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  1. Sleeping in or selecting out? Candidates' absence from GCSE examinations

    Authors: 
    Suzanne Chamberlain

    For a multitude of reasons candidates do not always complete all assessments in the examinations they are entered for....

  2. 'Maybe I'm not as good as I think I am.' How qualification users interpret their examination results

    Authors: 
    Suzanne Chamberlain

    This study formed part of a two-year investigation into the reliability of public examination outcomes in England and the current paper explores participants’ narratives relating to one of the themes that emerged from the study of public perceptions of assessment reliability....

  3. Test anxiety, heart rate and performance in A-level French speaking mock exams: an exploratory study

    Authors: 
    Anthony Daly, Suzanne Chamberlain and Victoria Spalding

    This pilot study explored the relationship between test anxiety, heart rate and academic performance....

  4. Grade awarding judgements in differentiated examinations

    Authors: 
    Frances Good and Mike Cresswell

    The consistency of grade awarders’ standards and the application of these standards to define comparable levels of achievement in differentiated examinations are investigated....

  5. A more generally useful measure of the weight of examination components

    Authors: 
    Mike Cresswell

    A variety of measures of the weight of examination components are discussed in the measurement literature. Those which have been widely used are based upon considerations of candidate rank orders or the variance of the total scores....

  6. Examination grades: how many should there be?

    Authors: 
    Mike Cresswell

    There is no generally accepted rationale for deciding the number of grades which should be used to report examination results. Two schools of thought on this matter have been identified in the literature....

  7. A review of borderline reviewing

    Authors: 
    Mike Cresswell

    Borderline reviews, in which the work of candidates who have just failed to achieve particular grades is reconsidered, are carried out by all but one of the GCE examining boards. The objective is to improve the reliability of such candidates’ grades....

  8. Taking ‘O’ level GCE examinations: the strategies employed by candidates and their teachers

    Authors: 
    John Francis

    It is taken for granted that allowing a choice of questions in an examination question paper is desirable. Question choice allows teachers the freedom to prepare their candidates on those aspects of the syllabus that are most appropriate to the interests and strengths of both teacher and students....

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