In this post, we’re going to look at the proposed changes the government has set out for the 2022 GCSE and A-Level maths exams.
With this year’s A-Level results out of the way and the last two years worth of examinations being cancelled in favour of teacher advised grades, students may be wondering what’s happening with next year’s exams.
In this post, we’re going to look at the proposed changes the government have set out. Note that these changes aren’t set in stone yet, so, at the time of writing, these proposals could change.
Let’s get started.
To see why these changes are being introduced, we can take a look at what the Department for Education and Ofqual have said in their document proposing the upcoming changes:
“We are mindful that past and ongoing disruption to education may mean that schools and colleges are finding it challenging to cover the full curriculum and students may be feeling more anxious than usual about their exams.”
“These adaptations will provide students with a better opportunity to feel fully prepared for the material on which they will be examined and will help to make the exams less daunting.”
Clearly, these bodies know that the past two years have been difficult for students and things are unlikely to return to normal within the next year. Let’s now take a look at what these changes are in detail. The changes have been broken down into three categories:
For the majority of subjects, exams and assessments will not be changed from how they were pre-covid. There are a few subjects that will differ from previous years:
For all subjects except the following, students will be given advance information about the focus of the content of exams:
Additional support materials will now be provided for GCSE maths, physics and combined sciences. For maths, a formula sheet will now be provided (this was initially removed in the updated 2017 specification). For physics and combined sciences, formula sheets will be provided with additional information showing all relevant equations students need to know for their exams.
As these changes have only just been proposed, we’re unlikely to see how exactly they’ll affect your studies before the start of the new school year. However, the fact that for GCSE and A level maths, the focus of the content of exams will be provided, means once this focus is provided you can plan your revision strategically.
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