Examining exams

Think tank: EDSK

Author(s): Tom Richmond; Eleanor Regan

April 21, 2023

This report from UK think tank EDSK looks at whether there are there credible alternatives to written exams.

After the collapse of the exam system during the COVID-19 pandemic, debates about the future of assessment have become increasingly vocal. As A-levels and GCSEs are dominated by written exams, this report investigates whether other types of assessment such as coursework and extended projects could play a greater role in future. The launch of tools such as ChatGPT has made this issue even more pressing. The report concludes by setting out a package of reforms that aims to build on the strengths of written exams while drawing on the benefits of other assessments.