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English exams getting easier, watchdog claims

26/09/2011 Joanna
English literature A-level exams have been criticised by Ofqual, England's examinations watchdog.

The report looked at exam papers from 2005 to 2009 and found that some papers had become less demanding because of formulaic questions, the BBC reported.

GCSE English exams were found to be at the same level and were as demanding now as they were in the past.

Yet the organisation charged with maintaining standards in England's exams found that in some cases A-level questions had become easier over time.

Of specific mention was one paper which had replaced the study of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Catch 22 with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Northern Lights.

Ofqual said that neither of these texts posed stern enough challenges for students.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: "The findings on English literature reflect the concerns we have already identified.

"We are committed to restoring confidence in GCSEs and A-levels as rigorous... qualifications which match the best in the world."

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