Getting ready for the Edexcel orals

Wed Feb 05 14:50:00 UTC 2014

This update includes comprehensive guidance, dates and FAQs to help teachers and examiners arrange and prepare effectively for oral exams and assessments.

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Dates for the orals 

GCSE (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Urdu) GCSE controlled assessments submission deadline: 15 May 2014
GCSE (Arabic, Greek, Japanese and Russian) The window for GCSE speaking tests: 7 March - 15 May, 2014*
Edexcel Certificate/International GCSE (Chinese)
Window for the speaking tests: 12 March – 23 May, 2014*
Edexcel Certificate/International GCSE (French)
Window for the speaking tests: 12 March – 12 May, 2014*
Edexcel Certificate/International GCSE (German) Window for the speaking tests: 12 March – 19 May, 2014*
Edexcel Certificate/International GCSE (Spanish)
Window for the speaking tests: 12 March – 14 May, 2014*
International GCSE (English as a second language)
Window for the speaking tests: 12 March – 14 May, 2014*
GCE Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Urdu Window for GCE speaking tests: 4 April - 15 May, 2014*
Entry Level Certificates (French, German and Spanish)
Submission deadline for all units: 4 May, 2014

* Please note that the oral examinations should be undertaken on one day only. However, where there are large cohorts, you may need to extend this to consecutive days. Different days can, of course, be allocated to different languages.

Other dates

  • Entries: 21 March 2014
  • Deadline to request 'London orals’ service: 14 February 2014.

Please refer to page 7 of the below document for more information about the London orals facility.

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Dealing with a language not taught in your centre?

If you’re trying to arrange an oral for students in a language that isn’t taught at your school, our information grid should help you. 

Most qualifications feature compulsory oral units, although GCSE short courses (written language) are available across our suite of GCSE languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Urdu) that only test reading and writing skills.

GCSE (lesser taught languages – Arabic, Greek , Japanese and Russian)

Watch our video below to find out more about arranging and preparing for GCSE orals in these languages. Produced and delivered by a senior examiner of the speaking unit, this provides essential guidance for examinations officers as well as teachers.

Below, you can view a pdf of the slides, as well as the transcript of the video.

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FAQs

We’ve grouped all the key frequently asked questions about oral examinations and assessments together on the oral units FAQs page. You may wish to bookmark the page as more questions may be added if required. We hope that this saves you time in contacting us, but do get in touch if your question is not featured.

Key documents

In addition to the specification, teachers should also have consulted the following documents well before conducting the orals.

GCSE (Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Urdu)

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GCSE (Arabic, Greek, Japanese, Russian)

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Edexcel Certificate/International GCSE

'Instructions for the conduct of the speaking exam' feature as appendices in the specifications for each of these qualifications.

You are also advised to consult the speaking unit sections of the Teacher Guide.

You can access both of the above documents from the language and qualification-specific homepage. The Teachers Guide appears under the 'Teacher support materials' category.

A level (Chinese)

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A level (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Urdu)

Oral training guides are available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Rush and Urdu and include samples of student work and linked examiner commentaries. You will need to click on the loudspeaker icon to access the recordings.

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Other support

Samples of students' controlled speaking assessments and linked assessment commentaries appear on the GCSE homepages for Chinese, French, German, Italian and Urdu. They can be found under the 'Controlled assessments' category.

Similarly, examples of student oral unit performances and examiner commentaries appear on the Edexcel Certificate and International GCSE and homepages for Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

In addition to recordings in the oral training guides, samples of student performances in AS and A2 orals (with examiner commentaries) have recently been placed on the A level homepages for French, German and Spanish.

Other key resources include sample assessment material, past papers and examiner reports which are all located on the language and qualification-specific homepages.

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