GCSEs included questions pupils had already seen

The TES is reporting that theft from a vehicle delivering exam papers prompted Edexcel to cobble together new exams from previous years’ questions

A theft from a vehicle delivering GCSE papers caused an exam board to scrap four papers at the last minute and replace them with new questions cobbled together from past papers which some students had already seen, Tes can reveal.

Two Edexcel papers for GCSE Russian and two for GCSE Arabic were replaced with composite versions featuring questions from previous years which pupils recognised when they opened the papers.

Pupils said they were “fuming” at the “very unfair” situation.

The problems were compounded because a number of candidates still ended up sitting an original paper which was “potentially compromised” by the theft.

Tes has been handed an email sent by Lucian Lanteri, head of English assessment and modern foreign languages at Pearson – the company which runs Edexcel – to schools on 25 June 2018.

The email explains why Edexcel had to replace its unit 3 and 4 GCSE papers in Russian and Arabic, which candidates had sat earlier in June.    

“While the original papers were being delivered to centres, we were alerted to a theft from a delivery vehicle containing the above exam question papers,” Mr Lanteri writes.

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