Letters extra: solutions to exam clashes

6th July 2001 at 01:00

Potential solutions to this year's AS-level exam clashes include:

  • to hold all big examinations up to five times with different papers for the different sittings. Statistics would enable normalisation of the results from the difficulty of the papers. The cost of the setting of the several papers would be well worth it in the light of public reaction to this year's difficulties
  • extend the timetable to include Saturdays
  • extend the exam span into later June and July for AS-levels only if that is necessary
  • have statistical evidence from this year concerning the combinations of subjects and use this to feed next year's timetable. Have an early date for entry for next year's exams. Do not permit changes to new combinations unless they have been checked across a web access by the schools as being possible. In exceptional circumstances new combinations are possible
  • reduce the number of examinations for any one discipline to a maximum of two papers for each student.
    • Alan Bowles
      educational consultant,


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