Walking the Walk: Authentic Tests for GCSE classes


I’m writing this post in an attempt to contribute to this month’s blogsync:

“What is the best place for testing in schools?”

The other contributions can be found here. I write purely from personal experience. As ever, any feedback / criticisms are welcome.

GCSE exam hall

Authentic Tests

This year our year elevens have been tested a lot. They’ve been tested more than anything I’d experienced in my first two years of teaching, and more than I’d have probably liked If asked in September. I can’t commend the students highly enough for their efforts and application during these tests. If results turn out well (fingers crossed) then I’m pretty sure their efforts during these tests will have been a significant contributing factor.

One of the reasons the tests were so effective, I believe, was down to their authenticity. Each mock exam that our students sat was completed in complete silence, in the hall…

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