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June 21, 2011

Exam board AQA sorry for Maths GCSE printing error

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Written by: Kyle Raffo

One of England’s biggest exam boards, AQA, has apologised for a printing error in a maths GCSE foundation paper taken by pupils on Tuesday morning.

Some of the papers, given to 31,659 students in England, had questions from a previous paper accidentally printed in the middle of it, AQA said.

It comes after a number of recent problems with exam papers, several of which were with the same board.

AQA said it was sorry that the error had caused some students distress.

It added: “From the information we have at this stage, it seems that some of the papers contained questions from the March 2011 paper.

“We understand the problem version of the paper begins and ends with June questions, but has March questions in the middle of it.”

AQA said in some of the papers one of the questions had another from a previous paper printed in the middle of it – making it difficult for candidates to follow.

The board said the problem, was caused by a printing error, and did not appear to have affected all 31,659 students taking the paper.

It added: “We have told schools that students should attempt the paper as it is and we will consider the most appropriate action to protect students’ interests, when we have a full understanding of the extent of the problem.

“The batches of papers that we checked as part of our quality assurance process are all fine and we are in the process of investigating with our printers how this problem has arisen.

“As with any problem of this nature, our top priority is to protect the interests of students and we will ensure that no student is disadvantaged by this printing error.”

A fortnigt ago AQA had to apologise for errors in a geography AS Level paper, a business studies paper and a computing paper.

And it is not the only exam board that has run into difficulties with papers this year.

The exams watchdog, Ofqual, said on June 9 that it was investigating six errors. Five were AS-levels and one was a GCSE.

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