Exam board apologises for error in French A-level exam after complaints that it was ‘appalling’ and a ‘travesty’

The Telegraph is reporting that pupils said that they were reduced to guessing answers after it was impossible for them answer questions during the listening part of the exam. 

Others accused Eduqas, a subsidiary of the Welsh exam board WJEC which offers exams in England, for harming their university prospects.

Ofqual, the exam regulator, was urged to carry out an urgent review into what went wrong with the exam, which was taken by 835 candidates. 

Elaine Carlile, director of assessment delivery at WJEC, explained: “The rubric for question four stated that candidates should listen to the second part of the recording in order to answer the questions.

“However, it would have been necessary for candidates to re-listen to the first part of the recording in order to answer question 4 parts (a) to (d) and then listen to the second part of the recording to answer parts (e) to (g).”

Students took to social media to vent their anger about the exam.

“Half of the skills we needed to pass apparently was to guess what the producers of the exam were thinking while writing it,” Urania Jerasi commented. “They were probably thinking of baguettes. Disappointed but not surprised.”

Matt Ainsworth said that the exam “requires an urgent review before students have to sit another exam (and potential shambles) on Wednesday”.

Eduqas admitted that there was an “issue” with the recordings in both French and Spanish exams and said they will “ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged”.

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