Articles by David.McGrath

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Even Homer nods

So how can Tom – how can any A level or GCSE student – be sure that he will be awarded the same marks no matter which examiner marks his paper? The process to ensure that this happens is known as standardisation. It’s part of a quality control system that is used with baked beans […]


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When is an A* not an A*

I was stopped the other day by my neighbours.  Their grandson Tom had just been for an interview at London University; “but he’s worried because he thinks his A level marks will depend on who marks his paper,” they explained.  “You’re an examiner, you reassure him,” they urged confidently. I hesitated because Tom actually had […]


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