Changes for 2022

Ofqual has published the arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) for students entering for exams in 2022 which includes speaking components for GCSE languages.

Any changes to the written component will be published following the outcome of Ofqual’s 2022 consultation.

These changes are for 2022 only.


For GCSE speaking:

  • 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.

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