2021 exam changes

Your go-to place for exam changes and teacher support in 2021 and beyond

About our assessment and support materials

We’ve produced range of assessment and support materials to help teachers give students fair grades for summer 2021.

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What are assessment materials?

Assessment materials are based on questions from past papers. All exam boards are taking the same approach, as set out by Ofqual.

Questions reflect the numbering from their original paper to help you link them to our support resources and past performance data. Please note that question numbers don’t run chronologically.

The mapping grids reference the past paper each question has come from, so you can use Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA) to access historical data for each question.

Assessment material format

We’ve provided editable versions of the assessment materials so you can add and remove questions to suit your needs.

Some of the assessment materials on our website have been redacted for copyright reasons. Unredacted versions are kept securely on Centre Services and Secure Key Materials (SKM).

Using assessment and support materials

Find guidance from JCQ about GCSE, AS and A-level grade descriptors, as well as worked examples to assist with determining grades. And read the guidance from us about non-general qualifications grade descriptors.

Where you can find assessment and support materials

Most of our assessment and support materials will remain securely available in Centre Services and SKM. Some will also be available on our website.

Assessment materials

MaterialWhere you can find them

Assessment materials (sets of questions)

Centre Services and SKM
AQA website
Mark schemesCentre Services and SKM
Detailed mapping gridsCentre Services and SKM
High-level mapping gridsAQA website

Support materials

MaterialWhere you can find them
Example answers and commentaries - marked example student answers with examiner commentaries, mapped to assessment materialsCentre Services and SKM
Grading exemplification - examples of graded student work with commentaries, giving context to the grade descriptorsCentre Services and SKM
NEA marked example student answers with examiner commentariesCentre Services and SKM
Creating a range of evidence - videos and written guidanceAQA website

The full 2019 and 2020 exam papers – which some questions are taken from – will still be kept secure.

Using the assessment and support materials isn’t compulsory; they form part of the range of evidence you could use to determine the grade.

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  • We've published information about how fees are being used this summer
  • Schools should keep students' work to support quality assurance processes and appeals
  • Autumn exams will take place. Information available for general and non-general qualifications

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+44 161 696 5995 outside the UK

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Parents and students should contact their school or college in the first instance.

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