Exams in 2022 – everything you need to know (2024)


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This year students will sit exams, but we recognise they have faced disruption over the last two years and we’ve taken measures to make sure they aren’t disadvantaged.

TO NOTE: This article was first posted on 30 September 2021 but updated on 26 January 2022 to reflect the latest information on exams.

Here we answer your questions.

Why are you bringing exams back?

Exams are the best and fairest form of assessment. But we recognise the disruption the pandemic has caused, so there will be a number of adaptations for this years’ exams to ensure fairness for students.

Across January, students have sat more than 500,000 exam papers for vocational and technical qualifications – giving confidence that schools and colleges can host exams smoothly, despite Covid infection rates during winter.

What measures will be in place to make sure they are fair when different students have missed different amounts of time?

Students will benefit from a range of adaptations to GCSE, AS and A level exams in England – these adaptations will help them reach their potential following the disruption they’ve faced.

They include:

  • A choice of topics or content on which students will be assessed in GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography.
  • Providing advance information on the focus of exams to support students’ revision in subjects where there is not a choice of topics.
  • Giving students formulae sheets in GCSE maths and revised equation sheets in GCSE combined science and physics.
  • Changing requirements for practical science work and practical art and design assessments.

Some of these changes will also apply to the November 2022 GCSE English language and mathematics re-sit exams. There will be advance information deployed for both subjects in July, and a formulae sheet will be available for mathematics.

These adaptations are in response to a consultation we ran with the exams regulator, Ofqual, in summer 2021.

The consultation gathered more than 6,000 responses – with almost a quarter from students – and showed that more than 90 per cent of students and parents were in favour of giving advance information on the focus of exams next summer to support students with revision, and around 80 per cent or more agreed with offering choices of topics in some GCSE subjects.

When will advance information be made available for GCSE and AS and A level students?

Advance information on the focus of summer exam content for the majority of GCSE, AS and A level subjects will be published by the exam boards on 7 February.

The information will help students focus their revision for the final months and will give an indication of some of the content, texts, topics, themes and skills that students can expect in their exams.

For English language and maths GCSE exams in November 2022, advance information will be given in July.

What about grading – are you making any changes to that?

For the past two years, summer exams haven’t been able to take place and, instead, students have been awarded grades by their teachers. Due to the difference in assessment approach, we have seen higher outcomes.

As we return to exams, we want to get back to the pre-pandemic standard, but in the interests of fairness, Ofqual (who take the decisions on grading) won’t do so in one jump.

Instead, 2022 will be a transition year to reflect that we are in a pandemic recovery period and students’ education has been disrupted. In 2022 the aim, therefore, will be to move grading to a point close to midway between 2021 and pre-pandemic profiles.

Results are likely to be higher than in 2019, but not as high as in 2020.

Ofqual aims to return to results that are in line with pre-pandemic years in 2023.

When will GCSE exams happen in 2022?

GCSE exams will happen in May and June, as normal, and the exam boards have now published their final summer exam timetables.

When will A level exams happen in 2022?

A level exams will happen in May and June as normal, and the exam boards have now published their final summer exam timetables.

What is being done for vocational and technical qualifications in 2022?

It is the Government’s firm intention that exams and assessments for VTQs and other general qualifications, including T Levels and Functional Skills qualifications, should go ahead in 2021/22 academic year. Many thousands of students have already sat VTQ assessments this year.

Adaptations for Vocational and Technical Qualificationshave been confirmed, following consultation. Colleges and schools have been made aware of these changes by their awarding organisations.

When will students get their results?

A and AS level results day will be held on 18th August 2022.

GCSE results day will be held on 25th August 2022.

VTQs most similar to GCSEs and A levels, that are used for progression, should be awarded on or before GCSE and A level results day. Other types of qualifications such as Functional Skills Qualifications, and those that are not tied to an academic year will continue to be awarded throughout the year.

What are your contingency plans in the event that exams cannot go ahead?

On 11 November, we confirmed that in the unlikely event that exams cannot go ahead, students will receive teacher assessed grades instead. These grades would be based on a range of work – similar to what happened last summer.

It’s important to be clear, though, that this is very much a last resort in the unlikely event that the pandemic means that exams cannot go ahead.

The plans follow a consultation we ran jointly with Ofqual earlier this autumn.

We have alsopublished our contingency plans for VTQs, which seek to achieve parity and consistency where relevant with the arrangements proposed for GCSEs and AS/A levels.

Exams in 2022 – everything you need to know (2024)


When you get a bad grade on a test, you should _______.? ›

Take a deep breath and reflect. When you first receive a bad grade, it's natural to feel upset or disappointed. However, it's important to take a step back, take a deep breath, and reflect on what happened objectively.

How many questions for a 75 minute test? ›

In my course I allow 75 minutes for a 50-item multiple choice exam.

How many questions should be on an exam? ›

Tip 1: Rule of thumb - include forty questions in an exam

Is there a guideline for how many questions to include in a test with four-choice multiple-choice questions? Yes, the short answer is a minimum of forty.

Do exams help students learn? ›

Regular tests at spaced intervals encourage students to study and recall information at more frequent intervals. This makes sense as repeating learning material from previous tests and exams naturally makes the knowledge stick longer.

Is 80% a failing grade? ›

Grades below a “C” (80%) are considered a failing grade. Grades of less than a “C” (80%) will be assigned in order to assist in Financial Aid processes, but still considered as failing in the program.

Is a 70% a bad grade? ›

C is anywhere between 70% and 79% D - this is still a passing grade, and it's between 59% and 69% F - this is a failing grade.

What to do 30 minutes before an exam? ›

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  2. Turn off your cell-phone. ...
  3. Stretch out your arms and legs.
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Is 75 a good exam score? ›

A 75 may or may not be considered a good grade depending on the context. For instance, if it's an unusually challenging exam or if many students scored similarly, then a 75 might not be too concerning.

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What is test anxiety? ›

Test anxiety is that nervous feeling you may get when you're about to take a test. It's normal to feel some pressure before an exam, and a little stress can actually help you focus and do better. But for some people, the worries are so strong that they can't concentrate and don't do as well they'd like.

Why are some people good at taking exams? ›

Research shows that what makes these people so good at taking tests is likely a mix of: Low test-taking anxiety which allows them to perform better in the moment. Well-informed schemas that provide greater context and allow them to make more educated assumptions (guesses) especially when the test is multiple choice.

Should tests be timed? ›

Timed tests add an extra sense of pressure and stress that is unnecessary and can and will hurt performance. By eliminating the factor of time, students are able to keep their attention on answering the questions correctly and not within a certain time frame.

What to do when you get a bad grade? ›

How to Bounce Back from Bad Grades
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  4. Create a solid action plan. ...
  5. Consider getting a tutor to finish out the semester.

What to say when someone gets a bad test score? ›

4 things to say:
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  • "Let me know how you're feeling, I'm here to listen for as long as you need me."
  • "Let's take your mind off of things for a little bit and go for a walk."

Is 60% a bad grade? ›

Numerical and letter grades

However, there are some schools that consider a C the lowest passing grade, so the general standard is that anything below a 60% or 70% is failing, depending on the grading scale. In college and universities, a D is considered to be an unsatisfactory passing grade.

Is a C+ a bad test grade? ›

B+, B, B- indicates good performance. C+, C, C- indicates satisfactory performance. D+, D, D- indicates less than satisfactory performance.


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