Latest Student News

June 9, 2011
 

Multiple-choice AS-level exam answers ‘all wrong’

More articles by »
Written by: Kyle Raffo
Tags: , , , , , ,
exams

Another incorrect question has appeared in an AS-level exam – the third such mistake pupils have faced this summer.

The multiple-choice biology question, set by Edexcel, offered a selection of wrong answers but not the correct one.

The exam board said the question was worth one mark out of a possible 425 and marking would be adjusted to ensure “no candidate is disadvantaged”.

The two other “unanswerable questions” were in maths and business studies AS-level papers set by other exam boards.

Students have complained that even if the questions are discounted, it is difficult to know how much the overall grade could have been affected by the time wasted trying to interpret a wrong question.

One of the pupils who sat the biology exam, on 16 May, has e-mailed the BBC News website to complain the disruption caused by trying to make sense of the error could affect his university application.

“This was a re-take for me, so the time I lost spent on that question could possibly have cost me a university place, right before the fees go up,” he wrote.

Edexcel said in a statement: “The marks for this paper will be adjusted during marking and standardising to ensure no candidate is disadvantaged and full details about how this was dealt with will be published in the mark scheme and examiner’s report.”

In the business-studies error, set by the AQA board, pupils were asked to make a calculation without being given the information necessary to make it possible.

An “unfortunate error” in a maths AS-level paper, set by OCR, meant students were also set a question that was impossible to answer.

Add a comment below if you have been affected by this issue.





 
 

 
grads

MPs warn over tuition fees funding gap

England’s universities could be hit by a funding gap worth hundreds of millions of pounds due to a miscalculation over how many will charge top tuition fees, MPs say. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says more universi...
by Kyle Raffo
 

 
 
student_library_1392235c

Revising For Exams

Revision works best when you practise what you’ll be doing in the exam – and that means answering questions. By writing out what you know as exam answers, you’ll be making it easier to remember what you learne...
by Kyle Raffo
 

 
 
Exams

Exam question error in AS-level paper

Pupils taking an AS-level exam have been given a question that could not be answered – the second such problem this summer. The latest unanswerable question was in a business studies paper set by the AQA exam board. A tea...
by Kyle Raffo
 

 

 
david willetts

Thousands to miss out on University places

Figures released this week by the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) have revealed that nearly a third of prospective students will miss out on university places. With tuition fees set to rise to £9,000 in 2...
by Kyle Raffo