As one of the major UK exam boards, OCR is responsible for creating and marking exams taken by over a million learners each year. We provide GCSEs and A Levels in over 40 subjects and offer over 450 vocational qualifications. We work with over 14,000 examiners and assessors, over 90% of whom are teachers or ex-teachers, who create and mark our exams.
When you sit an exam paper, did you know that it started life about a year before? This short video for GCSE and A Level students explains what goes into creating a new exam paper.
The journey of an exam paper between the exam day and results day. A short video for GCSE and A Level students explaining how your exam is marked and graded, updated with the new 9 to 1 GCSE grading system.
Here are six printable factsheets designed to explain the basics of examining. They cover the key stages involved in examining GCSEs and A Levels:
Our commitment to giving all students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in an exam.
This factsheet describes the steps taken to create a paper, from the writing of new questions and mark schemes, to final printing.
This factsheet describes how we ensure our examiners mark fairly and consistently.
How we turn marks into grades.
The steps on the journey from creating an exam paper to giving students their final results.
Simpler descriptions of exam board terminology.
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