Exam board Edexcel has launched an investigation into how part of an A-level maths paper was leaked online. The BBC reports
Blacked-out images of two questions were shared on social media on Thursday afternoon.
Pearson, which runs Edexcel, said the images were circulated “in a very limited way” shortly before Friday’s Maths Paper 3 exam.
It reassured students no-one would be advantaged or disadvantaged and they would not have to re-sit the paper.
It is the third year in a row that A-level maths questions from an Edexcel paper were revealed online ahead of the exam.
One student said: “To come out [of the exam] and find that there were screenshots of a group chat, where there were pictures of the whole paper – and not just blacked-out images – was extremely disheartening.
“If the grade boundaries go up because everyone that cheated performed much better, all of us that actually put in the work for the past two years will not receive the grades we need.”
Pearson said it had taken action to identify the source of this week’s breach and was “determined to identify the individual involved”.
After visiting a small group of exam centres, the company said it had identified one centre deemed to be “in serious breach of correct practice”.
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