Figures released by Ofqual in its annual statistical report on Enquiries About Results (EARs) show an increase in the number of enquiries received by exam boards in 2015.
Ofqual’s data for 2015 shows the continuing upward trend in individual enquiries - up 27% from 451,000 in 2014 to 572,350 this year.
The number of qualification grade changes as a result of EARs was 90,650 which represents 1.1% of all grades awarded and 17.9% of all grades challenged (down from 18.7% in 2014).
Despite the increase in enquiries, turnaround times by exam boards were shorter in summer 2015.
Alongside the statistical report, Ofqual has announced a new Enquiries About Results consultation to ensure the service provided by exam boards continues to improve.
The consultation covers the review and appeal systems used by exam boards in England for addressing enquiries about a candidate’s GCSE, AS or A Level marks. It also proposes new rules for how exam boards should set grade boundaries for new and legacy GCSEs, AS and A Levels.