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10 May 2016
Grading, assessment pass marks, resit restrictions (only for 16-19 year olds), synoptic tests and even more learning support will all be part of the new-look AAT (AQ2016) qualification.
The AAT’s director of education, Suzie Webb, told a record crowd at the Training Provider Conference that the new qualification will be introducing grading – pass, merit and distinction.
Students will also be pleased to hear they will also be told their actual marks. Unfortunately this will not apply to those sitting AQ2013.
After clarification from the Dfe resit restriction will only apply to 16 to 19 year olds. They do not apply to adults or Scottish and international students, and are not applied at Level 4.
The restrictions are quite tough – you will get two attempts in a 24-month period.
The increased emphasis on writing skills demanded by employers have meant synoptic tests will also be introduced. While the level 2 synoptic will be available three out of every four weeks the Level 3 and 4 test will be available six times a year.
* See next issue of PQ magazine for more. We will also be covering the key changes and provide more guidance in the coming months.
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