GCSE Geography support for exam preparation

1 May 2018

With the first GCSE exams fast approaching, we would like to make sure you’re equipped with the key information of how we’ll be supporting you both before and after results day.

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Most common questions being asked by teachers

Here are responses to some of the FAQs we’re receiving from teachers about the new GCSE exams:

Our Getting Started Guides provide you with an overview of the exam papers, command words, mark tariffs and support to understand the extended response questions. View and download the Getting Started Guides for:

The Exemplars Booklet for GCSE Geography A and B provides examiner marked model answers with commentaries. We’ve also published Exemplars Booklets for the UK Challenges question in GCSE Geography A and the Decision Making Exercise in GCSE Geography B.

The Assessment Guides for GCSE Geography specification A and specification B are now available, with strategies for answering the 8 mark and 12 mark questions and help with interpreting our levels based mark schemes.

Yes. Both Geography A and Geography B exams take place on the same dates. Paper 1 is examined on 22 May, Paper 2 on 5 June, and Paper 3 on 11 June.

Yes, the papers have been designed to assess the abilities of all students.

  • Questions will have clear and simple instructional text, so each student can understand what they’re being asked to do.
  • Gradual ramping of demand throughout sections and papers motivates all students to engage with every part of the exams.
  • Command words are used consistently to assess particular skills, making it clear the type of response that is required.

Preparing for the assessments

You can download the presentation and delegate documents for our GCSE Geography A and GCSE Geography B Mocks Marking Training. This training includes guidance on how to use our Specimen Papers, with model answers and examiner commentaries.

Our assessments are designed to be as transparent and consistent as possible, so teachers and students can go into the exams with confidence. The live papers will follow the structure and style of our published SAMs and specimen papers (available for Geography A and Geography B), with command words that will stay the same for the lifetime of the qualification and will be used consistently with question types and mark tariffs to assess particular skills.

Ask our expert Subject Advisor

As you know, our team of experts is always ready to help. You can get in touch with our Geography Subject Advisor, Jon Wolton, either by email at eachinggeography@pearson.com, by telephone on 020 7010 2185, or via Twitter @Geog_Advisor.

Don’t forget that you can stay up-to-date with important qualification information and Geography-related news.

Sign up to Jon’s Geography Subject Advisor updates

You can also use our Ask the Expert service.

Post-results day services

The results day for GCSE is on 23 August 2018.

You’ll be pleased to know that, as per last summer, you’ll be able to download your students’ summer 2018 examination scripts free of charge using the Access to Scripts Self-Service Portal. Please ensure that you have obtained consent from the candidates before requesting scripts.

If you have queries about this summer’s results, you can get access to scripts and apply for an EAR (Enquiry About Results). Information on the post-results services available – including details of prices and relevant deadline – can be found on our website.

However, you can have confidence and trust in the results your students receive from us, as research from Ofqual across all exam boards shows that the summer 2017 exam results released by Pearson, across all GCSE and A level subjects, were the most accurate of all. 99.2% of our grades were accurate on results day, fewer Pearson GCSE and A level grades were challenged and fewer grades were changed than any other major exam board.

You will be able to download the Summer 2018 question papers and mark schemes from the relevant qualification page from early August.

ResultsPlus will still be available for you to analyse your students’ results in detail. Principal Examiner reports will be available via ResultsPlus from results day and will be on the qualification pages a few days later. Watch our short video on how to view the Principal Examiner Reports.

We will also be providing free, pre-recorded training on each exam paper’s performance and strategies for improving teaching and learning. In addition, a series of free network events – both online and face-to-face – will be available to attend during the Autumn term and these will focus on lessons learnt from the 2018 exams Make sure that you’re kept informed of this training by subscribing to Jon’s Subject Advisor updates.

If you have any further questions you can contact us by emailing teachinggeography@pearson.com.

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