Exam Information - Summer 2021
How were grades arrived at this year?
Grades this summer were based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). TAGs were submitted to the exam boards following a rigorous process of assessment, moderation and quality assurance. These grades were then approved by the relevant exam board following external quality assurance checks. The exam boards did not use algorithms this year to finalise grades.
What do I do if I’m not happy with one or more of my grades?
All students have the opportunity to request a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal if they meet the eligibility criteria (see below); there are three possible outcomes:
- Your original grade is lowered, so your final grade will be lower than the original grade you received.
- Your original grade is confirmed, so there is no change to your grade.
- Your original grade is raised, so your final grade will be higher than the original grade you received.
Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or awarding organisation appeal. If your grade has been lowered you will not be able to revert back to the original grade you received on results day.
Can I re-take the exams?
There is the option to re-sit the exams in the autumn. The design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year. Please contact the exams team at email@example.com if you would like further information about these.
The appeals process involves 2 stages. The first stage is called a centre review and the second stage is an awarding organisation appeal.
What will be checked during a centre review?
You can ask the centre to check whether it made a procedural error, an administrative error, or both. A procedural error means a failure to follow the process set out in the centre policy. An administrative error means an error in recording your grade or submitting your grade to the awarding organisation.
You must request a centre review before you can request an awarding organisation appeal. This is so the awarding organisation is certain that your grade is as the centre intended.
What will be checked during an awarding organisation appeal?
You can ask the awarding organisation to check whether the centre made a procedural or administrative error – or whether the awarding organisation itself made an administrative error. You can also ask the awarding organisation to check whether the academic judgement of the centre was unreasonable, either in the selection of evidence or the determination of your grade.
What does ‘unreasonable’ mean?
The exam board’s independent reviewer will review the selection of evidence used to decide your grade. Only if the reviewer decides that the evidence selected and/or your grade were clearly wrong will they decide that your school or college’s academic judgement was unreasonable. The reviewer will not uphold your appeal merely because other evidence might have been selected or a different grade could have been given.
What is a priority appeal?
Priority appeals are only open to students starting university this autumn and who have missed out on the conditions of their firm or insurance offer. Unfortunately there is no priority appeal process for GCSE students.
How do I make an appeal?
Read the JCQ Student Appeals Guide 2021 then complete the Appeals Form (both shown below) and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not use any other school email contact. Please be aware that you must request a centre review before you make an awarding organisation appeal.
What are the deadlines for appeals?
3rd September 2021
Priority awarding organisation appeal (only available to students starting university this autumn)
12th August 2021
Awarding organisation appeal (non-priority)
3rd September 2021
When will you find out your results?
GCE Exam results day – Tues 10th August – available to collect results from the Dining Hall between 9 – 10am
GCSE Exam results – Thurs 12th Aug – available to collect results from the Dining Hall between 9 – 10am
If you are unable to collect your exam results in person then we will email results to students later in the day via their school email address.
Failing that students can nominate a third party to collect their results on their behalf however we will need written authority from the student and the nominated person will need to bring photo I.D with them when they come to collect the results.
Other useful exam information
This is important information regarding examination regulations and procedures.
Other websites you may find useful are:
JCQ (for rules and regulations) www.jcq.org.uk
August 2021 Key DocumentsOfqual Guide for Students on Awarding Grades - Summer 2021
Other key documents
Coping with Exam Pressure - Feb 2020