Results day 2022: how to challenge your A-levels or GCSE results

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If you’re unhappy with your exam results, don’t fret (Image: Matt Cardy/Getty)

Schools and students have been grappling with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic since early 2020, which has resulted in national GCSE, AS and A-level exams not being taken.

Instead of this, Teacher assessments replaced traditional exams in both 2020 and 2021 – with this year’s results being the first to be determined by year-end exams since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Students will receive their exam results next week – with Abitur today (18 August) and GCSEs on Thursday 25 August.

If you’re not getting the results you hoped for, you still have time to appeal.

But how can you make this request?

Here’s everything you need to know.

How to contest your Baccalaureate and GCSE results

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Exam results may be appealed (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

You may choose to contest a result if:

  • Your school or college made a mistake when sending information to the exam board
  • Your school or college thinks the result is wrong
  • They have evidence of wrongdoing against you

Students in England can contest GCSE, AS and A Level results within the time limits set by their school or college.

To do this, contact your school or college to review a grade that you are concerned about.

Appeal against the result of the examination board

The original request may be escalated by your school to an Appeal Board appeal if you are dissatisfied with their response.

You cannot submit a request for review directly to the examination board yourself – your school will have to do this for you.

Each Review Board must set and publish its own time limits, including the time limits by which requests for review or appeal must be received, pursuant to the government website.

So you will need to review the relevant exam on board, but most applications must be made within 15 working days of receiving your results.

Students in an examination hall.

Exams were held in schools this year for the first time since the pandemic began (Image: Getty)

Your work will not be re-evaluated, but the examination board will examine your school or college’s records and assess whether you have received an appropriate grade.

Objections usually take no longer than four weeks.

If you are reviewing results or raising an objection, you should contact your university or let them know as soon as possible – they can agree to hold your seat until a decision is made.

It’s worth noting that not only can your grade potentially be improved, but it can also be lower than the original grade.

You do not have to pay an appeal fee if you attend a public school or college. If you are in a private school, you or your school will have to pay a fee.

Uneven result appeals

If you are not satisfied with the way the Examination Board dealt with your appeal, you can contact the Examinations Inspectorate, Ofqual.

Note that this is only possible after you have received the result of your appeal from the examination board.

You have 21 days from the date of this result to file this final appeal.

In order to process your appeal, they must ensure that you have a final appeal decision from the Examination Board and that your teacher-assessed marks have been decided by a school, peer or other UK examination centre.

The required contact information and content of the complaint email may be can be found on the government website.

If you are unhappy with your result on that results day, it is best to start the appeal process quickly.

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