Modern Foreign Languages: NEA speaking arrangements for summer 2022 exams

Monday 12 Jul 2021

Ofqual has published the arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork for students entering for exams in 2022 which includes speaking components for GCSE languages. Here are the changes you need to know about for summer 2022.

For GCSE speaking, it states:

  • ‘teachers and students should prepare for spoken language in 2022 to be assessed in the normal way, through formal speaking tests
  • we will publish contingency assessment arrangements for spoken language that include assessment criteria, and which reflect the arrangements set out in the 2021 Subject Level Conditions for GCSE MFL qualifications
  • teachers will be asked 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, we will implement the contingency arrangements’.

Although AS/A-level speaking components were not part of the Ofqual NEA consultation mentioned above, the plan is that formal speaking tests will take place in line with the announcement that exams will be going ahead as normal in 2022.

Ofqual is planning a consultation on summer 2022 towards the end of this term. We’ll provide further updates and guidance about the summer 2022 exams as soon as we are able to.