Mocks

Are mock exams results an accurate indicator of real exam results?

With the recent changes to GCSEs and A-levels, coursework and controlled assessment now has little or no effect on final examination grades.

Exams are shifting back to the older format of more essay-type questions and fewer multiple choice or shorter questions.

Now that coursework no longer contributes to final grades, students can only achieve good grades by successfully completing their exams, and mock exams can help define how they progress towards their real exams.

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How useful are mock exams?

The debate over the usefulness of mock exams has intensified as the new, more rigorous GCSE examinations have begun to be used across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This has combined with renewed calls regarding student stress and whether mock exams – and exams in general – are effective as a means of teaching.

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