GCSE Languages: support for speaking tests in 2022

Thursday 21 Oct 2021

As you start to prepare your students for speaking tests in 2022, you can find training materials for conducting GCSE speaking tests on our website – for all languages simply find your qualification then use the ‘notes and guidance’ filter in assessment resources. The materials include a recorded webinar and examples of tests with examiner commentaries. Further training materials can be found in Centre Services.

The GCSE MFL Instructions for the conduct of the exams (ICE) guidance for summer 2022 can be found in assessment resources on the relevant subject pages.

  • Teachers and students should prepare for spoken language in 2022 to be assessed in the normal way, through formal speaking tests.
  • Ofqual will publish contingency assessment arrangements for spoken language that include assessment criteria, and which reflect the speaking endorsement arrangements set out in the 2021 Subject Level Conditions for GCSE MFL qualifications.
  • Teachers will be asked by Ofqual to have regard to the assessment criteria throughout the course.
  • If, at any point before the formal speaking tests begin, it becomes clear they cannot or should not be taken, Ofqual will implement the contingency arrangements.