Student and parent support
Are you a student, parent or guardian, private candidate or someone who wants to help a student realise their potential? In this section you can find all the information, resources and advice you might need.
Guidance from Ofqual for summer 2020 series
We understand how unsettling the last few months may have been for any students who are receiving their results this summer.
The grades you receive this year will carry the same value as any other year, so you can compete on a level playing field with students from previous and future years.
Learn more from Ofqual about how your results will be calculated, and the options available to you if you do not receive the grade you wanted.
Understanding how exams work
This series of short videos explains how we go about creating a new question paper and how we ensure you get the right grades.
Getting the right result
We know that getting the right result is very important to you; that's why we've put it at the heart of everything we do. And by 'right result' we don't just mean getting the right number of marks or the right grade – it has to be an accurate reflection of your ability too.
Find out what we're already doing to get it right, and how we are continuously improving what we do.
You can also watch this video which explains why marking some subjects is more challenging than others, and what research tells us about how to make marking as accurate and reliable as possible.
When students are disadvantaged during their exams due to unforeseen personal circumstances such as illness, injury or bereavement, we can sometimes make mark adjustments or estimate grades as part of a process called special consideration. We may also need to estimate a grade for a paper on the rare occasion that a script goes missing.
All exam boards estimate grades by taking into account a student's performance in other papers and the national averages for that qualification. The guidance and criteria for calculating these grades, also known as Z-scores, are set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) to help ensure the approach is consistent and fair.
Avoid malpractice in your exams
While you're revising and preparing for exams, you might want to discuss your concerns with other students online. Read our malpractice in exams page to make sure you're clear on what you can share online and how to avoid malpractice in your exams and other assessments.