Effective Examination Strategies - A matter of carts and horses

Effective Examination Strategies - A matter of carts and horses

Although A Level examination has been displaced, the next ‘for real’ terminal assessments now being the Summer 2021 series, there is – as they say – no time like the present for making a start on embedding in working practices the key skills for ensuring examination success.

There are still issues to be resolved – the most pressing being how we make up the lost ground of 5 months work for the 2021 cohort. There has been some suggestion that QCA may direct exam boards to outline a ‘reduced’ specification or a restricted number of tasks based on the Set Products, possibly even reducing the number of Set Products to be covered. How this would work when centres do not study the same product at the same time, I leave to those in the position to make such decisions. It may well be that the 2021 cohort will forever find an Asterix attached to their awards.

What we do know, is that terminal examination assessment there will be.

Always double check your exam board advice for specific updates to the Summer 2021 assessments

AQA

Eduqas

OCR

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I was commissioned to author and present online INSET material for AQA on Effective Examination Preparation for the 2020 Series – something that went ahead despite there being no examination in 2020. The reason being that AQA consider the material to possess validity and relevance beyond 2020, applying to all future A Level Media examination. As such, I thought it might be useful to share some of those ideas/strategies I see applying across all three boards. Having authored the Edusites A Level lessons for the AQA, EDUQAS and OCR specifications involving writing some 700 distinct lessons, I’m probably in an ideal position to tie in approaches that are consistent across all three of the examination series.

Effective Examination Strategies - A matter of carts and horses
Barry Rainsford is a freelance writer. As well as 25 years’ experience as a Senior Examiner he has written training material for all three examination boards at Advanced and GCSE level and worked as Media Education advisor to educational charities.

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