Exam board admits final-question mistake in GCSE Physics paper

Circuit

All students to get full marks for incorrect question

Exam board AQA has owned up to a significant mistake in its GCSE Physics exam.

The GCSE Physics Higher Tier Paper 1, which was sat on Thursday 9 June, included a question about circuits - even though AQA's advance information for the exam clearly stated the topic would not be assessed.

The question - which was the final one in the paper and worth nine marks - was about energy transfers and circuits.

Although energy transfers were listed in the  advance information as being assessed, circuits were listed as not being assessed.

In a statement, AQA says: "To make sure students aren’t disadvantaged, we’ll be awarding everyone full marks for all parts of the question, which were worth a total of 9 marks.

"We’re really sorry and we’re looking at why our checks didn’t pick this up. We’re also doing extra checks on the advance information and question papers for future exams."

Did you take the AQA GCSE Physics Higher Tier Paper 1? The Student Room member HXTrinity has put together these great worked solutions to a couple of the trickiest questions.