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  1. Motivation and Mode: an attempt to measure the attitudes of ‘O’ level GCE candidates to English language

    Carolyn Ferguson and John Francis

    Examinations are now universally recognised as tests of achievement and are commonly perceived as measuring skills in the cognitive domain. In recent years, however, there has been a movement away from the traditional end-of-course written examination paper....

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

    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

    Anthony Daly, Suzanne Chamberlain and Victoria Spalding

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

  4. Assessment expertise project: validity of assessment

    Neil Stringer

    When candidates take a test, whether it is a written examination, a practical performance, or submitting a portfolio of work, it is taken so that an examiner can assess the candidate’s performance relative to a standard....

  5. Numbering nested questions

    Sofia Parkinson and Neil Stringer

    In line with the aim of simplifying and standardising the format of AQA‘s question papers, it has been proposed that all question papers should be numbered using a simple sequential system (i.e. 1, 2, 3… etc.)....

  6. Grade awarding judgements in differentiated examinations

    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....

  7. Describing examination performance: grade criteria in public examinations

    Mike Cresswell

    One of the main objectives of the current moves to introduce grade criteria into GCSE examinations is the desire to make more explicit the "likely levels of competence and the knowledge that might be expected from those who obtain a particular grade" (DES, 1982, quoted in SEC, 1984)....

  8. A case for open-book examinations

    John Francis

    Investigations into the effectiveness of open‐book examinations have shown that they reduce students’ test anxiety and need to memorise factual material....