Blogs on 'GCSEs'

Does giving advance notice disadvantage lower-attaining students?

by Tom Bramley, 07 February 2022
Student taking exam
All examinations contain a mix of questions that vary in how they discriminate between student ability. Providing advance information (an intervention that is intended to make certain questions on an examination easier) will affect the difficulty of questions in different ways. Tom Bramley, Director of the Research Division, asks whether providing advance information could benefit some students more than others.