Wales and CCEA respectively for the academic year 2017 to 2018 and beyond.

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Published 14 December 2017
Last updated 17 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added an erratum.
  2. Wales data (table 9) updated to reflect correct classification of grade U for GCSE 2017 between the A* to G and 9 to 1 grading scales. No other change needed.
  3. First published.