Controlled Assessment – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Controlled Assessment?

It is a form of internal assessment where the control levels for each assessment stage (task setting, task taking and task marking) have been defined for all examination boards.

Controlled assessment tasks have a time guidance which should be adhered to.

How will controlled assessment be delivered?

Each subject area has planned the delivery window or dates where controlled assessment in their subject will take place. To reduce pressure on your son/daughter these have been staggered across the school year. The controlled assessment dates are available on the school website.

Where will controlled assessments take place?

Controlled assessment is designed to take place within the normal teaching timetable, for example in the classroom, lab or workshop. There may be occasions, however, when it is more appropriate or convenient to have all students in a larger venue under close supervision; but this will be the exception.

What is the Controlled Assessment process?

There are three stages to Controlled Assessment:

1. Task setting

2. Task taking

3. Task marking.

Each stage has a level of control (high, medium or low) to ensure reliability and authenticity and to make assessments more manageable for teachers and students. Individual subject specifications give specific details about which tasks are high, medium and low control. Your son/daughters teachers will inform them which tasks are to be completed in high, medium or low control conditions.

The use of ICT and security of students work.

If ICT use is permitted during controlled assessment students are not permitted to access their work between controlled assessment sessions.

What does formal supervision (high level of control) mean?

 Students must be in direct sight of the supervisor at all times.

 Use of mobile phones, MP3/4 and other electronic devices is strictly prohibited and all breeches will be noted and reported to the exams office.

 The use of resources is tightly prescribed, normally only research folders/diaries.

 Students must complete all work independently but those students who work with learning support, following an assessment, may be assisted; this is noted and agreed by the examination boards.

 Students are not permitted communicate with each other. The assessment is carried out under ‘examination conditions’.

 No assistance can be given to students.

What does informal supervision (medium level of control) mean?

 Students do not have to be directly supervised at all times but there must be adequate supervision to ensure that work can be authenticated.

 Use of mobile phones, MP3/4 and other electronic devices is strictly prohibited and all breeches must be noted and reported to the exams office.

 Teachers must ensure that:

o The students’ work is their own.

o Plagiarism does not take place.

o The contributions of individual students are recorded accurately.

 Students have access to resources.

 Students can work together.

 Students can receive limited teacher guidance.

What does limited supervision (low level of control) mean?

 Some work can be completed without supervision e.g. outside the classroom

 Students will be given guidance on how to complete low control tasks. They are usually research tasks that students can collect at home and bring to class.

 Students have access to resources such as books and files during low control tasks.

 Students can work together to collect information but how they use this information in their work must be on an individual basis.

 Students can receive guidance from teachers during low control tasks.

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