These questions and answers have been compiled to help you understand your options with the levels of Mocks Service available, and to support you with the requirements to make entries for your school.

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General

The 3 levels of the Mocks Service are: 

  • Paper-based Pearson-marked 
  • Onscreen Pearson-marked 
  • Onscreen Teacher-marked  

Please see our infographic for more details of each service including cost.

> Mocks Service infographic (PDF | 185 KB)

GCSE exam papers are available for all service types in the following subjects: Maths, Science, English, History, Geography and Computer Science. Please download the full Mocks Service exam paper list and codes you will need to make your entries.

> Download Mocks Service exam list (PDF | 121 KB)

A level exam papers are only available for the paper-based service in the following subjects: Maths, Science, English, History, Geography. Please download the full Mocks Service exam paper list and codes you will need to make your entries.

> Download Mocks Service exam list (PDF | 121 KB)

We will review the subjects offered as the service grows.

This service will give you detailed item level analysis from your students’ mocks through ResultsPlus but not student grades. We will provide grade boundaries and guidance on how you can generate your own grades.

For mock examinations in 2020 we are using the live papers from 2019. Please download the full Mocks Service exam paper list and codes you will need to make your entries.

> Download Mocks Service exam list (PDF | 121 KB)

All your centres can sit mocks at the same time and there is the functionality within ResultsPlus for you to view and compare the analysis from all your trusts’ centres in one place.

Each centre within your trust will need to make entries individually with a unique email address attached to your centre’s bookings.

Each centre within your Multi academy trust will be invoiced individually.

Please contact the Customer Services team for Qualifications via our Contact Us’ form. Please refer to the Mocks Service in your communication.

How to make entries

If you've registered your interest or confirmed your intention to offer our Mocks Service, and are an approved Pearson Edexcel centre, you will receive an email asking you to register so you can make entries for the service.  The sender address is noreply@pearson.com.

Let us know you'd like to make entries by completing the register your interest form on our website. In the 'About Mocks Service' section tick 'I intend to offer the Mocks Service'

If you are an approved Pearson Edexcel centre, and we can meet your requirements, you will receive an email asking you to register so you can then make your entries. Guidance is available in these FAQs and in our Mock Entry Guidance. 

> Download your Mock Entry Guidance (PDF | 610 KB)

Centres can expect to receive their emails approximately 24 hours after they have completed an intention to offer form.

The Mocks Service is not currently available to non-Pearson Edexcel approved centres. We aim to make this service available to all centres soon.

We need to have the final entries in for a mocks series a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the first exam date. Please see our FAQ about the entry deadline dates for each mocks series.

If you have registered but didn’t bookmark the link, you can access the mock entries at the link below.

Access the Mocks Services platform.

A candidate ID is a candidate number. Please ensure all students entered for the Mocks Service have a unique candidate ID.

Currently a centre can only book one type of Onscreen assessment - either Onscreen Pearson-Marked or Onscreen Teacher-Marked for all centre cohorts.

The default setting in our entries system is for centres to select Onscreen Pearson-Marked. If you wish to change this so that your centre can mark the onscreen tests (Onscreen Teacher-Marked), please contact our Customer Services team for Qualifications via the ‘Contact form on our website (referring to the Mocks Service in your communication). The Customer Service team will then get the setting changed for you.

We’re working on making it possible to use the different onscreen services at cohort level in subsequent mock windows.

We recommend that students who have access requirements should be entered for our onscreen assessments.

We are unable able to accept paper attachments, so if your candidate uses a word processor, please use our onscreen assessments. If you do send attachments with your paper scripts, we will not be able to provide our Access to Scripts service and there may be an additional charge.

The accessibility functionality available for our Mock Services onscreen assessments can be seen in our video. 

> Watch our video

You can also request extra time for our onscreen assessments as part of the entries process. This can be arranged for individual students once they have been entered for their exam.

If a student taking an onscreen exam requires a reader or a scribe it will be your school or college's responsibility to make these arrangements as normal.

Extra time for the paper-based service can be managed in centre as normal.

Please contact our Qualifications Customer Services team via the ‘Contact Us’ form on our website (referring to the Mocks Service in your communication), to provide the details of the A level papers and how many students require access arrangements for each paper. We will then contact you about the options available to you.

 

Booking window*

 

 

Mock Exams Series 2020/2021

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What papers will be available?

Autumn Term: papers made available to sit mock exams between 2 November – 18 December 2020

14 September 2020

2 October 2020

18 December 2020

June 2019 past papers for GCSE and A level 

Spring Term 1: papers made available to sit mock exams between 4 January – 19 February 2021

14 September 2020

7 December 2020

19 February 2021

June 2019 and autumn 2020 past papers**

Spring Term 2: papers made available to sit mock exams between 22 February – 5 April 2021

14 September 2020

25 January 2021

5 April 2021

June 2019 and autumn 2020 past papers**

*The booking window is the time period available to submit student entries to Pearson for the relevant Mock Exam Series.

**Exact papers for use in 2021 to be confirmed.

The entry deadline for each Mock Exam Series Window is fixed and we’re not able to accommodate late entries. If you miss the deadline for a mock series, please make entries for one of the subsequent series windows.

It is important that Mock Exams closely reflect what a candidate will experience in the live exams. We’re using 2019 papers for the Mocks Services, but following the feedback on A level Mathematics exams in autumn 2019, we have made improvements and changes to these assessments. Once our A level Mathematics exams have been sat in the autumn 2020 series, we'll be able to make them available for our Mocks Service from January 2021.    

This will ensure our mock exam papers will closely reflect what students and learners will experience in the high-stakes exam.

Please check the entry deadline for the mock exam series window. If this has passed, you will no longer be able to make entries for the window and will need to make your entries for a subsequent window.

From the bookings screen you have the option to allocate extra time for a candidate. This option can be accessed from the right-hand side of the candidate entry by selecting the three vertical dots.

Select Extra Time and enter a value in either the ‘Percentage’ or the ‘Extra time in minutes’ field. Then select ‘Set extra time’ to confirm the extra time you wish to assign.

Note: When you enter a value in the ‘Percentage’ field, it will automatically calculate the number of minutes this equates to based upon the assessment’s duration. It will automatically populate the ‘Extra time in minutes’ field with this value.

From the bookings screen you have the option to allocate extra time for a candidate. This option can be accessed from the right-hand side of the candidate entry by selecting the three vertical dots.

Select Extra Time and enter a new value in either the ‘Percentage’ or the ‘Extra time in minutes’ field. Then select ‘Set extra time’ to confirm the new time.

Note: When you enter a value in the ‘Percentage’ field, it will automatically calculate the number of minutes this equates to based upon the assessment’s duration. It will automatically populate the ‘Extra time in minutes’ field with this value.

 

From the bookings screen you have the option to allocate extra time for a candidate. This option can be accessed from the right-hand side of the candidate entry by selecting the three vertical dots. 

Select Extra Time and re-enter a zero in either the ‘Percentage’ or the ‘Extra time in minutes’ field. Then select ‘Set extra time’ to confirm that no extra time is required. 

Note: When you enter a value in the ‘Percentage’ field, it will automatically calculate the number of minutes this equates to based upon the assessment’s duration. It will automatically populate the ‘Extra time in minutes’ field with this value. 

To amend bookings, check the box on the left of the candidate entry you wish to edit and select ‘Edit candidate’ by clicking on the three vertical dots at the end of the candidate row. From here, you can edit the candidate’s name, gender and date of birth. The candidate ID will be shown but you will not be able to edit this field. If you have made an error with the candidate ID and wish to amend it, please contact our Customer Service team.

When you edit the candidate information, this will update across all bookings linked to that candidate.

Details of this can be found in the entries guidance document (PDF | 610 KB)

You’ll be able to cancel your entries for a mock series window without charge up until the entry deadline date for that series window. After that point we will have begun processing your entries for the Mocks Service and you will be charged. Please see the FAQ about how to remove bookings.

To remove bookings from the booking screen check the box on the left of the candidate entries you wish to remove and select “Delete selected” from the “Actions” menu located at the top left of the list. If you then select the green button next to the action menu the deletion will be submitted. Please note bookings can only be removed if the booking window is still active.

You can also select ‘Delete’ by clicking on the three vertical dots at the end of the candidate row.

Details of this can be found in the entries guidance document (PDF | 610 KB)

The registration email for entries will be sent to the email address which was submitted on our Intention to Offer form. If you wish to change the email address linked to your account for making entries for our Mocks Service, you will be given this option during your registration. This is the only opportunity to change the email address linked to your administrative account.

 

Please contact our Customer Service team who, after completing security checks, will be able to confirm the email address for making entries with you.

 

Please click on the ‘Forgotten password’ link on the bookings screen. This will ask you to reconfirm the email you registered with and will email a link that will allow your password to be reset.

Unfortunately, our entries platform doesn’t support the use of Internet Explorer or Legacy Microsoft Edge. Please download another browser, such as new Microsoft Edge, Chrome or Firefox, to access the platform.

The account icon is temporarily missing but you can still click on the area to the top right hand corner of the screen, to the right of the notifications icon, to access the option to sign out.

This is not a required field so you don’t have to add a Purchase Order number when you’re making your candidate entries.

Qual Service Price
GCSE Paper-Based Pearson Marked
Onscreen Pearson-Marked
Onscreen Teacher-Marked
£9 per paper per student
£5.50 per paper per student
£3.50 per paper per student
A level Paper-Based Pearson Marked
Onscreen Pearson-Marked
Onscreen Teacher-Marked
£14 per paper per student
£10.50 per paper per student
£3.50 per paper per student

*The A level Onscreen services will be available from 2021

Process and requirements

It’s straightforward to get our systems up and running in centres for candidates to take our Mock onscreen assessments. Please see the technical requirement for using our platforms.

> Download the technical requirements (PDF | 96 KB)

Please return your scripts to us at this address:

Clearly labeled:

FAO Pearson Mocks Service
Fretwell Road
Hellaby Industrial Estate
Hellaby
South Yorkshire
S66 8HN

Please see our Guidance for the Paper-based Mocks Service.

> Download Guidance for the Paper-based Mocks Service (PDF | 81 KB)

We will aim to complete marking and upload marks to ResultsPlus within the timeframes published on our website. These are:

  • Paper-Based Pearson-marked –within 21 days of receiving the scripts to our Hellaby site.
  • Onscreen Pearson-marked – within 14 days of papers being submitted Onscreen.
  • Onscreen Teacher-marked – results will be available via ResultsPlus within 7 days of teachers completing marking.

Terms and Conditions

We have a dedicated web page with the Mocks Service Terms and conditions, use the link below to read the Terms and conditions.

Read the Mocks Service Ts&Cs

Marking the Mocks

The mocks will be marked by our expert examining team. All mock exams sat in 2020 will be marked by our senior examining team and we will then be expanding the pool of expert examiners as the service grows. Our examining team will follow a standardisation process, as they do for the live exams, to ensure all exams are marked to the same standard.

We’re really grateful that you would like to get involved with the service, we are closely monitoring the growth of the service and will be in contact with our examining team as demand for the service grows and we require additional examiners.

Onscreen assessment

When we refer to the Pearson Assessment Delivery system or PAD we’re talking about the platforms used to deliver the onscreen assessments. Most recently, PAD has been used to deliver 10.4 million exams and capture 365 million scores as part of a partnership Pearson has with the Ministry of Education in Egypt. These exams were delivered during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of our onscreen services, we will be giving centres access to an ‘invigilator’ platform. This is an administrative area which sits alongside the onscreen tests.

This means we will be asking for the contact details of an invigilator in your centre so we can get them set up to use the platform.

We have worked extensively to keep the onscreen mock examination experience as close as possible to that of the paper-based assessment, but there are some questions where the experience may be different between learners who take the examination onscreen and those who do so on paper.

Whilst the skills required may be different between the two modes of delivery, the knowledge and understanding of the concepts required to successfully complete these questions will remain the same.

Onscreen assessment is a simple, intuitive way to sit exams online at school. This solution is only available from Pearson and provides a first step towards a more personalised exam experience.

We’re living in unprecedented times, where school closures and cancelled exams have caused disruption around the world. Onscreen assessment paves the way for exams to continue despite school closures and allow students to continue their learning journey.

Many students prepare for their exams using digital methods of learning. Having the opportunity to take an onscreen assessment, rather than a traditional paper-based assessment, will be a more consistent experience from study to exam, for this generation of students.

Our Mocks Service onscreen assessments provide a simple, intuitive way to sit exams online at school or college and can help with accessibility needs.

Yes. Pearson Onscreen Assessment uses Pearson Assessment Delivery (PAD) technology. Most recently, PAD has been used to deliver 10.4 million exams and capture 365 million scores as part of a partnership Pearson has with the Ministry of Education in Egypt. These exams were delivered throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and the plan is to deliver 125 million online assessments over the next four years. PAD has also been used to pilot mock assessment services in the UK.

Students can sit mock exams from home. Secure software locks down the computer and ensures that students can only access the exam. The exam is downloaded at the start of the exam and uploaded at the end of the exam so work is not lost in the event of the internet connection being interrupted.

Customers who have requested the Onscreen Teacher-Marked service will receive training on how to mark using our marking platform. We will also provide guidance on applying the mark scheme but this will not be standardisation training.

ResultsPlus and Access to Scripts

ResultsPlus is Pearson’s results data analysis tool where we will be uploading the results from the Mock exams.

ResultsPlus provides detailed analysis of your learner’s performance and allows you to:

  • identify potential topics, skills and types of question where students may need to develop their learning further.
  • see actual scores for each exam question for a student, class or group.
  • understand how your students’ performance compares with class and Edexcel national averages.
  • acquire data that may support effective learning and teaching approaches.

Pearson’s Access to Scripts service is included as part of the Mocks Service. This means you can:

  • view actual exam scripts for greater visibility and a deeper understanding of individual students’ exam performance.
  • see where your students picked up or lost marks
  • boost students’ confidence and engagement by showing them where they did well and reaffirming their knowledge and skills ahead of the live exams
  • get a deeper level of understanding about students’ strengths and weaknesses that cannot be gained by performance data alone.
  • review both performance data and exam scripts so you have a deeper insight into where your students have performed well or not so well at individual, class and cohort level.
  • Centres use the service to inform teaching strategies for intervention prior to the live exams as well shape the curriculum at each key stage by highlighting areas/topics that need to be taught in more depth earlier on.