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27th January 2022
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AlphaPlus has been acquired by AQA, the UK’s leading assessment organisation. AQA is the UK’s biggest exam board, setting and marking around half the GCSEs and A-levels taken in England each year. It is a world leader in assessment, with a cutting-edge research department focusing on advancing assessment and a joint venture with Oxford University

18th May 2021
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No matter who is sitting an assessment – whether they are learners in a school or candidates for a professional assessment – it is crucial that inclusion and accessibility have been considered in the assessment development process. As assessment developers, we must ensure that the assessment is testing candidates’ ability in the assessment topic and

12th May 2021
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Demand for remote invigilation (or remote proctoring – the two terms are used interchangeably) has grown significantly during the current pandemic, as awarding organisations (AOs) have been forced to find new solutions to allow candidates to take their exams safely and securely. AOs have had to get to grips with the practicalities of remote invigilation

12th May 2021
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Sarah Maughan has stepped down as Director of Assessment after almost seven years at AlphaPlus. Below, she shares some of her thoughts about her time here. At the end of April I came to the end of six and a half years working at AlphaPlus.  At this point everyone always asks what exciting thing I

5th November 2020
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Gerallt Hughes, Trials Co-ordinator at AlphaPlus, shares some insight into STEM and STEM education in North Wales. Having recently done some extensive research into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in North Wales, I had an opportunity to reflect on aspects of my background and experiences living and growing up in the region. Despite not being

5th November 2020
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Priya Dutta, Assessment Manager, introduces two common approaches to assessment. At AlphaPlus, we work closely with clients to build the most suitable assessment programmes for their needs. It is useful, therefore, for everyone to have a general understanding of two very common approaches. What is a criterion-referenced test? A criterion-referenced test aims to measure a

18th June 2020
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As many of you will know, for the past few years AlphaPlus has been working with the Welsh Government to develop national personalised adaptive assessments for all schoolchildren aged 7 to 14 in Wales. These assessments are formative, and have been designed to identify areas where children and teachers need to focus their efforts in