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Pearson Edexcel International’s GCSE on-screen English exam results set new milestones in innovative assessment


Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has announced the successful completion of a two-year pilot programme, with 600 students from six schools, from international GCSEs to the English language screen. The first cohort of international GCSE English students receiving their exam results on screen today is a key step on the road to future assessment and education preparedness.

The Middle East region was strongly represented in the six institutions that participated in the on-screen exams, namely British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) and Al Yasmina Academy in Abu Dhabi, British School of Bahrain, Qatar International School (QIS), and Doha College in Doha, and King’s College La Moraleja | British School of Madrid. They worked closely with Pearson over the two years to help develop the platform and prepare for their exams using Pearson’s mock on-screen assessments.

Commenting on the exam results, Kathryn Booth, MENAT Regional Director, Pearson School Qualifications, said: “The exam results released today are the culmination of two years of work between Pearson Edexcel and the six schools that have joined us in the pilot project of International GCSE English onscreen. exams. This is a giant step in transforming UK curriculum assessment and can only benefit today’s digital native students. 90% of students who completed their on-screen assessment said they thought their school should offer on-screen assessment in the future.

At Pearson Edexcel, we are delighted with the success of on-screen assessment and congratulate pioneering students on their exam results. We hope this will give schools in the area the confidence to consider offering international on-screen GCSE assessment with Pearson Edexcel. Booth added.

The pandemic has been a catalyst in transforming learning and teaching and how assessments are conducted globally. Many students prefer typing over writing; therefore, on-screen exams are a great opportunity to show their potential and perform at their best. Additionally, it will prepare students for a technologically enabled environment in higher education and the workplace.

In May/June 2023, all Pearson International schools will have the opportunity to take their English Language and English Literature exams on-screen, wherever they are in the world.

Receiving their exam results on screen, Nigel Davis, Head of Secondary at British School Al Khubairat (BSAK) commented: “At BSAK we are always looking to innovate and ensure that the school moves with the times. time and offers our students the best possible options for their qualification. We believe this is the future of exams, and the confidence our students had as they walked out of the exam room this summer was palpable. Now that we’ve seen the results, we couldn’t be happier. The students’ confidence in themselves was well placed – they exceeded the expectations we had for them.

According to Wayne Ridgway, Head of Secondary School at the British School of Bahrain,
“We wanted to be part of something that would help our students feel more comfortable and confident ahead of their exams, and the students were really happy with how the exam went that day. I would be very excited to see more on-screen assessments in the future – this is how students will work when they go to college for graduate school and beyond.

“We wanted to be part of the pilot and one of the leaders in the country as we navigate the path of online exams, and we have since reaped the rewards. My recommendation would be to take this opportunity. We now live in a technological world and this can streamline reviews in the long run. Students had the opportunity to experience the systems involved prior to the exam and they arrived at the exam confident, ready and prepared to excel,” commented Michael Merrick, Associate Principal of Secondary, Qatar International School.

In education, there are now growing calls to accelerate the transition to on-screen teaching, learning and assessment to reflect the way young learners of today live, learn and think. For more information on onscreen assessments and learning resources, please visit – https://www.pearson.com/international-schools/why-choose-pearson/onscreen-assessment-for-international- schools.html


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